A fantastic machine with high build quality and excellent all-round performance, fairly competitively priced.
- Superb build quality
- Excellent, rich sound
- Strong performance, even at high resolutions
- Can get noisy under heavy loads, as do all gaming ultrabooks
The Legion 720 certainly cuts an impressive figure, with its attractive metal cover, sleek design and backlit programmable keyboard (with RGB lighting as an option), but does its performance match its looks?
A glance at its possible specs suggests that it should. Available configurations include the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card and 6GB of GDDR5 memory - which are the components on the unit we tested. Our unit also boasted a 4K display (minimal screen reflectance and good viewing angles) and a 256GB SSD, with a further 1GB of HDD - which hits the current sweet spot between (almost) instant powering up and down, and affordability.
The 4K display capability however should be taken with a small pinch of salt unless you're intending to output to a far larger screen. This is a 15.6-inch gaming rig, and unless you've considerably upgraded your eyes, you won't notice the difference between this and 2k resolution (2048 x 1080), and in fact at this size, it's only a marginal upgrade over the more standard 1920 x 1080.
Though the Y720 is a fair upgrade over previous models, it takes some design cues from earlier models. The central hinge, which is pleasingly smooth and resilient, is straight from the IdeaPad Y900, and that's no bad thing. In fact build quality feels high throughout, perhaps more so than you'd expect for a mid-priced machine.
This sense of quality extends to the sound, which Lenovo slightly breathlessly enthuses in its marketing material as a result of its Dolby Atmos technology. We found the soundscape to be rich and vibrant over headphones, and were impressed by both the range and volume of the in-built speakers. Comparing this to the sound of the Medion Erazer X7835 (also owned by Lenovo) is like comparing a live performance of your favourite band with a bootleg copy you recorded off the radio in the ‘80s on an old C90. In other words, it's very good.