Lenovo Legion R720 review – 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i5-7300HQ

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

The Chinese company Lenovo has long been producing high-performance notebooks as part of the IdeaPad line. Now, after the creation of the Legion series, Lenovo breaks into the market of gaming laptops. Today we will review a new gaming laptop Lenovo Legion R720. The device has a 15.6-inch display IPS, an Intel Core 7th processor, 8 GB of RAM, a powerful discrete graphics card nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 and 128G SSD.

Lenovo Legion R720: Specifications

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

 

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion R720: Design

Lenovo Legion R720 has a wedge-shaped profile and is completely made in black and red color palette. A very good combination of a gaming laptop. The cover of the display part and the bottom are made of textured carbon fiber, which, despite its attractiveness, quite easily collects marks from the hands. The upper lid is made in the form of three fish fins, two on the sides and one in the middle.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

In the upper left corner of the cover is the logo – Lenovo. All this looks very impressive.

Behind them are two large symmetrical grilles for blowing hot air on the bevels, above which are the red grilles of the speakers. The hinge is one, large, there are no connectors at the rear.

On the left side, there is a connector for power supply, a lock slot, a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet and a combined headphone and microphone jack.

On the right is the LED power indicator, USB Type-C SuperSpeed 10 Gb/s, its Thunderbolt 3, Mini DisplayPort, two more USB 3.0 and HDMI.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

There are no functional elements in front.

The hinge reliably locks the screen in the desired position and allows you to open the laptop by about 135°, this is quite enough for the gaming model.

Above the screen are a web camera and two microphones. On the perimeter of the entire cover – a thin rubber strip to protect the screen.

On the bottom of the notebook you see large grids for air intake by the cooling system, inside there are two cooling fans. Behind the red triangular grid is the co-woofer.

Pleased and dimensions of the laptop. Usually, gamer’s 15.6-inch models are much larger than conventional notebooks. But the Lenovo Legion R720 has a light weight of just 2.2 kg and a size of 380 x 265 x 25.8 mm, so it fits easily into the notebook backpack compartment with this diagonal.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion R720: Screen

Very pleased that the manufacturers no longer install TN-matrix in gaming laptops, as it was before. The Lenovo Legion R720 has a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. An aspect ratio of the screen is 16: 9. The coating is matte, the viewing angles are maximal, and at the extreme points, the screen slightly goes into blue shades.

The display has a maximum brightness of 271.499 cd/m2, a normal indicator for laptops. The brightness of the black field is 0.406 cd/m2 and the contrast is 669: 1. Visually the screen is really good.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion R720: Performance

The laptop has a powerful quad-core Intel Core i5-7300HQ on the architecture of Kaby Lake, which was announced in early 2017. The new processor is manufactured in compliance with 14-nm process technology and includes four cores with a nominal frequency of 2.5 GHz (and 3.5 GHz in Turbo Boost mode). It supports Hyper-Threading, eight threads. 6 MB cache memory L3, TDP is 45 watts. The integrated graphics card HD Graphics 630 operates at a frequency of 350-1000 MHz and contains 24 executive units.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

The amount of RAM is 8 GB (DDR4-2400). The video card is one of the most powerful mobile models in this price segment, NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050Ti with NVIDIA Pascal architecture of 14 nm FinFET and 4 GB of GDDR4 memory. In comparison with the desktop version, a chip of a smaller area and frequency is used.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Wireless modules on the laptop are 2×2 Wi-Fi 802.11 ac + Bluetooth 4.1, there is Gigabit Ethernet.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

The laptop is equipped with a 128 GB SSD-drive and 1 TB hard disk.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion R720: Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard of the laptop has a one-color red illumination. The side edges of the buttons are painted red, and the WASD buttons have an additional red border. The buttons themselves are of standard size and have a nice, soft move. Push comfortably.

The touchpad is of medium size, but with good sensitivity and a surface on which the finger perfectly slides. To work the touchpad is quite enough, but for games, in any case, it is necessary to connect the mouse.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion R720: Sound

The laptop has stereo speakers of 2 watts and a 3-watt subwoofer with Dolby Atmos support, which (in theory) allows you to get surround sound with a realistic arrangement of sources, including reflections from the ceiling.

Lenovo Legion R720 review - 15.6 inch Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Legion R720: Battery

The laptop uses a 4-cell lithium-ion battery for 60 Wh. Not the best indicator for the gaming model, although using it on the road is a dubious pleasure. The laptop lives about 100 minutes at maximum load and about 4.5 hours of video playback. Quite usual indicators for the game model.

Lenovo Legion R720: Conclusion

Lenovo Legion R720 – a very successful 15.6-inch laptop for those who need a productive gaming laptop, which for some reason you need to carry around. The laptop demonstrates very high performance in modern games. At the same time, its dimensions and weight are quite acceptable for carrying in an ordinary backpack with a compartment for a laptop. He received a high-quality IPS-screen, a very fast solid-state drive, a good audio system and a comfortable keyboard with illumination.

Lenovo Legion R720: Price

You can buy a gaming laptop Lenovo Legion R720 in the online store Gearbest for 1125.99 $.

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