Lenovo comes up with the newer notebooks and desktops before the GTX 20 series launch
Disclosure: Travel arrangements from Mumbai to Delhi (and vice-versa) was provided by Lenovo.
Lenovo Legion- The refreshed and the new…
Lenovo introduced newer systems under its gaming sub-brand called ‘Legion’ (formerly Y-series) a couple of laptops and gaming desktop systems. It is interesting because until now I’ve usually observed Lenovo India being more comfortable with notebooks. Selling desktop systems in India is not easy because of the entire built unit, costing of shipping and selling the entire system without local taxes and the plethora of options given by the DIY PC market. Still, as long as you have a good product to appeal to that niche, you are tempted to try. Both desktop systems looked very interesting. All the systems were based on the Intel 8th generation and the GTX 10 series GPU. There was also a monitor and a keyboard/mouse as a choice of peripherals. Apart from purchasing via Lenovo online store, you order these from Croma, EZone and Reliance Digital.
Starting with the notebooks, Lenovo showed the Legion Y730 and the Legion Y530. All the refresh variants have a very slim shell design with no obnoxious gamer-y aesthetics.
Notebooks- Legion Y730 and the Y530
The Y730 has two display size variants with 144Hz refresh rate with G-Sync. The units have a slim framing around the notebook, giving the appearance of maximum possible visual experience. The Legion Y730 further has two CPU variants- the Core i5-8300H and the Core i7-8750H. There is a choice between 8GB/16GB and 32GB SO-DIMM DDR4 and the option of 8+8GB Corsair kits. Similarly, there are storage variants with PCIe NVMe SSD and HDDs. All the variants of the Legion Y730 have GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5. Its Indian pricing starts at Rs. 96,025 excluding GST.
The Y530 is pretty much the same with a 15.6-inch the only option. It does have GPU choices- GTX 1060, GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1050. There are two CPU variants- the Core i7-8750H and the Core i5-8300H. The pricing starts with the base model priced at 85,585 + GST.
The gaming desktop systems- Legion C370 Cube and Legion T730 Tower
Stuff to talk about desktop systems- full front air intake access that we usually see in high-performance PC cases in various price segments and form factors. Also the association with DIY component maker Corsair- atleast with the Vengeance memory kit. Lenovo India said that the user has the freedom to swap/upgrade the components inside (within good reason/spacing) without voiding the warranty of the whole system.
The Legion C730 Cube makes looks impressive for a pre-built PC system, even for a DIY enthusiast. As the name suggests, it is practically a cube with full front air intake access. Its a 19 litre PC case with an easy handle somewhat reminding me of the BitFenix Prodigy (and the mATX version we tested years ago). The CPU sub-variants are the Core i7-8700K, i7-8700 and the Core i5-8400. Since it has a K series CPU, one couldn’t help to ask if its BIOS provides overclocking options. There’s only a GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 with a blower design (not a founder edition) that Lenovo talked about, but its global site also listed at RX 570 4GB GDDR5 graphics card. The case is 9.09-inch wide, 13.07-inch deep and 9.53-inch tall, making it pretty attractive for many types of users. Lenovo had to bite the RGB lighting, at least on this model.
The Legion T730 tower design reminds you of typical Lenovo desktop systems- except it has a full front vent access, transparent sidepanel and RGB party going on. There’s only one GPU option- the GTX 1060 6GB, with two CPU variants- the Core i7-8700 both locked and unlocked cores. The global website specifically mentions “overclockable” for the Core i7-8700K, again- curiosity about the BIOS overclocking option on the system.
The Legion C370 and the Legion T730 tower pricing starts at Rs. 1,34,599 (GST excluded) which automatically brings up the age-old DIY PC Vs Prebuilt systems debate. Eventually, once the new Nvidia GTX 20 series will be out it should be updated on these at some point. These will be sold in retail chains like Ezone and Croma. During a conversation, it was said Croma showed interest in selling its desktop systems just like its notebooks. So, time will tell how this goes.
The story of the prebuilt systems so far…
There’s really nothing to talk about notebooks since they are updated, except the new shell design of the unit which has almost all the outputs behind (finally). Pushing pre-built PC systems never happened in India for a very long time dude to DIY PC’s value. It is showing some signs now. ZOTAC has the MEK1 which is sold in well-known DIY PC component stores like Prime ABGB and MD Computers whose pricing is listed as Rs. 1,29,900 for a 16 gig ram with Core i7-7700 and GTX 1070 Ti 8GB GDDR5. It even has a 7.1 channel audio output with optical out. The form factors are attractive. The system configuration is reasonable for a gaming system. Keeping 7th gen over 8th gen to provide better GPU as a value makes a lot more sense for a pre-built gaming PC. The pricing and feature set is something that needs to be worked on.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) September 12, 2018