Lenovo Legion Y520 review

Lenovo Legion Y520 is a gaming laptop which is affordable, reliable and also exciting. Even though there are many other devices in this type, like ROG Strix GL753 from Asus and Gigabyte Sabre 17 that are equal to the Y520, only a few are as affordable. The Y520 is definitely not the best, but for gaming on a budget, it’s one of the best laptops on the market.

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Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard used in the laptop is Lenovo’s standard “island keys” that are backlit. The trackpad comes with two dedicated buttons and a glass surface. In a time when the competitors offer RGB lighting, the Legion Y520 only offers red backlighting. The experience with typing was also really good and comfortable.


The device has a , a full-size Ethernet port, charging port, a headphone jack, and a USB 2.0 port on the left side and two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C Thunderbolt ready port an HDMI output, and an SD card reader on the right side.


The display in this device is 15.6-inch and has pixel density of 1920×1080 with matte finish. There were no backlight bleed in the Y520. It had a bright display, so working and gaming was quite a bit of fun. It has FHD which is a decent resolution for a gaming laptop.


We tested the battery life and it lasted for two hours. The battery life is less, but comparing to its competitors it is slightly better as the competitors have an average battery life of one hour fifty minutes.

Processor Intel Core i5-7300HQ (up to 3.5 GHz)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (up to 3.8GHz)
Internal storage Up to 512GB PCIe SSD
RAM 8GB or 16GB DDR4 at 2400 MHz (2x soDIMM)
Display 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) LED Backlit, IPS, Anti-Glare
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5
Ports Two USB Type-A 3.0
One USB Type-A 2.0
One USB Type-C (no Thunderbolt 3)
One RJ45 LAN Ethernet
3.5mm jack
SD card reader
Audio jack
Microphone jack
Speakers Two 2W Harman speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Wireless Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe
Bluetooth 4.1
Camera Front-facing 720p
Battery 45 Whr
Up to 4 hours
Dimensions 380 mm x 265 mm x 25.8 mm
14.96 inches x 10.43 inches x 1.01 inches
Weight Starting at 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)


The Y520 has a boring design and thermal throttling issue. Yet, it’s made as good as the competitors, performs slightly better in gaming and has a brilliant display.

Priced at 1500$, we could not find any other device in the market that offers the same amount of specifications and performance and for just that the Lenovo Legion Y520 steals the show.