Lenovo debuts sub-$1,000 IdeaPad L340 Gaming line for low-glow gamers
Lenovo finally launches its own everyday-gamer laptop line with the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, a variant of its budget thinnish-and-lightish 300 series with discrete graphics. It joins Acer Nitro, Dell G series, HP Pavilion Gaming, Asus X series and more in the ever-lengthening line of companies to expand beyond their traditional gaming lines.
In this case, it means a slim black slab with blue accents and illumination, in 15- or 17-inch models, starting at $870 and $920, respectively.
Inside you’ll find up to a Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 and a 16GB Intel Optane option, among other things.
How did Lenovo manage to price the L340 Gaming so low with that hexacore i7? By using the ultra-blech narrow-gamut (39% sRGB), dim, TN-technology displays like the one we disliked in the Legion Y530. The 17-inch model’s base option has a slightly bigger gamut, but probably not enough to make a difference and it’s still dim.
They will also offer an easy way to switch between “Quick” and “Quiet” modes, which is likely a manual discrete vs. internal GPU setting to control Nvidia’s Optimus technology.
The company has also taken the opportunity to refresh its Legion Y-series gaming laptops with options for the new Core i5 and i7 and Nvidia graphics.
In addition to the ninth-gen and latest Nvidia bumps, it also gets better display choices, because as I mentioned earlier, the Y530’s display was really not good.
The Legion Y740 also updates with an i7-9750H, but the 15-inch model gets a display-option update: a 1,920×1,080 144Hz IPS display with 100% sRGB color, G-sync and 500-nit brightness.
Finally, the Legion Y7000, Lenovo’s basic gaming laptop, looks like the 15-inch will get the same processor and display options as the Y540 15, and the same GPU choices with the exception of the GTX 1050. The Y7000p is the Optane-optional model with some other slight configuration differences.
Lenovo’s Legion Y530 is a classy entry-level gaming laptop
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