Lenovo debuts sub-$1,000 IdeaPad L340 Gaming line for low-glow gamers

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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.

IdeaPad L340 Gaming Specifications

15 inch (15IRH)

17 inch (17IRH)

Screen

15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 45% NTSC (39% sRGB) in IPS 250 nits or TN 220 nits

17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits or 60% NTSC (52% sRGB) TN 220 nits

Processor

Up to Core i7-9750H

Up to Core i7-9750H

Graphics Processor

GeForce GTX 1650

GeForce GTX 1650

Memory

Up to 16GB DDR4

Up to 16GB DDR4

Storage

Up to 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, 16GB Optane

Up to 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, 16GB Optane

Networking

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 1×1 or 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 1×1 or 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2

Connections

2 x USB-A 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, combo audio

2 x USB-A 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, combo audio

Size

14.3 x 10.0 x 0.9 in / 363 x 255 x 24 mm

16.3 x 11.2 x 1.0 in / 413 x 285 x 25 mm

Weight

4.8 lbs/2.2kg

5.5 lbs/2.5kg

Starting price

$869.99

$919.99

Availability

May 2019

May 2019

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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.

Legion Y540 quick specs

15-inch 17-inch Display

1,920 x 1080 IPS at 144Hz, 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits, 60Hz 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits, 60Hz 45% NTSC (39% sRGB) 250 nits

1,920 x 1080 IPS 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits 144Hz or 60Hz

Processor

Core i7-9750H or i5-9300H

Core i7-9750H or i5-9300H

Graphics processor

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 1650, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060

GeForce GTX 1650, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060

Starting price

$1,209.99

$1,269.99

Availability

late June

late June

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.

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