Lenovo’s Legion gaming laptop computer line is type of a large number in the meanwhile as a result of it is promoting new and outdated fashions aspect by aspect. Each the brand new Legion Y540 and Y740 sit alongside the older however nonetheless wonderful Y530 and Y730. The brand new fashions have the identical understated black slab design of the outdated ones, however have newer ninth-gen Intel processors and the newest GTX and RTX graphics from Nvidia in addition to higher show choices. Then there’s the Legion Y545.
The Y545 replaces the Legion Y7000P, which was solely out there at retail — not direct from Lenovo — and seemed extra like a typical gaming laptop computer. It was an important gaming worth, although, and that is the case right here with the Y545. It has the identical chassis because the Y7000P, too, however now you are getting it with up to date elements that turned out spectacular gaming efficiency for the cash.
Additionally, not like the Y7000P, the Y545 is out there from Lenovo beginning at $1,000. Nevertheless, it appears you may nonetheless discover a higher deal from a retailer. For instance, my overview laptop computer was out there from NewEgg for $950, an incredible value contemplating what’s in it together with a GTX 1660 Ti GPU. An identical deal for $1,100 with twice the SSD storage and a 144Hz show is presently at Costco — a configuration that’ll run you $1,550 direct from Lenovo in the meanwhile. However when you’re even contemplating spending that a lot, you would be higher off spending $1,400 at B&H and get one with an Nvidia RTX 2060 and a 144Hz show.
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The angular chassis of the Y545 appears extra like a typical gaming laptop computer.
As a result of the Y545 is so just like the Legion Y7000P, you may see a whole lot of the identical floor lined right here. The conclusion is identical, too, for that matter: In order for you a gaming laptop computer with efficiency that is above entry-level and with out the loopy price ticket, the Legion Y545 is price placing in your brief listing.
Lenovo Legion Y545
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15.6-inch 1,920×1,080 show
2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H
16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2667MHz
6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.2
Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit)
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A variety of the part choices are the identical between the Legion Y540 and Y545, so design is way of what units them aside. The Legion Y540 appears extra like a black Thinkpad workstation with delicate Legion branding than a typical gaming laptop computer. The Y545 is a bit more aggressive with flared cooling vents and an angular, iron-gray steel lid with a giant glowing Y image. It isn’t excessive, however it’s additionally not your common thin-and-light laptop computer, particularly not at 5 kilos (2.3kg).
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A lot of the Y545’s ports are in again.
Like its linemates, although, many of the Y545’s ports and energy enter are on again between its predominant cooling vents. It is a good setup for controlling cable muddle, significantly if it may usually be at a desk related to an exterior show, mouse and keyboard. Nevertheless, it can be a ache blindly reaching round again till you keep in mind which port is which. There are single USB-A ports on both sides and a headphone jack on the left along with what’s within the rear, however no SD card slot.