Lenovo bolsters Legion gaming lineup with seven new powerhouse PCs

Just ahead of E3 2018's official start, Lenovo is getting things going by revealing six new entries in its Legion gaming lineup. In total, there are three new laptops and four new desktop rigs, with Lenovo taking an aim of providing plenty of power without too much of the flashiness normally associated with gaming PCs.

Lenovo Legion Y730, 7530, and Y7000 laptops

At the top of the pack are the new Y730 and Y530 laptops. With these two machines, Lenovo says it is going all in on power while keeping portability and an understated design. Both feature a subtle design, with the Y730 throwing in ultra-thin borders around its IPS display.

Heat output is usually one of the killer compromises you have to make when gaming on the go, and Lenovo has attempted to tackle that with a better thermal design as well. The company is boasting a better cooling system, thanks to additional side vents and multi-rotational fan blades, that improves airflow by 16 percent. Overall, the machines should run an average of 10 percent cooler as a result.

Lenovo Legion Gaming Laptop 2018

In terms of hardware specs, Lenovo has opted for Intel's 8th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 chips here. With the Y730, you can get GeForce 1050 Ti graphics, while the Y530 has your choice of either a GeForce 1050 or 1050 Ti. RAM options include up to 32GB on both, with the Y730 offering an additional option of 16GB of Corsair overclocked memory. Display panels on both can be configured to up to 144Hz for speedy refresh rates, and the Y730 offers JBL audio with Dolby Atmos support. Additionally, the Y730 offers RGB backlighting for the keyboard and six custom macro keys.

For buyers in the U.S., Lenovo says it is also offering the new Legion Y7000, which will feature the same internals as the Y530, but with an "edgier chassis design."

Price and availability

The Legion Y7000 is expected to be available in August, starting at $959.99. Meanwhile, the Y530 is expected in June starting at $929.99. Finally, the Y730 is expected to be available in September, starting at $1,249.99 for a 17-inch version of $1,179.99 for a 15-inch version.

Lenovo Legion C730 and C530 desktops

Lenovo C730

As for desktop machines, Lenovo is leading with a pair of cube-style builds, the C730 and C530. Built for portability, each is compact with a handle on top for toting back and forth to LAN parties. And to keep things festive, each features a top view full of colorful LEDs, which depart from the relatively understated look of the rest of the package.

For internals, Lenovo has again gone with Intel's 8th Gen i5 and i7 processors, with an additional i3 option on the C530. Graphics options include GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, or 1050 chips on the C530. Meanwhile, the C730 includes a single GeForce GTX 1060 option. Both can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM. The C730 bolsters things a bit by offering a speedy Intel Optane memory option, along with support for Dolby Atmos.

Price and availability

The Legion C530 Cube is expected to launch in July, starting at $829.99. The C730 Cube is expected for an August launch with a starting price of $929.99.

Lenovo Legion T730 and T530 desktops

Lenovo T730

Rounding things out are the T730 and T530 desktops, which pack a more traditional tower design. Lenovo has still thrown in handles at the top in case you need to carry either to a friend's house. And plenty of lighting is once again featured here, with a red glow in the T530 and full RGB lighting controls for the T730.

Again, Intel's 8th Gen Core i7 and i5 processors are powering things here, along with an additional Core i3 option on the T530. For graphics options, you're looking at GeForce GTX 1060, 1050 Ti, or 1050 on the T530. The T730 packs a single GeForce GTX 1060 option. Both can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, with an optional overclocked Corsair Vengeance setup on the T730. Dolby Atmos support is also tagging along on the higher-end T730 model. And if you ever need to do some DIY upgrades, both towers feature a tool-free design so you can swap out parts by simply pushing a button.

Price and availability

Both the T530 and T730 are expected to launch in July, with prices starting at $829.99 and $929.99, respectively.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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