Lenovo refreshes its Legion Y740 gaming laptops with latest NVIDIA RTX graphics

Lenovo is giving substantial revisions to its Legion line of gaming laptops including its more premium Y740 series for 15-inch and 17-inch gaming rigs.

Perhaps the most significant improvement comes with the bump to NVIDIA RTX gaming GPUs for laptops, which were just announced here at CES.

Another common theme with these laptops will be the doubling down on display technology to include such features like 500-nits for brightness, HDR, and Dolby Vision.

Lenovo Legion Y740 what's new for 2019

  • Unannounced NVIDIA GeForce GPU's.
  • 8th Generation Intel Core Processors.
  • Improved Legion Coldfront Cooling System.
  • New Brighter Panel 500nits & custom-tuned Dolby Vision HDR.
  • Dolby Atmos Sound for Gaming.
  • 144hz Panel Option w/ NVIDIA G-SYNC.
  • Anti-ghosting keyboard with Corsair iCUE lighting system.
  • Three-sided narrow bezel display at 6.7mm.
  • Improved aluminum display hinge for improved panel stability.

Lenovo Legion Y740 specifications

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CategoryLenovo Legion Y740
Display15-inch FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz IPS LCD, NVIDIA G-Sync, 300-nit brightness17-inch FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz IPS LCD, NVIDIA G-Sync, 300-nit brightnessoptional Dolby Vision HDR with 500 nits brightness
ProcessorIntel 8th Gen Core i5-8300H (CFL)Intel 8th Gen Core i7-8750H (CFL)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX
RAM8GB, 16GB, or 32GB DDR4 2666MHzOptional 16GB 3200MHz Corsair overclocked
Storageup to 512GB PCIe SSD, 512GB SATA SSD, or 2TB HDD(17-inch Intel Optane ready)
KeyboardAnti-ghosting, Corsair iCURE RGB lighting
WirelessKiller Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
PortsUSB-C Thunderbolt 3 x1, USB 3.1 x3, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet
Battery15-inch: 3-cell 57Wh17-inch: 4-cell 76Wh
Dimensions15-inch: 14.2 x 10.5 x 0.78 inches (362 x 267 X 19.95 mm)17-inch: 16.25 x 12 x 0.86 inches (413 x 305 X 21.95 mm)
Weight15-inch: starting at 4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)17-inch: starting at 6.3 lbs (2.9 kg)
AvailabilityFebruary 2019
Price15-inch: starting at $1749.9917-inch: starting at $1979.99

While the look of this year's Legion Y740 looks most the same compared to the previous version, there are some subtle differences too including a new iron grey color scheme that matches the rest of the Yoga line consumer laptops.

Thin three-sided bezels at 6.7mm flank the newer improved HDR panels and while there is still a chin for that screen it doesn't look too bad.

The battery has also been upgraded in both sizes letting the laptops run for up to six hours. As a gaming laptop though most users will be using it plugged in and that's where the latest Intel and NVIDIA hardware will shine, especially when combined with fast RAM and storage solutions.

As for availability and pricing, the 15-inch starts at $1,749.99 and the 17-inch at $1,979.99. Both should be available beginning in February.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.