Lenovo Legion Y520 Review [July 2017] – The best budget gaming laptop

Is Lenovo Legion Y520 the best budget gaming laptop ? Let’s check it out.

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Pros ↑

Cons ↓

The build Quality is Good (in this budget) No 4K and VR
Gaming is amazing with Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti (1060 as well) Touchpad is okay
Keyboard is good  Battery life is a problem
Performance is top notch

Lenovo Legion Y520 Specification 

Processor  Up to 7th Generation Intel core i7-7700HQ processor (2.8 GHz 6MB)
Operating System Window 10 Home and 10 Pro ( Highly Recommended)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5

Memory Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage Up to 512 GB PCIe SSD

Up to 2TB 5400 RPM

Dual drive configurations available (SSD+HDD)

Audio 2 x 2W Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio premium
Battery life  2-3 Hour
Display 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-glare LED backlit with integrated camera
Dimensions(W x D x H) 14.96 x 10.43 x  1.09 inches
Weight  5.29 lbs (2.4kg)
WLAN And Bluetooth Up to 802.11 AC + Bluetooth 4.1
LAN 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet
Ports 1 x USB 3.0 (Type – C)

2 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0

1 x HDMI

Audio and microphone jack


4-in1 card reader 

Price  $799.99

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Lenovo has been great with its laptops and other accessories and now comes with gaming laptop “Lenovo Legion Y520“.  The previous edition “Legion Y720” which was 1500 dollar budget gaming laptop has got good reviews. To get its name in the gaming industry, Lenovo brings us the new “Lenovo Legion Y520“. 

This gaming laptop has exciting features like Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti(1060 as well) with 8 GB of RAM and 15.3 inch display. All these features are best for budget gamers who want amazing gaming experience under 1000 dollars. This gaming notebook is available in $ 799.99 as well as $ 1,211.99 with only minor difference. It has all the features which a gaming rig should have from amazing sound to perfect keyboard, from beautiful display to strong GPU. 

This laptop is light in weight and made for ready to go gaming. We will talk about each and every feature in detail. So, without wasting much of your time, let us start with the review of Lenovo Legion Y520. 

The Design 

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 The design is not like other gaming laptop, not so catchy and pleasing but it is simple and textbook. It weighs around 2.5 kg with dimensions of 30 cm x 26.5 cm x 22.8 mm. There is carbon fiber top and does not any finger print well that is good thing about it. No red on the top or at the back, its full black ( rather dark grey ) with logo on the top right corner. Looks classy and no one will that you are holding gaming laptop. 

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No red until you open it, there is red everywhere from keys to the touch pad. The speakers are on the top left and the right side of the corner. Build quality is good in comparison with other gaming laptops in this price range. The front side does not have any ports or slots. It is so light and portable that you can take it anywhere. 


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Display is said to be one of the most important factor in gaming. This Lenovo Legion Y520 gives you 15.6 inch of Full HD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080. With 16:9 aspect ratio it gives you 250 nits along with these, it comes with Windows 10 home 64-bit and Windows 10 Pro 64-bit as well. (Lenovo recommends Pro). Playing games on this laptop will not be any problem.

The wide view angle is also good with Full HD display. No touchscreen which i like the most as it is not smartphone its gaming laptop. Good decent display for mid-range gaming laptop. You don’t get 4K support in this and not also VR but it is okay for mid-range gaming. If you can pay more money, then you should check out the review of Asus ROG Zephyrus.

These display is similar to other competitors in these mid range gaming. The Dell Inspiron 15-7559 and Acer predator Helios 300 both has 15.6 inch FHD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080. Games with great graphics like GTA V, Battlefield, The Witcher hunt 3, Overwatch and many more looks perfectly fine on this gaming notebook.

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CPU is said to be the heart of PC and laptops. It is responsible for each and every process that you do from going on the internet and searching stuff to playing game. The better the processor, more fast the program will run without any glitch or lag. Apart from that it also plays vital role in battery life. It lowers the battery life up to some extent. 

This gaming notebook Lenovo Legion Y520 comes in two variants. One comes with Intel core 7th Gen i5-7300HQ processor with 6MB cache and 2.5 GHz speed (3.5GHz boost speed). Other one comes with Intel core 7th Gen i7-7700HQ processor with 6MB cache 2.8GHz speed (3.8GHz boost speed). So there is no much difference both the variants. This processor promises 12 percent increase in productivity and 19 percent increase in web performances. 

Playing game on this laptop will not be a problem. These processor can take down any game in high settings as well as medium settings. In these fast world of gaming, this processor is the latest and best in town. The competitors Acer helios and Dell inspiron 15-7559 also have same processors. So lenovo has done good job covering good processor in decent budget. 

Graphics Card

Well you get choice of which graphics card you want to choose. This gaming laptop comes with either Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti (1060 as well) or AMD Radeon RX 560. Both these GPUs perfect for gaming. But i personally prefer Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. From graphics to performance and noise and power Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti is the best overall. You can check out our list of best budget graphics card under 100.

comparison AMD Radeon RX560 and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti

The Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 and supports external display. Along with these, it also supports maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30Hz HDMI. It is twice as better as GTX 750 Ti and good in comparison with GTX 1050. The competitor Acer Predator Helios 300 gives you Nvidia GTX 1060 but GTX 1050 Ti (1060 as well) is not bad choice either. 

As you can see, we have shown the comparison all three GPUs and the performance of GTX 1050 Ti (1060 as well)  is the best. Even when you are playing GTA V or Gears of war 4, any first person shooter game like CSGO or Overwatch, this gaming rig will not let you down. 

Storage and RAM

Storage is another important part of gaming laptop. Games nowadays are not less than 50GB (the best one), and having storage capacity which can store all your games is boon. This gaming laptop gives you two options to select your HDD from. The first is 1TB and another is 2TB with SATA 6GB/s along with 5400 RPM. When we talk about the SSD, it supports M.2 SSD and gives you options to select from. With PCIE 3.0 x 4, this gaming laptop comes with 128GB or 256GB or 512 GB

RAM is more important in laptop because, laptop harddrive is tend to be slower than PC one. This gaming laptop comes with maximum memory of 32 GB with 2400MHz and DDR4 type. DDR4 is latest as DDR5 is not yet found in many gaming laptop. 

Keyboard and TrackPad

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The keyboard of this Lenovo Legion Y520 is similar to other gaming laptops. It has amazing red backlight which is perfect for night gaming session. The keys have 1.7mm of travel distance which delivers accurate keystrokes. It is perfect for in game chatting and gameplay. Overall keyboard is good and handy.

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When we talk about the touchpad, i am not big fan. It is not perfectly design and is not up to the mark. Feels like glass but it is plastic and could have been better. Along with that it  comes with Harman Audio with dolby sound. So it doesn’t matter if you are playing with or without headphones, you will get premium quality sound.

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Ports and Slots

When we talk about ports and slots, this gaming laptop has good collection of ports and slots. This gaming laptop Lenovo Legion Y520 has 2 USB 3.0 ports with 1 USB 2.0 and one with USB Type-C port. It also have HDMI port along with Ethernet (RJ45). Not only these, it also have 4-in-1 card reader which supports MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC and one combo audio jack. 


Let us sum up each and every feature and talk about how good it is in the performance. The processor is 7th gen i5-7300HQ and speed of 2.5GHz and boosted up to 3.5GHz. Another variant uses i7-7700HQ processor not much difference in performance so if you got tight budget go with i5 processor.

The GPU we have here is Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti (1060 as well) . Both of them are pretty amazing and gives good gaming experience. With RAM of 32 GB games run at speed of lighting (just a way of saying, games run pretty well). When you got the best gaming GPU and play games non stop, there be a problem of cooling. But no to worry this gaming laptop has good cooling system which makes the laptop cool. Along with that, it also comes with quick cooling technique with just a click in nerve sense.

But with all these, battery life is something you need to worry about. It comes with 3 cell Li-Polymer batter which rests for 1-2 hours on normal basis but while it playing it drops down to 45-50 mins. A big concern. 

 Check out the table below for the FPS of particular game :

FPS Performance of Lenovo Legion Y520

Game Low Settings Medium Settings  High Settings
CS:GO 186 FPS 148 FPS 110 FPS
GTA V 152 FPS  77 FPS 25 FPS
Rise of Tomb Raider   91 FPS 56 FPS 22 FPS
Tom Clancy’s Division 164 FPS 84 FPS 18 FPS

Is it worth buying ?

A big YES ! Well for me it is one of the best gaming laptop in the market in today’s date at this budget. So with great features and amazing gaming experience. You can definitely buy this gaming laptop without any hesitation. 

Experts Reviews

“The Lenovo Legion Y520 is a budget gaming laptop that requires you to make no compromises in build quality or performance. It delivers smooth 1080p gaming at high settings alongside a full feature set. ” – PCMag.com [Read Full Review]

“The Lenovo Legion Y520 offers strong performance for its price and a sleek design. But its screen is dull, and its touchpad places form over function.” – LaptopMag.com [Read Full Review]



Lenovo Legion Y520

$ 899.99
Lenovo Legion Y520





GPU & Memory




Battery life



  • Good display for mid range gaming
  • Design is simple and effective
  • Performance is good
  • Low price


  • Battery life is an issue
  • No 4K and VR

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