Game-oriented, the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX00TDFR) is a new black laptop with 15 inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen capable of running recent games thanks to its NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2060 ray tracing card. With a good amount of RAM and a Quad Core i5 Coffee Lake Refresh processor, it is powerful and sees its reactivity reinforced by its fast SSD storage. It also benefits from a backlit chiclet keyboard and connectivity with USB 3.1 Type-C and 2 video outputs.
Specifications for the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX00TDFR)
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 45% NTSC 250 cd / m² (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-9300HF Coffee Lake Refresh (2.4 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 45W)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB GDDR5 dedicated|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2, 2242) 1 free 2.5-inch slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.0 (including 1 Always On) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.2 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||2 Harman speakers (2 x 2W), Dolby Atmos|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||2 hours / Li-Ion 57Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 360 x 267 x 24.2-25.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX00TDFR)
With its black Raven Black chassis with angular lines and advanced screen, it sports an original gamer design.
Its cooling is provided by 2 fans coupled to heat pipes which evacuate the heat from the back, sides and bottom (heightening of the back).
This gamer oriented computer has a good connection including 2 video outputs HDMI and mini-DisplayPort useful in order to easily connect it to a TV or a monitor for example, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.2 modules for connections and remote communications , audio and Ethernet ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C or 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected to it.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, which is useful for distinguishing its keys in dim light.
The webcam is positioned not at the top of the screen but below, which may confuse some.
The screen lends itself well to displaying videos and more generally High Definition content thanks to its 16: 9 format and precise Full HD definition. It also has significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles thanks to its IPS technology which is however lower than that of more high-end IPS panels in terms of colorimetry, here average. As it is anti-reflective, the screen provides better visibility in a bright environment (eg outside) than a shiny panel.
Performance, autonomy of the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX00TDFR)
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH (81SX00TDFR) targets those looking for a versatile, 15-inch gaming-oriented laptop.
As it takes advantage of the high-end dedicated NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2060 card with ray tracing, it is able to run recent games.
The GeForce RTX 2060 can be used by software that takes advantage of GPU computing power to speed up multimedia processing, such as in Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere / Photoshop.
On the other hand, no NVIDIA Optimus technology point here to switch to the graphics solution integrated into the processor in order to gain autonomy when the power of the RTX 2060 is not required.
And for good reason: the on-board processor is a Quad Core i5-9300HF Coffee Lake Refresh which does not include a graphic part unlike the Core i5-9300H.
Here, the Core i5-9300HF is coupled with a good amount of 16 GB RAM, which is very appreciable in multitasking, in games and under processing.
This duo guarantees faster processing than a Quad Core processor and 8 GB DDR4 under demanding work in CPU and RAM resources exploiting multicore, such as in video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
These components support the RTX 2060 very well in games and in fact deliver overall power capable of satisfying demanding users, particularly gamers.
On the storage side, Lenovo chooses an SSD guaranteeing a much better fluidity and reactivity on a daily basis than a hard drive. In practice, this translates into much faster game / software launches, processing and starts / stops or even faster arrival on online game cards.
Here, we find integrated a 512 GB SSD that competes with hard drives in terms of capacity while being much faster, less energy-consuming, more robust and silent.
If 512 GB is too tight, we can add a second SSD or a hard drive to this PC. In addition, we can rely on an external storage unit. Privileging a USB 3.0 device is therefore an interesting option to benefit from fast transfers.
As for autonomy, particularly in the absence of Optimus, it should be minimal. Bet on approximately 2 hours of battery operation in light use for this PC, the noise of which is contained for this type of computer but which heats up when it is heavily used (eg games).