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Lenovo Legion Y520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 364 reviews of Lenovo Legion Y520. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The design and price are also appreciated, but there are some negative opinions about the touchpad and image quality. Reviews about the screen and usability are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Legion Y520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Lenovo Legion Y520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Reviews about the reliability and screen are generally positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative opinions about the durability. Views are divided on the usability.

performance, price, design, screen, reliability


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2019

Techradar Great Value 2017

Expert review by : Jacob Grana (

Lenovo Legion Y520 review


A mid-range gaming laptop at a budget price

Easy on the wallet ; Stays cool ; Comfortable keyboard

Dim display ; No chroma or macro programmability

The Lenovo Legion Y520’s budget price belies its true nature: an excellent mid-range gamer. It has flaws, like a dim screen, but none that are fatal.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (

Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower


Affordable, compact, and upgradeable, the Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower is a solid desktop for HD gaming on a budget, even if its performance is limited.

Reasonably priced. Compact. Upgradeable. Delivers 60fps HD gaming.

Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM hamper performance.

Bottom Line: Affordable, compact, and upgradeable, the Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower is a solid desktop for HD gaming on a budget, even if its performance is limited.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (

Lenovo Legion Y520


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.

Proficient gaming performance. Spacious hard drive plus boot SSD. Restrained, but stylish design. Well-built keyboard.

Tacky touchpad design. Red accent coloring might not be to everyone's taste.

Lenovo's rebranded gaming effort is a success in my book, even if that ultimately boils down to a new name, aesthetic tweaks, and good timing with incorporating the latest hardware. The Legion Y520 is well designed, with a full feature set, and...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (

Lenovo Legion Y520 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.

Sleek design; Comfortable keyboard; Strong gaming and productivity performance; Useful software

Dull display; Oddly shaped touchpad

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Wobker (

Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA (i5-7300HQ, RX 560) Laptop Review


Budget Gaming. Lenovo's budget-priced gaming notebooks start at €700 (~$817). While these basic variants are not that powerful, they should still be enough for some gamers. In this review, we will be looking at the Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA, a...

solid CPU and GPU performance ; good input devices ; affordable price ; good maintenance options ; decent design

average colour space accuracy ; mediocre brightness and contrast ; slow HDD

The Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA is a viable gaming notebook that is useful outside of just playing games. At just over €700 (~$817), the device is a good choice for those on a tight budget. The Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA is a gaming notebook that is...

May, 2018

Expert review by : Anirudh Regidi (

Lenovo Legion Y520 gaming laptop review: A consistent performer at a great price


Established gaming brands already sell capable gaming laptops. What is Lenovo offering that can set it apart? That's exactly what I intend to find out.

Of the gaming laptops I’ve tested this year, I think the Legion Y520 is my favourite. It’s a boring design and thermal throttling is a minor issue. However, it’s built just as well as the competition, performs fractionally better in gaming tasks and...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

Lenovo Legion Y520


Our Lenovo Legion Y520 review takes a look at a portable entry-level gaming laptop from Lenovo's new Legion gaming gear lineup.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Andy Walker (

Lenovo Legion Y520 review: excellent price for unbalanced hardware


In our review, we find that the Lenovo Legion Y520 is a good budget gaming laptop with a few odd choices, but an even more attractive price point.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Andrew E. Freedman (

Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower Review: Upgrade-Friendly Gaming Value


The Lenovo Legion Y520 is a simple pre-built machine for midlevel gaming, and when configured correctly, it can handle VR. It has plenty of room for upgrading, and, thankfully, Lenovo didn't weight this machine down with bloatware.

Lots of room to upgrade ; Light on bloatware

Slow transfer speeds

The Lenovo Legion Y520 is a pre-built midlevel gaming PC with plenty of room for upgrading.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Kimber Streams (

The Best Budget Gaming Laptop


There isn't a perfect budget gaming laptop, but after more than 30 hours of testing we found the Lenovo Legion Y520 is the best you can get for around $1,000

Aug, 2017

Product Specifications


Audio Decoders:Dolby Atmos / Dolby Audio Premium
Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2
Speaker power:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon / JBL


Battery Capacity:4100
Battery capacity (Watt hours):45
Battery life (max):4 / 5 / 6
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3


Auto Focus:Y
Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance:Y


Chassis Type:Tower
Colour name:Black
Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polycarbonate / Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS),Polycarbonate / Aluminium / Plastic
Market positioning:Gaming
Number of 3.5" Bays:2
Number of 5.25" Bays:1
Placement supported:Vertical
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:250
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat

Expansion slots

PCI Express x16 slots:1
PCI Express x8 (Gen 3.x) slots:1


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon RX 560 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 3
Graphics adapter DVI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of execution units:23 / 24
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter 4K support:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:1150
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel UHD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E92 / 0x5912 / 0x5916 / 0x591B / 5912
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel UHD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics 630 / Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4 / 4.5


Full-size keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:N / Y
Keyboard backlit colour:Red
Keyboard language:Italian / Pan Nordic
Number of touchpad buttons:2
Numeric keypad:Y
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y


Internal Memory:10 / 16 / 32 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 32
Memory clock speed:2133 / 240 / 2400 / 266 / 2666
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM / 3x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade note:Additional memory sold separately


Antenna type:1x1 / 2X2
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:N / Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:BD-RE DL / DVD-RW DL
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

On/off button:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included:N
Drivers included:Y
Keyboard Included:N / Y
Keyboard supplied:Y
Mouse included:N / Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y
Package depth:109
Package height:370
Package weight:4.17
Package width:477
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y


Audio system:High Definition Audio
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel B250 / Intel® B250 / Intel® Z370
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on / HDD,Power on
Product Type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 3
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N / Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
HDMI Version:1.4 / 1.4b / 2.0 / 2.0a
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / Y
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:135 / 170
Power Supply:280 / 450
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 110 - 240


Bus type:DMI3 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):41.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,2133,2400 / 2666
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM175 / Intel® HM175
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.50 / 3.8 / 4 / 4.2 / 4.6
Processor cache:12 / 3 / 6 / 8 / 9
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake / Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:2 / 4 / 6
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.60 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2 / 3.6 / 3.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i3-7100 / i5-7300HQ / i5-7300U / i5-7400 / i5-8400 / i7-7700 / i7-7700HQ / i7-8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-7400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i7-7700 Mobile Series / Intel Core i7-8700 Desktop Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1440 / LGA 1151 (Socket H4)
Processor threads:12 / 4 / 6 / 8
Stepping:B0 / H0 / S0
System bus rate:4 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 45 / 51 / 65

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready:Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:126686 / 126687 / 97128 / 97147 / 97185 / 97455 / 97456 / 97472
Processor code:SR32W / SR338 / SR340 / SR35C / SR3QS
Processor package size:37.5 x 37.5 / 42 x 24 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C


Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:N
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:BIOS, User / HDD, Power on / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD,Power on / HDD,Power on,Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):N


Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / N / Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME
Operating System Language:English / English, Italian / Norwegian
Pre-installed software:Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Nerve Sense, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Lenovo ID / Lenovo Nerve Center, Lenovo Rescue System, Lenovo Companion, PowerDVD
Trial software:McAfee


Card reader integrated:N / Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 3.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
HDD Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 500
HDD interface:SATA III / Serial ATA III
HDD Size:2.5 / 3.5
HDD Speed:5400 / 7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:16
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000
Intel® Optane™ Memory module capacity:16
Intel® Optane™ Memory module installed:Y
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1 / 1000
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / PCI Express / PCI Express 3.0 / Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:128 / 256
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:NVMe / PCI Express
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total HDDs capacity:1000 / 2000
Total SSDs capacity:128
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 1128 / 1256 / 128 / 1512 / 2000 / 2128 / 2256 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 628 / 756

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:265 / 277 / 467.8
Height :25.8 / 27.8 / 29 / 402.4
Weight:15.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 3.2 / 8.71
Width:182 / 380