If you want an elegant looking gaming laptop which costs less, you can definitely have a look at Lenovo Legion Y530. The Y530 is more like a mashup of the boxy pro workstation design of a thinkpad mixed with the flash of gaming laptops. Lenovo has dropped the whole red theme on this laptop though, and from a personal point of view I really liked this change. The best thing about this laptop is the design. It has a premium look and thin bezel, which is usually seen in the more expensive laptops rather than the lower budget ones. Pros The sleek design Budget gaming laptop Well built Thin bezel Stable CPU and GPU operation under load Good cooling system and less noise Cons Mediocre display, color and brightness level could have been better Bad webcam placement (nosecam) No thunderbolt 3 port and the card reader is absent Specs CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H, Intel Core i7-8750H Operating System: Windows 10 Home RAM: 8GB (RAM Upgradable to 16GB) Hard Drive Size: 1 TB Hard Drive Type: SATA Hard Drive Secondary Hard Drive Size: 128 GB Secondary Hard Drive Type: PCIe m.2 SSD Display Size: 15.6 Highest Available Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution: 1920×1080 Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti 4GB Video Memory: 4GB Wi-Fi Model: Lenovo 802.11 AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1 Touchpad Size: 3.9 x 2.0 inches with microsoft precision driver Ports (excluding USB): Mini DisplayPort Ports (excluding USB): Kensington Lock Ports (excluding USB): HDMI Ports (excluding USB): Ethernet Ports (excluding USB): Combo Headphone/Mic Jack Ports (excluding USB): USB Type-C Ports (excluding USB): USB 3.1 Size: 14.4 inches x 10.2 inch Design The entry level gaming laptops in the past few years has been the same black plastic body with the red accent, which is really showy. But the Lenovo Legion Y530 looks more like a thinkpad workstation than a flashing, RGB lighting, superfluous design, that dominates the gaming laptop category. The body is matte black plastic with a subtle spiral pattern encircling the only flashy thing in the lid of the laptop, the white succumbed star in the “O” of the Legion logo on the back. The legion is made of plastic but still gives a very premium feel. The hinge has been shifted forward, for which, despite the display having smaller bezel the laptop actually isn’t smaller than its predecessor, in size. They also moved a majority of its ports to the back, so you don’t have a tangle of cords coming from the sides. I really liked the idea of shifting of the ports. So, the laptop looks neat, even when different wires are connected to it, because they are not visible. All the change is for the better. But one peculiarity of the new design is the 23 mm shelf that resides behind the hinges and display lid. It’s a design which the premium laptops like alienware or asus zephyrus is using. The bezel around the display is very thin (8mm). It has been reduced from its predecessor, and makes the device more attractive. So one would expect that the Y530 is smaller than it’s similarly bezel-less peer, the XPS 15— but it actually is 360 x 268 x 28 mm. It also has the soft silicon finish which feels really nice but is prone to collecting finger prints. Connectivity The Y530 doesn’t have any ports on the front. It has a USB 3 port and a combo audio port on the right side and on the left side it only has a USB 3 port. The rest of the ports are situated at the backside of the laptop. On the rear there is another USB 3 port, one USB type C port, one mini-display port for video output and the charging port. But there is no thunderbolt and no slot for memory card (SD or micro SD). The Legion Y530 is the latest laptop to include the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 adapter, which features 2×2 antenna design and Bluetooth 5.0. Gigabit Ethernet has also been added courtesy of the Realtek GBE adapter. The Y530 shows no signs of struggle in achieving high connection throughput, with results of 663 MB/s and 632 MB/s in receive/transmit wireless respectively. The Intel 9650 adapter can reach speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps. a GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti for the GPU (both featuring 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM). Performance unplugged is, as expected, somewhat below that while operating on AC power: a second run of 3DMark 11 resulted in a Graphics Score of 6245 (versus the 9909 points recorded during the normal run). On the topic of DPC latencies, LatencyMon revealed no such issues even with all wireless radios active. Accessories The only accessory that is provided with the Y530 is the rather large 135 W AC adapter weighing at 582g. Software The Y530 has the vantage Lenovo management software which provides basic control over fan operation, hot keys, system monitoring etc. It includes a Cooling Boost feature that forces the fan to support high RPM to improve temperatures. Input Devices The Legion Y530 comes with a white backlit keyboard which (the white color has a better visibility than the red keys of other gaming laptops when backlight is off) looks pretty good as compliments the off track look of the whole device. The buttons are also very comfortable with a 1.7 mm travel and they have a soft springy feel which doesn’t make keys mushy. There are no hotkeys. The arrow keys have been enlarged. The num keys are present in the Y530 which is much appreciating. The touchpad is on the smaller side (100 x 55 mm) but has precision touchpad driver which helps the touchpad to be well operated and accurate. The two separated physical buttons are loud which is actually more preferable to some than the integrated clickpad. Display The lenovo legion y530 has a 15.6 inch full HD IPS display. The screen has a 60hz refresh rate. It gives an ‘Ok’ish performance but doesn’t do justice to the vibrance of color. Actually it is weakest point of this laptop with lackluster color and brightness. But for a laptop at this budget it is not that bad truth to be told. Although the display is a bit better on another version which has a 144hz display and costs about $100 more. Brightness on the Y530’s display measured about 280 nits (300 nit on the 144hz edition), a little above the minimum 250-nit standard for comfortable indoor viewing. Brightness readers of 300 or above on gaming laptops are more preferable, but 280 nits isn’t bad given the Lenovo Y530’s budget price tag. So we can say that the display isn’t that bad but it would be a bit difficult while using it in a lit environment. And one would not be able to find much better display than this within this budget. Performance The Lenovo Legion Y530 is available in a variety of different configurations, with processors ranging up to the 6-core Core i7-8750H, up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and the choice of either a GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti for the GPU (both featuring 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM). Performance unplugged is, as expected, somewhat below that while operating on AC power: a second run of 3DMark 11 resulted in a Graphics Score of 6245 (versus the 9909 points recorded during the normal run). On the topic of DPC latencies, LatencyMon revealed no such issues even with all wireless radios active. Processor The Core i5-8300H in our Y530 is a quad-core CPU with a 45 W TDP that we’ve covered numerous times before already. Performance is great, though obviously below the six-core CPUs such as the Core i7-8750H (which is an option for the Y530). Clock rates range from 2.3 GHz up to 4 GHz (3.9 GHz with 4 cores active) and Hyper-Threading technology is supported. 818 points in Cinebench R15 multi-CPU is a very good result however (versus the i5-8300H CPU average of 788 points), and the score of 171 in single-CPU is exactly what we’d expect to see. Storage Devices The Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G, a rather unconventional M.2 2242-sized drive, requires an adapter bracket to span the full length of the M.2 2280 slot. The write speed is not great but it does the job. Read speeds are much better, though still below averages for an NVMe drive. But one can always swipe the SSD for a better drive afterwards. There is also a mechanical 1 TB 7200 RPM storage drive, a Western Digital WD10SPZX—so there’s plenty of room for game downloads on board. Despite featuring an NVMe SSD the Y530 barely keeps up with its competitors. This is mostly due to the drive’s below-average speeds for its class. In PCMark 10, the score of 4812 isn’t bad, but it’s slightly below the gaming class average. GPU Performance The Y530’s performance is roughly in line with the average scores we have in our database for this adapter, so there aren’t any major surprises to explore here. It has improved slightly than its predecessor. This machine can run most of the AAA games in medium or low settings quite smoothly and some even in high settings. Scores of 7740 in 3DMark Fire Strike and 50387 in Cloud Gate are perfectly reasonable. The frame rate you will get in some games are given below: PUBG- 55 fps Fortnite- 76 fps Rainbow Six Siege- 91 Actually one can’t expect to play the newer AAA games in high and ultra settings in a gaming laptop within this budget. So the performance of Y530 is quite good comparing to the price tag it is offering. System Noise The machine is basically silent when it is idle mode. Even under pressure, it makes a lot less noise than most other competitor laptops (0.5 dB(A)—recorded on the high end). Temperature The device also does a good job overall of managing temperatures, though idle values are a bit on the high side, under load, it remains cooler than most competitors. The fact that the cooling fans have been moved further and they are bigger than before and allows more effective independent heat displacement for CPU and GPU, the cooling system is really good in the Y530. And also the corner mounted spacious air vents because of the new design also provide uninhibited airflow. Speaker The two front bottom mounted HARMAN speakers of the Y530 are quite good but the bass isn’t there. It’s a within a budget and since it is a laptop, the speakers are not supposed to be something special. For better sound, using a headphone is always a better option. Battery Life The 3-cell lithium ion 52.5 Wh internal battery in the Y530 provided around 4 hours of life in our standardized web surfing battery test. While gaming, it would last around 2 to 3 hours. But battery life is of minimal importance in any gaming laptop. Legion Y530 Price in BD The pricing in Bangladesh of Lenovo Y530 starts from 89,900 and goes up to 1,42,800 according to the specs. The Lenovo Legion Y530 is still not available anywhere in Bangladesh except at Computer Mania and they provide the best pricing and service in Bangladesh. You can find the latest collection of gaming and other premium laptops in BD at Computer Mania. Verdict In case of budget gaming laptop, the Lenovo Legion Y530 offers one of the best mixes of performance and design one can find within the price range. It’s a good laptop which will run the recent games smoothly with an aesthetic design. The facts to note would be the color reproduction and brightness and the webcam positioning. Other than that it’s a very good choice for someone who is looking for an entry level gaming laptop.