The Lenovo Legion Y540 is a great device that is appreciated worldwide and is usually considered as a close competitor to the Acer Helios 300 (2019) series laptop. From system specifications to price, both the Legion Y540 and the Helios 300 are similar and provides great value for money in the current market. But is it better than the Helios 300? If yes, then in what way or if no, then how does it differ? let’s find out as I’ve come up with the most comprehensive review made solely considering what the top reviewers who have had a hands-on experience over the Legion Y540 have to say.
ORDINARY TECH RATING SCALE (OTRS)I understand it can get a little tricky even for a reviewer to exactly explain how they feel a particular aspect of a gadget is. Top reviewers get to have their hands on a lot of products and they’ll have to explain how they feel about a particular aspect of a product through words. I study the emotion, enthusiasm and use of strong words by a reviewer and convert that into a number system ranking from 0 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 0 being the opposite.
Design language and appearance
- 2.3Kg (2.1kg without the 2.5inch drive) body weight and the massive adoptor comes around 950-960 grams in weight.
- 36cm width x 26.7cm depth x 2.6cm height.
- Design language does not scream gamer on the face and looks quite much like an office laptop as well.
- 8mm side thin side bezels and top bezels but significantly larger bottom bezel.
- The bottom bezel houses a 720p web camera which is of average quality and position is bad. (NoseCam)
- Mild screen flex can be noticed despite having a thick plastic. Quite sturdy as the hinges are placed at the far corners.
- Legion logo branding on top of the lid which lights up in white.
- The left side houses a 3.1 USB gen1 Type-A port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack
- The right side houses a 3.1 USB gen 1 port alone.
- Rear side houses USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, mini DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, power connector, Kensington lock slot.
- Trackpad with dedicated left and right buttons.
- White backlit keyboard with 2mm key travel.
In my opinion, I would prefer the design of the Lenovo Legion Y540 any day over the gamer screaming Acer Predator Helios 300. Lenovo did a great job with the design end. In fact, one can even carry the Lenovo Legion Y540 to their office or university without getting too much informally noticed. For a gaming laptop, I’ve always had a crush on the Legion Y540.
As far as typing is considered, the Lenovo legion Y540 will be loved by all, but most reviewers did mention that the key travel is not great for gaming. So, this needs to be kept in mind as well. Generally speaking, 2mm key travel is apt for getting a good typing experience.
One thing to note with the keyboard is that the right side number pad has been cramped down to fit unusually large arrow keys. Also, an important thing to be noted is that some of the reviewers did mention how the entire keyboard panel has been shrunk a little which could take a little time to get used to.
The speakers are fairly decent. This is quite common in laptops as I’ve been noticing that almost every laptop maker takes the laptop speaker for granted. So, expect an average sounding speaker with average loudness.
Let’s see what the top reviewers have to say for the build quality of the Lenovo legion Y540.
|-Jarrods tech” feels sturdy “||8|
|-Dave Lee “cleaner look” Built well”||7|
|-Digit” looks good and feels sturdy in hand”||8|
The Lenovo Legion Y540 is made all out of plastic. That doesn’t mean the build feels poor. The build quality is quite great and as seen from the reviewers, they were all fairly satisfied. The top Lid of the Y540 is quite thick, making it sturdy. The two hinges are placed at the far ends of the length of the laptop which makes the opening and closing of the lid feel intact. Do note that few reviewers did seem to mention a mild flex while opening and closing the lid.
The laptop can be opened with a single hand and very little flex is seen when we apply pressure over the keyboard panel. This is a good indication of the well-built chassis of the Lenovo Legion Y540.
- 15.6 inch Full HD.
- It comes with 60Hz as well as a 144Hz high refresh rate IPS panel.
- 93% of sRGB
- 72% of AdobeRGB
- Max brightness of 293nits with a 740:1 contrast ratio.
- Black on max brightness of 0.29 cd/m²
- 12ms screen response time.
- Matt finished with anti-glare.
|-Dave Lee “Games look great on it”||7|
|-Jarrds tech “still fair and looked fine”||6|
|-Digit” you won’t be disappointed with the display” crisp and colorful for web browsing”||8|
|-Mathew Moniz “you do have brighter displays this year”||8|
The Lenovo Legion Y540 sports a fairy accurate and medium bright screen. Do note that many reviewers did complain that the screen is not bright enough( opposite to what Mathew Moniz said). The black matt finish over the laptop screen makes the screen even dimmer. In my opinion. the blackish matt looks will be preferred by all but based on the max brightness value, its easy to conclude that the display will become a little difficult to view under direct sunlight conditions.
Overall, for gaming purposes, the display is great, fairly accurate and the colors are crispy and clean. The Lenovo Legion Y540 will easily be liked for its display mostly. Adding to the list is the thin 8mm bezels which give out a great look to the laptop as well as helps to bring down the overall size of the laptop by a significant factor.
- Intel Core i7 9750H Coffee Lake series, Intel Core i5 9300H
- Nvidia RTX 2060, GTX 1660ti, GTX 1650
- 16GB(dual channel) and 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM variants.
- Variety of SSD configurations.
- Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8168)
- 802.11AC WiFi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Cinebench R15 = 180points
- CPU multi 64bit =1270 points
- Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit = 1153 points
- Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit = 146 fps
- Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit = 100 %
- Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit = 88 Points
- PCMark 10 = 8066 points (Digital Content Creation)
- PCMark 10 = 7433 points (Productity)
- PCMark 10 = 9020 points (Essesntial)
- PCMark 10 = 5716 points (Overall)
- PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2 = 4509 points
- PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2 = 5044 points
|-Dave Lee “Performace of this laptop is fantastic”||9|
|-Jarrods tech “similar performance as Helios 300”||9|
|-Digit “gaming was a pleasurable experience”||8|
Undoubtedly, the Legion Y540 is a beast which performs similar to the Acer helios 300. Unlike the latter, the Y540 does not come with a factory undervolt, so the stock performance comes out to be a little slower than the factory’s undervolted performance from the Helios 300. Although, undervolting to the same level as the Helios 300 tends to increase the performance and even surpass the later.
When it comes to thermals of the Legion Y540, there were mixed reviews coming from all the reviewers, while Dave Lee is interested in the fan positioning and thermals from the Y540, Jarrod’s tech felt the fan speed were lower and he complains about minor thermal throttling issues. It’s come to my attention that Lenovo doesn’t provide the Fan control option, hence manual adjusting the fan speed is not possible as of now. With an external cooling pad, thermal throttling can be completely rectified.
When it comes to the Battery side, people are getting around 4 hours 40 min of web surfing with a 50% brightness level and less than 2 hrs of gaming on battery. This is quite normal for a gaming centered laptop. The Helios 300 seems to perform much better in the battery department as most of the reviewers seemed not soo happy with the battery performance of the Lenovo legion Y540. In my opinion, this is the only disappointing aspect of the laptop since I feel a larger battery could’ve been provided as Lenovo did provide the legion Y540 with a working-class look. What I’m trying to say is that the Lenovo legion Y540 beats the purpose of buying this laptop for work/office usage( because the laptop doesn’t scream gamer and looks classy for office use).
Overall, the Lenovo Legion Y540 is a stellar performer and is the best alternative for the Acer helios 300.
- Slim and stylish design.
- Aggressive pricing
- Great design language.
- Most of the ports are to the read side making wiring, hassle-free.
- Great performance.
- Good thermal design.
- Good quality and great to type keyboard.
- Fairly accurate screen with high refresh rate options.
- Sturdy build quality.
- Great value for money.
- Fans are not fast enough
- Requires manual under-volting to get the best output.
- The cramped keyboard takes a little time to get used to.
- Average screen brightness.
- Need for external cooling to aid overcoming thermal throttling.
Starts from Rs.79,990 up to Rs.1,27,990
The Lenovo Legion Y540 is an overall killer package packing great hardware for a good price. I would highly suggest you get this laptop without a second thought and should consider the Helios 300 only for a little more premium body build and better screen. Other than these two aspects, the Lenovo Legion Y540 fairly triumphs over the Acer Helios 300.