This blog is all about Affordable Gaming Laptops with all its specs and full review. Lenovo is one of the best affordable gaming laptops. There are specific 2 Laptops of Lenovo that I personally recommend you especially if you are on a budget.
(1) Legion Y540.
(2) Legion Y545.
Both the Laptops are very popular and the reason why they’re popular is probably because of the price. They both start at $999 and they both have very similar hardware, but they are actually quite different from each other. Way more different than I thought they would be, just looking at the paper specs. All prices and specs are mentioned of both the laptops are mentioned below. On my Instagram and Telegram handle, I took a poll between Legion Y540 & Y545 many of you told me Lenovo Y540 is better and it will be your first choice among these two laptops. So the question arises is WHY??? Btw, According to me as well Y540 is better.
Lenovo Y540 is better than the Y545? Why??
I’ll explain why. I have a preference for the design aesthetic of the Y540. This is a much cleaner look. I mean this isn’t the only reason why I prefer it, but it’s got a much simpler design, And I think in 2020, this kind of design aesthetic is something that a lot of people are looking for. Just kind of an understated but powerful gaming laptop and that’s what the Y540 delivers. The Y545 has a more kind of classic gamer look, It’s got more angular design. It’s got this light-up Lenovo logo and the whole shape and design aesthetic of this device is much more reminiscent of their older gaming devices like the Y7000.
Now the one advantage that the 540 has is it’s got a metal top panel. So this is an aluminium surface while the Y545 is a plastic surface, but both of them are built well. I wouldn’t say that the .aluminum shell makes it more durable or anything. If anything the hinge design on the 545 because the hinge is kind of centred on the back area here. This is like it’s a design we’ve seen on older Lenovo laptops and this has been an issue with some of the older devices where you would just every time you open and close the lid you would torque this like in a way that shouldn’t and that can’t be good for the lifespan of a hinge.
Now, the main reason why I prefer 540 over 545 is because of thermal performance. You would think that these have similar thermal designs, right? Because they have a similar design chassis and there’s a lot of information or misinformation on the internet about how they had the same kind of thermal design. And they also I’ve seen threads talking about how the 740 the legion 740 also has the same kind of thermal design. They’re all completely different from each other. They’re similar, but they’re very different
Removing heat from the CPU and the GPU:
While playing Games the most Common issue we all suffer from is heating of the laptops of CPU & GPU. The 540 is a lot better than the 545 when it comes to removing heat from the CPU and the GPU. And I’ll just pop this open to explain why. The heat pipes from the 540 and it’s just a pair of heat pipes that run from the CPU and the GPU. And that being vented off by the fan. On the 545, it’s the same kind of design setup, but the heat pipes only vent off at the back of the device.
There is no ventilation that comes off the side like it does on the 540. And this difference in the configuration of the heat pipes and the fan makes a very big difference in the thermal performance of the device. The 545 can throttle pretty easily, if you push it hard enough. The 540 does not. It’s a much better performer.
The important part comes here, While playing games we are so indulged in it that we often forget about the battery level and if the laptop dies in the middle of the game, it really s**ks. So Coming to Lenovo Y545 battery Life ,It’s a 57 Wh battery. Now the battery is small. We’ve seen this exact same size and a bunch of the Lenovo devices this year. It’s like a three-hour battery. It’s not amazing, but at this price point I feel like a lot of the market is getting that same kind of battery life. So yeah, that’s just what we have a 2.5 to 3-hour battery life. with the screen at 215 nits.
It’s got a pretty decent selection of ports and a lot of them are located in the back which I like including the AC adapter. So just everything is cleared away from the sides to keep things a little bit tidier. But the USB-C port does not support Thunderbolt-3. If that’s something you’re interested in, it’s lacking on this device. But that’s kind of the standard when it comes to this kind of price range of the device.
Ok, inside we have a keyboard. The typing experience is a little strange because the number pad included a kind of squish everything tighter into this 15-inch frame. But once you get used to the layout of it, It’s not bad. Like the actual keystrokes are fine. It’s just that it does take a little more time to get used to this layout at least for me compared to other devices. Even the legion Y740, which is a more premium version of this device that has a more traditional layout because it doesn’t have the number pad.
But I think a lot of people do like that number pad and think for everyone they can get used to this layout given enough time. The trackpads on the bottom, it’s got dedicated hardware buttons which I like and it’s using windows precision drivers. So, trackpad overall solid keyboard can be solid if you kind of get used to the layout.
Lenovo Y540 model has the 144Hz panel option and I would highly recommend if you’re purchasing this device to get this panel and to upgrade from the 60Hz panel if you can afford it. It is just a way better use of the hardware that these devices are coming with. And I realized that at this kind of price point at the 1000-dollar budget, it is a big bump up in price to get the 144Hz screen. It’s like a $200 price bump which is like 20% of what you are originally planning to pay for. But it’s just a way better game experience when you have a fast and smooth screen. Games look great on it. And the performance of this laptop is fantastic for the money. You can basically play any kind of AAA title with great frame rates and great graphic settings.
The speakers are located on the bottom. They don’t sound amazing but I’m not gonna knock it too hard at this price point. The webcam is located at the bottom of the screen. I think a lot of people don’t like that I personally don’t either. But I don’t think it’s too big of a deal because I don’t use the webcam that much on a gaming laptop. There is one thing I wanna talk about fan control and fan noise. So the fans are sufficient. They cool this laptop well. But the fan control is limited when you put this thing on high-performance mode. There’s no way to manually control the fans.
Feel like with hardware of this calibre you should be able to just tweak the fans the way that you like. You’re supposed to crank this thing if you’re doing a render something but you can’t. They really should implement that in the software like future updates of the software. But that’s something that can add in the future. And if I’m not mistaken the older version of this, the Y530 from last year did have manual fan control. So it’s kind of strange that they removed it this year. But overall this device it’s awesome. I expected it to be good and it really is.
Conclusion & Specs:
Lenovo Legion Y545
* Price: $899
* 2.60 GHz base speed
* 15.6-inch with (1920 x 1080) full HD display
* 300 nits Brightness
* 16 GB
* Laptop weight:2.31 kg
* Storage:512 GB
* Battery Life: 4-5 hrs
Lenovo Legion Y540
* Price: ₹ 66,990 (GTX 1650 4GB + 1TB HDD+128GB SSD)
₹ 69,990 (GTX 1650 4GB + 1TB HDD+256GB SSD)
₹ 74,990 (GTX 1650 4GB + 1TB SSD)
₹ 67,990 (GTX 1650 4GB + 512GB SSD)
* 2.4 GHz base speed
* 15.6-inch screen with (1920X1080) full HD display
*250 Nits Brightness
*Laptop weight: 2.3Kg
*Thin bezeled gaming laptop
*Battery Life: 3- 5 hrs
I think for most of you guys, you should be picking up the 540 instead of the 545. Thank you so much for reading.Do comment your views and Choice!