Lenovo Y540 – Pick the Right Gaming Laptop!

Lenovo Y540 – Pick the Right Gaming Laptop!


Ok. So these two laptops are some of the cheaper gaming laptops that Lenovo makes. This is the Legion Y540. This is the Y545. These are probably one of the more requested devices that have had on the channel. Uh, these 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. So just right off the rip, in case you’re interested in both of them. The Y540 is better than the Y545 and 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, but it’s got a much simpler design, And I think in twenty nineteen, this kind of design aesthetic is something that a lot of people are looking for. Just kind of 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 aluminum surface while the Y540 is a plastic surface, but both of them are built well. I wouldn’t say that the aluminum shell makes it’s more durable or anything. If anything the hinge design on the 545 because the hinge is a kind of centered 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 the 540 over the 545 is because of the 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 thread 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. And 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. If you look on the inside, you can see the heat pipes from the 540 and it’s just a pair of heat pipes that run from the CPU and the GPU. And you can see that being vented off by the fan. On the 545, it’s the same kind of design setup, but you’ll see that 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. Now inside you also have access to your RAM your SSD your 2.5-inch SATA as well as your WIFI card and your battery. Now the battery is small. It’s a 57Wh battery. 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. Okay. Uh, let’s go to the rest of the device. Oh, ports on this thing. 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 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 device. Ok. Let’s just close up these ones because I’m done talking about the Y545. It was a cool idea and I think for some people that like the design aesthetic. It’s got that look. But for me, and I think for most of you guys, you should be picking up the 540 instead of the 545. Ok, inside we have a keyboard. The typing experience is a little strange because of the number pad included kind of squish everything tighter into this 15-inch frame. Uh, but once you get used to the layout of it, It’s not bad. Like the actual key strokes 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 lay out because it doesn’t have the number pad. But think a lot of people do like that number pad and think for everyone they can get used to this lay out given enough time. Uh, the track pads on the bottom, it’s got dedicated hardware buttons which I like and it’s using windows precision drivers. So, track pad overall solid, keyboard can be solid if you kind of get used to the lay out. The screen. This 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 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 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 caliber 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 if I remember correctly. 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 was The 545 was a bit of a disappointment like I would chirp on this harder. But because the 540 is available and I prefer the designs that I give it more. Like, I don’t even care about this one. It’s cool that it exists. It’s great that the… Maybe this thing exist to make the 540 look that much better. Now I’m going to talk about one other thing. The Y740 is kind of like the premium version of this like I mentioned earlier. But when you look at the price difference between the two. This is around $1200 for like a good configuration with an RTX-2060 and a 9th Gen Intel CPU. This is around $1400, so about $200 more. It is a lot better though. Like there’s just a lot more to it. If your budget can stretch to the $1400 mark I would definitely take a look at this. But if it can’t, 540 for days, not a 545. Hope you guys enjoy this video Thumb up if you like it. Subs if you love it See you guys next time.

100 Comments on "Lenovo Y540 – Pick the Right Gaming Laptop!"


  1. Dave, this are useless videos, you only make me waist my precious time watching reviews of products that are not perfect or worth my money. i dont like gaming stuffs, i only want a laptop that has good quality and a decent price, not gamming beasts, expensive thick plastic machines or ugly devices that cosume so much power that makes them heavy and loud.

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  2. Watching this on my Y510P which is still pretty much a beast of a laptop, even though its getting a little old, it still handles everything with ease. I am waiting for the day that this kind of tech fits nicely into a 10 or 11 inch 2 in 1 device without thermal issues.

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  3. i updated my iphone 4s from ios 9.3.5 to 9.3.6

    As the update finished the home button no longer operates. It does not functions any more.

    There is some software issue by apple

    Apple please fix the problem.

    Dave Lee if you can just bring this issue to limelight please…

    Thanks.

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  4. had a bad experience with Legion Y 730 .. stay away from lenovo gaming laptops .. all hardware components are not stable .. thanks ..

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  5. Hi Dave. at this point, what would be your favourite gaming laptop (well equipped of course) released between 2018 and 2019?

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  6. Hi Dave,
    Should I go for a RTX 20 series GPU for 3D rendering or I am good with a GTX 10 series, considering prices?

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  7. I'm glad that I picked up the y540 as my first actual gaming rig and I'm enjoying on what it has to offer so far like I have never experienced it before 👌

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  8. Why do gaming laptops always look like shit? I think only the Razer blade does a good job not looking like a toddler took a shit on a piece of paper and then these companies decided to make it.

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  9. Pleaaase do a review on the Lenovo ideapad L340 9th gen processors!!!! Or a comparison with the y540 would be great as well!!

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  10. I am really confused between Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 and Lenovo Legion 540.
    Please help me on which one should I buy

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  11. Guys, I need your help. I have to buy a tiny laptop only to play overwatch with friends. But I want to spend less money possible because if I want to spend money I prefer buy stuff for my desktop. This lenovo is not bad but I'm looking for cheap stuff like an old alienware 14 or something like that. Used Alienware are overpriced. Do you know other name of similar laptop to track it on ebay? Thank you.

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  12. I will take it with i7-9750H, 16GB of RAM, GTX 1660Ti and 512GB of M.2.
    2060 is at 170€ extra, and I think that the 1660Ti is the best price-performance ratio.

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  13. Lenovo sucks at software engineering
    Bought y540 out of the box I had fan control at the first page of Lenovo vantage app and conservation mode. After bios update, those controls were gone. After contacting Lenovo they said that my model isn't supported for those options. I'm like wtf, I had these options out of the box, and you say my model isn't compatible?
    After doing google'ing i installed some kinda oko care or sth (Lenovo older software) and I'm able to use battery conservation mode very well. Only thing I can't find yet how to manually control fan speed without setting it to max.

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  14. Lenovo Legion Y540 with i7 9750h/RTX 2060 costs 1322 € while i7 9750h/GTX 1660ti costs 1186 €…Which one i should buy?

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  15. 4:04
    Me when Im presenting a presentation about computers to my class but I haven't studied a second.

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  16. To everyone who says "inside we have a keyboard" ~ Dave 2019, to be fair, Lenovo DID make a laptop a while back that had a touchscreen and not a real keyboard, so you never know with those guys ;P

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  17. You have the option to chose as the 1st Hard Drive a HD of 1 TB and 7200 rpm or a HD of 2 TB and 5400 rpm. What would be the best option? I'm considering buying this laptop and I don't know what should I chose.
    (note: I have chosen as a secundary hard drive the 256GB SDD and I dont want to change this)

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  18. Can you please review alienware m15 R2 latest design for thermals, performance and battery??

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  19. I had a Legion Y530 (1050) for a few months during my final year at uni and I can say it was a solid machine. The frame, lid, keyboard and hinge were very sturdy. I typed my whole thesis and run engineering software and it performed smoothly. I only did some light gaming on the side but the machine seemed to handle it well. The fan wasn't too noisy too. If the Y540 inherits all the good stuff from Y530 and includes extra upgrades, I would highly recommend people to try it out.

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  20. Hey Dave…..I am Akash from India ..I needed a budget laptop for heavy work load as well gaming….my budget is around 1 lakh RS.which one should I buy.Is this the one.

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  21. Lenovo.
    Lol.
    Abysmal customer support, their forced firmware update bricked my y740, and only option their "support" offered was a fresh install of windows. Never again.

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  22. Would you still recomend ACER Helios 300 over this Y540?
    Pls help this comment get to the top. I'm about to buy one of those till the end of the week. Thnx 🙂

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  23. Nice video ! Can you say to me if the Y540 is great for VR with Oculus Rift S wth 1660Ti?

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  24. So for the same settings, which one would be better? The Lenovo Legion y540 or the Acer Helios 300 (2019)?

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  25. Can you please help me choose between legion y540 i5 9th with 1tb ssd vs Asus rog strix gl503 with i5 9th and 1tb hdd +256 ssd. Thank you

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  26. Guys I need your help
    Should I get the Y540 with the I5-9300 and gtx 1650
    Or the L340
    I7-9750h and gtx 1650?
    The Y540 has a 144hz screen and better cooling but the L340 has an i7 which one should I buy?

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  27. It must be some special keyboard, with a special key that teleports you to other dimensions once you press it

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  28. I'd be very interested to know what you consider to be the features of the 17" 540 that set it apart from the 15"? You stated that it's "a lot better" 07:06 , I've looked at the specs for both machines and can't see there, what would make it so. Could you elaborate a little please?

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  29. what would be a better buy, since the RTX 2060 is the same price as the 1660 ti which would you guys buy?

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  30. https://www.notebookcheck.net/
    Here you can check top 10 under 1000$ , laptops for students etc..

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  31. I bought the legion Y540 one month ago and I´m really happy about it, I have been comparing prices since January and I have seen a lot of videos and good but expensive laptops… and this was the best considering price and components. (I am a mexican architecture student, so I needed a powerful laptop for a lot of programs), and I can really say this laptop works very well.
    Thanks Dave!

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  32. Great review. How does Y540 compare to the Helios 300 (assuming the Budget is up to Helios 300’s $1200). Thanja

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  33. guys which is better Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ132 or Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-PG0 ? they are quite similar hard to choose for me …

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  34. lenovo.com going thru a back to school deal right now (till aug 14), you can get the 16gb ram, gtx 1660ti Y540 for $1099. So if anyone was considering it, nows the time to buy it.

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  35. I want the best of the best laptops I been looking into Asus planning to buy a new gaming laptop in the future.

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  36. I just wish lenovo didnt mess up the 15" y740 keyboard with the stupid macro buttons shifting everything to the right…. otherwise that would be the most perfect laptop ever, many reviews ive read on it a lot of people were disappointed and wanting to return their laptops over it.. I suppose the y540 is the next best thing as watching Jarrods video with it being tweaked a bit it gave the new helios a run for its money.

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  37. Hi dave, again, thank you for sharing this very precise and informative review. Hoping you will do a review of Acer Nitro 7 as well soon. I only trust your reviews 🙂 Thank you 😊

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  38. So which is better.. helios 300 or the lenovo 540? Im looking for a laptop for gaming. A laptop that can keep up with next gen… can someone give me dome reomendations?

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