Lenovo finally launches its own everyday-gamer laptop line with the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, a variant of its budget thinnish-and-lightish with discrete graphics. It joins , , , Asus X series and more in the ever-lengthening line of companies to expand beyond their traditional gaming lines.
In this case, it means a slim black slab with blue accents and illumination, in 15- or 17-inch models, starting at $870 and $920, respectively.
Inside you'll find up to a, and a 16GB Intel Optane option, among other things.
IdeaPad L340 Gaming Specifications
||15 inch (15IRH)||17 inch (17IRH)|
|Screen||15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 45% NTSC (39% sRGB) in IPS 250 nits or TN 220 nits||17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits or 60% NTSC (52% sRGB) TN 220 nits|
|Processor||Up to Core i7-9750H||Up to Core i7-9750H|
|Graphics Processor||GeForce GTX 1650||GeForce GTX 1650|
|Memory||Up to 16GB DDR4||Up to 16GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, 16GB Optane||Up to 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, 16GB Optane|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 1x1 or 2x2, Bluetooth 4.2||Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 1x1 or 2x2, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Connections||2 x USB-A 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, combo audio||2 x USB-A 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, combo audio|
|Size||14.3 x 10.0 x 0.9 in / 363 x 255 x 24 mm||16.3 x 11.2 x 1.0 in / 413 x 285 x 25 mm|
|Weight||4.8 lbs/2.2kg||5.5 lbs/2.5kg|
|Availability||May 2019||May 2019|
How did Lenovo manage to price the L340 Gaming so low with that hexacore i7? By using the ultra-blech narrow-gamut (39% sRGB), dim, TN-technology displays like the one we disliked in the. The 17-inch model's base option has a slightly bigger gamut, but probably not enough to make a difference and it's still dim.
They will also offer an easy way to switch between "Quick" and "Quiet" modes, which is likely a manual discrete vs. internal GPU setting to control Nvidia's Optimus technology.
The company has also taken the opportunity to refresh its Legion Y-series gaming laptops with options for the new Core i5 and i7 and Nvidia graphics.
In addition to the ninth-gen and latest Nvidia bumps, it also gets better display choices, because as I mentioned earlier, the Y530's display was really not good.
Legion Y540 quick specs
|Display||1,920 x 1080 IPS at 144Hz, 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits, 60Hz 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits, 60Hz 45% NTSC (39% sRGB) 250 nits||1,920 x 1080 IPS 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits 144Hz or 60Hz|
|Processor||Core i7-9750H or i5-9300H||Core i7-9750H or i5-9300H|
|Graphics processor||GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 1650, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060||GeForce GTX 1650, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060|
|Availability||late June||late June|
The Legion Y740 also updates with an i7-9750H, but the 15-inch model gets a display-option update: a 1,920x1,080 144Hz IPS display with 100% sRGB color, G-sync and 500-nit brightness.
Finally, the, Lenovo's basic gaming laptop, looks like the 15-inch will get the same processor and display options as the Y540 15, and the same GPU choices with the exception of the GTX 1050. The Y7000p is the Optane-optional model with some other slight configuration differences.