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Lenovo debuts sub-$1,000 IdeaPad L340 Gaming line for low-glow gamers

Plus, the company refreshed its Legion gaming line with the new Intel ninth-gen mobile processors and Turing-generation Nvidia graphics.

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The new Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming in 15- and 17-inch versions; the bigger model has a lot of empty space around the keyboard and bigger bezels around the display.

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Lenovo finally launches its own everyday-gamer laptop line with the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, a variant of its budget thinnish-and-lightish 300 series with discrete graphics. It joins Acer Nitro, Dell G series, HP Pavilion Gaming, 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 Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 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
Starting price $869.99 $919.99
Availability May 2019 May 2019

The L340 Gaming in profile. 

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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 Legion Y530. 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


15-inch 17-inch
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
Starting price $1,209.99 $1,269.99
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 Legion Y7000, 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.

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