Lenovo's new Legion Y740S pushes the definition of a gaming laptop
When does a gaming laptop not a gaming laptop?
Lenovo was gonna show us with the Legion Y740S here at CES 2020 First glance this looks like a fairly standard 15 inch slim laptop.
You can get either a full HD or 4k screen it's got ninth Gen Intel CPU in it but it's part of Lenovo is Legion line which is their gaming brand.
And I go okay that was mean it's a gaming laptop then but is it because inside.
The graphics are just standard Intel integrated graphics, not an Nvidia card, not an AMD card.
So you say to yourself self, what makes us a gaming laptop dad.
It's because you combine this with the new Lenovo boost station, which is an external GPU box.
We've seen these a couple of times over the years.
They've never become.
Although now that you can connect a device like this to a laptop like this via USBC Thunderbolt becomes much more universal and perhaps more interesting to more people.
So what is an easy GPU and external GPU box.
Like the boost station, it's basically a big metal box inside you've got a slot for a grasp discard and you've got a power supply.
So you can do 500 watts of power you can put pretty much any graphics card you can think of in here, just connected via a single thin USBC Thunderbolt cable.
You can power your laptop and it will take all that graphics power that graphics card and make the laptop feel like is built right in.
It doesn't even know the difference.
It doesn't know that it's not an internal graphics card.
So when you combine all that you have a very thin gaming laptop that you can pick up and take with you if you have to take it to work.
Or take it on the subway or go to the coffee shop with it where you're actually going to do regular laptop stuff and you don't have a big gigantic gawky looking gaming laptop.
Then you come home this is sitting on your desk, you plug it right in, gives you your power.
And then gives you the graphics, and my favourite part is if you open this box up, inside.
Again you got room for the graphics card, but I love also.
[UNKNOWN] For a hard drive in there.
So you can put in some extra storage.
A big gigantic hard drive just pop it right in there and then you slide the whole thing back in.
And then you've taken your.
Fairly slim, fairly lightweight, really inexpensive 15 inch laptop and added a ton of extra capabilities to it.
Now the Legion 740-S, it's going to start at 10-99.
If you want the 4-K screen that's going to cost more And then the external box called the boost station that's 250.
And of course, you have to supply your own graphics card, whether it's when you're already sitting around or you go buy a new one, I'm sure they'll be happy to sell you a bundle.
Both of these are going to be available in May.
So it's interesting to see the different ways that companies are playing with the concept of a gaming computer.
Some of them are making them smaller some of them are making the bigger I like that this makes it modular.
So that you don't have to have a full time gaming machine you can have a part time one that becomes a gaming machine when you when you add this or you could just use this box on frankly almost any other laptop you have that supports USBC and Thunderbolt.
We are just getting started here at CES 2020 but that is some of what is going on with PC gaming at the show.
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