After taking time making comparison of laptops within my price range, I opted to ordering a Lenovo notebook. It is a big shift in preference from my usual brand. The package has arrived so we are going to do an unboxing episode.
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I have here a new notebook which is a replacement of an HP laptop.
A sharp departure from my preferred brand, the Lenovo line caught my attention. I opted to get a new Lenovo Legion Y530 15ICH. I think the 15 ICH means 15 inch, not so sure though. This is a strong departure from my usual brand of HP.
This laptop weighs 5.07 pounds. It has a hexacore Intel eight generation i7-8750H cpu @2.20GHZ. Its dimension stands at 14.37 inches x 10.24 inches x0.95 inch (or, 365x260x2.2 mm).
One factor that pushed me on getting this unit is its 15.6 inches Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution surrounded by about 8 mm thin bezels. That resolution boasts impressive color and clarity IPS technology for wide viewing angles and an Energy-efficient LED backlight.
I’m showing here the ports available on three sides.
On the left side, there is one USB 3.1 Type A port and a headphone and microphone audio combo jack.
The back has seven ports which include a USB 3.1 Type C, Mini Display Port 1.4, USB 3.1 Type A, HDMI 2.0, RJ-45 for Local Aea Network connection to internet source, Power port and Kensington Lock slot.
The right side has one USB 3.1 Type A port.
Interesting to note here that this notebook has two built in fans on its back or bottom.
This laptop has no DVD or CD drive to compensate for a feature that Lenovo pushed which is light weight at 5.07 lbs and a thin design at 1″ inch thin or thick for improved portability.
One downside though is its 3-cell lithium-ion battery that could last to a max of 5 hours only, or perhaps could be less.
Also missing is a media card or SD card slot. So I have to get an SD card reader or use my HP desktop to transfer my videos. Such a cumbersome process.
This has got a 16 gigabyte memory. I forgot to mention that this is an entry level gaming laptop aimed at intense multitasking. Although I am not a gamer, this is my choice to test its effectiveness on coding the videos I make.
I’m looking forward to the effectiveness of its high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM if it can really smoothly run graphics-heavy games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
I have two choices what graphics to use in loading installed apps and games.
The on-board NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics has a 4GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU that can handle my video conversion tasks as well as games. The GTX 1050 Ti graphics—offers better value, as well as more headroom for the future.
Or I can switch to the Intel UHD (for ultra high definition) Graphics 630 when simply doing simple tasks or surfing.
Even if it is one of the cheapest, that’s why I already mentioned it is an entry level gaming laptop, in the 5 pound weight class, I so believed it is the right one for me.
I don’t rely much on the built-in speaker for I use a headphone which gives me better sound, still this notebook has a built-in Harman/Kardon speakers. Lenovo says its DTS Sound creates a virtual surround sound experience for music, movies, streaming Web content and games. I will still use my headphone nonetheless.
This thing connects to network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards with its Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port also plugs into wired networks which is a cool thing. I have tested it connects to a 5G internet source seamlessly.
Another downside of this Legion version is that its built-in HD 720p camera and microphone is located on the bottom, below the screen. So that using the camera, the video will most likely show my face highlighting the bottom of the face upwards. It is like it wants to show more of the user’s nose. So ackward.
Almost forget to mention here that this Legion has 1TB Hard Drive plus an Intel Optane Memory for ample storage space. The 7200 RPM drive is complimented with a 16GB solid state drive as a cache to speed up start times and accelerate frequently accessed data.
The tricky design on the shiny black hinge lid which sits about an inch forward from the laptop’s back edge, makes the slim rear end look like it’s jutting out from the rest of the chassis. This makes the notebook feel thinner than it actually is.
The full-size keyboard includes a 10-key numeric keypad. The trackpad has discrete mouse buttons. The keyboard feels comfortable and snappy, complete with two-step white backlighting, slightly concave key caps, a tactile bump in the middle of each keystroke. It has 10-key numeric keypad which sits to the right of the main keyboard, with a roomy set of arrow keys just beneath.
The Y530’s mid-size trackpad sits directly below the space bar, it is somewhat left of center to make room for the numeric keypad. While the trackpad lacks a physical clicking mechanism, you can still tap it to click, or you can click the two mouse buttons along the bottom of the trackpad. While the trackpad itself is smooth, responsive, and adept at rejecting mistaken inputs, it’s also quite the magnet for oily fingerprint smudges. That is why I had my keyboard covered simply for that purpose.
With all these said, testing the Lenovo on my video program, sometimes it hangs when I make videos with too many layers, like 7 or so and numerous clips, efects, etcetrea.
But generally, I already liked this portable laptop which is just right for my requirement.
This video was edited, rendered and completed using the Lenovo Legion 530-15ich with seven layers for raw video, text, still images and sound and using lots of effects/ enhancements. While we expected to complete this video seamlessly, the notebook had many hiccups the video app died it was restarted many times.
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