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CES 2019: Lenovo Legion expands to 240Hz monitors, RTX laptops and peripherals

Back when Nvidia announced that RTX graphics chips were coming to laptops, the company also boasted that more than 40 new laptops were already set to carry them. We’ve seen new models from Razer, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte and more. Now today at CES, Lenovo announced that it is also jumping on board, with a new range of Legion gaming gear that spreads from RTX laptops to peripherals, monitors and other pre-built systems. 

The Lenovo Legion Y740 and Y540 lead the new laptop range. Both are fairly thin and light enough to be portable. The Y740 is the more powerful of the two and comes in both 15-inch and 17-inch variants. The smaller one carries an RTX 2070 Max-Q while the larger one can be upgraded to an RTX 2080 Max-Q. In either case, both versions can sport up to an 8th Gen Core i7 processor and up to 32GB of RAM. You also get a 1080p/144Hz display, which should play very nicely with GPUs of this calibre.

The Y540 is the cheaper model, you still get a super compact laptop, a 15-inch display, as much RAM as you can afford and an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. However, you are limited to an RTX 2060 in the graphics department, which should still be plenty of power for modern games.

The Legion series doesn’t just cover laptops though, peripherals are also involved. The Legion M500 RGB mouse uses an ergonomic design with textured grips, a Pixart PMW 3389 sensor with up to 16,000 DPI and the ever reliable Omron switches for durability. The Legion K500 RGB is the accompanying mechanical keyboard, which sticks to a fairly minimalist design. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what switches are under the caps, so it could be Cherry MX, it could be Kailh, or it could be something else entirely. Finally, the Legion H300 headset rounds out the peripheral lineup, delivering 7.1 virtual surround sound, a floating headband that self-adjusts when you put it on, a detachable boon microphone and 50mm dynamic audio drivers.

Finally, Lenovo is also jumping in to the gaming monitor space. First up is the Y44w, which is a 43.4-inch curved display with a 3840×1200, which results in a weirder aspect ratio than I am sure most of us are used to- the easiest way to look at it would be double 16:10. It also includes HDR with a 400 nits peak brightness, a 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync 2 technology.

The Legion Y27gq reigns things in a bit with a 2560×1440 resolution on a 27-inch panel. However, it does have a super fast 240Hz refresh rate, putting it above and beyond many other high refresh rate 1440p monitors currently available.

Pricing and availability for all of the new gear is still TBD but we’ll hopefully have more information on that front soon.

KitGuru Says: Lenovo is digging into the gaming market this year and sparing no expense with high-end gear. Those two monitors in particular appear to be quite interesting. 

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