The best affordable laptop for gaming
A comprehensive review of the Lenovo Legion Y545
Want to switch your gaming time to a laptop instead of a PC? No problem! We've assembled a review of arguably the best option out there, that is, if you're not wanting to spend that much on a laptop to allow you to play your favourite games:
Let's start off with what literally every gamer looks for first, the specs...
✓ 15 inch display with 1920 x 1080 IPS quality
✓ 16 GB of memory/RAM
✓ 512 GB SSD hard drive
✓ 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750HF Processor (2.60 GHz, up to 4.50 GHz with the turbo boost) - Processor runs off 6 cores.
✓ 802.11AC wireless spec with bluetooth gen 4.2
✓ 720p HD webcam
The Lenovo Legion Y545 is definitely a steal in terms of its features and the price you pay for them. You can pick up this gaming laptop for just under $1,700 SGD, and you'll soon realise that in-game performance is up to scratch with some of the high-end laptops and gaming PCs you might see famous YouTubers use.
From the tests we've seen, 60 FPS gaming is not just achieved, but you can enjoy it smoothly and without any lag or delay to your experience. Some criticism could be given towards the battery life, and gaming at 60 FPS might take down a full charge in around an hour - But then again, it would be reasonable to assume we almost always play games while our current laptops are on charge anyway, right?
In terms of the exterior design, you will be glad to know it is pretty lightweight (Just over 5 pounds), this is a little heavier than models like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 and the Dell G3 15, which both come in at well under the 5 pound mark. As for ports, the Legion Y545 comes with 2 x USB type A 3.1 ports, a USB 3.1 type C port, HDMI, ethernet, a DC port as well as a Kensington lock (For that extra level of security!).
The sound system is pretty fantastic, offering a decent level of volume which will most likely fill an average living room, there isn't really much need for earphones or headphones as the built-in speakers are worth giving the time of day.
Visually, 60 FPS gaming can be carried out, and you'll probably exceed that, with many reports of frames getting up to, and past 70 FPS.
The keyboard and mouse come smooth and compact, and allow for efficient use of in-game controls and fast typing. It also comes with a dedicated key for executing recordings of your gaming - Something every streamer will come to love as it adds to the convenience of getting your live stream/videos ready for sites like YouTube and Twitch.
Overall, the Legion 545 is a great laptop for gaming, its price is very low for the performance you get out of it, the specs are well worth the cost, and the quality of gaming along with visuals and sound allow for a truly immersive experience - The only downsides are the low battery life and the fact the laptop can sometimes heat up pretty quickly when you are running it out on the max.