You might be wondering why we’re talking about a laptop that has seen its days. Well, it shows how reliable the laptop has been and how the performance stacks up against current standards. It’s definitely interesting to see how far technology has come and go.
It’s been about 4 years since the release of the Lenovo Legion Y520, and about 4 years since I’ve personally owned and used it. And yes—it is a gaming laptop, a budget one at least; hence the red accents. Looking at it now, it looks a bit dated with its thick bezels and 1920 x 1080 resolution. But at the time, it was sleek and was a bang for the buck at around $1k for a decently spec’d gaming laptop. The one I got had more than enough storage, with a 2TB hard drive, 256GB SSD, and 16GB RAM. It also came with Nvidia GTX 1050Ti graphics and Harman Audio along with some nice subtle, red accents and backlighting.
My Experience & How It Has Held Up
I originally got the Legion Y520 for college about 4 years ago, and it was my first personal laptop. I was impressed by the very quick startup and smooth performance once I got it out of the box and started using it for the first time. Over the last 4 years, the Y520 has been my daily driver for both school and personal use. Starting it up has generally always been a breeze and using it has always been very smooth for the most part (that is, for the first 2-3 years). Majoring in engineering, I needed demanding performance and processing capabilities from the laptop for specific programs, and the Y520 has always been able to meet my needs and processing speeds. In addition, storage has never been a problem; I gradually stopped using external storage devices such as a flash drive over the years with its massive storage (but who does now with cloud storage anyways). Being a gaming laptop, the Y520 is expected to run popular games and perform adequately. Although I’m not really a gamer, I’ve ran games such as Fortnite and GTA without much issue on default settings. The only issue I’ve had while running the games is overheating after running the game(s) for a while. Generally, the performance of the laptop has remained quite well and still performs very smoothly for its age, although I do experience some lag every so often. One issue I’ve encountered during the last year of so is the Y520 randomly (like, really randomly) shutting off, which gets quite annoying.
My experience with the hardware has been quite well. The keyboard is nicely laid out and feels quite nice to type on. The additional keypad, which I like, comes in really handy at times and makes typing numbers a lot easier in my opinion. Just as most other Windows laptops, the Y520 also has plenty of ports. The only main issue that I’ve had is the trackpad. It certainly works and does its job, but the left and right-click buttons are designed as a single unit and feels overly frustrating to use as you need to click on the leftmost/rightmost edges of the button. The trackpad itself also feels a bit laggy and imprecise to use, and I found using a standalone mouse is often better and more efficient. Speakers work perfectly fine and well, but might lack a bit of bass. Laptop lid is also much lighter and flimsy compared to the base of the laptop which makes it easy to open, but also feels a bit cheaper due to it being flimsy.
Overall, it was a great experience having and using the Legion Y520 as my primary and daily laptop. It held up well with great care and was essentially reliable for the most part.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your BreakTime.
Peace out, D.
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