We tested and compared the Lenovo Legion L340 versus Lenovo Ideapad Y540 in terms of (Gaming) Performance, Price, Display Quality, Portability, Battery Life and more.
Above you can see the Ranking table with the results of the test and below you will find the in-depth reports of each Lenovo Laptop.
Ranking First: Lenovo Legion Y540
- Better (Gaming) Performance than Ideapad L340
- Highly responsive 144 Hz panel
- Biggest storage of ALL Laptops we tested (SSD + HDD)
- More expensive than Ideapad L340
3 TB with SSD/HDD combination. Lenovo gives the Legion Y540 a small hardware upgrade and now packs a GeForce RTX graphics card into the slim case.
The space for mass storage remains very large. What performance the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 has to offer is shown in our review.
Lenovo serves the 15 and 17 inch market with a slim case with the gaming notebooks of the Legion series. While buyers expect an aluminum case for models like the Legion Y740-15ICH, laptops like the Legion Y540-17IRH are made of plastic. The latter also offer a full-fledged number pad, which is accordingly also present in our current test model.
This comes with an Intel Core i7-9750H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060. 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD as well as a 2 TB HDD are also built in, in addition to the Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated into the CPU.
Thus, the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH should be able to run current games smoothly, although a 4K resolution in full details won’t always be possible.
Of course, the Lenovo gaming notebook also has to face competitors, which is why we include a few comparable devices in this review. These include the Aorus 15-W9, CUK’s Model Z, the Dell G5 15 5590, HP’s Omen 15 and the MSI GL73 8SE. Additional devices can also be added under each table for comparison.
Design & Ports / Interfaces
Lenovo makes the Legion Y540 from sturdy black plastic. Whilst the base unit is very torsionally stiff, the lid yields a bit. The display especially bends when opened with only one hand. Lenovo places the webcam under the screen in order to realize the narrowest possible bezel.
This perspective isn’t exactly advantageous for video chats, but is also increasingly seen with other manufacturers. The hinges hold the display firmly in place and allow an opening angle of 180 degrees.
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH belongs to the more compact notebooks in our test field. Merely the Aorus 15-W9 and the CUK Model Z can show a few millimeters less in terms of dimensions. With a weight of 5.07 lbs, the Lenovo gaming notebook can also secure itself a place in the midfield of the comparison devices we chose.
Lenovo concentrates most of the ports on the notebook’s back. This minimizes cables and protruding plugs to the left and right of the Legion Y540-15IRH that get in the way.
In addition to the already large number of ports, more can be created via the USB type C connector. HDMI 2.0 can also be used to control 4K monitors at 60 Hz. Like many other manufacturers, Lenovo has meanwhile also done without an SD card reader.
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH can establish wireless connections via Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi. The fast 802.11-ac standard and 2×2 MIMO antenna technology are also available, with which the gaming notebook achieves very good speeds of 677 MBit/s in data reception and 684 MBit/s in data transfer in our test. In our test field the Y540-15IRH is only surpassed by the Y540-17IRH.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH offers large buttons that are easy to reach. The surface is comparatively smooth, but slipping of the fingers is quite rare. The feedback is soft with a noticeable pressure point and the keys are very quiet.
Typing is easy, only the number pad turns out a bit smaller. The Legion Y540 also has a keyboard light, which illuminates edges and symbols well and can be adjusted brighter or darker in two levels.
Lenovo relies on a classic touchpad with separate mouse keys in the Legion Y540-15IRH as a mouse replacement.
While the pad offers a pleasant resistance to the fingers and thus allows for precise mouse pointer navigation, the dedicated mouse buttons trigger evenly and with a clearly audible clicking noise. In opposition to the keyboard, the touchpad isn’t equipped with an illumination.
The screen of the Legion Y540-15IRH consists of a 15.6-inch 144-Hz-IPS panel and offers a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. With an average of 277 cd/m², the brightness is in the lower midfield of the comparison devices we have chosen.
The illumination is also in the average of other gaming notebooks with 87 percent. Our measurements also show that Lenovo doesn’t use PWM for brightness control.
With a contrast ratio of 947:1 and a black value of 0.3 cd/m², the Legion Y540 also shows itself average in this point. Whilst the first value provides for only moderately separated colors, small grey fog can be seen over black image content due to the slightly increased black value.
The CalMAN analysis also makes it clear that the Lenovo notebook’s display shows colors in the delivery state with a slightly increased blue and a too low red portion.
This circumstance can be well compensated by a calibration. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the upper right window next to the graphic for illuminating the screen.
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH can only be used with restrictions in shady places due to the rather low brightness outdoors. Image contents are barely visible and can hardly be read in direct sunlight. However, there are no reflections of objects in the surroundings and only few reflections due to the matt screen.
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH’s IPS panel has a very stable viewing angle. Image content can be read from almost any angle without being distorted or displayed with distorted colors.
Our test model of the Legion Y540 has an Intel Core i7-9750H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, the most powerful CPU/GPU combination currently offered by Lenovo. According to the data sheet, the available RAM can be up to 32 GB and the mass storage can be configured with an SSD of up to 1 TB and an HDD of up to 2 TB.
The Intel Core i7-9750H is a processor based on the Coffee Lake architecture, which achieves clock rates between 2.6 and 4.5 GHz with its six cores. However, the full 4.5 GHz can only be used by up to two cores simultaneously.
If all cores run at the maximum, 4 GHz is possible as the highest clock rate. The i7-9750H also offers an internal Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics unit, which can be activated in the BIOS. T
his allows users of the Legion Y540-15IRH to also use the more energy-saving integrated GPU instead of always having the dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in use.
How long Lenovo’s gaming notebook can maintain its maximum performance depends largely on the built-in cooling system. In our Cinebench endurance test, the performance drops by about six percent after a short time.
However, the Legion Y540-15IRH can maintain the subsequently achieved rate until the end of the test with only small fluctuations.
The Cinebench R15 individual tests for single and multi-core performance also show that our test model makes very good use of its CPU’s performance and exceeds the average of all devices we tested with Intel’s Core i7-9750H.
The Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH also presents itself with a very good performance in the synthetic PCMark system performance benchmarks. The gaming notebook can lead our test field in the overall rating of both tests; only in the PCMark 10 disciplines “Productivity” and “Essentials” does the Legion Y540-17IRH perform slightly better.
In everyday use, the Legion Y540-15IRH offers a smooth system operation without micro jerking and fast starting applications. However, the speed of data access depends on whether the data is stored on the SSD or the HDD.
Lenovo offers the Legion Y540-15IRH with different mass storage configurations. Our test model has a 1 TB SSD and a 2 TB HDD. Whilst the SSD has very good read and write rates in our memory benchmarks, the HDD counts among the rather slower mass storage devices with 5,400 rpm.
In addition to an integrated UHD Graphics 630 graphics unit, users of the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH have an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 available. This GPU is also suitable for applications with higher demands on the graphics performance of a notebook and can run most modern games smoothly with high graphics settings.
In the 3DMark 13 tests, the performance of the GeForce RTX 2060 is slightly below the level of other gaming laptops with this graphics card. In the 3DMark-11 benchmark, the performance is even slightly lower and is comparable to a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
Our GPU benchmark list shows which results other graphics cards achieve in these tests.
Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 can run modern games smoothly. High detail levels in FullHD are no problem, but a 4K resolution requires a reduction of the graphics settings in demanding titles.
The titles we tested all ran smoothly on the FullHD panel of the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH. Which performance you can expect in other games can be seen in our GPU games list.
Our endurance test with The Witcher 3 shows that the Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH can maintain its gaming performance over a very long period of time. Although there are some minor fluctuations in the frame rate, they remain around a relatively constant level.
Temperature & Noise levels
The fans of the Legion Y540-15IRH also turn in idle speed, but are very quiet. The noise level increases significantly under load and reaches a maximum of 52 dB in our test.
Thus, the Lenovo notebook is as loud as comparable gaming laptops, but not an extremely noisy device. We couldn’t find any other noises like coil beeping or similar in our test model.
Our measurements confirm that the Legion Y540-15IRH has surface temperatures of up to 41°C in idle and a maximum of 60°C under load. The warmest spots are in the rear area of the bottom. A use of the Lenovo notebook on the thighs is already hardly possible.
The core temperatures inside the Legion Y540-15IRH rise up to 86°C during our The-Witcher 3 load test. The clock rates stabilize at an average of about 4.1 GHz until the end of the test.
In our even more demanding stress test scenario, the CPU reaches a maximum value of 95°C, whereby an average clock rate of about 2.9 GHz is maintained.
The loudspeakers of the Legion Y540-15IRH offer a comparatively high volume and a relatively wide sound spectrum. The mids are somewhat overrepresented, and high tones drop off slightly. Basses, on the other hand, are hardly present.
The loudspeakers are certainly well suited for occasional playback of media content, but in the long run and especially during gaming, external speakers or headphones are recommended.
These can be connected to Lenovo’s gaming notebook via a combined 3.5 mm jack, which firmly holds the respective plugs and doesn’t negatively influence the audio quality.
The Lenovo Legion Y540 achieves a runtime of three hours and twelve minutes in our practical WiFi test.
Thus, it scores rather below average, but lies in the midfield of the comparison devices we chose. If the integrated graphic unit is activated in the BIOS, users can expect a runtime that is about two hours longer.
In our review, the Legion Y540-15IRH reveals itself as a solid gaming notebook with only a few weaknesses. The system performance is on a high level and the GeForce RTX 2060’s performance is not optimal, but still well utilized.
The combination of a fast SSD and large mass storage also offers a wide range of storage options for large amounts of data, whereby users can expand or exchange these later.
However, it is somewhat incomprehensible that the battery life is so limited by deactivating the integrated graphics unit. Users can also intervene here, but without technical background knowledge this is not so easy for everyone.
Lenovo also does without a card reader, and instead of Thunderbolt 3 there is “only” a USB type C port with 3.1 Gen1 standard.
However, as these points will rather disturb some users less, the Legion Y540 remains a great gaming Laptop at a reasonable price, which is why it is ranking first versus Lenovo IdeaPad L340.
Ranking Second: Lenovo IdeaPad L340
- Decent gaming performance
- Cheaper than Legion Y540
- Good keyboard
- Below average WiFi speed
Cheap price is the biggest plus point. Lenovo polishes up the V155’s base a bit and puts cheap, but also gaming-suitable hardware into the 15 inch case.
The result is the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, which goes to the buyer for a price of only $750. There is of course no high-end gaming for this. But we’ll show exactly where to make concessions in our review.
Apart from the numerous office devices, Lenovo also equips laptops of the IdeaPad series with a halfway potent graphic card and thus supplies a usable gaming notebook at a price of under $800.
With an Intel Core i5-9300H and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650, many games should be able to be displayed smoothly on the screen, whereby very high graphic settings have to be avoided in current blockbusters. In addition, there is 8 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
Cheap gaming notebooks can also be found from other manufacturers, which is why we compare the Ideapad L340 gaming with corresponding devices from the competition in this review.
We chose the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU, the Asus TUF FX505DT-EB73 and the HP Omen 15-dc1020ng for this. We also include the identically equipped, but 17 inch IdeaPad L340-17IRH. You can also add more notebooks from our database under each table for comparison.
Design & Ports / Interfaces
The case of the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming is made of plastic with a smooth surface that simulates the look of brushed material. The workmanship is good and the edges are smooth and even.
The weight of the base barely allows the lid to be opened with one hand. The screen’s opening angle is 180° and the display is framed with narrow frames. The only flaw is the high susceptibility to fingerprints, which especially shows the lid’s upper side.
With a weight of 4.63 lbs, the IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming belongs to the lightest devices in our test field. The dimensions, however, rather correspond to a medium size, whereby the Lenovo notebook can be classified between the HP Omen 15 and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU.
The IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming only offers the most necessary connections, which are also exclusively found on the notebook’s left side. Lenovo also dispenses with a memory card reader and a Thunderbolt connection; instead, a USB type C port with 3.0 standard is available. However, this cannot be used to charge the laptop.
The Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming has a GigabitLAN port and a WiFi module that supports the 802.11 a, b, g, n and ac standards. However, due to the abandonment of 2×2 MIMO antenna technology, the transfer rates don’t turn out as high as for example in the HP Omen 15.
The L340’s transfer rates of 290 MBit/s for data reception and 309 MBit/s for data transfer are only mediocre even outside of the mentioned antenna technology.
The underside of the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 can be removed after all screws on the base plate have been removed. Users can then access the RAM, whereby 8 GB are built into the only RAM slot in our test model.
The SSD can also be replaced and the fans are also easily accessible for cleaning. Theoretically, there would even be room for a 2.5 inch SATA drive in the case, but we couldn’t find a corresponding connection on the mainboard.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The keyboard of the IdeaPad L340 offers a low stroke and a noticeable pressure point. When typing, the fingertips find a good grip on the surface, but the up and down arrow keys turn out very small in opposition to the other keys.
Aside from a full-fledged number pad, the Lenovo notebook also has a monochrome keyboard illumination, which glows blue in our test model. The illumination is even and can be adjusted in two stages.
Lenovo relies on a click pad as a mouse replacement in the IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming. This sits somewhat loosely in its bezel, which leads to rattling noises during use.
The mouse buttons can only be activated by strong pressure on the pad’s lower corners. Moreover, the surface offers the fingertips a rather tough resistance, which makes mouse cursor navigation a bit difficult.
The screen of the IdeaPad L340 Gaming consists of a 15.6 inch IPS panel and offers a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The brightness is with an average of 253 cd/m² in the midfield of our chosen comparison devices.
The same applies to the illumination of 83 percent. According to our measurements, the Lenovo notebook’s screen only flickers with a very high frequency of 25.910 Hz from a brightness value of under 20 percent.
Because this value turns out very high, users with sensitive eyes shouldn’t have any difficulties using the L340-15IRH gaming, even if they have sensitive eyes.
Besides the panel installed here, users can also order the IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming with a TN panel. This also offers a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a brightness of 220 cd/m² according to the data sheet.
Our measurements certify the L340 a very good contrast ratio of 1.528:1 and a very good black value of 0,18 cd/m². Thus, colors appear well separated from each other and black tones are deep and rich. Lenovo’s gaming notebook can lead our test field with these rates.
The CalMAN analysis also shows that colors are already displayed very balanced in the delivery state. The already small deviation can still be improved a bit by calibration. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the window in the upper right corner next to the graphic for screen illumination.
The Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH can be used well outdoors thanks to the still decent brightness and the matt display surface. However, shady places should be preferred, as otherwise image contents can only be read with difficulty.
The Lenovo L340 gaming’s IPS panel is very stable in terms of viewing angle. Picture contents can be read from almost any angle without being distorted or displayed with falsified colors.
Lenovo presents the IdeaPad L340 Gaming as a powerful notebook for gamers. However, the equipment is rather to be classified in the entry level and is sufficient for fluid presentation of current games.
Users have to do without very high graphic settings and shouldn’t want to play with 4K resolution. Whilst the graphics card is limited to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650, various work and mass storage configurations can be selected. Various processors up to Intel’s Core i7-9750H are offered as CPU.
In our test model, an Intel Core i5-9300H ensures a smooth system operation. The clock rates of the four processor cores are between 2.4 and 4.1 GHz, whereby the maximum turbo clock can only be maintained by up to two cores simultaneously. How long the performance is maintained also depends largely on the cooling system.
In our Cinebench R15 endurance test, the L340 shows only slightly fluctuating values even over a longer period of time. Therefore, the performance can be considered very stable.
In comparison to the other notebooks from our test field, the individual results in the multi and single core disciplines also certify a very good utilization of the Core i5-9300H’s performance.
Only the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G scores better in the multi-core performance. The L340’s multi-core rate is also about 53 percent lower in battery mode than with a connected power supply.
The system performance tests draw a completely different picture. The Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming can only occupy one of the lower places in our test field in PCMark’s benchmarks 8 and 10. The PCMark 10 single value “Digital Content Creation” shows a small outlier. The L340 reaches second place here.
Lenovo installs a 512 GB SSD in our IdeaPad L340-15IRH test model. It supplies good average rates according to our memory benchmarks. Thus, users will definitely profit from a higher speed in comparison to conventional HDDs, but the comparison devices we chose have partly significantly faster models built into them.
According to the data sheet, Lenovo’s low-priced gaming notebook is also available with an SSD with a capacity of up to 1TB and an HDD with a capacity of up to 2TB.
Lenovo has built two versions of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 into the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, so buyers can choose between three and four gigabytes of video memory. The latter is used in our test model and shows results in the lower midfield in the 3DMark benchmarks.
Compared to our tests with other notebooks with this GPU, the Lenovo notebook scores slightly above average, though. Users have to reckon with an approximately 14 percent lower performance in battery mode.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 can smoothly display current games in Full-HD resolution. Users partly have to live with somewhat lower graphic settings, which also shows in our tests of current games.
Even older titles with high demands on graphics performance, such as The Witcher 3, only just exceed the 30 FPS mark at the highest graphics level.
Our The Witcher 3 endurance test shows that the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 can also maintain its performance in games over a longer period of time. There weren’t any breakdowns in the refresh rates during our test. Users therefore don’t have to expect restrictions due to performance slumps after longer gaming times.
Temperature & Noise levels
The Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH is very quiet in daily use and under low load. However, the fans turn up audibly under increasing load and reach a noise level of up to 40.2 dB. The fan noise is a constant noise that can be faded out well. Other notebooks show a similarly quiet operation in this performance class.
If demanding applications are dispensed with, the L340-15IRH Gaming is also suitable for use in quiet environments.
Our measurements certify the L340’s surface temperatures of up to 27.9°C in idle and a maximum of 58.1°C under load. The warmest point is found on the bottom back left, below the power plug. The case feels very warm with almost 60 °C and the notebook can’t be used on the thighs for example without further ado.
The CPU’s core temperatures rise up to 82°C in our approximately one-hour continuous stress test. At the beginning, the L340’s power consumption was 124 watts, which indicates that the CPU’s maximum TDP of 45 watts is used.
This value drops quite quickly to 100 watts (25 watt CPU) and then settles down at 90 watts (15 watt CPU). As a load, as it occurs in our stress test, is almost impossible in practice, users don’t have to expect restrictions due to too high temperatures.
The loudspeakers in the Lenovo Legion L340-15IRH Gaming offer a low volume and a fairly balanced sound image, but without any bass. In very quiet environments, occasional audio playback is possible, but external speakers or headphones are recommended.
These can be connected to the cheap gaming notebook via a 3.5 mm jack. This plug is firmly attached to the corresponding connector and does not negatively influence the sound quality.
The IdeaPad L340 Gaming reaches a runtime of 6 hours and 49 minutes in our practical WiFi test. Thus, it occupies the penultimate place among the comparison devices we chose. Only the Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU shows an even shorter runtime.
It took about 2 hours and 20 minutes with the included charger until the 45 Wh battery is fully recharged.
The Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming shows in our review that even cheap notebooks with a bit less graphics performance are well suited for gaming. However, buyers have to accept smaller concessions, like the missing memory card reader or the somewhat weak clickpad. The WiFi should also be faster.
With the Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH Gaming, users can play games without problems for a reasonable price.
In connection with the good maintenance options and a bright display with good contrast and black value, Lenovo does a lot right here. Whilst the CPU performs well in the corresponding test without any performance drops, the poor result in the overall system performance tests was surprising.
The single channel RAM and the SSD can be named as suspects here. While the latter can be replaced, users unfortunately have no other choice when it comes to the RAM. In daily use, however, there is no sign of the moderate PCMark results.
All in all the Lenovo Ideapad L340 is ranking behind versus the Legion Y540, but if you are still looking for a cheaper Laptop that still performs well, choose this one!