Now that Intel and NVIDIA have newer, better chipsets to offer, manufacturers like Lenovo are taking advantage with their own upgrades to existing laptops.
Three notebooks from Lenovo’s Legion gaming sub-brand are the first to see improved performance. These are the Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p. In addition, Lenovo is introducing the Legion Y7000 and IdeaPad L340 Gaming as worthy alternatives.
The most powerful of this set is the Legion Y740, which comes in 15- and 17-inch options. It can be equipped with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, as well as a 144Hz 1080p display with G-Sync. Alternatively, you may opt for the more affordable yet still capable GeForce GTX 1660 Ti if medium-high graphics settings on AAA games is enough.
Next up are the Legion Y540 and freshly released IdeaPad L340 Gaming. Both offer 15- and 17-inch versions and prices targeted at the more budget-conscious. Interestingly, the Legion Y540 may still power up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, while the IdeaPad L340 Gaming settles for a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1650 to keep the cost down — although you can add Intel Optane memory for an added boost.
Finally, we have the Legion Y7000p and its new sibling the Y7000. Both models can go up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060, with the choice of a lower-end GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or GTX 1650 as well. While the two laptops have an aluminum design, it’s the latter that flaunts a 15-inch 144Hz 1080p display — perfect for fast-paced gaming.
Pricing and availability go like this:
- Legion Y740 17-inch starts at US$ 1,669
- Legion Y740 15-inch starts at US$ 1,609
- Legion Y540 17-inch starts at US$ 1,269
- Legion Y540 15-inch starts at US$ 1,209
- Legion Y7000p 15-inch starts at US$ 1,199
- IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch starts at US$ 919
- IdeaPad L340 Gaming 15-inch starts at US$ 869
All are available beginning late May 2019, except the 17-inch Legion Y540 which will come out in June 2019. There are no prices or dates for the 15-inch Legion Y7000 just yet.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available
The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate
ASUS ROG continues to roll out more premium gaming devices, with the latest one coming from the Zephyrus lineup. The two new Zephyrus laptops now come with the highest refresh rate on any device along with powerful hardware.
Starting today, you can get your hands on the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The new Zephyrus S comes with a 17.3-inch IPS FHD display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. To complement this high of a refresh rate, ASUS ROG even slapped in either an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 inside. Along with the latest Intel Core i7 processor inside, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 looks to be the ideal gaming laptop for the pros.
Depending on the unit you get, you also get up to 32 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. All of these contribute to unparalleled performance for any task you throw at it, or any game you throw at it. Both units also come with Gigabit WiFi adapters for better wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. When you purchase the whole package, you also get a free ROG Backpack, Cerberus Gaming Headset, teh ROG Gladius II, and an ROG Eye webcam.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is available in all ASUS and ASUS ROG Concept Stores. The 32GB RAM, RTX 2080 unit is priced at PhP 209,995, while the 16GB RAM, RTX 2070 unit comes in at PhP 169,995.
FFVII remake teasers now comes with behind the scenes footage
A look into the iconic theme song and squad
A delay in release did not stop Square Enix from teasing Final Fantasy fans even more. This time, however, the company is just giving us two things to prepare our minds and hearts for the remake.
The first one, as you’ve seen from the header image, an HD recreation of Cloud Strife and his trusty motorcycle. An entire cast literally joins him in the picture, including Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and even Red XIII. Looks like this is just feeding more details on character art, more than anything else.
The second one is actually a behind-the-scenes look into the end theme of the whole remake. Nobuo Uematsu guides us through the creative process behind the end theme, including the recording sessions for it. To see more of it, here’s the entire behind-the-scenes footage:
NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is ready for gamers
Another cloud gaming competitor
NVIDIA’s game streaming service, GeForce NOW, is ready for gamers looking for alternatives to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft XCloud. NVIDIA is looking at its support for more devices and compatibility with existing game stores as its edge against competitors.
Luring in gamers
NVIDIA GeForce NOW is now available for general audience after it entered beta last year. Starting today, gamers can opt for either of the two tiers: Free and Founders.
Gamers on Free tier have to contend with a one-hour gameplay limit. Plus, they maybe put on a wait list for a certain game if there is too much demand. Meanwhile, gamers on Founders tier have priority access to games, a six-hour gameplay limit, and support for RTX.
Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA’s game streaming service supports more devices. It is available now in Windows, macOS, Android and SHIELD TV platform, with Chromebook support coming in the future.
This game streaming service also works differently than Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud. It streams supported games from the Steam library, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, and Uplay.
There is no need to purchase a game as gamers can simply stream it if the service supports it. Smooth gameplay is guaranteed with support of up to 1080 at 60FPS.
Pricing and availability
GeForce NOW is available on all 30 countries across North America and Europe. Beta users are migrated automatically. For those planning to pay for the Founders tier, they will only have to shell out US$ 4.99 per month.
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