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Lenovo upgrades Legion Y740, Y540, and Y7000p, adds L340 and Y7000

Come with newest CPUs and GPUs

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Lenovo Legion Y740 15-inch

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.

Lenovo Legion Y540 17-inch

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming 17-inch

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.

Lenovo Legion Y7000p

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.

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The Nintendo Switch Lite is coming

For on-the-go gaming!

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It has long been rumored that Nintendo will launch a more affordable version of the Nintendo Switch and now, the company has more than confirmed that the rumors are true. Enter the Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s a smaller less featured-filled version of the hit console from Nintendo.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller and lighter. It sports a 5.5-inch touch screen display against its big brother’s 6.2-inch display and is projected to last a little longer at three to seven hours of playtime.


The primary difference though is that it is a handheld only console. Which is why it doesn’t support Joy-Con controllers. It also doesn’t come with a Switch Dock. You can essentially play most titles available on the Switch, but there’s no option for you to play on a bigger screen.

Pricing and availability

The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20 and will retail for US$ 199.99. It will come in three colors: Yellow, Gray, and Turquoise. Are you gonna get one?

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A non-Potterhead’s verdict on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Use your phone, Harry!

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More than a week has passed since the global release of the mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and we’re ready to give our thoughts. As the title states, I’m not into the franchise that much although I’m a big Pokémon Go player. It basically has the same gameplay as they’re under the same developers — Niantic, Inc.

That being said, I won’t be diving too much on the lore and will instead focus more on gameplay and its overall experience.


For those unfamiliar, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a location-based AR game that requires you to go out of the house in order to get more experience points, unlock special items, and advance in the game. The same goes for Pokémon Go and the game before that, Ingress. While PoGo, in the real world, has PokéStops that give out PokéBalls, HP:WU has Inns that you get Spell Energy from. This is then required so you can cast spells and return Foundables to their rightful place and time (the game’s version of catching different Pokémon in the wild).

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ALSO READ: A beginner’s guide to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

During the first day of release and being curious as to how the game works, I went out and tried to “catch” as much Foundables as I can and just like PoGo, it gets you in the momentum of just wanting to go around and get as much as you can. I initially noticed the wider array of different “species” you can come across with on HP:WU as compared to when PoGo first launched. I remember all I did back then was to catch Pidgey and Rattata because that was pretty much everything that was available. This was also the main reason why most players quit back then.

You get to choose your house, profession, and design your wand

Back to Wizards Unite, the similarities it has with PoGo made it easy for me to get a grasp of its general gameplay even though I have no idea who most of the characters are. The idea is to basically level up by grinding for experience points in the most efficient way. This means planning where to go and making sure the place is populated by in-game stops and spawns — usually parks and shopping malls are good choices.

Comparison of HP:WU’s UI vs PoGo in the same area

While it parallels Niantic’s other games in many levels, Wizards Unite brings its own charm through its visuals. The environment of HP:WU is simply more immersive than PoGo‘s and even the encounters have more detail in them. It could get distracting at times since there are more elements in HP:WU, but is overall nicer to look at.

A unique aspect from the company’s games is that unlike other multiplayer games where you meet your friends online, you actually play with them in real life and this is also the case for Wizards Unite. These games basically build a community that helps each other accomplish in-game tasks that are usually challenging to accomplish alone. What HP:WU did better, though, is to go for a more immersive gameplay by making you trace different patterns on your screen as if waving your wand as compared to the tapping mechanics of PoGo.

Overall, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite could be a more enjoyable game for some players who are not big fans of the Pokémon franchise. I personally enjoy it enough to switch between HP:WU and PoGo whenever I play out. It will keep you walking around drawing on your screen and pretending to wave your make-believe wand.

It’s a game that’s far more complete than Pokémon Go at launch, that’s for sure. Although, it’s still far from reaching its full potential since there are things that could still be added to the game like a dueling system, for example.

If you want to try the game and get some cardio while casting spells, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available on Google Play and the App Store.

 

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Spider-Man: Far From Home suits coming to PS4 game

Ready to do some more web-slinging?

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In case you needed a reason to play Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 again then here it is.

With Spider-Man: Far From Home hitting theaters this week, Insomniac Games announced that the costumes heavily featured on the trailers of the film are making their way to the 2018 hit game.


The announcement first came from PlayStation Japan’s official Twitter account which was then swiftly followed by a post on the PlayStation Blog in the US.

The new threads are called Upgraded Suit and Stealth suit. Both will be available immediately as soon as players build the Advanced Suit in-game.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the second full-length film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) starring the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. The film  picks up right after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will wrap up the third phase of MCU.

Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 came out in late 2018 and was a strong contender for game of the year. It received rave reviews from critics and fans thanks to how it captured the essence of Spider-Man.

SEE ALSO: Marvel’s Spider-Man Review: Spidey in all his glory

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