Lenovo launches new Legion gaming notebooks and Alexa-powered speaker

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LAS VEGAS—Lenovo prepared a few surprises for its CES lineup. Instead of all-new Yogas or two-in-ones, the company is embracing gaming hardware and smart home, while refreshing some of its existing products. Most notably, Lenovo launched a new gaming sub-category in its laptop family called Legion—the new Legion Y520 and Y720 are notebooks aimed at both hardcore and occasional gamers alike. In an interesting move, Lenovo also debuted a smart home speaker called Smart Assistant that uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

Let's start with the Legion Y720, which is clearly the laptop meant for serious gamers. You have a choice between a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display or the higher-res 4K IPS, anti-glare panel. This model comes with Dolby Atmos sound as well, which should amplify even the smallest sound effects in games for a more immersive experience. It comes standard with Nvidia's GeForce GTW 1060 GPU, making it ready to go for whatever VR headset you have on hand. In addition to VR, you can get some Xbox capabilities on this notebook: there's an optional integrated Xbox One wireless receiver add-on that will support up to four controllers at once, letting you play multiplayer games with your friends.

Along with the latest Nvidia graphics are the newest Kaby Lake processors from Intel: you have the choice of the Core i5-7300HQ or the Core i7-7700HQ CPU in the Y720. There are also a number of storage options, including up to 2TB SATA HDD or up to 512GB PCIe SSD, and the model comes standard with 16GB of RAM. Thankfully the Y720 does include a Thunderbolt 3-capable USB Type C port, in addition to three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, a DisplayPort, and an audio jack. Inside is a 60Whr battery as well, so the Y720 should get up to 5 hours on a single charge.

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