Lenovo has announced its official entry into the eGPU market with its latest release of The Legion BoostStation. It is Lenovo’s well-designed external mobile graphics card chassis, with a maximum capacity of 330mm for graphics graphics, starting at $249.99. In addition, Lenovo has launched the Legion Series’ latest laptop, the Legion Y740S, which starts at $1099.99.
In a press release, Lenovo said the Legion Y740S was “our thinnest and lightest gaming laptop to date.” Note, however, that the laptop does not contain discrete graphics cards and needs to be paired with Legion BoostStation to perform the strongest game performance.
Lenovo’s Legion BoostStation and Legion Y740S portfolio, apparently aligned with the RAZER’s Core X series, can be used in conjunction with the compact laptop Blade Stealth. Lenovo’s advantage, however, is that it starts at a lower price, with the Legion BoostStation at $249.99 and Razer’s Core X at $300.
Another advantage of Lenovo is that the BoostStation offers a USB hub (including two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and one Ethernet port), while Razer’s more expensive ($400) Razer Core X Chroma offers a hub.
In addition to selling the mobile graphics chassis separately, Lenovo said it would offer a future version of a bundled NVIDIA graphics card and AMD graphics card for consumers to choose from, though Lenovo has not announced the final pricing.
Leaving aside the eGPU, Lenovo’s newly released Legion Y740S is a bit off-the-line with the game notebook in terms of specification. The first is the lack of a stand-alone GPU for the notebook itself, and the maximum refresh rate for the screen is only 60Hz, while the current refresh rate of mainstream gaming laptops starts at 120Hz.
To its credit, Lenovo offers up to the 10th generation Intel Core i9 H-Series processor for laptops, but it also means that 60Wh batteries are hard to offer enough battery life support. Lenovo officials say the laptop has an eight-hour battery life.
Elsewhere, the Legion Y740S has a fairly standard set of specifications. First, you get 32GB of RAM and 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. It also offers a good port option, including two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, an SD card reader, a headphone jack and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. You can choose between a 1080p or 4K display, both 15.6 inches in size and a 60Hz refresh rate.
Lenovo said the Lenovo BoostStation chassis and the Legion Y740S laptop will go on sale in May.