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HP Omen Vs Lenovo Legion Y540 [2020 Gaming Laptop Comparison]

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Last updated on October 2nd, 2020 at 10:13 am

There are so many gaming laptops on the market. It is becoming harder and harder to choose. In this case, it is comparing the HP Omen and Lenovo Legion Y540.

Two popular gaming laptops that offer quite the gaming performance. Here’s everything you need to know about the HP Omen Vs Lenovo Legion Y540.

Overview

 
HP Omen
Lenovo Legion Y540
Design (5)
4
4
Build Quality (5)
5
4
Upgradeability (5)
4
4
Display (5)
5
5
Thermals (5)
4
4
Performance (5)
5
5
Battery Life (5)
3
2
Total (35)
30
28

HP Omen – Pros & Cons

HP - OMEN 15-EK0013DX 15.6' Gaming Laptop 10th Gen Core i7-10750H 16GB RAM- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 512GB SSD + 32GB Optane 15.6” FHD 1920X1080-NON Touch Windows 10 Shadow Black

Pros

Excellent Performance

Solid Build Quality

Thunderbolt 3 Port For Higher Configurations

Cons

Runs Hot

Poor Battery Life

Lenovo Legion Y540 – Pros & Cons

2020 Lenovo Legion Y540 15.6 Inch FHD 1080P Gaming Laptop (Intel 6-Core i7-9750H up to 4.5GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD (Boot) + 1TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10)

Pros

Excellent Performance

Lightweight

Good Cooling

Great Value

Cons

Poor Battery Life

Display Lid Has A Lot Of Flex

No Thunderbolt 3

Design, Build Quality And Upgradeability

HP did a complete redesign on the new Omen. They got rid of the red lines and red Omen logo at the back. And went with a simple minimalistic all-black design. They also changed the dual-hinge design to a central hinge to increase its strength.

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However, it occupies the only central portion of the display. The good news is that you can open it with one hand.

The ports most of which were located at the back have been moved to the sides including the Thunderbolt port. Not all HP Omen has a Thunderbolt 3 port though.

All in all, the design looks far different than the previous model. It is simple and doesn’t give gamer vibes. But make no mistake it still looks mean.

HP Omen Review

The build quality has also changed. HP swapped out the carbon fibre on the lid with a matte finish and brushed aluminium. The rest of the laptop is well-made plastic.

The build quality overall is great. It is sturdy and the flex is almost non-existent. Depending on the HP Omen model. You can either get thick and quite heavy one. Or a slim and fairly lightweight.

The HP Omen 17 is thick and quite heavy. It weighs 6.43 lbs (2.9 kg) and it’s over an inch thick. The HP Omen, on the other hand, is thinner and lighter. You are looking at 4.92 lbs (2.23 kg) and about 0.78 inches in thickness.

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The reason why the HP Omen is so thick is its 17.3 inch and ability to max out its configurations. If you want something portable the HP Omen 15 is a good choice. But, if you want excellent gaming performance then the HP Omen 17 it is.

The HP Omen is easy to upgrade. Open up a few screws and you have access to the internals. From there you can upgrade the RAM, SSD and WLAN card. There is also a bay for the HDD.

Lenovo Legion Y540 Review

Lenovo also redesigned its Legion line. Now, it looks almost like a normal laptop. Except for the name Legion which sounds like a gaming laptop and the protruding rear vents. If it wasn’t for those two it would certainly look like a normal laptop that has gaming specs.

Most of the ports are found on the back whilst the rest are on the sides. The Lenovo Legion Y540 doesn’t have a Thunderbolt 3 port though. Lenovo also ditched the red lines and took the minimalistic approach. Plus, it comes in only one colour – black.

Furthermore, the gaming laptop is made from polycarbonate. A strong plastic that makes the gaming laptop robust. However, the flex is quite prominent in the display lid. The hinges have also been changed and now cover the edges of the laptop. The Lenovo Legion is thick but fairly lightweight. It’s about an inch thick and weighs 5.1 lbs (2.3k kg).

Overall, the design is nice and the build quality is decent. The Lenovo Legion Y540 is also easy to upgrade. Just like the HP Omen, removing a few screws will reveal the components. From there you can upgrade the RAM, SSD, HDD and WLAN card. You can also change the battery.

Display

Two words for the HP Omen’s display – sharp and bright. In addition to that, the display is anti-glare and has average colour accuracy. Not great and not too bad either. For the resolution, there is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS option that comes with 60Hz, 144Hz or 240Hz. High refresh rates that reduce screen tearing, stuttering and ghosting.

And there is the 4K (3840 x 2160) option with a 60Hz refresh rate. It has above-average colour accuracy, brightness and sharpness. Highly–recommended if you like what 4K displays bring to the table. Both have wide and great viewing angles.

hp omen 15
HP Omen 15

Also, the HP Omen has a slim bezel display. But, only on the sides. The top and bottom bezels are thick. It is still stylish though and makes the display look nice.

The Lenovo Legion Y540’s display is similar to the HP Omen. It is bright, sharp and has average colour accuracy. The view angles are also decent. It also has slim bezels except for the bottom where the webcam is located. However, there is no 4K option only Full HD (1920 x 1080).

lenovo legion y540
Lenovo Legion Y540

The Full HD also comes with 60Hz and 144Hz refresh rate. There is no option for 240Hz. As always the higher the refresh rate the better. You can also turn the display 180 degrees for it to lie flat.

HP OMEN | 15-EN0023DX/Gaming 15.6" Laptop | AMD Ryzen 7/4800H | 16GB DDR4 3200/MHz | 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti | Backlit Keyboard/Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Home, 15.6" 1920x1080 144Hz IPS 300-nits Display With webcam
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2.9GHz 8-Core Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Graphics
  • 16GB DDR4(2x8) 3200 MHz, 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
  • 1x USB Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4), 3x USB 3.1 A ports, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0a 1x Ethernet Ports and 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • Intel WiFi 6 AX 200 (2x2) + Bluetooth 5, 6-Cell 70.9Wh Lithium-polymer, Bang & Olufsen Audio, Weight 5.22lb

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Overall, both gaming laptops get things right for a display that is going to be used for gaming. It is fast, bright, anti-glare and has decent viewing angles.

Thermals

It is well known that thin and light gaming laptops do not handle temperatures well. However, the HP Omen and Lenovo Legion Y540 are not thin and light gaming laptops. They still run hot but are better at heat dissipation. This results in cooler temperatures than the slim and light crowd.

hp omen 15 teardown
HP Omen Disassembly

The HP Omen cooling system has two fans, three heat pipes and two large heat plates. Two of the heat pipes are quite large and shared by the CPU and GPU and the last heat pipe is on the GPU. There are five vents in total. Two at the back, one on each side and the one on the underside. This ensures adequate airflow in the system.

The fans get loud, especially on max speed. A necessary evil to keep the system cool. Still, the system gets hot. Fortunately, it doesn’t thermal throttle. Still, high temperatures are not good for a laptop.

lenovo legion y540 teardown
Lenovo Legion Y540 Teardown

The Lenovo Legion Y540, on the other hand, has fewer heat pipes than the HP Omen. Three heat pipes in total. One heat pipe is shared by the CPU and GPU. At the same time, each one has its heat pipe. There are also vents on the side, back and underside that allows heat to easily escape.

Surprisingly, even though the Lenovo Legion gets hot it doesn’t reach the temperatures that should cause worry. For such a cooling system the heat dissipation is really good.

Both cooling systems are good not to cause CPU and GPU throttling. Allowing them to sustain high clock speeds for long periods. And you can use them right out of the box without any problems. However, undervolting and applying thermal paste will improve thermal management. And will also increase the lifespan of the components.

Performance

Both run at high temperatures but not high enough to cause thermal throttling. High temperatures can affect performance. But, since this is not going to be a problem. We can say both will be pretty much equal. That is if they have the same configuration.

HP Omen Performance Review

With the HP Omen, you can spec it up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9, 64GB RAM, 4K display and a full RTX 2080. For the Lenovo Legion, you can spec it up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM and an RTX 2060.

Lenovo Legion Games Tested

It all depends on which configuration you will choose. A high specced HP Omen will wipe the floor with the Lenovo Legion Y540. But, if they have the same configuration. The FPS and performance will be almost equal. If not 2 to 3 per cent plus or minus between them.

Battery Life

Gaming laptops do not have great battery lives. And the HP Omen and Lenovo Legion Y540 are no exception. However, the HP Omen has better battery life because it has a bigger battery – 69 WHr. It can last 4-5 hours under consistent use.

The Lenovo Legion Y540 has a smaller battery. A 57 WHr battery that provides enough power for 3-4 hours under consistent use.

Since both have below-average battery lives. You always have to carry the charger with you.

HP Omen wins this round.

HP Omen Vs Lenovo Legion Y540 – Which To Get?

Both are equally tied which even makes it a difficult decision. Let’s break it down a bit. The HP Omen has the better build quality and battery life than the Lenovo Legion.

The rest are pretty much equal. It all boils down to your taste. The HP Omen might look better than the Lenovo Legion. Or it might be the other way around.

The good thing though is that both are great gaming laptops. And will get the job done.

One more thing.

The HP Omen has a four-zone RGB backlit keyboard. But, the Lenovo Legion is a single white colour backlit keyboard.

HP Omen

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Lenovo Legion Y540

Lenovo 2020 Legion Y540 15.6 Inch FHD IPS Gaming Laptop (9th Gen Intel 6-Core i7-9750H up to 4.5 GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Windows 10)
  • 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare?144Hz 72% color gamut 300 nits, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 9th Gen Intel 6-Core i7-9750H (2.6...
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