I received the new Lenovo Legion Y44w gaming monitor recently specifically for testing and review. Boy was I in for a treat. Ok, first of all I would like to thank Lenovo Malaysia for the opportunity to review this awesome gaming monitor. And good thing this can fit in my car.
I am, or was an avid gamer. The games that I played are mostly FPS games back in the early 2000 such as Counter Strike, Halo, Call of Duty, Quake and many other FPS styled games. But when I started working and busy with work most of the time, I slowed down on my gaming. Nevertheless, I never stop loving it.
And now I will give my own personal review on this awesome gaming monitor, and it’s very wide, and curved too. Great scenic view, most likely.
First Impression and Display
No surprise here. The wow factor is the monitor itself. It is the biggest monitor that I have handled so far and surprisingly it is very easy to assemble. It took me less than 10 minutes to take it out of the huge box and put it together. All done without the user’s manual.
Hooking it up to my PC is easy. Just need an HDMI cable and we’re good. Also the power cable need to be plugged in. Everything is detected automatically, even the screen resolution once my PC boot up. BUT, my PC doesn’t support the native resolution of the Legion Y44w which is 3840 x 1200 at 32:10 screen ratio. My PC only support up to 1920 x 1080 screen resolution so I didn’t get to experience the full wide angle display. I was quite bummed but what I got was still damn good.
All I can say is, the display is extremely bright and smooth. Thanks to FreeSync2 HDR technology by Radeon, the picture quality is superb. I also had the chance to plug in a PS4 console to this Lenovo Legion Y44w monitor but again, the resolution was not extended fully edge-to-edge. But it’s okay. The rendering and graphic quality is out of this world.
Audio and USB Port
The Lenovo Legion Y44w comes with a built in audio jack right below the monitor. Just need to press the small button to pop-out the audio jack along with two USB 3.0 ports. The Legion Y44w-10 is designed for gaming and multitasking at ease. Charge up to two compatible devices with the Smart Power function that identifies power consumption and manages the power distribution for each device. I can also plug in a USB drive right there below the monitor for easy access.
Gaming and Usage
The Lenovo Legion Y44w comes with a refresh rate of 144HZ and AMD FreeSync 2 technology, paired with a VESA certified DisplayHDR 400. I managed to play a few games on the PS4 attached to the monitor and it was not easy to put the controller down once I started. The game that I played was the latest God of War, and I was in awe with the whole experience. Because the screen is bright and vibrant, it feels really realistic and surreal. I loved it.
Since the Legion Y44w is basically two monitors put together, it’s also ideal to use it as a work monitor. You can definitely put windows and tabs side by side and have more than enough space for each of them. It eliminates the need of having two separate monitors and switching from one another. I use this method a lot with this monitor. Although I didn’t get to utilize the full wide screen, I do get to use at least two-third of the whole screen. So to me, it is still wide.
Another fun thing to do with this awesome Lenovo Legion Y44w is movie nights. Oh yes, the wide screen on this monitor is different. This is where the curved display plays a huge role in giving you the full immense visual experience. And I plugged in my 5.1 speaker system to the audio jack (just to test how it sounds like) and it was soooo good. Movie nights just got better.
Since I am unable to utilize the full wide angle resolution, there’s nothing much else that I can review. But having said that, I didn’t want to return the monitor at first. I was tempted to keep this thing to myself but the price that I have to pay, it a little steep for me. It is priced well, don’t get me wrong. For what you’re paying, you’ll be getting an awesome monitor. But you do need to have a compatible hardware system to support the full resolution of this monitor.
Alas, mine only shows two thirds of the screen. But it’s ok. I still love the wide screen that I got from this monitor. And the curved display is simply awesome. Like I said, to assemble this monitor is easy. It may look difficult but it only takes a few minutes to figure it out. You do need a wide desk to put this on. Looks better that way.
So will I recommend any hardcore gamers to get this awesome monitor? Yes. But your system must be able to support the wide resolution to take full advantage of the wide screen. Also if you’re a racing game fan, this Lenovo Legion Y44w monitor is for you. Pair it with a steering controller with paddle shift and a nice bucket seat, you’ll be driving like Schumacher the whole day.
You may find out more about the Lenovo Legion Y44w monitor here. And it is going for RRP of RM5,399.00 in Malaysian market.
Lenovo Legion Y44w Specifications
|Response Time||4ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync 2 (Unconfirmed: 48Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-C|
|Other Ports||2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||3000:1 (static)|
|Colors||1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)|