Although during the last days Lenovo has presented a huge amount of laptops with both domestic and professional purposes, it still had one more ace up its sleeve: the new computers of the Legion family, a range designed expressly to perform well with games. The four laptops that have just been unveiled have much in common, but also differ significantly from each other, designed to meet the wide range of needs that we have as gamers.
What the four teams have in common is, no more and no less, their CPU and their GPU. All of them will integrate the new Ryzen Mobile processors that AMD will possibly release this afternoon, and also the new GeForce RTX GPUs that NVIDIA will most likely present in the next few hours. They also share software implemented to boost the performance of these teams with the games.
How are they different? Beyond their physical characteristics, such as their weight, their volume, or the material used in the manufacturing of the case, they differ in the specifications of the screen, a component that in gaming notebooks has an essential role. As we will see below, some of them incorporate LCD IPS panels with a 165 Hz refresh rate. Lenovo has not yet revealed all the specifications of these computers, but the ones we know look good.
Lenovo Legion 7, Legion Slim 7, Legion 5 Pro and Legion 5: Technical Specifications
|Lenovo Legion 7||Legion Slim 7||Legion 5 Pro||Legion 5|
|Screen||16-inch IPS QHD (2560 x 1600 dots) LCD, 165 Hz, 500 nits, Dolby Vision, NVIDIA G-SYNC and VESA DisplayHDR 400||– 15.6-inch Dolby Vision 4K (3840 x 2160 dots)|
– 15.6-inch 165 Hz Dolby Vision Full HD (1920 x 1080 dots) IPS LCD
|16-inch IPS QHD (2560 x 1600 dots) LCD, 165 Hz, 500 nits, Dolby Vision, NVIDIA G-SYNC and VESA DisplayHDR 400||– 17.3-inch 144 Hz, Full HD (1920 x 1080 dots), IPS LCD |
– 15.6-inch 165 Hz Full HD (1920 x 1080 dots) IPS LCD
|Processor||Next Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile||Next Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile||Next Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile||Next Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile|
|Graphics||Next-Gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX||Next-Gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX||Next-Gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX||Next-Gen NVIDIA GeForce RTX|
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Wireless Connectivity||Optional Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 Module||Optional Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 Module||Unknown||Unknown|
|Battery||80 Whr||71 Whr||Unknown||Unknown|
|Refrigeration||Vapor chamber and liquid metal TIM||Coldfront 3.0 and TIM liquid metal||Coldfront 3.0 and TIM liquid metal||Coldfront 3.0 and TIM liquid metal|
Lenovo Legion 7 and Legion Slim 7: aim to attract the most demanding gamers with the graphics
As we have seen a few paragraphs above, these two teams will mount AMD’s next-generation Ryzen Mobile processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPUs also of the new generation. The Legion 7 model stands out from the rest of the family thanks to its 16-inch QHD (2560 x 1600 dots) IPS LCD panel with a maximum brightness delivery capacity of 500 nits. It is also compatible with Dolby Vision and NVIDIA G-SYNC, but the feature that will undoubtedly draw the attention of many players is its refresh rate. Reaching 165 Hz on a QHD panel is not bad at all.
The cooling system of this notebook on paper is very careful. Lenovo has confirmed that it is equipped with a vapor chamber and a liquid metal TIM. Optionally it will be possible to buy it with a Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 module, and it incorporates an 80 Whr battery. As with the other computers discussed in this article, this Legion incorporates Coldfront 3.0 technology, which, according to Lenovo, increases airflow inside the computer by up to 18% to ensure that the CPU and GPU work permanently below their maximum temperature threshold.
As its name suggests, the Legion 7 Slim model is lighter and more stylish than the laptop we just reviewed. It’s made of a magnesium-aluminum alloy that allows it to weigh a mere 1.9 kg. It will be available with two different LCS IPS panels: one 15.6 inches 4K 60 Hz and another of the same size but with Full HD resolution and a 165 Hz refresh rate. Its battery is slightly smaller than that of the Legion 7 (71 Whr), but, like the latter, it will also be available with an optional Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 module.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and Legion 5: 165 Hz and 3 ms to compete on-line with guarantees
The new Legion 5 Pro is the machine that offers us this brand for electronic sports. Why? Simply because it incorporates a 16-inch LCD IPS panel with QHD resolution (2560 x 1600 points) that has a response time of 3 ms and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. There is no doubt that it is an attractive combination. It also supports G-SYNC, NVIDIA’s adaptive refresh technology, and Dolby Vision. Finally, like the other two notebooks in this family we have reviewed, it incorporates Coldfront 3.0 cooling technology and a liquid metal TIM.
The latest gaming PC Lenovo introduced today is the Legion 5, which, like the Legion Slim 7, is available with two different panels. Both displays use a Full HD LCD IPS matrix, but one of them is 17.3 inches and works at 144 Hz, while the other is 15.6 inches and reaches 165 Hz. Like the other Legion devices in this article, it will arrive with the latest generation of AMD Ryzen Mobile processors and new-breed NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics processors. One last note: this gaming laptop also implements Coldfront 3.0 cooling technology and a liquid metal TIM.
Price and Availability
- The Legion 7 laptop will start at $1,669.99, with an estimated June 2021 release date.
- Legion Slim 7 will be out in May, although there’s no price yet.
- The Legion 5 Pro will start at $999.99.
- Legion 5, which will start at $769.99.
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