Characteristics and technical specifications
Lenovo’s Legion range is the high-performance range of notebooks from this manufacturer. With it, Lenovo wants to break through into the world of gaming by offering its customers a powerful and groundbreaking machine, capable of power even with the wildest games. What do you want a GTA V? Why not. And a Cyberpunk 2077? For this, you will not have any problem (except for the game’s own bugs).
The specific model that we have analyzed in our case is the 15IMH5. This model has a processor Intel Core i7 10750H, a 10th generation CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads capable of reaching a top speed of up to 5 GHz (the base is 2.6 GHz). This processor is accompanied by a kit of 8 GB of RAM memory soldered on the board, along with a SO-DIMM module of another 8 GB. Total, 16GB DDR4 2933MHZ RAM.
As for the graphics card of this unit, we are facing a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20609 Max-Q. This GPU has 6GB of GDDR6 memory and supports the famous Ray Tracing of modern games.
All of the above is accompanied by a 512GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 × 4 M2 2280 SSD capacity. And, as for the laptop screen, we are facing a 15.6-inch unit, FullHD with an IPS panel of 300 nits, 144 Hz and compatible with Dolby Vision.
Other features that we can find in this laptop are:
- Killer AX1650 11ax Wi-Fi Card.
- Bluetooth 5.1.
- 720p webcam.
- Built-in microphone.
- Built-in 71 Wh battery.
- Per-key RGB lighting.
The connections that we will have on hand will be 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports (one of them Allways On), 2 USB 3.2 Type C Gen2 ports (compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort 1.4), the mini-jack connection for headphones and micro and the adapter of stream. It also includes an SD card reader.
The size of the notebook is 356mm x 250mm x 15.9mm, and its weight is 1.86kg. It also comes with a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro installed.
|Lenovo Legion S7||15IMH5|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 10750H|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 @ 2933MHZ|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q|
|SSD||512GB NVMe PCIe 3.0×4 M2 2280 SSD|
|Screen||FullHD, IPS panel 300 nits, 144 Hz and Dolby Vision|
|Wifi||Killer AX1650 11ax|
Lenovo Legion S7 review
From the box to the laptop, it is clear that this is a product of the highest range. Lenovo has taken great care of its details, transporting your laptop inside a very well protected cardboard box. Inside it we will find a box with the laptop in question, and another with the charger and other accessories included.
The laptop is colored silver, a very elegant color that sets it apart from the conventional colors of this type of high-performance notebook. In addition, being made of aluminum we are facing a device that is not only elegant, but resistant to the passage of time.
In order to keep the laptop as thin as possible, Lenovo has reduced the number of connections that we can find to the maximum. And that, depending on the use that we are going to give the PC, can be a problem. We will have at our disposal 2 USB type A ports, and another two USB type C. But, for example, we will not have a network card, nor an HDMI port (although USB type C are compatible with DisplayPort).
The overall design of the laptop is quite neat. From the full-size, membrane-type keyboard (even with a numeric keypad) to the screen, with a matte finish to avoid glare. The power button on the top, and the trackpad aligned to the left.
At first glance we are facing a normal laptop. But gaming shines at night, when the keyboard’s RGB lighting makes its appearance. In addition, with a simple keyboard shortcut (Fn + Q) we will be able to switch between normal mode, silent mode, and high performance mode, much louder.
Thanks to the fact that it comes with Windows 10 installed as standard, the computer will be ready to go from the first moment. In addition, you meet the necessary requirements to be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The upgrade will be completely free to Windows 11 Pro as soon as it is available after summer. And it supports the latest essential Windows 11 features such as DirectStorage (thanks to NVMe) and emulation of Android applications from its subsystem (thanks to Intel CPU).
Work, play … Why not for everything?
So is the Lenovo Legion S7 a work laptop or a gaming laptop? Let’s start with the first. Depending on the type of work we do (office automation, programming, design, etc.), this laptop is more than enough. Thanks to its tenth generation Intel Core i7 processor, it will be able to move all kinds of documents, large spreadsheets and even databases without problem. Google Chrome (or the browser we use) is not going to be a problem for him since, in addition to having the most powerful processor on the market, it has 16 GB of RAM. Do we need the Internet to work? This Legion will be able to take full advantage of our Wi-Fi connection thanks to its Killer AX1650 11ax Wi-Fi card. Surely the one who falls short of Wi-Fi is the router, not the laptop.
But what happens if we dedicate ourselves to a somewhat more exhaustive work? We are talking about using graphic design programs (such as Photoshop), video editing programs (such as Adobe Premiere) or much more demanding programs, such as 3D design programs (Blender), game development and rendering engines (Unity or Unreal Engine) and, of course, CAD design programs. These programs are much more demanding than Word or Excel, and they don’t always work well on simple computers. Luckily, Lenovo doesn’t have the slightest problem getting them to work. In addition to its CPU, and the good amount of RAM included, this laptop has a graphics card included NVIDIA RTX 2060 thanks to which we will be able to activate hardware acceleration in these programs and thus guarantee its correct operation in all kinds of tasks .
We can’t think of any job where this laptop could fall short. In addition, as we have seen, unlike what happens with other high-end laptops, or “gaming”, the Lenovo Legion S7 is a relatively small computer (in terms of thickness) and lighter than it seems. Therefore, we will always be able to carry it with us without absolutely any problem in case of having to move.
With work you can spare, but what about playing time? The Lenovo Legion S7 hardware has nothing to envy of many desktop computers. Its i7 processor, its RAM memory and, above all, the dedicated NVIDIA GPU will empower you with practically any game on the market. Even, as we have seen, until the controversial Cyperpunk 2077. Obviously we cannot expect to run the game at 4K, 144 Hz and with Ray Tracing at maximum, as it is not a team for it. But we will be able to play this game with a much more modest configuration without any problem. And from there, down, without problems: Assassin`s Creed Valhalla, GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Fortnite … whatever we like.
Conclusion: How are the new Lenovo Legion?
Of course, we cannot deny that Lenovo has done an extraordinary job. It is true that these teams are not exactly cheap. This particular model is around 1400 or 1500 euros, depending on the store where we buy it. However, its power has nothing to envy of any desktop computer, with the advantage that we can always carry it with us in a bag or backpack.
Lenovo has sought the perfect balance when choosing the components to have a computer for long. From its 10th-gen i7 processor to the 512GB NVMe bet, going, of course, for the dedicated RTX 2060 MaxQ. Thanks to these components, the computer is not going to become obsolete for a long time, being able without problem even with the PC games that are to come. In addition, with the arrival of Windows 11 towards the end of this year, we will be able to take much more advantage of the computer thanks to the new features that Microsoft will enable, features that will make it a true video game console.
If we have to highlight any negative point of this laptop, we could talk, above all, about the price. Although understandable, 1,400 euros is an investment that is not available to everyone, and less as an accessory to play. In addition, it has come to our attention that the screen is not 4K, and that the webcam integrated in the upper part is not compatible with Windows Hello. We have also missed a fingerprint reader, since that makes logging into the computer much easier.
Despite everything, we are facing a magnificent team. Therefore, we have decided to give this Lenovo Legion S7 our award of platinum, highlighting, above all, its sublime performance.