After Acer with the Predator range, it’s Lenovo’s turn to address gamers with very well-equipped machines, and at a rather reasonable price.
After Acer, it was Lenovo’s turn to unveil its latest high-end portable machines designed for leading gamers. Its Legion range is now enriched with three new devices from the 5 series: here are the new Lenovo Legion 5, 5i, 5 Pro and 5i Pro.
The chassis of the new Legion 5 and 5i has been redesigned; it is now composed of a mixture of aluminum and magnesium which should stay cooler to the touch. A good opportunity to offer them a little slimming cure. With 15% less thickness, these traditionally quite imposing engis are now starting to fall into the average of this category.
This did not prevent Lenovo from integrating processors of the very latest generation. The Legion 5 will be entitled to a 12th and last generation Core i7 (the 12700H model to be precise). The only difference from version 5i is that it will inherit from a representative of the latest Ryzen 6000 series (the Ryzen 7 6800H) just presented by AMD. RAM level, these models will be able to climb up to 32 GB of very fast DDR5 RAM, since clocked at 4800 MHz.
If you feel like it, it will also be possible to equip them with graphics cards up to the portable RTX 3070 Ti. Here again, this is a model just unveiled by Nvidia, able to guarantee excellent performance in the game.
As for the screen, Lenovo offers a 15-inch IPS panel (2560 × 1440). It will be able to offer a 165Hz refresh rate, 300 nits of brightness, 100% sRGB gamut coverage and support for DolbyVision technology. On the other hand, it does not give in to the fashion for the 16:10 format and retains a more classic 16: 9.
To power all this arsenal, the Legion 5 and 5i will be able to count on an 80 Wh battery compatible with fast charging. Finally, connectivity will be provided by two Display Port compatible USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 sockets, a jack, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, and even an RJ45 Ethernet slot.
The Lenovo Legion 5 and Legion 5i will be available in Storm Gray and Cloud Gray respectively from May 2022 for € 1,199 and from March 2022 for € 1,299.
Those who want to move up a gear can go to the Pro versions of these two machines. They too benefit from the thinning observed on the 5 and 5i models. In terms of internal hardware, we find essentially the same components with a Core i7 127000H and a portable RTX 3070 Ti. The AMD version will however be entitled to an upgrade since it will benefit from a Ryzen 9 6900HX.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and 5i Pro
The biggest difference is in the screen. For starters, unlike the basic version, the Legion 5 Pro and 5i Pro adopt this famous 16:10 format which is all the rage at the moment. They will also be entitled to an IPS WQHD + (2960 x 1600) panel. This will have an adaptive refresh rate capable of reaching 240 Hz; a figure perfectly compatible with competitive high-level play. We simply regret the response time which turns around 3ms; a figure far from infamous and moreover identical to the last monsters signed Acer, but very slightly below the top level.
The connection will be exactly the same as on the other versions with one difference: the Pro model will be entitled to an additional Thunderbolt 4 compatible Display Port port.
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and Legion 5i Pro will be available Storm Gray and Glacier White respectively from May 2022 for € 1,599 and from March 2022 for € 1,699.