Gaming laptops are becoming good. I know you must have heard this statement several times, but in 2021, their performance is getting close to desktop PCs more than ever. Think of it this way, the processors and the GPUs are in modern gaming laptops are already so powerful that it doesn’t matter they’re low powered than their desktop counterparts. They’ve already crossed that threshold performance which easily fulfils most people’s demand.
One such gaming laptop is Lenovo Legion 5. I received a review unit of the laptop two weeks earlier, and I have been using it ever since. Before using Lenovo Legion 5 for review purposes, I used a thin and light ASUS Zenbook powered by a quad-core processor and entry-level Nvidia MX 450 graphics card.
I was expecting a jump in performance, but the kind of increase the Lenovo Legion 5 offered was more than I had imagined. Nonetheless, I used this laptop for quite some time and am here to talk about it, so let’s get into the review of the Lenovo Legion 5.
Lenovo Legion 5 Design Review
Starting with the design, the laptop looks very clean. Its lid is made up of plastic, but just by the feel of it, one can tell that it’s quite durable. The hinge feels sturdy and the chassis has enough weight to it that you can lift the lid with just one hand.
There is minimal branding atop the lid. On one end, you can see a Lenovo badge, while on the other, there is a Legion logo.
Moving onto the chassis, I have to talk about its deck. It is coated with a smooth matte finish which makes the typing experience simply a joy. The keys also feel heavy-duty and tough. I have a habit of pressing the keys harder than I should, but the keypad on the Lenovo Legion 5 seems to handle that just fine.
The trackpad is of average size. It is one single trackpad as there are no left or right-click keys. It might be difficult for some people but I use a mouse most of the time so the lack of dedicated buttons didn’t bother me.
The keypad is backlit; there is no RGB lighting; instead, it features white light, making the laptop feel stealthy. It also goes well with the overall minimalist theme of the laptop.
The minimalist theme continues in terms of I/O ports as well. On each of its sides, you’ll see a USB-Type A port each along with a headphone jack. At its back, you’ll find two USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C, an ethernet cable, and an HDMI port.
The port selection is quite decent and placing them at the back of the laptop is a good move as it keeps your desk clutter-free.
The power button is in the top-middle portion of the chassis, and it changes the light colour depending upon the laptop’s power mode, which is a nice touch.
Speaking of the chassis, its overall stiffness is excellent. It has very little flex, and you can easily rest your hands on the deck.
The laptop has a battery life of 3 hours, which is what most gaming laptops have. The charging brick that comes with the laptop is quite small, making it easy to carry around.
As you first boot up the Lenovo Legion 5, you will be greeted with a 1080p display featuring a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen has an 8-bit colour depth, RGB but no HDR.
The brightness of my particular review unit was also around 200 nits, which is fine for browsing. However, for gaming, you need a screen brightness of at least 300 nits. If you’re speccing your Lenovo laptop, I’d suggest you go for the variant with higher screen brightness.
In terms of processing power, the laptop uses an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H with 6-cores and 12 threads and has a boost clock of 4.0Ghz. On Geekbench, it has a single-core score of 997 and a multi-core score of 4849. Its single-core performance isn’t impressive, but the chip scores higher in tasks that require multi-core performance.
The laptop comes with an Nvidia GTX 1650ti GPU. It has a 3D mark score of around 4,000, and its real-world performance in games is good enough. I tested DOOM Eternal, GTAV, and Gears of War 5 on this laptop.
I ran these games at a mixture of high and medium settings, and the results were as expected. All of them ran between 70-100 FPS. The 120Hz screen really helps push the smoothness of a game, but it remains underutilised without an equally powerful graphics card. I’d suggest going for an RTX 2060 if you want higher FPS in games.
The laptop hovered at around 40-45 degree celsius temperature while playing these games. I tested them in an air-conditioned room, so your mileage may vary by 4-5 degrees.
The speakers are underneath the laptop. They’re pretty loud, but they sound like typical gaming laptop speakers. If you primarily want to play games while travelling, it’s a non-issue.
Upgradability is a feature that only a few laptops have. Thankfully Lenovo Legion 5 is one of them. You can upgrade the battery, RAM, an M.2 SSD, along with a 2.5″ storage drive on this machine.
My review unit came with 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1 TB Hard-disk. The specs are pretty decent but I rest easy knowing that there is enough headroom for me to make this laptop better in the future.
On Lenovo’s website, my review unit currently costs Rs. 80,890. If you want a laptop I’d suggest buying the Lenovo Legion 5 but wait for a sale as the manufacturer frequently give offers on their website.
Lenovo Legion 5 is a laptop with specs that most people want, consequently, it has a price tag that’s pocket friendly for a lot of people as well.