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Lenovo Legion Slim 5i Review: Balance Between Work & Play

We’re living in times when affordable gaming machines are catching up to high-end ones. Gaming itself has garnered mainstream popularity in recent years and manufacturers have been riding this new wave by introducing one gaming laptop after another and saturating the market. The basic idea of a gaming laptop is that it is a bulky and heavy machine that is barely portable but is definitely power-hungry. This is where the new Lenovo Legion Slim 5i laptop comes which doubles down as both an everyday PC and a capable gaming machine. I tested the laptop as my daily driver and can conclude that this is the perfect laptop for people who strike a balance between work and gaming. Check out the full review of the Lenovo Legion Slim 5i below – 

Design

 

 

The Legion laptop has a similar design aesthetics which has been maintained with the Legion Slim 5i. The dark grey look of the laptop with subtle Legion branding on the upper right of the back panel is a distinctive style statement. Readers should note that while it is called Legion ‘Slim’ 5i, it is bulky in comparison to business laptops. The ‘Slim’ aspect of this laptop can only be contextualized when compared to other gaming laptops which are tediously heavy in general. The lid and bottom covers are made out of an aluminum alloy coupled with a plastic keyboard. Yes, there is a noticeable flex in the keyboard but not as offensive as I’ve noticed in other gaming laptops. The trackpad is pretty big and comfortable to use. 

The port selection is neat with two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports on the left. The right side gets an SD card reader and a switch to turn on/off the webcam. The rear of the laptop hosts a power connector, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 2.1, and 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports. The air vents on the side and the back are designed such that they add to the overall aesthetic of the device. Overall, the design of the Lenovo Legion Slim 5i is a winner. 

Display

A vibrant 16-inch display with a matte finish instantly grabs your attention when using the laptop for the first time. The screen offers a smooth refresh rate of 165Hz and users can switch between 60, 82.50, and 165Hz respectively. There’s also support for Dolby Vision, Nvidia G-Sync, and X-Rite Pantone certification. The display is capable of producing some sharp and vibrant colors standing tall on Lenovo’s claims of 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut. Watching movies and series is fun on this display and the fun is doubles while playing graphic-intensive games. High-quality HDR video content is also a treat to watch on this laptop with 2560 x 1600 resolution. The display experience is overall enhanced with the inclusion of a raised section in the middle enabling users to quickly lift open the laptop. Overall, Lenovo Legion SLim 5i’s display does not disappoint. 

Performance

The Legion Slim 5i I tested is powered by the Intel 13th-Gen Core i7 – 13700H processor. The 13th Gen i5 variant is also available in this lineup. The CPU is paired with 16GB of DDR5 RAM which is capable of handling much of what you throw at it. The variant I reviewed had a small 512GB PCle Gen 4 SSD which is underwhelming in today’s time. I think manufacturers should consider abandoning the 512GB storage variants at least for gaming laptops. In the graphics arena, you get the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 with 6GB of VRAM which supports all the latest DLSS 3 and ray tracing. With a strong hardware assembly in place, the Lenovo Legion SLim 5i did not disappoint both as a daily PC and as a gaming PC. The duality of this laptop makes it stand out from the crowd and it’s able to pull some strong punches when it comes to gaming performance. I played games like Cyberpunk 2077, Apex Legends, Detroit: Become Human, and The Last of Us 2 on this laptop and barely witnessed it struggling to make ends meet. 

The thermal management of the laptop is also done well as I never witnessed the laptop getting abnormally heated during extended gaming sessions. It does get warm but nothing alarming. It features a dual-stereo speaker setup which is not loud but has a passable performance. It was good to see Lenovo include a 1080P web camera as most manufacturers opt for a 720P one. 

Verdict

The Lenovo Legion Slim 5i is a well-balanced machine that doubles down as both a gaming and everyday PC. Users looking for a portable gaming machine that does not weigh them down with a heavy form factor should definitely go for this one.

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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