Lenovo brings budget-friendly Legion 5 series of gaming laptops

Lenovo Legion 5 series launched specs price availability

Lenovo has recently revamped its lineup of gaming laptops. The star of the show is the new Lenovo Legion 7 but not everyone can afford top of the line gaming laptops. The good thing is, Lenovo has also announced a more budget-friendly series of gaming laptop – Legion 5 series. As of now, the series offers three different models. Let’s check out the specs of the new Legion 5, Legion 5i, and Legion 5i 17-inch and see if they bring anything new to the table.

Lenovo Legion 5 Series

Lenovo Legion 5 series is the successor to last year’s Legion Y540 lineup of laptops. With the new naming convention, Legion is trying to reflect more details of the device using simpler names. If you ask me, the change in the naming convention does make sense. First, I find the Legion 5 simpler yet more effective than the Y540. Second, with the new convention, I can easily find what I’m looking for. For instance, if I need a Ryzen powered device, I will filter out all the devices with the“i” suffix as those are the ones with Intel’s chipset.

Lenovo Legion 5 Overview

Lenovo Legion 5 is the brand’s first gaming laptop powered by AMD’s chipset. It is just a reflection of how popular AMD’s latest Ryzen 4000 series has been since its announcement in CES 2020.

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Performance and Memory

You get to choose between the Ryzen 7 4800H and Ryzen 5 4600H processors. Both of them belong to the H-series which is specifically designed to handle resource-demanding tasks. Among the two, Ryzen 7 4800H lies to the higher end of the spectrum as it features 8 cores and 16 threads compared to 6 cores and 12 threads of the Ryzen 5 4600H. With either of the processor, you will get NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. It can be paired with up to 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz and 1TB of SSD storage.

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Design and Display

The Legion 5 comes with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS screen. You can choose between standard 60Hz and a faster 144Hz panel. The latter boasts 3ms response time compared to 25ms in the base variant. It is also Dolby Vision enabled. The display specification may look strikingly similar to that of the Legion 7. However, it doesn’t have either of NVIDIA’s G-Sync or the Advanced Optimus. The two features would have reduced screen tearing and made the display more battery efficient.

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As for the keyboard, it comes with the new Lenovo Legion TrueStrike keyboard that offers a key travel distance of 1.5mm. The keyboard is backlit and you can also opt for one that supports 4-zone RGB backlight. The laptop is powered by a 4-celled 80Wh battery. Connectivity-wise, the device supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. The device comes with 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port, an HDMI jack, a Kensington Lock, a DC-in and an ethernet jack. You also get a 2 x 2W Harman Kardon speaker system and support for Dolby Atmos.

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Lenovo Legion 5 Specifications:

  • Design & Build: 14.3W x 10.2D x 0.92H-inches; 2.5kg
  • Display: 15.6-inches FHD (1920 x 1080); up to 240Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB
  • Keyboard: TrueStrike Keyboard with White / 4-zone RGB backlight; 1.5mm key travel
  • Processor: Up to Ryzen 7 4800H
  • RAM: 8GB / 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • Battery: 4-cell 80 Watt-hours battery
  • Storage: 1280GB / 256GB / 512GB  PCIe  SSD
  • Webcam: 720p Webcam with privacy shutter
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ax (WiFi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port, an HDMI jack, a Kensington Lock, a DC-in and an ethernet jack.

Lenovo Legion 5i (15″, 17″) Overview

Legion 5i shares a lot of things with the Legion 5. It is available in the same Phantom Black color as Legion 5. You get the same range of ports, same speaker arrangement. But the Legion 5i 15″ comes with a slightly bigger dimension of 15.61 x 11.41 x 0.92-inches.

The biggest difference is the chipset. As the “i” suffix indicates, it is powered by Intel’s latest 10 Gen Comet Lake processor and it tops out at Core i7-10875H processor. The processor comes with 8 cores and 16 threads. Compared to the Ryzen 7 4800H, it has a slower base clock speed of 2.4GHz but it can reach up to 5.1GHz with the turbo boost. The boosted speed may sound a lot but only select cores can hit that speed and that too, under controlled temperature. It also has a bigger cache. Nevertheless, it will certainly perform better than its Ryzen counterpart when it comes to single-threaded tasks but is also likely to come with an added cost. For a smaller price, many may find the Ryzen 4800H a better value for money given the 7nm platform that it is based on.

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The other difference is in the display. The screen size and the resolution are the same but with 5i, you now have the option of a 240Hz display with which has a response rate of 1ms. Still, it doesn’t support any of the G-sync and Advanced Optimus. Based on the variants you will get either of the 80Wh or 60Wh battery. Interestingly, both are 4-celled and the brand claims that the device can last up to 5hours irrespective of the variant.

Similarly, with a dimension of 15.7 x 11.41 x 0.95-inches, the Lenovo Legion 5i 17″ is slightly bigger than both the Legion 5i. Specs-wise, it is similar to the Legion 5i 15″ but it comes with a larger 17-inch screen. You can choose between the standard 60Hz panel or the 144Hz panel. The rest of the specs is similar to that of Lenovo Legion 5i 15″.

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Lenovo Legion 5i 15″, 17″ Specifications:

  • Design & Build: (15.61W x 11.41D x 0.92H-inches; 2.5kg) or (15.7Wx 11.41D x 0.95H; 2.98kg)
  • Display: (15.6-inches FHD (1920 x 1080); up to 240Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB) or (17.3-inches FHD (1920 x 1080); up to 144Hz refresh rate, 72% NTSC, 300 nits)
  • Keyboard: TrueStrike Keyboard with white backlight / 4-zone RGB backlight ; 1.5mm key travel
  • Processor: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
  • RAM: 8GB / 16GB  DDR4 RAM
  • Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • Battery: 4-cell 60/80 Watt-hours battery
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe  SSD
  • Webcam: 720p Webcam with privacy shutter
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ax (WiFi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Audio jack, 1x DC-in, 1x Kensington Lock, 1x RJ45 Ethernet jack

Lenovo Legion 5 Series Price and Availability

The Lenovo Legion will first go on sale in May and it will first be available in the US. The starting price of Lenovo Legion is $849.99, while the base variant of Lenovo Legion 5i 15″ will cost $829.99. The price of Lenovo Legion 5i 17″ will start from $1129.99.

Model Name Expected Price Availability
Lenovo Legion 5 (base variant) $849.99 (~NPR 1,05,000) May (US)
Lenovo Legion 5i 15″ (base variant) $829.99 (~NPR 1,01,000) May (US)
Lenovo Legion 5i 17″ (base variant) $1129.99 (~NPR 1,40,000) May (US)

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