Combining “ wild performance and minimalist design ” is Lenovo’s goal for its renewed range of gaming laptops, which this year focuses on four devices.
It is a rather readable line-up that Lenovo offers us once again on the occasion of CES 2021. For its new vintage of gaming laptops, brought together under the aegis of “Legion”, the Chinese brand is betting on a quartet of ‘devices: the Lenovo Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro (in 16 inches), the Legion 5 (available in two diagonals: 15.6 and 17.3 inches) and finally the Legion Slim 7 (15.6 inches). All of these models inherit an all-new heat dissipation system, called Legion ColdFront 3.0, which Lenovo claims can improve airflow in the chassis by 18% while reducing noise and temperatures. . But we will certainly have the opportunity to verify this later, in testing.
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At the time of writing, Lenovo is still quite evasive about the processors embedded by its four new gaming laptops. We know, however, that the brand will be among the first to introduce new generation AMD Ryzen CPUs (“Cézanne”) and RTX 3000s from NVIDIA.
It will also probably rely on Intel chips as an alternative to AMD’s new processors, but Lenovo does not yet mention this subtlety in its press release. This article will obviously be updated when we know more.
What we do know, however, is that the Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro will be rather well off in terms of display. The two laptops will indeed be able to bet on a 16-inch QHD IPS panel (2560 by 1440p). The screen of both products will also be able to go up to 165 Hz while combining 100% coverage of the sRGB space and maximum luminance of 500 nits. The Legion 7 and 5 Pro will also stand out with a 16:10 ratio for their screen (quite rare in the gaming segment), Dolby Vision certified and G-Sync compatible.
The Legion 7 will benefit for its part from an advanced RGB system to put color on the sides of the chassis, on the ventilation grilles, on the keyboard, or on the logo. For the rest, you will find an AMD Ryzen 5000H processor, a GeForce RTX 3000 GPU chip, a Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 modem, and an 80 Wh battery.
The Legion 5 Pro will also rely on an AMD Ryzen 5000 / RTX 3000 combo, but with a 3 ms screen as a bonus. Its look, a little more conspicuous, is reminiscent of some Alienware machines, with a fairly stocky chassis decorated with large ventilation grilles and a larger touchpad.
The Lenovo Legion 7 will be offered from next May at a starting price of 1,499 euros, while the Legion 5 Pro will arrive in Europe in March from 1,099 euros.
Legion Slim 7 and Legion 5: finesse and completeness
More sober, or even somewhat stripped down, the Legion 5 is more traditional in its lines and recalls the model launched last year. This time we find a 1080p IPS panel available in 17.3 or 15.6 inches and in the traditional 16: 9 format. The 17.3-inch model will be limited to 144 Hz, against 165 Hz for the 15.6-inch model… Whose weight does not exceed 2.4 kg? Inside, Lenovo is also betting on AMD and its new Ryzen processors and on NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 MaxQ, without further details for the moment.
Like several other manufacturers, Lenovo is taking advantage of CES 2021 to introduce a very thin and easier to carry gaming laptop. This is the Legion 7 Slim. The latter relies on a diagonal of 15.6 inches, and it is according to the manufacturer of the lightest on the market to be equipped with an RTX 3000 (only 1.9 kg). The device will also have an AMD Ryzen processor and a Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 chip.
As an option, he can swap his IPS Full HD 165 Hz panel for an Ultra HD 60Hz screen. In both cases, Dolby Vision certification will be part of the game as well as a 71 Wh battery and a fast-charging feature.
The Lenovo Legion 5 will arrive on the European market next March and will be marketed from 1,099 euros (whatever the chosen diagonal). The Legion 7 Slim will launch at the same time but at a starting price of 1,299 euros.
Source: Lenovo press release / Lenovo CES 2021 Briefing