Lenovo Legion 5 is a quality gaming laptop model, equipped with the most advanced configurations in the segment. The version of the machine we used in the review has a powerful RTX 3070 graphics card and a speedy AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip. With this level of configuration, the machine can play well most of the newly released games on the market.
In this article, we will review the Lenovo Legion 5 in detail, and compare it with competitors in the same segment including the MSI Katana GF66 and Asus ROG Strix G15 G513.
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Specifications of Lenovo Legion 5
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
- GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
- RAM: 16GB
- Memory: 512GB SSD
- Screen: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 165Hz
- Size: 1.02 x 14.29 x 10.28 inches
- Mass: 2.4 kg
Lenovo Legion 5: Design and keyboard
- Minimalist, neutral design with good build quality, but the overall size is a bit bulky
- Equipped with many connection ports with diverse types
- Get a quality and comfortable keyboard set
Lenovo Legion 5 possesses a minimalist design language, giving it a somewhat different appearance when compared to other gaming laptops on the market. Details of the screen cover and body are made from metal and hard plastic. The entire outer shell of the device is finished with the main color tone being jet black.
Similar to its office laptop models, the Lenovo Legion 5 possesses an impressive build quality. Specifically, the details of the machine are assembled together firmly and seamlessly. The hinge system of the machine has a good level of perfection, helping the screen of the machine always be kept fixed during use.
And as usual, Lenovo equips its laptop with a high-quality keyboard. The keys of the keyboard set have deep travel and have good response, providing a comfortable use experience whether you work or play games.
The keyboard set has a common layout and is equipped with a number pad on the right. The buttons of the keyboard set are large and spaced widely apart, helping me get used to them quickly after a short period of use.
The machine is equipped with many connection ports with a variety of types, allowing you to use a variety of peripheral devices during work. Specifically, the machine has a total of 4 full-size USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, and most of these ports are located on the back edge.
However, the Lenovo Legion 5 is not a perfect laptop. The first minus point of the machine is that the keyboard of the machine is only illuminated with a 4-zone lighting system, instead of being independently illuminated between the buttons. And yet, the touchpad of the machine has only mid-range quality.
With a weight of 2.4 kg and a body with a thickness of 25.7 mm, the Lenovo Legion 5 is larger and heavier overall than MSI and Asus gaming laptops. This will somewhat affect the portability of the Lenovo laptop.
The screen of the machine is wrapped inside a medium-sized frame, with the bottom and top edges made slightly thicker. The top edge of the device is equipped with a standard 720p webcam, while the bottom edge is decorated with a silver Lenovo logo in the middle.
Overall, the Lenovo Legion 5 is a laptop with good build quality and a high level of finishing.
Lenovo Legion 5: Screen
- Contrast is not too high
- The color fidelity displayed is only in the mid-range
- Provides a decent experience when playing games, but not suitable for use in image editing tasks
Lenovo Legion 5 is equipped with a 15.6-inch diagonal screen, 1080p resolution and has a high refresh rate of 165Hz. This is an ideal monitor for gaming, especially for fast-paced games.
However, when it comes to display quality, this monitor is not very impressive. The screen of the machine has a pretty good brightness index of 328 nit, but the contrast ratio is not very high (713:1).
The ability to reproduce colors on this background is not much better. Specifically, in our test, the screen covered only 91.7% of the sRGB range and had a Delta-E color deviation index of 2.39. Overall, the screen of the Lenovo Legion 5 is only suitable for playing games or doing basic office tasks.
Lenovo Legion 5: Performance
- Powerful RTX 3070 card that can smoothly play most of the different games on the market
- Speedy AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip delivers good performance when working
- Lenovo’s gaming laptop has effective heat dissipation and does not emit much noise during operation
The version of the machine we used in the review is equipped with the powerful RTX 3070 series of cards. This version of the card has a power consumption of 130W and has 8GB of VRAM. The machine is capable of handling multitasking very well, allowing me to easily interact with 30 different Chrome tabs without experiencing any lag.
In addition, the machine is also equipped with a fast Ryzen 7 5800H chip. The chip owns 8 processing cores and operates with a clock frequency ranging from 3.2 to 4.4 GHz. The device has a total of 16GB of RAM and is equipped with a 512GB SSD.
The machine’s RTX 3070 card delivers impressive graphics processing, allowing me to play well with highly-configured games like Horizon Zero Dawn (85 fps) and Borderlands 3 (87 fps). Lenovo Legion 5 has enough performance to play many different games on the market with smooth frame rates.
The laptop’s 8-core AMD chip delivers a level of speedy multitasking performance. Specifically, when testing the machine with the PCMark 10 test, the laptop scored 7038, 800 points higher than the Asus laptop. Lenovo’s gaming laptop achieved single- and multi-core performance scores of 1404 and 7197 respectively in the Geekbench test.
And finally, the machine is equipped with a high-speed SSD, with read and copy speeds of 3594 MB/s and 1681 MB/s, respectively. During our testing, the Lenovo Legion 5 kept the heat steady and didn’t make too much noise.
Lenovo Legion 5: Battery life
- Get the best gaming performance when plugged in
- Battery life is just average
Similar to most other gaming laptops in the same segment, the battery life of the Lenovo Legion 5 is just average. Specifically, when playing games, the laptop only lasted 1 hour 19 minutes and when performing basic daily tasks, the device had a battery life of 5 hours 42 minutes.
This level of battery life is average and on par with other models in the segment.
Lenovo Legion 5: Summary
The Lenovo Legion 5 is a quality gaming laptop. It offers a comprehensive level of performance, allowing users to play well with a variety of games on the market. Lenovo Legion 5 has very good build quality and durability.
In addition to the impressive level of performance that the laptop delivers, it also has a comfortable keyboard and a neutral minimalist design. If you are looking for a high-performance gaming laptop at an affordable price, then the Lenovo Legion 5 will be a great choice.
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- Strong overall performance
- Minimalist, neutral design
- Good build quality
- Comfortable keyboard
- Equipped with many connection ports
- Display quality is just average
- Battery life is not too long
- The overall size is somewhat cumbersome