Premium design, all-round performance


Lenovo Legion 5i is a comprehensive gaming laptop product in the mid-range segment. The version of the machine we used in the review is equipped with a 10th generation Intel Core i5 chip, Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card and a screen with 1080p resolution, 144Hz frequency.

It has an eye-catching and neutral design, so you can bring the laptop to the office every day. The machine is equipped with a variety of connection ports, allowing you to use all kinds of peripherals.

Lenovo Legion 5i is equipped with a set of high-quality keyboards, providing users with a comfortable and pleasant typing experience. The keyboard set of the machine is clearly illuminated by an RGB lighting system below, helping you to see the characters of each button key even when using the machine in a dark room.

The Lenovo Legion 5i has a fast performance level, allowing you to play well with many different games on the market, provided that you lower the configuration level down a notch. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop, then the Lenovo Legion 5i will be an option worth checking out.

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Specifications of Lenovo Legion 5i

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
  • GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Memory: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz
  • Size: 14.3 x 10.2 x 0.95 inches
  • Mass: 2.3kg

Lenovo Legion 5i

Lenovo Legion 5i: Design

The Lenovo Legion 5i is a fairly minimalistic and neutral looking laptop. The laptop’s outer shell has a high level of finishing, giving it a premium feel in the hand. The laptop’s neutral design allows you to take it with you to work with confidence.

The machine is equipped with many connection ports with a variety of types, allowing you to use many different types of peripherals during gaming as well as when working. The device is equipped with 1 USB Type-A 3.1 port on both the left and right sides, plus one more port on the back edge.

Located on the back of the laptop, there is also an HDMI 2.0 port, an Ethernet port and a USB Type-C 3.1 port. The left side of the device is also equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The screen of the machine has a diagonal size of 15.6 inches, 1080p resolution, providing an impressive image quality compared to the segment. The screen is encased in a thin bezel, with the top and bottom edges being slightly thicker.

Going through the length of the 3 sides of the laptop, the Lenovo Legion 5i has an overall size of 14.3 x 10.2 x 0.95 inches and weighs 2.3 kg. The device is quite portable compared to gaming laptops in the 15-inch screen segment on the market.

In terms of security features, the Lenovo Legion 5i’s webcam has the ability to physically close the lens, giving you more peace of mind during use. Overall, the Lenovo Legion 5i is a gaming laptop with a high build quality and a good level of finishing.

Lenovo Legion 5i

Lenovo Legion 5i: Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard set of the Lenovo Legion 5i gives me a comfortable input experience when playing games as well as when working. The buttons of the keyboard set have a 1.5mm deep travel and have a moderate pressure. However, due to being equipped with an additional number pad on the side, the buttons of the keyboard have a slightly narrow layout.

The touchpad of the device has a surface area 39% larger than its predecessor. The surface of the touchpad is smooth, allowing me to easily move my finger to control the mouse pointer and interact with the Windows 10 operating system.

Lenovo Legion 5i

Lenovo Legion 5i: Performance

Here are the test results of the Lenovo Legion 5i in different benchmarks:

  • 3DMark Night Raid: 27582 points; Fire Strike: 13829 points; Time Spy: 5706 points
  • Cinebench R20 CPU: 2160 points
  • Geekbench 5 Single-Core: 1197 points; Multi-Core: 4135 points
  • PCMark 10 Home: 5051 points
  • PCMark 10 Battery Life: 5 hours 3 minutes
  • Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 6 hours 25 minutes
  • Metro Exodus: 115.8 fps; (1080p, Lowest); 50.6 fps (1080p, Highest)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms: 85.13 fps; (1080p, Low); 47.08 fps (1080p, Ultra)

When playing games or doing everyday office tasks on the Lenovo Legion 5i, we have nothing to complain about. In actual use, the level of performance that the Lenovo Legion 5i delivers allows us to do our day-to-day work smoothly.

When it comes to gaming, the laptop delivers a good experience even for high-spec titles, such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Destiny 2. As you can see in the list of benchmark test results, the frame rate of the machine when playing games may drop below 60 fps, but still fluctuate in about 50 fps. This is a pretty good level of performance for a gaming laptop in this price segment.

However, the laptop’s heat dissipation is not very impressive. Specifically, the ventilation fan system of the laptop emits a lot of noise during use.

Lenovo Legion 5i: Battery life

Similar to many other gaming laptops on the market, the Lenovo Legion 5i has a not very long battery life. This means that you will always have to carry the cord and charger with you when you take the laptop out of the house.

In our battery life test, the Lenovo laptop lasted 6 hours and 30 minutes after continuously surfing the web over wifi, with the brightness set at 150 nit. Continuing to test the battery life of the device with the PCMark 10 test, the Lenovo Legion 5i achieved a result of just over 5 hours.

summary

Buy it if…

Are you looking for an affordable gaming laptop?
Lenovo Legion 5i is a mid-range gaming laptop model. It gives users a high value for money thanks to a comprehensive level of performance, a beautiful display and a premium design.

You don’t need to play games at 4K
The screen of the Lenovo Legion 5i has a maximum resolution of 1080p. If you do not have the need to play games at 4K resolution, the Lenovo Legion 5i will satisfy all your entertainment needs with a 1080p screen, 144Hz refresh rate.

Are you looking for a gaming laptop with a modern design?
The Lenovo Legion 5i has a modern and premium design. If you are looking for a gaming laptop with an eye-catching design, then the Lenovo Legion 5i will be an option worth considering.

Don’t buy if…

Are you a player who plays multiple games at the same time?
Lenovo Legion 5i has a default memory capacity that is not very large. So choose a different product line if you are a person who plays many different games on your laptop.

Are you looking for a gaming laptop with long battery life
Similar to most other gaming laptops on the market, the Lenovo Legion 5i’s battery life is just average. Choose models like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 if you’re looking for a gaming laptop with long battery life.

You want an unlimited gaming experience
The performance level that Lenovo Legion 5i brings is quite good for the price segment, but if you need to play games at a smoother resolution or frame rate, then choose another model.

See more: Review Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Top performance, beautiful design

Plus mark

  • Affordable price
  • Equipped with many connection ports
  • Modern design, good build quality
  • Good gaming performance at 1080p

Minus point

  • Battery life is only mid-range
  • The picture quality of the webcam is average
  • The amount of internal memory is a bit low

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