There is a race among PC makers to make the latest and greatest gaming laptops with rugged specs and jaw-dropping designs. But there is space for mid-range gaming laptops on the market that don’t necessarily offer headline-grabbing specs or sci-fi-style designs, but cover all the basics needed for a game. true gaming experience. Lenovo’s Legion 5i Pro, while not cheap, is impressive for what it offers despite its shortcomings. I spent over a week with the Legion 5i Pro and used the laptop for both gaming and regular computer tasks. Here is what I found.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro price in India (as revised): Rs 155,300
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review: Design and aesthetics
Lenovo used a low-key design approach to create their Legion laptops, and I respect that. This design language contrasts with brands like Asus and Alienware where the RGB lighting and keys and accents are a bit too aggressive. The Legion 5i Pro is less glamorous, but the design still says it’s a gaming laptop.
The white colourway is what sets the gaming laptop apart from the competition. Apart from these, the only other noticeable design element is the illuminated Y logo that is centered on the lid – it glows a light blue when the laptop is plugged in, but there’s no way to change its. color. Although the laptop is plastic, I liked the Legion 5i Pro for its excellent build quality. At 2.3kg, the laptop is heavy and a bit bulky.
The cover is solid and the hinge opens with a finger, and there is no screen wobble either. The bezels around the screen are thin and the HD webcam has a dedicated electronic shutter (an on / off switch is placed on the right side of the laptop). Since this is a high-performance gaming laptop, Lenovo has added four vents on each side of the laptop and a large ventilation grill on the bottom area that keeps the device cool while in use. running graphics-rich games. The laptop stays quiet while doing regular computer work, but the fans turn on when you start playing games. But the Legion 5i Pro doesn’t get too hot when you push the laptop to the max.
The Legion 5i Pro has a number of ports and most of them are located on the back of the laptop. It has one Ethernet connector (RJ-45), one HDMI 2.1 connector, one USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports and a power connector. On the left, you will find a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port and an audio jack. The right side has a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port and a dedicated camera shutter switch. The SDXC slot for transferring photos and videos from a camera is however missing.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review: Display and audio
The 16-inch screen of the Legion 5i Pro is stunning. It has a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels with brightness reaching 500 nits. 16:10 aspect ratio squeezes more screen, so a little less scrolling when reading Indian express. When I watched season three of The connection plan, Paris looked stunning on the Legion 5i Pro’s 16-inch display. Photos and videos appeared in vivid color, while the text appeared clear.
If you want to play games at a high refresh rate, the Legion 5i Pro also supports a 165Hz refresh rate. The benefits of a high refresh screen can also be seen when scrolling through web pages or browse a photo gallery. The model I tested didn’t have a touchscreen, but it did support Dolby Vision. Interestingly, the small area that houses the webcam is elevated above the screen. It looks like a screen notch, the one found on the new MacBook Pro, but fits perfectly into the screen. The 720p webcam is mediocre, but it gets the job done. The Legion 5i Pro also lacks any kind of biometric system to log in securely without a password.
The fantastic screen is complemented by excellent stereo speakers. Games, music, movies, and podcasts all felt more realistic. I can confidently say that you don’t need to pair bluetooth speakers with the Legion 5i Pro when attending a long conference call or listening to relaxed music.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review: Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard is well designed and pleasant to type. It offers a solid trip and a quick return; Plus, you also get a full number pad and customizable RGB backlight option. The touchpad is a decent size and is large enough for everyday use, but I found it less accurate in my testing. The follow-up is a fluke.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review: performance and battery
The Legion 5i Pro is a no-compromise gaming laptop, and its specs promise a lot of power. The model tested for this review had an Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM), and a 1TB SSD. Performance remains relatively in line with the competition. The RTX 3060 and i7-11800H models will allow you to achieve just under 50 fps on Rise of the Tomb Raider at Ultra 1440p settings. For those high FPS games, you can obviously get more by lowering the screen resolution. But I’m one of those people who mostly play games at night, or whenever I want to take a break from intense writing. I’m not a pro level gamer but I like playing the latest AAA games and for that I need a fairly high end PC. At the same time, I wanted a PC that was powerful enough and offered desktop power in a portable machine. My regular workload mainly consists of writing, editing pictures, browsing the web, communicating via email and WhatsApp web. I’ve never experienced a second of lag during my time with the Legion 5i Pro, even when running multiple apps at the same time.
One of the constant issues with a gaming laptop is battery life, and it doesn’t seem like things are improving with Intel PCs, in particular. I wasn’t expecting a full day’s work on a single charge anyway. In my testing, the 16-inch Legion 5i Pro could allow me to do about 4 hours of work without having to be plugged in. Of course, battery life will vary depending on the programs you run, but battery life needs to improve on gaming laptops.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review: performance and battery
The Legion 5i Pro is a mid-range gaming machine, but you won’t be disappointed with this notebook. The device has a solid build quality, a reasonable keyboard, a beautiful display with a 165Hz refresh rate, and powerful hardware. But it’s far from perfect. Its not-so-precise plastic touchpad annoyed me, and the battery life could have been better. You can also check out the Legion 5 Pro, the model with an AMD GPU. It is much cheaper, but the performance is not inferior to that of the Intel variant.