Buying the perfect laptop for gaming (and other works) can be difficult because of the availability of so many options. If you search for gaming laptops on Google, hundreds of options will show up.
Tio makes it easier for you, I have decided to review one of the most popular gaming laptops – the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. Powered by an AMD processor with NVIDIA graphics, does this laptop have what it takes to provide the best gaming performance at this price?
Continue reading till the end to find out!
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Specifications Overview
|16” IPS Screen with 165Hz refresh rate
|AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Octa Core 3.2GHz
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
|16GB DDR4 3200MHz
|1TB NVMe SSD
|6x USB Ports, 1x HDMI port, 1x ethernet port
|356mm x 264.2mm x.26.85mm, 2.6kgs
|RGB Keyboard, 720p Webcam
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review – A Gamer’s Perspective
I had exactly two weeks to test every nitty gritty system of this laptop. I used this laptop extensively for hours on end on all days, pushing this laptop to its limits.
When the time finally came to return it back, I already had my review ready, stating what’s good and bad about this laptop. Here it goes.
Design And Display
The design of the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro looks just like most other gaming laptops on the market. It is not exactly on the thinner side of gaming laptops, but more on the medium side.
From the top and when you open the laptop, it looks fairly generic compared to other Lenovo laptops. They all follow a very minimalistic, yet aesthetic design. The back of the screen features the Lenovo logo and has a matte finish to it.
The keys on the keyboard are spaced equally, except for the d-pad keys whose placement always feels a little bit odd to me. It’s lower than most keys when it comes to keeping uniformity from all sides.
The display is pretty crisp, with it being a 16” IPS screen that has a resolution of 2560x1600px. It has a refresh rate of 165Mhz, which is not bad for a laptop in this price range.
In addition, it also has a 3ms response time with Dolby Vision-enabled color palettes for better visual fidelity. Since it’s powered by an NVIDIA graphics card, the addition of GSync makes the display better because it will not suffer from screen tearing issues when gaming.
Storage And Memory
This laptop has a 1TB NVMe SSD card, which can be upgraded to 2GB. Therefore, running out of space to store new games, videos, and music, will never be an option.
When it comes to memory, it has a DDR4 2x8GB 3200MHz RAM. This is more than enough to support all the latest AAA games and all the apps together. Paired with the processor, this laptop has enough power to multitask easily and load up all games and apps in a quick time.
Connectivity And Ports
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro provides lots of connectivity options when it comes to having ports on the sides. One of the best things about this gaming laptop is that it has lots of USB ports. The various ports on the sides of this laptop are:
- 4x USB-A type 3.2 Gen 1
- 2x USB-C Type 3.2 Gen 2
- 1x HDMI 2.2 Port
- 1x RJ45 Ethernet Port
- 1x 3.5mm Headphone + Microphone Combo Port
Apart from providing so many ports, it also provides WiFi 6 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
When it comes to peripherals like keyboard, trackpad, and webcam, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro falls short. Compared to other competing laptops like the Razer Blade 14, the keyboard and trackpad feel less premium.
The keyboard features the Lenovo TrueStrike technology, which makes even the softest keypresses registered in a millisecond. This makes the keystrokes feel softer to press, making it feel comfy while typing and gaming. In addition, the keys are not RGB backlit, having only white and blue colors.
The camera is a standard 720p webcam with no additional features. It does not have any autofocus and does not feature capture and lighting filters. It serves as a pretty basic video chatting camera. Therefore, we do not recommend it for live streaming content on YouTube or Twitch.
This laptop has Harman speakers on its lower bottom sides. These speakers provide immersive 3D sound (Nahimic), which is akin to a surround sound speaker. However, it is important to note that this sound is virtual 3D or surround sound, not actual. These are still just stereo speakers with some added oomph.
Battery And Cooling
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has an 80WHr battery. It’s amazing because this battery has a Rapid Charge feature. This feature ensures that your laptop gets charged to full within 30 mins. Therefore, you can get back to your work and reenter the game in the middle of a fight.
When it comes to cooling, this laptop supports Coldfront 3.0 technology. This has two fans turbocharged to its peak with thermal intake vents below the keyboard. In addition, you can control the speed of the fan using the Q Control 4.0 application.
Coming to the main objective of this review – its performance. The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Octa Core 3.2GHz processor. This processor supports multithreading, which makes running applications easier than before.
The power of the processor becomes more evident when doing creative like video editing. When I started exporting a video to fully render, it was done at lightning-fast speeds with no lag in between.
When gaming, the processor, combined with the 8GB DDR6 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. Combining both these together creates a powerful experience that makes gaming feel like a breeze.
Since this is a gaming laptop, it does this job right. I was surprised (and happy) to play games like Metro Exodus and God of War at max settings with RTX lighting on. I got around 60-72fps on average, which is pretty impressive.
The fps hit the 200s mark when playing online games like Valorant and Apex Legends at the lowest settings.
Price And Availability
Frequently Asked Questions By Gamers (FAQ):
Ans: No, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro does not have touchscreen support. It has a standard 16” screen with 2K support and a resolution of 2560x1600px. It also has a refresh rate of 165Hz and a response time of 3ms, supported by NVIDIA GeForce G Sync and AMD FreeSync as well.
Ans: The main difference between the Lenovo Legion 5 and it’s updated Lenovo Legion 5 Pro laptops is the display. In the normal versions, it has a 16:9 screen, while the Pro version has a 16:10 aspect ratio, making the screen show widescreen resolutions with the same display.
Ans: After testing out this laptop extensively, I was able to find out the limits of this laptop when it came to battery life and performance. While the Lenovo website has stated that it will last for 8 hours at a time, many gaming sessions lasted for around 6 hours at max, before I was forced to change it up.
Ans: No, this laptop does not support playback of 4K videos and games. It has maximum support of up to 2K resolution, capped at 165Hz.
Final Verdict – Is This Laptop A Good Buy In 2022?
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is a good laptop for gaming. Its powerful Ryzen 7 processor equipped with RTX 3070 graphic card makes it provide great gaming performances. It also has a 2K screen that provides great visuals.
However, it has a poor battery life compared to its competitors. Also, the peripherals like the keyboard and the camera, along with the overall look of the laptop feel cheaper compared to its $1399.99 price tag.
Overall, this is a good buy in 2022 if you don’t mind its simple looks. It is the performance that makes up for these shortcomings.