Lenovo Legion 5 PRO Laptop Review: RTX 30 and Ryzen 5000

The all-new Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Laptop promises an excellent performance as they crammed up the latest AMD Ryzen eight Core 5000 series CPU along with the mighty Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics Card.

AMD a few months back announced the arrival of Ryzen 5000 series chips for laptops. Ryzen 4000 series chips provided great performance benefits over Intel last year and this year 2021, marks the new beginning for AMD with their latest Ryzen 5600H & Ryzen 5800H chips. And Lenovo Legion 5 Pro did exactly what is needed to be done. They crammed up against one of the fastest Ryzen 5800H 8 core 16 thread chips and paired it along with the all-new Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics Card. Not only that, but the new Legion 5 Pro will also feature the 16:10 QHD display. And yes you will also have a butter smooth experience with a 165Hz display!

So let us check out the all-new Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gaming Laptop.

Lenovo Legion 5 PRO Laptop Review

Specifications

There are different variants of the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and here are the specs.

ProcessorUp to AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H Processor (3.20 GHz, up to 4.40 GHz Max Boost, 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 16 MB Cache)
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
 Windows 10 Pro
Display16″ WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS, 16:10, 500 nits, 165Hz / 3ms response time, 100% sRGB, VESA DisplayHDR™ 400-certified, Dolby Vision™-enabled, NVIDIA® G-SYNC®
MemoryUp to 32 GB DDR4 3200MHz
BatteryUp to 5 hours* / Rapid Charge Pro
StorageUp to 2 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3050 4GB/ NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3050 Ti 4GB/ NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3060 6GB/ NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3070 8GB
Audio2 x 2W Harman® Speakers with Nahimic Audio
Camera720p with E-Shutter
Dimensions (W x D x H)21.7-26.85mm x 356mm x 264.2mm / 0.86-1.1″ x 14.01″ x 10.4″
WeightStarting at 2.54kg / 5.4lbs
ColorStorm Grey/ Stingray (Available with Backlit – Moon White – US English)
ConnectivityWiFi 6 802.11AX (2 x 2) / Bluetooth® 5.1
Ports / SlotsLeft:
 USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort™ 1.4)/ Headphone and mic combo
 Right:
 USB-A 3.2 Gen 1/ E-Shutter Button
 Rear:
 3 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (1 always-on)/ Power in/ RJ45/ HDMI 2.1/ USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort™ 1.4, power delivery)

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is starting at around $1299.99 and it’s already available right now at Walmart although we haven’t seen a worldwide release yet. But we are expecting it to be available very soon with every other retailer on the planet.

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Aesthetics and Design

Lenovo has completely redesigned its gaming laptops and it looks completely different from the outside. As opposed to a more rectangular design last year, Lenovo opted for a curvier-looking design this year with the lid being no longer flat. It is completely made out of aluminum and it gives a much more of a formal feel to it. You can actually take it to a more professional environment because of its streamlined looks. It does look and feel like a gaming laptop but the black matte finish doesn’t scream for attention in those kinds of situations.

Last year we also saw the Legion logo on side of the lid, but from this year Lenovo pushed it to the middle and the logo lights up in white color and it stays that way though out. But sadly there won’t be any RGB on the Legion 5 Series laptops. If you want to experience a customizable RGB Legion Logo, you have to opt for the Legion 7-Series Laptops. A new angled hinge is also introduced in their new lineup of gaming laptops

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Display

Nowadays a lot of laptop manufacturers have started pushing out the new 16:10 aspect ratio displays with their devices. Lenovo also jumped on that bandwagon and released the Legion 5 Pro with a taller 16″ inches screen rather than their traditional 15.6″ display. It actually has the same width but there is much more surface area below to work and game. The bezels are very thin on the three sides with an included 720P Webcam. We expected to have at least a 1080p webcam nowadays for both meetings and gaming because quality nowadays is the key.

You will also experience a crazy 165Hz display on this device. Earlier you only had the option to choose between an FHD display and a 4K 60Hz display. But now you will be having the QHD 165Hz display as an option as well which is perfect when compared to the amount of horsepower this laptop holds within. With QHD panels you can expect much sharper visuals. The high refresh rate will add more to its smoothness.

The display supports close to 100% sRGB with 77% Adobe RGB and it’s great for even content creators and video editors as well. The True Color panels also provide rich visuals for entertainment as well. The bigger screen will facilitate both gaming and productivity.

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Keyboard and Trackpad

Keyboard

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro’s famous True Strike Gaming Keyboard is a game-changer when it comes to Laptop Gaming keyboards. The TrueStrike Gaming keyboards are really good for gaming. They are very accurate and responsive for both work and play scenarios. The 1.5mm key travel is nice and the concave keys fit well in the fingers. Legion always had full-sized keyboards on their laptop and this laptop is no exception. The keyboard has a 4 zone customizable RGB Lighting as well.

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Trackpad

The trackpad is larger than the previous generation Legion laptops. It’s very responsive and responds well to gestures like pinch to zoom, drag, etc. There arent any dedicated clickable buttons on the trackpad.

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Connectivity and Ports

A great unique feature about Legion Gaming laptops that they always provided the ports at the back. At the rear, we get to see three USB Type-A Gen 3.2 Ports with a transfer speed of 5Gbps. There is also one Type C Gen 2 Port with a transfer speed of 10Gbps and as well as a Display Port 1.4. The HDMI 2.1, Ethernet port, and charging port is also placed at the rear for better cable management. A 300W charger is provided to power up this laptop.

On the right side, we have one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port and one camera privacy switch. On the left side, there is another Type C Gen 2 Port and a 3.5mm headphone microphone combo jack.

On the connectivity side of things, the Lenovo Legion 5 pro 16ach6h comes equipped with WiFi 6 802.11AX Wireless Internet Connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1 for easy sharing.

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Speakers and Battery

The Legion 5 Pro 16ACH6H Gaming laptop features dual 2W speakers which are impressively loud and listening to music or playing games is absolutely a blockbuster. The sound immersion with Nahimic 3D Audio is perfect and there are a bunch of customizable options to play along with.

The battery is where this laptop suffers. Although it is to note that all gaming laptops more or less have the same issue when it comes to battery life. These kinds of laptops are meant to be kept plugged in to enjoy the full performance benefits. The laptop lasted for around 7 hours with the power saving mode on with a video played back on a loop.

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Lenovo Legion 5 PRO 16ACH6H Performance

The Legion 5 16ACH6H Model is packed with the top tier eight core sixteen threads AMD Ryzen 5800H CPU. Paired along with the new Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics. The performance you will get along with 16GB of 3200Mhz DDR4 RAM and 512GB/1TB PCIe blazing fast NVMe SSD, will put most newer Gaming Desktops to shame.

Here are some of the performance benchmarks of the Lenovo Legion 5 PRO 16 Gaming Laptop.

PCMark 8: Home5,291
PCMark 8: Creative6,199
PCMark 8: Work4,102
PCMark 106,800
3DMark: Time Spy9,963
Geekbench1,475 (Single Core) 7,377 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench1,423 (Single Core) 11,729 (Multi-Core)
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And here are some gaming benchmarks

 Ultra PresetNormal Preset
Far Cry 511298
Rise of Tomb Raider154134
Rainbow Six Seige265298

With such FPS in Rainbow Six Seige, this laptop will be a dream for many Esports gamers out there especially for the price and performance that it offers. Plus the 165Hz will make all the difference when gaming.

Thermals

The Cold Front 3.0 Thermal solution on the Legion 5 Pro Gaming Laptop is one of the best in the market so far now. Their massive intake system along with the turbocharged dual fan design and the thermal intake vents underneath the keyboard makes this a very unique cooling solution that can handle heavy loads for a longer period of time without throttling the CPU or the GPU. The quad-channel exhaust system on all 4 sides of the laptop will take out all the heat from the machine. The Heatsinks also make use of an Intelligent AI Optimized mode so that you can get the best out of your Gaming Laptop. You can even control the fan speed, the voltage with Intelligent Q Control 4.0 for either a full-throttle airflow or tweak it to optimize better battery life.

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Conclusion

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is a beast of a gaming laptop packed with all the features that a gamer needs or wants. The 16:10 ratio display might be a little off at a first glance but using those kinds of displays for gaming and productivity will provide a different kind of experience altogether. The inclusion of a QHD 165Hz display on this model is a game-changer and eye candy for the gamers. But on the other hand, you are also getting the color-calibrated 99% sRGB display which is a boon for Content Creators as well.

This is not an entry-level gaming laptop. It is a mid-range gaming laptop that fits the budget of an enthusiast gamer but at the same time performs way faster than the Intel 11the Generation Counterparts in almost all types of workloads. The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gaming laptop is right now the best value for money laptop in 2021.

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