Today, I will be providing a review of the 2021 Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop, equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800 CPU and Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU.
With an impressive combination of a top-of-the-line AMD processor and Nvidia graphics card, this laptop is built to handle even the most demanding games with ease. But this laptop isn’t just about performance, it also boasts a sleek design, comfortable keyboard, and advanced cooling system, making it a top contender for gamers who prioritize both form and function.
In this article, we will take a closer look at what the Lenovo Legion 5 has to offer and see if it lives up to the hype.
Lenovo Legion 5 Key Specification
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 5800|
|GPU||Nvidia RTX 3060|
|RAM||16GB Dual Channel|
|Display||15.6″ Full HD IPS|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe SSD|
Design And Build
Let’s start with the design and construction of the laptop. Just like its predecessor, the entire Lenovo Legion 5 is constructed out of plastic, including the LED, base, and bottom panel. Weighing at 2.46 kilos, it’s a bit heavier than the previous model, but its dimensions of 26.06 by 36.26 centimeters and 2.58 centimeters in thickness make it fairly compact.
The laptop has a rubberized finish that is pleasant to the touch and is less prone to fingerprints. The lid can be easily opened with a single hand and can rotate 180 degrees, a feature we’ve seen in the past few years. However, there is some slight movement in the hinges, so it’s important to be cautious. On the bright side, the side and top bezels are thin and stylish in 2021. The top bezel has a protrusion that allows you to easily lift the lid, and it also houses the camera assembly.
Keyboard And Trackpad
Moving on to the base of the laptop, we have the same Legion keyboard as last year. It offers decent key travel for a gaming laptop and clicky feedback. Lenovo has also kept the full-sized arrow keys and a number pad that is typical of the Legion series.
One interesting feature is the Quick Find Control shortcut – pressing the function and Q keys simultaneously toggle between three modes: quiet, auto, and performance. The touchpad is the same as last year’s Legion, with good precision, clicky feedback, and responsiveness. The surface is made of Mylar, a material with similar properties to glass but is more scratch-resistant.
Despite the good input devices, the quality of the base itself is not great, as the keyboard deck is somewhat bendy. Looking at the bottom of the notebook, we see an unchanged design. The laptop has speakers in both front corners, while the exhaust occurs from the back and sides.
Lenovo Legion 5 Ports
Let’s take a look at the ports. On the left side, there is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack. The right side features a camera disconnect switch and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port. As we’ve come to expect, most of the ports on the Legion 5 are located at the back of the laptop.
These include a Gigabit Ethernet port, another USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port that can also be used for charging the laptop, three more USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0b connector, and the power input on the left.
Internal And Upgrading Options
Let’s talk about the cooling setup. The Lenovo Legion 5 features two large metal plates that cover the VRMs and memory modules of the graphics card. There are also three heat pipes, one of which is shared between the CPU and GPU, and one more for each of them. Fortunately, there are four heat spreaders.
As for upgradeability, the laptop has two RAM slots, with Lenovo selling the notebook with a maximum of 16GB of DDR4 x16 memory, working at 3200MHz in dual-channel mode. However, it’s likely that the laptop can hold up to at least 32GB in total. In terms of storage, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 drive slots that can each hold up to 1TB.
Lenovo Legion 5 Display
The IPS panel on the Lenovo Legion 5 offers a Full HD resolution, excellent viewing angles, and a high contrast ratio. The display also features a non-flickering backlight. However, the 165Hz refresh rate is not complemented by a fast pixel response time. The panel covers 98% of sRGB, 70% of Adobe RGB, and 72% of DCI-P3 color spaces.
During our battery test, we conducted a video playback and gaming test with the Lenovo Legion 5 set to Windows better performance setting and the screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits. All other programs were turned off except for the one being tested.
We were impressed to see that the 80-watt-hour battery lasted for nine and a half hours during video playback and two and a half hours during gaming, which is a significant improvement compared to last year’s model.
The laptop is equipped with the Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, an eight-core processor that can boost up to 4.4 GHz. This CPU is not only fast but also power-efficient at lower power modes, making it highly sought-after in the laptop market. To get a better understanding of its performance, here are the Cinebench R20 multi-core score and the Singapore wizards score.
Moving on to the gaming performance, the Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU runs at a maximum TGP of 130 watts. Here are the corresponding results:
|Games (1080P Max Settings)||Average FPS|
In my opinion, the Lenovo Legion 5 2021 is an excellent choice for gaming and editing. It has all the features you need in a high-end gaming laptop, including a 165Hz refresh rate, 100% color accuracy, G-Sync support, and a powerful 130W RTX 3060 GPU that outperforms the 105W Predator and 110W Omen. If your budget is around 1.04 lakh, I would highly recommend this new 2021 Legion. You can find the best buying links for this laptop or any other variant you’re interested in.