When it comes to gaming laptops, most people will gravitate towards the likes of Asus, Razer and Alienware. But for the past few years, Lenovo has been releasing their own gaming machines under the Legion line.
Design & Hardware
The Lenovo Legion 5i is made from plastic but it doesn’t feel cheap like some other laptops. There are some metal accents with the Lenovo and Legion logos on the laptop.
Next to the keyboard, the laptop has a nice slight soft-touch finish which is perfect when resting our wrists while gaming. The keyboard on the Lenovo Legion 5i feels great to type on but doesn’t offer a lot of depth (if that’s something you care about) and the trackpad is a decent size but could be slightly larger.
One thing I’m not the biggest fan of is the Numpad on the right side of the keyboard. It just feels very cramped and I found myself pressing the Num Lock key instead of the backspace. The keyboard is also backlit with a few pre-set colour options.
The Legion 5i model I tested features a 15.6-inch Full HD 120Hz display that can be optioned to up to 240Hz. The Legion 5i is also available in 17-inch screen size.
Just above the screen is where you’ll find the 720p webcam that has a physical shutter. I wish the laptop has WIndow Hello built into the webcam or add a fingerprint reader to the device.
Powering the Legion 5i is the Intel 10th Gen i7-10750H with 8GB of RAM (can be optioned up to 16GB of RAM) and an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti GPU. There’s also Wi-Fi 6 support and Bluetooth 5.0. There was also a 512GB SSD in the model I reviewed but you can get the laptop with two hard drives or SSDs.
For ports, there are plenty, the left side has a USB A 3.1 Gen 1 and headphone jack while the right side features another USB A 3.1 Gen 1 port. The back of the laptop has an ethernet jack, USB-C 3.1 DisplayPort, 2 USB-A Gen 1, HDMI, Power input and Kensington slot.
In terms of battery life, the Legion 5i has a 60Wh battery but some configs offer an 80 Wh. In my testing, I was able to get around 3-4 hours of battery life in normal web browsing usage and less when gaming on battery power. You’ll want to plug in this laptop when gaming.
For the most part, the laptop did stay cool and was fairly quiet during usage. The laptop is also fairly hefty at around 2.46 kg (5.42 lbs).
The Legion 5i is available now from Lenovo’s website with a Canadian starting price of $1,439 CAD. The review unit I received retails for $1,549 CAD with its customizations.
The Legion 5i is running Windows 10 and there are a few pre-installed Lenovo apps.
Some of the pre-installed apps include:
- Lenovo Vantage
- Lenovo Utility
- Nvidia GeForce Experience
- Dolby Atmos
Lenovo Vantage is where you can enable features like different thermal modes, hybrid mode and more.
I played a number of games on the Legion 5i including Planet Coaster, Euro Truck Simulator, GTA V, Fortnite and the laptop could easily handle them on medium to high settings at 60 fps.
Overall, the Legion 5i is a solid gaming laptop that offers good specs for its price.
- Solid build quality
- A physical webcam shutter is a nice touch
- Plenty of ports including USB-C and ethernet
- Comfortable keyboard
- Good 1080p 60fps gaming performance
- So-so battery life
- The display is good but not super bright