AMD has hit the ground running with its 2021 line of mobile processors, bringing reliable performance for video editing enthusiasts and gamers alike. With the introduction of 30-series GPUs to the laptop market this year as well, Lenovo’s line of Legion gaming laptops brings the best of both worlds together.
Here’s a look at the Legion line for 2021 and what each model will offer consumers.
Lenovo Legion 7
At the apex of the line-up is Lenovo’s flagship 16″ Legion 7 laptop. Designed in aerospace-grade aluminium, it’s able to accommodate the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H mobile processors and NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 graphics cards.
The Legion 7 boasts a 165hz, 16:10 (2560×1600) QHD display that’s capable of Dolby Vision. As is to be expected in a machine like this, G-Sync support is also included. For those wanting to do some video or photo editing, you’ll find a lot to love thanks to the display’s 100% sRGB colour accuracy.
The Legion TrueStrike Keyboard is implemented across all of Lenovo’s gaming laptops this year. Featuring soft-landing switches, the TrueStrike Keyboard on the Legion 7 is a full-size backlit keyboard with over 16 million colour options controlled by Corsair’s iCUE software. It also includes a glass trackpad that is 23% bigger than previous generations.
Gaming laptops are rife with thermal throttling issues, and Lenovo’s third iteration of their Coldfront thermal system packs turbocharged dual fans and quad-channel exhausts that will aim to push heat out through vapour chamber technology. Importantly, the Legion 7 comes with a handful of thermal sensors across the laptop which are designed to predict the system’s thermal curve in an effort to avoid throttling where possible. Lenovo’s onboard Vantage software, which is included in each of the 2021 models, will also allow users to optimise and customise the computer’s settings while self-diagnosing and removing nasties that try and invade the system.
For productivity, streaming and meetings, the Legion 7 also comes equipped with an integrated 720p webcam that has an e-shutter for those wanting to cut off access when the device isn’t in use.
The Legion 7 starts at $3,299 AUD.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7
Weighing in at under 1.9kg, Lenovo’s Legion Slim 7 laptop is an excellent alternative for those always on the move. The device supports mobile processors up to AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900H and graphics cards up to the RTX 3060 Max-Q.
Boasting display options of a 15.6″ 144hz 1080p IPS screen with 100% Adobe RGB colour accuracy or a 15.6”4K 60Hz IPS display with 100% sRGB, there’s an option here for everyone – whether you’re a budding video editor or someone looking to game while you’re out and about. Of course, the laptop also comes packed with Lenovo’s TrueStrike Keyboard and the Coldfront thermal management system, minimising throttling issues where possible.
Unique to the Slim 7 is the integrated fingerprint reader that is a part of the system’s power button. As well as this, the laptop supports USB-C charging in non-gaming scenarios – perfect for a quick top up.
The Legion Slim 7’s pricing is still to be confirmed.
The Legion 5 Pro steps back from the slim design of the Slim 7 and has the capability of housing AMD’s Ryzen 9 5800H mobile processors and up to an RTX 3070 GPU. Like the Legion 7, the Legion 5 Pro features a 16” 165hz QHD IPS display with 100% sRGB colour accuracy, a 16:10 aspect ratio that allows a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync support. As well as this, Dolby Vision once again features.
Much like the other laptops in Lenovo’s line-up, the TrueStrike Keyboard and Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system are also included. It’s worth noting the TrueStrike Keyboard has optional four-zone RGB lighting in this model as compared to the Legion Slim 7 and Legion 7’s per key backlighting.
Type-C power delivery is also included for non-gaming scenarios and an e-shutter webcam is housed above the display for meetings and streaming. Intel Wi-Fi 6 is supported in the Legion 5 Pro, too, allowing for lightning fast downloads and updates when paired with a capable internet connection.
The Legion 5 Pro starts at $2,849 AUD.
Lenovo Legion 5
Rounding out Lenovo’s line-up of gaming laptops is the Legion 5. Available in two colours – Phantom Blue or Stingray White – the Legion 5 can house up to the Ryzen 9 5800H mobile processors and the GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
A 15.6” 1080p 165hz IPS display with AMD FreeSync support or a 17” 144hz IPS display, each with up to 100% sRGB colour accuracy, are the display options for the Legion 5. The Legion TrueStrike Keyboard with four-zone RGB lighting also comes included, alongside an e-shutter webcam for the 15” model and a webcam with a physical shutter on the 17”model.
Type-C power delivery is, once again, included for use when the laptop isn’t being used for gaming, while the Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system acts as the thermal solution for any throttling issues the device may encounter during intense work or gaming loads. Wi-Fi 6 is also included.
The 15” Legion 5 starts at $1,999 AUD, while the 17” Legion 5 starts at $2,199.
Each of Lenovo’s laptops come with Lenovo’s AI Engine system, which uses machine learning to achieve the highest possible framerates while gaming. This will identify whether a game is more CPU or GPU-intensive and will allocate resources to cope with that demand. 16 of the most popular triple-A gaming titles – are also fully supported by this system, running each at finely-tuned settings for the best framerates possible.
Similarly, Nahimic Audio is also featured in each laptop, making use of 3D audio to deliver an improved gaming experience. Each Lenovo Legion gaming laptop comes with a free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC, allowing you to dive into the depths of Halo’s storied history or duke it out in Age of Empires.
There’s something for everyone in Lenovo’s AMD-based gaming laptops this year. Designed for the budding professional or the dedicated gamer, it’s hard to look past what’s on offer through Lenovo’s Legion series in 2021.