Lenovo legion 5 15 (REVIEW) – The best gaming laptop under $1000

The Lenovo Legion 5 and 5i is the cheapest gaming laptop Lenovo has from the Legion Lineup. It’s also their best gaming laptop for under $1000. However, the premium setup with Intel chips might hit you with a higher price of 1149$ or less. But here is the thing Lenovo stuff goes on sale very often, so I’ll recommend getting one for yourself in a sale which will cost very less and you will get the best gaming laptop ever from Lenovo.

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Lenovo legion 5 Review

Alright, now the Lenovo Legion 5 and 5i, it is the 5 I, but there are two variants a 5 and a 5 I, and the difference being one is AMD and the other is Intel, I’ll be giving a review of the Intel version, but the experience in the hardware is going to be vastly similar between the two. Now, this has to be one of the most anticipated gaming laptops for 2020 because of its original price point that they announced, I think 800 or 900 bucks at the base price. So it’s a very interesting device and the predecessor to this the Y 540 was a very well-reviewed device and this is just like the 2020 version. They’ve tweaked a bunch of stuff, but there is stuff you should be aware of going into this particular purchase.

Design

Okay, so let’s start with the design of Lenovo legion 5. This has been changed ever so slightly in terms of a design aesthetic that is very clean and mature looking like it doesn’t have any kind of gamer accents. This is probably the least gamer looking gaming laptops on the market. you’d like, it’s even cleaner than like a razor blade because there’s no snake logos and stuff like that. It’s just a very simple top lid and a very simple inside, which we’ll get to in a second. Now on the top, they’ve changed the Legion logo, which doesn’t light up anymore. It’s also in a different position from last year if I remember correctly, and there’s also a new badge, just like a metal insert that just says, Lenovo. Now the whole laptop feels well built. It’s plastic, but it feels durable. I heard a lot of stuff in regards to the hinge. I can’t see any issues with it. I think it’s the same hinge design as the 540 and 570 from last year, which was great. So I just imagine these would be good as well. I think they’re good though. I didn’t mention earlier but the Legion logo has like a bit of iridescent shimmer to it. It’s faint, but it’s there.

Display

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The display. So here on the Lenovo Legion 5 and 5 I, we have a 144-hertz 1080p panel, it’s pretty fast for gaming. It’s bright, it is color accurate. I like the screen a lot. It is, however, an upgraded panel, the base panel is a 60-hertz screen, which, you know, if you’re getting a gaming laptop like this, I’d go for a higher refresh screen but there’s also this third option of a 120 hertz, lower brightness screen, which I do not recommend. I haven’t seen the one specifically from Lenovo, but it’s listed at 250 nits, and from my experience, 250 nits are perfectly fine for just like browsing the web and doing stuff but if you’re playing games, it just doesn’t feel bright enough. Don’t get that 250 nit’s screen; if you can avoid it, I just spend that extra money to get the 144-hertz option.

The webcam on the Lenovo Legion 5 and 5i has been moved up from the bottom of the screen to the top which is awesome and they have a privacy filter this year. So you can hit this switch and it’ll cover up the webcam physically. So technically you would be more secure if you’re worried about that and I like this feature. I feel like more laptops, in general, should have a physical cover over the lens, as an optional slide. It’s simple, but I think it’s pretty cool.

Keyboard

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Okay, the keyboard on the Lenovo Legion 5 and 5i. In general, I think most people will like this keyboard there’s a number pad so you will be shifted over to the left. If you know symmetry bothers you, but I think Lenovo does this often with their kind of mid-tier devices. They just include a number pad but the actual keyboard experience is on point and it’s got white backlighting, which looks clean. The trackpad on Lenovo legion 5 is nice. It doesn’t have the dedicated physical buttons like it did last year. That’s like the actual click is built into the trackpad like a lot of other gaming laptops, but it’s still a good trackpad. And oh, my favorite part about this keyboard, the actual deck (palm rest) itself, it’s this nice, soft-touch material and from what I’ve seen from last year’s material as well, Lenovo legion 5 stuff holds up like last year’s model held up and this feels the same to me. So I think it’s going to be a durable soft-touch material.

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There are speakers on the left and right. They sound like gaming laptop speakers, not terrible, but they’re not great on this device. So the vast majority of ports on these Lenovo Legion devices are on the back of the machine, which I like to keep the whole thing clean. There’s four USB A. So there’s two on the back and one on each side. So there is a healthy dose of USB A on the system. So overall this is a pretty solid system.

Performance

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The performance of Lenovo legion 5 is quite good. It is running the six-core Intel processor with an Rtx 2060 and it’s the regular 2060, not the max Q version. So it’s just a little bit more powerful than other competitors that are pushed max Q devices. This is an appropriately cooled system. It’s nice to see that fans don’t get super loud and they also have that keyboard shortcuts, you can switch between the performance modes. So you can go between balanced and high performance and quiet mode. But this year, in Lenovo legion 5 they have this colored led in the power button, which lets you know visually what mode you’re in just by looking at the power button. Now this year, we still don’t have manual fan control. It’s something I talked about last year. I wish that on a device like this, you could just control the fans by yourself. So if you’re doing something that requires better performance, you can just crank it up but you can’t. it does a pretty good job just through those three settings but I like its manual.

Hardware

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So inside you have you can see the two big fans that exhaust at the back and the side With a nice heat pipe or a good thermal system, the SSD Wi-Fi card, and the two RAM slots are behind two shrouds but remove those and you have access to them. And the battery is not particularly big, it’s a 60-watt hour battery, very similar battery life to last year’s, I’m getting three and a half hours on this, which is to be expected it’s a smaller battery, I do think that there is an option for a larger battery, but then it just removes the SATA cage so you just get a slightly bigger battery but no hard drive, I did notice that there seems to be room for a second NVMe like if you remove the hard drive cage that just seems to be this perfect amount of space for a secondary NVMe which is I’ve never actually seen something like this where space seems like so well engineered that if you remove the hard drive cage, there’s now room for the NVMe to slot in. It’s pretty cool. so that is internal of the system.

Competition

Now there is a second device I want to talk about in comparison with the Lenovo legion 5 because if you’re interested in the Lenovo legion 5, you’re probably interested in this thing as well. This is a Lenovo idea pad gaming 3 it’s a bit of a weird name. This had a different moniker last year, but this is the 2020 version and this is also like an 800 to $900 device.

I don’t think Lenovo idea pad gaming 3 is worth getting because of the existence of Lenovo legion 5. The Lenovo idea pad gaming 3 is an inferior product in basically every manner. It’s not as well built. It has the worst performance as worse thermals. Got a smaller battery and a dimmer screen. The list goes on the idea of gaming pad 3. It is an inferior product to the Lenovo legion 5, it is cheaper by like 150 bucks. But if you’re on the market for something like Lenovo idea pad gaming 3 and you just can’t afford Lenovo legion 5 and you can afford the idea pad, save up until you can pick Lenovo legion 5 up because its just a better product that I think will even last longer because of the improved thermal performance over this Lenovo idea pad gaming 3.

Cost

Now, if you remember in the beginning, I mentioned that the starting price of Lenovo legion 5, so it’d be like 850, or $900 but there’s a bit of a twist to that. That pricing only applies to the Ryzen AMD versions and once you spec this thing out with an Intel chip, it’s quite expensive. It’s more expensive than I thought it would be. This feels like it’s 150, 200 bucks more than it should be.

Now here’s the thing Lenovo stuff goes on sale. Very frequently. We’re not talking like special Black Friday and back-to-school stuff. It’s just constantly on sale. So you just need to be diligent and look at the pricing of this stuff and catch it when it is on sale because if you buy this thing at a full retail price I don’t think it’s worth the money. If you do get it on sale though I think this is a great get. So yeah, you just make sure you purchase this thing on sale if you can.

Lenovo legion 5 15 | Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Angled Design
  • Great performance
  • Possess number pad
  • Five USB 3.1 ports
  • Manual slider to cover the camera
  • Two RAM slots, Two M.2 drives, 2.5 SATA drive
Cons
  • Slow response time
  • Lack of SD card reader
  • The battery is not particularly big
ProcessorUp to AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H mobile processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 2060
DisplayUp to 15.6" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080), 300 nits, 144 Hz, <3ms response time, 100% sRGB, Dolby Vision™ enabled
MemoryUp to 16GB 3200MHz DDR4
BatteryUp to 8 hours with polymer 80Wh*
* All battery life claims are approximate and based on results using the MobileMark® 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease.
Storage
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Up to 2TB 2.5" 5400RPM HDD.
Audio
  • 2 x 2W Harman Kardon® speaker system
  • Dolby Atmos® headphone support
Dimensions (W x D x H)Starting at 363mm x 260mm x 23.57 - 26.13mm / 14.3" x 10.2" x 1"
WeightStarting at 2.5kg / 5.5lbs
Connectivity
  • 802.11 ax
  • Bluetooth® 5.0
Ports / Slots
  • USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (always on)
  • 3 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1
  • USB-C 3.1 (DisplayPort™)
  • HDMI 2.0
  • RJ45 ethernet
  • Mic / headphone combo
  • Kensington lock slot
  • Audio jack
Keyboard
  • White backlight
  • 4-zone RGB (optional)
ColourPhantom Black
Preloaded Software
  • Lenovo Vantage
  • Lenovo PC Manager
  • Lenovo Nerve Center
  • McAfee LiveSafe™
  • Lenovo Antivirus
  • Microsoft Office Trial
  • PowerDVD / Power2Go

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