Lenovo Legion 5 Review: AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Cool and Fast Laptop Gaming

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Lenovo Legion 5 is Lenovo’s gaming laptop with a new naming, where the Legion 5 series is a gaming laptop that is in the mainstream class. Legion 5 itself consists of two variants, where Legion 5 is a series that uses AMD processors while Legion 5i uses Intel processors. And this laptop is the first time Lenovo has used an AMD processor for Lenovo Legion.

Design and Specifications

The Lenovo Legion 5 uses a Ryzen 5 4600H, 6C / 12T processor, code-named Renoir with Zen 2 architecture and 7 nm fabrication, and 45 Watt TDP. RAM uses DDR4-3200 2x 8 GB Dual Channel, and main storage uses 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs where there are SATA 2.5 ″ and M.2 second slots, one of which can be used as additional storage if needed.

The GPU uses GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6 while IGP uses Radeon Graphics (384 Shaders). Audio uses stereo speakers by Harman, while connectivity uses Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1). Lenovo Legion 5 features Hybrid Mode for GPU. When activated, the graphics processor will automatically switch between GPU and IGP, so when there is no heavy workload, IGP can be used so that power consumption is efficient. If not activated, only the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti is active.

The screen of Lenovo Legion 5 is 15.6 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) with IPS panel, refresh rate of 120 Hz, 45% NTSC with 250 nits brightness. The screen frame is relatively thin on the right, left and top. In the upper side of the frame, there is a “notch” for the camera. And the screen can also be opened up to close to 180 degrees.

The design of the whole body is still similar to the design of the Legion Y500, with slight differences such as the LEGION logo now being moved from bottom right to left on the back of the screen, ventilation to exhaust also using a vertical grill instead of a horizontal grill, and the layout of the keyboard is also different. The form factor of this laptop’s body is a clamshell type with polycarbonate material and has a Phantom Black color variant. The dimensions are 36.3 x 26 x 2.61 xm, weighing 2.31 kg for laptops and 418 grams for chargers.

This type of keyboard for Lenovo Legion 5 is referred to as the Legion TrueStrike Gaming Keyboard, where the keyboard has a “soft landing” design that is the sensation of “soft” when the button is pressed with a travel distance of 1.5 mm.

The keyboard has a full sized numpad and the keys have a special layer of anti-oil and abrasion, with the touchpad supported by Windows Precision Driver.

For connectors and buttons, Lenovo Legion 5 has USB 3.1 Gen 1 with Always On, and Audio Combo for the left hand side; USB 3.1 Gen 1 for the right hand side; and Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1 Type C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI and DC In for the back side.

Lenovo Legion 5 has a Performance Profile option where changing this mode will make the light on the power button on the laptop change color. The available options consist of Performance Mode with red lights, Balance Mode with white, and Quiet Mode with blue.

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