Lenovo has revealed its new slate of Legion gaming laptops for 2021. Two of them are new models, with one interesting new feature.
The Lenovo Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro will be using a 16-inch display.
Yes, not 15.6 or 17.3 (or even 14, which is making a comeback). 16. Lenovo calls it “the world’s first 16” QHD (2560 x 1600 pixels) IPS display”, with a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of the typical 1560 x 1440 16:9.
The non-standard display size support Nvidia G-Sync or AMD Freesync, 100% sRGB colour accuracy, 165Hz refresh rate and support for Dolby Vision.
The Legion 7 is now Lenovo’s flagship model, covered with aluminium with the now-trademark business-style look. You only know it’s a gaming laptop because of, you’ve guessed it, RGB lighting. It packs an AMD Ryzen 9 5900H and its highest-end variant can include an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.
The other 16-inch gaming laptop introduced is the Legion 5 Pro. A step up from last year’s Legion 5 with a slight tweak to the external design (the big illuminating Y shape logo is back). The Legion 5 Pro’s spec may vary, but at its highest can include an AMD Ryzen 9 5800H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070.
Both laptops (and the rest of the 2021 Legion line) are now utilising what’s called the Lenovo AI Engine. It’s a software solution that helps to dynamically adjust CPU and GPU power to bring better gaming performance. Essentially, an overclocking tool, but with the help of machine learning.
Lenovo’s Coldfront cooling system is now dubbed 3.0, the laptops have dual fans and four exhaust vents. The Legion 7 has an additional vapour chamber for cooling too.
The TrueStrike keyboard (membrane-based, but just clicky enough) are back, and the Harman speakers included in all Lenovo Legion laptops are now optimised for Nahimic Audio- bringing in 360-degree audio. WiFi-6 as well as a webcam with an off button are also included.
The biggest inclusion, for us at least, is that all 2021 Legion laptops will include a free month of Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription. That’s access to 100 games you can play.
The Lenovo Legion 7, Legion 5 Pro, as well as the Legion Slim 7 and Legion 5 refresh, will be available starting this February, but news on local availability and pricing for Malaysia should be coming soon.