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Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review: Fast performance at a reasonable price

Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro is a homebody, but strong performance and competitive pricing make it an excellent choice for gamers.

Lenovo’s Legion brand has established itself as a go-to option for gamers who want solid performance at a reasonable price. The new Legion 5 Pro looks to reinforce this with the latest Intel 13th-Gen processors and Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics. They provide a notable boost over last year’s model and maintain the Legion 5 Pro’s position as a go-to gaming laptop for those looking to spend less than 2,000.

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Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Specs and features

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is updated with the latest Intel and Nvidia hardware. This includes the Intel Core i7-13700HX, a 16-core processor with 24 threads and a maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 5GHz. It’s joined by Nvidia’s RTX 4060, which in this iteration can tap up to 140 watts of power.

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-13700HX
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR5
  • Graphics/GPU: Nvidia RTX 4060 (140-watt TGP)
  • Display: 16-inch 2,560 x 1,600 165Hz IPS
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen4 SSD
  • Webcam: 1080p with electronic privacy shutter
  • Connectivity: 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DisplayPort 1.4 and 140 watts Power Delivery, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DisplayPort 1.4, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1,1x HDMI 2.1, 1x Ethernet, 1x 3.5mm combo audio
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth
  • Biometrics: None
  • Battery capacity: 80 watt-hours
  • Dimensions: 14.3 x 10.25 x 1.05 inches
  • Weight: 5.51 pounds
  • MSRP: 1,699.99 MSRP, 1,449.99 retail

Pricing starts at 1,259.99 through Lenovo’s website. That will snag you a less capable machine with an Intel Core i5-13500HX and Nvidia RTX 4060. The model I tested was priced at 1,449.99, less than 200 more than the entry-level despite a big upgrade to both the CPU and GPU.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Design and build quality

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 is cloaked in a reserved navy-blue and black chassis. It uses simple, mostly untextured plastics that don’t look or feel remarkable but manages a more polished, professional vibe than alternatives such as the Acer Predator Helios, Asus TUF Gaming A16, and Dell Inspiron Gaming. It’s clearly a laptop designed for performance yet won’t attract unwanted attention in a meeting.

It won’t take up the entire table, either. Measuring at 14.3 inches wide and 10.25 inches deep, the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 is reasonably compact for a 16-inch gaming laptop, though it will still feel most laptop bags to capacity. Its size is most noticeable in profile, as the Legion Pro 5 measures a tad over an inch thick—a trait you’ll certainly notice while handling the machine. It also tips the scales at 5.6 pounds, which is similar to competitive laptops but rather noticeable when placed in a backpack or messenger bag.

Lenovo’s build quality doesn’t disappoint. The chassis is solid and uncomplaining, with no creaks or groans to betray its plastic origins. There’s some give here and there, most notably in the display lid when you’re opening and closing it, but nothing to sound alarm bells. In fact, it’s right up there with the competition, offering a similar degree of rigidity and durability.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Keyboard, trackpad

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 has an excellent keyboard with plenty of key travel and a snappy, decisive bottoming action that rewards each keystroke with firm tactile feedback. It beats peers such as the Acer Predator Helios 300 and MSI Katana/Sword, which, while not terrible, feel lackluster in comparison. The Legion Pro 5 even has an edge over most professional laptops including the MacBook Pro 16 and Dell XPS 15.

A numpad is included and shifts the keyboard off-center, a layout decision I dislike. The touchpad follows suit, also veering off-center to align with the keyboard, which eats into the palmrest space on the laptop’s left side.

The keyboard is backlit and offers RGB color customization across 4 zones, which is par for the course in this category. The software might throw users for a loop, as it’s tucked away in Lenovo’s Vantage software that has grown bloated over the last few years. Still, the backlight does its job and can look as reserved or garish as you’d like.

The touchpad measures a respectable 4.5 inches wide and 3 inches deep—not huge for a 16-inch laptop, but serviceable. It offers a smooth, responsive surface, and Windows 11 multi-touch gestures are a breeze to use. I experienced a few palm rejection snafus that led to some unwanted mouse clicks, but these weren’t frequent enough to cause serious concern.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Display, audio

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro sports a 2560×1600 IPS display that refreshes at a brisk 165Hz. These are common specifications in the mid-range gaming laptop arena, and it’s rare to see any gaming laptop below 2,000 with a significantly higher resolution or refresh rate. expensive gaming laptops, like the Razer Blade, put their increased budget to good use with OLED or Mini-LED panels.

Maximum brightness comes in at an eye-catching 419 nits which, combined with the display’s matte coat, makes the display comfortable to view in bright rooms. The contrast ratio is rather modest, however, with a maximum measured contrast of just 890:1. That’s low even for a mid-range gaming laptop and leads to disappointing shadow detail in dark scenes. Darker games, like Resident Evil 4 or Diablo IV, look hazy and flat on this monitor.

Bright, colorful games fare better. The display’s color gamut spans 99 percent of sRGB and 79 percent of DCI-P3. These results are behind the best laptops: Razer’s Blade 16 with Mini-LED display, for example, can achieve 100 percent of both color gamuts. However, the Legion 5 Pro’s results greatly exceed budget alternatives like the MSI Sword, which only managed 70 percent of the sRGB color gamut. The Legion 5 Pro is remarkably accurate, too. Color accuracy, color temperature, and gamma results are spot-on their targets, which means games look as their creators intended.

The 165Hz refresh rate ensures fluid, clear motion and provides a responsive gaming experience. However, the Legion 5 Pro doesn’t gain any ground here, as displays with similar refresh rates are the norm across budget and mid-range gaming laptops.

Lenovo offers an upgraded display option with the same 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, improved brightness, and a 240Hz refresh rate. I wasn’t able to test the display, but my experience with other laptops that boast similar display specifications leads me to expect it will look noticeably better in most games. Lenovo charges a mere 30 for the upgrade, so I highly recommend opting for the 240Hz panel.

The Legion 5 Pro’s downward-firing speakers produce decent audio, though their location means audio can be muffled depending on the surface the laptop is placed on. The speakers strike a balance between lows and highs and rarely sound muddy. Maximum volume is a bit low, however, so the speakers are most enjoyable in a quiet room.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Webcam, microphone, biometrics

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has a 1080p webcam. It’s a nice upgrade over the 720p webcams that are more common in modern gaming laptops. The image looks sharp in good lighting and provides a pleasant, colorful look. Significant noise creeps into the video and introduces a grainy, soft look in poorly lit rooms, but the problem is less noticeable than with most laptops. An electronic privacy shutter with a physical switch is included, too.

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A dual-array microphone handles the laptop’s audio capture. It works as expected, providing strong, clear audio capture with good noise cancellation, but captured audio sounds hollow and distant when played back through a decent pair of headphones. This is typical for a laptop and shouldn’t cause a problem in video calls.

Biometric login is not supported, which is typical for a gaming laptop. Even the most expensive laptops sometimes omit this feature, though it can be found on alternatives like the Razer Blade 16.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Connectivity

Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro scores high marks in connectivity. The highlight is a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and up to 140 watts of Power Delivery. This is not enough to fully power the laptop at maximum load, as it ships with a 300 watt power adapter, but enough to power and charge the laptop in less demanding tasks. Owners have the option of leaving the 300 watt power brick at home when the Legion 5 Pro’s maximum performance potential isn’t required.

Additional USB connectivity spans a second USB-C port, which supports DisplayPort but not Power Delivery, and three USB-A ports. That’s a total of five USB ports, which is excellent for any laptop sold in 2023. They’re joined by an HDMI 2.1 port, Ethernet port, and 3.5mm combo audio jack. Most ports are on the rear of the laptop, instead of the sides, which makes for easy cable management when the laptop is on a desk.

Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1, which is standard for most modern gaming laptops. Wi-Fi performance is quite good when connected to a Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6E router and will leave many gamers without a need to connect to wired Ethernet, though it’s there if you want it.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Performance

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has muscular mid-range specifications which include an Intel Core i7-13700HX processor with a total of 16 processor cores (eight Performance-cores and eight Efficient-cores) and a maximum clock speed of 5GHz. It’s paired with 16GB of DDR5 memory and a 512GB solid state drive. The Core i7-13700HX is the quickest processor available in the Legion 5 Pro, but Lenovo offers RAM upgrades up to 32GB and storage upgrades up to 1TB.

Lenovo starts off strong with a PCMark 10 score of 7349. Though hardly record-setting, it’s a respectable score that is towards the top end of mid-range gaming laptops, and it represents a system that is capable of strong overall performance.

Cinebench R15 paints the Legion 5 Pro in an even better light with a score of 3213. This is a big improvement over last year’s Legion 5 with Intel Core i7-12700H, and extremely competitive with other performance laptops. Asus’ ROG Strix G18 is the only machine that leaps ahead, which is to be expected, as it equips a much more powerful Core i9-13980HX processor.

Handbrake removes any shadow of doubt about the Legion 5 Pro’s processor performance. It once again achieves the second-best score and provides a major lift over last year’s model. Those who depend on apps that require significant CPU horsepower will be extremely pleased.

This is a gaming laptop, however, and excellent processor results don’t always translate to great game performance. There’s reason to be suspicious, too, as the laptop I tested had Nvidia RTX 4060 mobile graphics. It’s a respectable budget option, but can it really deliver in the most demanding 3D games?

3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark is good news for the Legion 5 Pro, hitting a combined score of 8967. That’s extremely competitive with similarly priced laptops and indicates that the Legion 5 Pro can handle most modern 3D titles. However, the new Legion 5 Pro with RTX 4060 is only a tad quicker than the old model with RTX 3060.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider hits an impressive average of 130 frames per second. That’s a solid score for a mid-range gaming laptop and marks a more significant improvement over the older Legion model with RTX 3060.

Metro Exodus, on the other hand, averaged a disappointing 37 frames per second. That’s not an unusual score for laptops in this price range (in fact, it’s rather strong), but it basically ties the old Legion with RTX 3060. This would seem to suggest the RTX 3060 and RTX 4060 face a similar performance bottleneck in this game.

I used Cyberpunk 2077 to judge the Legion 5 Pro’s ray tracing performance. The game averaged 80 frames per second at 1080p and Ultra detail. That plummeted to just 26 FPS with ray-tracing on and set to Ultra. Fortunately, Nvidia’s DLSS with DLSS 3 Frame Generation restored most of that loss, kicking the average back up to a highly playable 74 FPS. Even Cyberpunk 2077’s new Overdrive mode is playable, averaging 44 FPS when DLSS is on.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Battery life

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is a powerful mid-range gaming laptop—and while this is good for performance, it can be a negative for battery life. Lenovo’s modest 80 watt-hour battery doesn’t inspire confidence, either, and ultimately fails to deliver.

I measured four hours and 12 minutes of battery life in our standard video test loop, which repeats a 4K file of the short film Tears of Steel. Web browsing extended the battery life by a hair to four hours and 19 minutes, which remains unremarkable.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro: Should you buy it?

Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro remains an easy recommendation. Its robust build, professional exterior, and excellent keyboard set it apart from rivals, and it delivers solid performance for both productivity and gaming. The Legion 5 Pro is a large, heavy laptop, and mediocre battery life makes it a poor travel companion. Still, it’s a great choice for gamers who need a fast laptop at a reasonable price.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 is a solid 16-inch gaming laptop that’s well-suited for streaming, gaming and general productivity. It’s heavy and runs hot, but that’s par for the course with gaming laptops.

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Price: 1,399 to start Display: 16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) 165Hz IPS CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 RAM: 16 GB Storage: 512 GB Ports: 4x Thunderbolt 4/USB4, SD reader, 3.5mm audio jack Size: 14.17 x 10.4 x 1.05 inches Weight: 5.7 pounds

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (1,399 to start) is far from a perfect gaming laptop. However, it’s a solid choice for a player in need of a durable, reliable device at a reasonable price.

After spending weeks putting it through its paces, I think this Intel-powered edition of Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro is a good gaming laptop that delivers great performance for the price. That said, there are some key weaknesses you should know about before you buy.

While it may not one of the best gaming laptops for everyone, those who don’t mind a little bulk will find a lot to like here. My Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review will show you why.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gen 7 review: Price and availability

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is available for purchase via Lenovo’s website and select third-party retailers for a starting price of 1,399. For that you get the 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for storage.

If you want the best possible version, a fully-kitted Legion 5i Pro sells for 2,559 and includes an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD.

For the purposes of this review Lenovo sent us a build featuring the RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Design

Measuring 14.17 x 10.4 x 1.05 inches and weighing nearly 5.5 pounds, the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is slightly clunkier and heavier than I like.

That said, the design of the unit feels sleek and durable. The aluminum and magnesium chassis looks good on a desk and feels sturdy under my hands. I also appreciate that the laptop didn’t pick up a lot of visible fingerprints during my time with it.

The relatively thin bezels around the display are a nice touch, thickening a bit at the top to accommodate the webcam built into the center of the top bezel. However, the power brick is massive, so don’t expect to take this gaming laptop on the go without a sturdy bag.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Display

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro’s 16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) 165Hz looks nice and vibrant in person. During my testing it helped the bright colors and verdant landscapes in games like Valheim pop, and in fast-paced games the 165Hz refresh rate is nice to have.

It’s also great to see HDR support in this display, and with some tweaking I was able to get some great results out of it. The screen also supports G-Sync, which is great for high-framerate gaming.

When we got it into our lab and started pointing our instruments at it we discovered the Legion 5i Pro’s display achieved an average brightness of 473.8 nits. That’s on par with its predecessor the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, which achieved 472, and is a full 136.8 nits brighter than the 337 average achieved by the Alienware x14 gaming laptop.

Our Klein 10-A colorimeter reveals the Legion 5i Pro’s display can achieve 113% of the sRGB color gamut and 80% of the more demanding DCI-P3 color gamut (100% is most accurate, higher tends to mean more saturated colors) with a Delta-E score of 0.24 (0 is best). That’s about the same as last year’s model, and slightly better than Alienware’s x14, as you can see from the results below.

Spending some time adjusting display settings caused the screen to breathe new life into the Civilization VI maps I’ve been playing for years, and while Overwatch 2 felt bright and bold, I could also tweak the Legion 5i Pro’s settings to ensure Valheim’s Mistlands had the spooky, dark feel the developers intended.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Keyboard and trackpad

Power up the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro and the keyboard lights up thanks to its built-in RGBs, which you can easily disable if that’s not your thing. The keys have decent resistance and are made of a matte-style plastic that feels good and almost soft to the touch. However, I was a little disappointed there’s no fingerprint reader built into the keyboard for biometric authentication.

The trackpad beneath the keyboard is on the smaller side. While it works well, I generally prefer connecting a mouse whenever I play on a gaming laptop. Stillm the trackpad was helpful in cases where using a mouse was inconvenient. The trackpad is incredibly responsive and requires a bit of force to trigger a press, meaning an accidental bump or swipe shouldn’t result in a misclick.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Audio

The speakers on our Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review unit don’t strike me as very powerful.

While I was testing it the sound never felt loud enough. Even when watching YouTube videos and shows on Hulu and Netflix, the max volume still felt a little muffled. I don’t expect a laptop’s speakers to be so powerful I can feel the bass vibrations, but if I’m sitting just a few feet away from the laptop, I would at least like to be able to hear what characters on the screen are saying without having to turn on captions.

I had a similar experience gaming on the laptop, as the audio still came across flat. Putting a headset on noticeably improved the sound quality, but that’s a byproduct of using a quality product. If you want better sound than the Pro’s speakers can provide, consider checking out our recommendations for the best gaming headset or the best headphones.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Ports

The Legion 5i Pro has plenty of ports, including three USB-C, three USB-A, one DisplayPort, one HDMI, one Ethernet, a headphone jack and a webcam shutter button.

This feels like the right amount of ports, as it’s enough for a camera, a keyboard, a mouse, an external hard drive, a connection to a monitor and a few extras.

The E-Shutter safety, which you can engage to keep your laptop camera off, is nice to have for privacy purposes.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Gaming performance

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is built for gaming, and it comes with potentially useful features like Lenovo’s Network Boost, which is intended to prioritize game performance. I didn’t notice an immediate difference when I enabled said Boost, but I appreciate the slew of options the Legion 5i Pro gives me for tweaking system settings and making my games look and run just right.

I enjoyed my time with the laptop testing games like Overwatch 2 and Valheim. Games generally ran well, and I rarely experienced any performance issues—just some minor tearing in Overwatch and a crash in Civ VI.

When we got it into the lab and started testing framerates on popular games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Grand Theft Auto V, and Red Dead Redemption 2, the Legion 5i Pro was superior to its predecessor in every test (as you can see from the chart above) and it generally blew the Alienware x14 out of the water.

Of course, the Alienware x14 is smaller and over 1.5 pounds lighter than Legion 5i Pro, so it’s not hugely surprising it can’t hit the same peaks of performance.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: General performance

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is more than capable enough for day-to-day work. I had no trouble using it in for basic tasks, though apps sometimes loaded a hair slower than I’d like.

Our performance testing reveals some real power under this laptop’s hood. When we put it through the Geekbench 5 multi-core CPU benchmark it earned a score of 13,008, nearly doubling its predecessor’s score (7,328) and almost matching the Alienware x14 (13,353) with its slightly better 12th Gen Intel CPU.

In our drive speed test, which tracks how quickly a laptop’s storage drive can move 25GB of multimedia files from one location to another, our Legion 5i Pro hit a peak speed of 925.46 MBps (megabytes per second). That’s pretty speedy and faster than its predecessor, though not as fast as Alienware’s thinner, lighter x14 (1,156 MBps).

If you care about editing video, good news: Our Lenovo Legion 5i Pro review unit performed well in our video editing test, which times how long it takes a laptop to transcode a 4K video down to 1080p using Handbrake.

The Legion 5i Pro completed the test in 4 minutes and 29 seconds, over half a minute faster than Alienware’s x14 (5:04) and almost 3 minutes faster than the 2021 Legion 5 Pro (7:06).

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Webcam and streaming

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro’s 720p webcam works perfectly fine for video calls and other everyday uses. However, more complicated video endeavors will benefit from an external webcam with the capacity to record 4K, such as those recommended on our list of the best webcams.

When recording with the Legion 5i Pro’s built-in webcam I had the option to choose between a 30 FPS recording and 60 FPS, with a warning that recording as such could present stuttering. As part of my efforts to see how much the laptop could handle, I went with the latter and attempted to record at the high-quality setting.

By default, the Legion 5i Pro records gameplay through the Xbox app, which is true even if you’re playing a Steam game. I also chose to play Vampire Survivors, which can be a demanding game.

The final two-hour recording did present some minor stuttering, but for the most part, looked quite good.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Battery life and heat

In the Tom’s Guide battery test, which tasks the laptop with endlessly browsing the web via Wi-Fi ’til it runs out of juice, the Lenovo Legion 5i lasted roughly 7 and a half hours. That’s over an hour and 15 minutes longer than its predecessor, and nearly two full hours longer than the Alienware x14.

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However, in our gaming battery test the Legion 5i Pro’s battery drained in an hour and 20 minutes, which is worse than its predecessor (1:55). faster than the Legion 5 Pro, with the previous model outlasting the latest iteration by a full 33 minutes. Regardless, its gaming battery life of 1 hour and 20 minutes still puts this computer in the range of normal for a gaming laptop, almost on par with the Alienware x14 (1:23).

The Legion 5i Pro also features the company’s Coldfront 4.0 vent fan system, which is meant to be significantly more powerful than its predecessors. Sure enough, peak temperatures were significantly lower than those of both the Legion 5 Pro and the Alienware x14.

In our heat test, which involves running a heat gun over the laptop after streaming 15 minutes of HD video, the 5i Pro got as hot as 88.5 degrees on the bottom, near the hinge. However, in our gaming heat test it got as hot as 114.5 degrees on the bottom.

So despite the Coldfront 4.0 cooling system, watch out: Lenovo’s Legion 5i Pro can be a lap-scorcher when gaming.

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro Gen 7 review: Verdict

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro exceeded my expectations, offering speedy performance enriched by the eye-pleasing 16-inch display. It’s great for playing games, and a solid laptop for getting work done.

It’s a good choice for anyone in the market for a 16-inch gaming laptop, though at over 5 pounds heavy (not to mention the truly brick-like charger) this isn’t the most portable gaming machine.

If you’d prefer something a little easier to carry around, the Alienware X14 costs roughly the same amount yet is both smaller and lighter. However, its performance can’t match the Legion 5i Pro and it has a smaller, lower-resolution screen.

That said, few 16-inch gaming laptops deliver the same great performance and features as the Legion 5i Pro for this price.

Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 Review

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 picks just the right things to trim from its pricier sibling to cut costs while still offering a great option for gamers hunting for value.

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Pros

  • Strong performance for the price
  • Quality build and port selection
  • Terrific keyboard
  • Webcam privacy shutter and USB-C or DC charging

Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 Specs

The Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 might be the top dog in Lenovo’s gaming kennel, but the AMD-based Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 (starts at 1,082.99; 1,767.99 as tested) offers a compelling proposition: a similarly impressive design with a few lower-tier parts for a much lower price. The downgrades aren’t glaringly obvious and make the Legion Pro 5 a very solid 16-inch midrange gaming laptop that doesn’t give rivals like the MSI Katana 15 much room to breathe.

Lenovo’s Build Quality Holds Up

Lenovo has been crushing it design-wise with the last couple of iterations of its Legion gaming rigs, and that continues with the Legion Pro 5 Gen 8. The notebook may have a polycarbonate base instead of the aluminum of the Legion Pro 7i, but it’s a solid-feeling plastic, and the lid is high-quality aluminum. The design feels pretty much as tanky and robust as its more premium sibling’s, with ample cooling—vents occupy nearly half of each flank and a good portion of the back edge, supplemented by a wide intake grill on the underside.

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Despite all those cooling vents, the system manages to find plenty of room for ports. There’s one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port on each side, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port on the left, and an audio jack near the webcam privacy shutter switch on the right.

Most of the ports are around back, where you’ll find another USB-C and another two USB-A ports; an HDMI 2.1 monitor port; a Gigabit Ethernet jack; and a DC power connector (though the rear USB-C port allows up to 140 watts of power delivery). The rear ports are neatly labeled with a legend just above each on the laptop’s surface, so you can see which is which without having to turn the machine around.

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All that Lenovo packs in does have consequences for size and weight. The Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 isn’t wildly, un-portably large like gaming laptops of yore, but it’s properly hefty at 5.51 pounds. A footprint of 14.3 by 10.3 inches isn’t gigantic for a machine featuring a 16-inch display, but Lenovo’s listed thickness of 1.05 inches fudges a bit—there’s a rubber foot that spans the rear end and increases the system height to a hair over an inch and a quarter. That could make the difference between a laptop neatly sliding into a backpack sleeve and having to join the riffraff in a loose of the backpack.

Besides its partly plastic construction, the Legion Pro 5’s cost-cutting shows in its four-zone rather than per-key RGB keyboard lighting. While per-key lighting is primarily about bling, it can also serve a purpose, highlighting different keys for different programs. A four-zone keyboard offers only a bit of flair, but it at least makes typing easier in the dark. The keyboard is also well-designed, with little sacrificed in terms of key size, thanks to the cursor arrow keys being shifted down out of the way of the main area and numeric keypad.

By packing in extra ports and cooling, the Legion ends up a little long from front to back, but to avoid unsightly bezels or a long deck that’d yield an uncomfortable reach for the keyboard, Lenovo shifts the display hinge forward a little bit from the back edge. The sturdy hinge holds up a 16-inch IPS panel with 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution, a 165Hz refresh rate, and VRR support. A little lip at the top of the lid makes for easy one-handed opening and also holds the 1080p webcam. The camera lacks Windows Hello face recognition, and there’s no fingerprint reader, either, so remember your passwords and PIN codes. The camera’s images are very grainy and not particularly pleasing despite the advantage of 1080p rather than 720p resolution.

The Legion Pro 5 Gen 8’s pair of 2-watt speakers can be found on the bottom of the laptop. Moving them above the keyboard would have been a welcome change, though there’s already a lot crammed into the top of the system. On the positive side, wireless connectivity is exemplary, with support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1.

The base model currently sells for 1,082.99 on Lenovo.com. It combines an AMD Ryzen 5 7645HX processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe solid-state drive, and Windows 11 Home, and backs the 165Hz display with a 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU. Our custom-configured test model steps up to AMD’s eight-core Dragon Range Ryzen 7 7745HX and an 8GB GeForce RTX 4070, as well as doubling the storage to 1TB. It rang up at 1,767.99 (though I’ve seen it online in spots for as little as 1,519). An optional display upgrade has the same 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution but bumps the brightness from 300 to 500 nits and the refresh rate from 165Hz to 240Hz, which is a great deal for 30 extra.

Largely a Pleasure to Use

When it comes to laptop keyboards, Lenovo’s rank among the best around, and the Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 benefits from that tradition. The keycaps are steady instead of wobbly, have a comfortable yet subtle curve, and offer a nice bit of resistance and pop for swift, precise typing. I was able to reach 106 words per minute with 97% accuracy in Monkeytype (Opens in a new window).

Just as important, the keyboard layout is first-class, with the offset arrow keys making navigation and text selection much smoother and the overall experience close to that of a full-size desktop keyboard. Even the numeric keypad is highly usable; its keys may be a bit narrow, but they’re arranged like a desktop keyboard’s so no new muscle memory is required. Even though my wrists rest along the front edge, the chamfered design doesn’t bite uncomfortably.

The touchpad isn’t particularly large, but it’s big enough even for four-finger gestures. It feels rather plain, and its click action isn’t super-satisfying, but the finger-tracking is smooth, and the pad gets the job done.

The screen is a mixed bag. Its speed and sharpness are admirable; I likely would have been more impressed with the 240Hz panel, but the 165Hz is plenty for midrange gaming. The antiglare finish significantly helps visibility under a variety of lighting conditions. On the downside, the display simply isn’t very bright. I almost always kept the brightness level maxed out, which takes a toll on battery life. At least it offers decent color, exceeding that of many budget gaming rigs.

Down-firing speakers aren’t always a total letdown, but they’re rarely a match for speakers mounted atop the keyboard deck, and that’s true here. The Legion’s speakers pump out enough volume for casual listening in a quiet room, but they’re not very impactful and lack bass. Equalizer controls in the supplied Nahimic app help liven up the sound a little, but the overall effort doesn’t manage to turn the speakers into a set I’d want to listen to most of the time.

The Legion’s preloaded software is nothing you won’t see on many Windows consumer laptops. There are half a dozen house-brand utilities, some more essential than others. The most critical is Lenovo Vantage, which centralizes system information, performance profiles, and software updates.

Testing the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gen 8: Gamers on Parade

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 is a strong midrange gaming laptop at a competitive price. It runs up against plenty of capable competition, however, like the MSI Katana 15 (1,699 as tested), which combines similar components with an Intel Core i7-13620H instead of AMD Ryzen 7 CPU. Its screen is a tad smaller, however, and limited to 1080p resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate.

The latest Razer Blade 14 is another GeForce RTX 4070 system that boasts a Ryzen 9 processor and a more compact form factor, two design choices that explain its steeper 2,699 price as tested. Sticking with 16-inch competitors, the Origin EON16-S (2,408 as tested) flaunts a Core i9 chip and 3TB of solid-state storage, though a model configured closer to the Legion Pro 5 would be closer in price at 2,029 (with a 240Hz display).

The last slot in our benchmark charts goes to today’s tester’s upscale sibling the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 (2,749 as tested), whose extra thousand bucks buys you Core i9-13900HX power, 32GB of RAM, a blazing GeForce RTX 4080 GPU, and a 240Hz screen. We’re including this Editors’ Choice award winner to see how well the Legion Pro 5 stacks up in exchange for its considerable savings.

Productivity Tests

We analyze PCs’ real-world productivity potential with UL’s PCMark 10, which simulates office and content-creation workflows with tasks like word processing, spreadsheeting, web browsing, and videoconferencing. We also run PCMark 10’s Full System Drive test to assess the load time and throughput of a laptop’s storage.

Three benchmarks FOCUS on CPU performance, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon’s Cinebench R23 uses that company’s Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better).

Our last productivity test is Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s famous image editor to rate a PC’s performance for content creation and multimedia. It’s an automated extension that executes a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.

Not surprisingly, the high-performance hardware in these gaming systems blows away the workaday baseline in PCMark 10, with the Legion Pro 5 more than doubling the 4,000 points that indicate fine productivity for undemanding apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It was more of a middle-of-the-pack runner in our CPU tests, with the Origin’s Intel Core i9-13900H and the Legion Pro 7i’s colossal Core i9-13900HX taking the lead. But the Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 tied with the Origin for the win among the three laptops able to complete our Photoshop benchmark.

For the record, we experienced a brief glitch with the Legion Pro 5’s GPU Working Modes offered by Lenovo Vantage. The system struggled in Hybrid-iGPU Only Mode, with sluggish response to mouse clicks and delays in everything from pop-up menus to new browser tabs even with little going on in the background. Switching to the Hybrid Mode that enables both the processor’s integrated GPU and the Nvidia discrete GPU immediately solved the problem, even when Task Manager didn’t show the RTX 4070 actually getting tasked with anything, and a later BIOS update appeared to resolve the issue completely. As always, buyers will want to check for system updates as soon as they unbox their laptops.

Graphics and Gaming Tests

We assess systems’ graphics chops with a variety of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. The first group includes four gaming simulations—two DirectX 12 exercises from UL’s 3DMark, the integrated-graphics-friendly Night Raid and the more demanding Time Spy, and 1080p and 1440p OpenGL tests in the cross-platform GFXBench 5 benchmark. The latter set is rendered offscreen to accommodate different native display resolutions; more frames per second (fps) means higher performance.

We also run the built-in 1080p benchmarks of three real-world games: F1 2021, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Rainbow Six Siege, representing simulation, open-world action-adventure, and competitive/esports shooter titles respectively. On laptops, we run Valhalla and Siege twice each, at different image-quality presets, and F1 2021 with and without Nvidia’s performance-boosting DLSS anti-aliasing turned on.

The synthetic benchmarks don’t show much daylight between the four laptops running the GeForce RTX 4070. The Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 posted a strong showing, generally first or second in that quartet, though the RTX 4080-equipped Legion Pro 7i showed its heels to them all as expected. The Pro 7i also ran away with our real-world game benchmarks, scoring wider margins the more demand was placed on the graphics processor. Again, the Legion Pro 5 did very well among the RTX 4070 systems.

Out of curiosity, I reran the benchmarks at the Legion Pro 5’s native 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution. The Lenovo still managed quite playable results, running Assassin’s Creed Valhalla smoothly at 74fps with image-quality settings maxed out and reaching 123fps in F1 with DLSS on. Rainbow Six Siege averaged 237fps at the top graphics preset, making the optional 240Hz display a tempting upgrade.

All in all, the Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 put up an excellent showing. It didn’t match the super-premium Legion Pro 7i, but it didn’t feel very far behind considering the whopping difference in price.

Battery and Display Tests

We measure laptops’ battery life by making sure the system is fully charged, turning off Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting, and playing a locally stored 720p video (the open-source Blender movie Tears of Steel) with Windows’ display brightness set to 50% and audio volume to 100% until the system quits. We also analyze the screen using a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and its software to measure the display’s color saturation—what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the screen can show—and its 50% and 100% brightness in nits (candelas per square meter).

The compact Razer Blade 14 managed the longest battery runtime, thanks in part to having the smallest display. The Legion Pro 5 took the silver medal, but pretty near cheated because it’s absurdly dim when set to 50% brightness in Windows’ display settings. The MSI brought up the rear with a brief battery life despite also looking dim.

Brightness aside, the Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 has a fine display, not up to mobile workstation screens for photo or video editing jobs or CGI rendering but about on par with the Origin’s for color coverage and brightness. The Katana’s screen is as generic as they come, providing low-rent visuals as well as being the only panel here with a classic 16:9 rather than 16:10 aspect ratio, while the Razer’s display was the winner, pleasingly sharp and smooth with fine color and brightness.

Verdict: Lenovo Does It Again (for Less)

It doesn’t quite match its Legion Pro 7i sibling as an Editors’ Choice winner, but Lenovo’s AMD-powered Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 is a stylish, well-built gaming laptop with solid performance at both 1080p and its sharper native resolution. It’s cheaper than some comparably equipped machines and better than some similarly priced ones. That’s a recipe for success, even without its frequent availability of discounts or sales. A brighter screen and longer battery life would be nice, but even as is the Legion Pro 5 earns a solid recommendation.

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 is the next-gen gaming laptop I’ve been waiting for

Whenever a new generation of CPUs and GPUs hits, the list of the best gaming laptops is too often dominated by expensive, high-end configurations. The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 has a different FOCUS. It’s still a high-end laptop that blazes past most other machines, but its exceptional build quality and sensible price make it feel like a next-gen gaming experience that’s worth the upgrade.

The RTX 4070 laptop GPU is the star of the show in this machine, offering excellent performance at the native resolution of the display and next-gen features like DLSS 3. The processor isn’t quite as impressive, but considering how much else the Legion Pro 5 has going for it, it’s an easy gaming laptop to recommend.

Lenovo Legion Pro 5 (2023) specs

Lenovo has a few models of the Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 available, but most of them center around the Nvidia RTX 4070. This is firmly a midrange gaming laptop when it comes to specs, but Lenovo still outfits the machine with premium bells and whistles.

Compared to the higher-end Legion Pro 7i, you’re getting lower CPU and GPU specs, but Lenovo keeps everything else intact. You still get the latest Wi-Fi 6E for connectivity, an excellent port selection, plenty of storage, and a 1080p webcam. Even more impressive, the Legion Pro 5 comes in around half a pound lighter than the Legion Pro 7i, despite being the same size.

The 1,600 configuration I reviewed is the highest-end configuration you can buy, outfitted with 1TB of SSD storage and 32GB of DDR5 memory. The cheapest configuration comes in 320 cheaper at 1,280, and it cuts the RAM down to 16GB and storage down to 512GB.

importantly, this configuration comes with the Ryzen 5 7645HX and an Nvidia RTX 4050 GPU. There’s some argument to going with the Ryzen 5 if you’re trying to save money, but I’d recommend most people stick with the RTX 4070 configuration. That GPU feels like the sweet spot for the resolution and size of the Legion Pro 5.

Lenovo also offers a version of this laptop with an Intel processor — the Legion Pro 5i. It’s around the same price, with the RTX 4070 configuration clocking in at 1,600. However, you’ll need to spend 1,800 if you want the same 1TB of storage that the AMD configuration offers.

Understated in the right ways

I’ve always liked Lenovo’s Legion design, and the Gen 8 version of the Legion Pro 5 only elevates what made previous iterations look so good. That really comes down to a lack of loud, in-your-face gaming branding. If it wasn’t for the thickness of the Legion Pro 5, you could convince me it was any other laptop, not one built specifically for gaming.

The Gen 8 design furthers that goal. Gone is the angular back heat sink and the diagonal line on top of the lid. Instead, you have a smooth aluminum finish on top and rounded corners for the screen and the back of the machine. Combined with a brushed aluminum badge with the Lenovo logo, along with a bold Legion overlay on the opposite side, the Legion Pro 5 feels premium.

It decidedly doesn’t look like a gaming laptop, however, which may not be for everyone. I’m partial to the understated look, but if you want to wear the gaming look proudly with an RGB-ridden laptop like the Asus Strix Scar 17, the Legion Pro 5 may not be right for you. For my taste, I think the Legion Pro 5 looks fantastic.

The Legion Pro 5 feels premium at all points, with minimal flex on the hinge and no give to the keyboard. It’s a bit heavy at 5.5 pounds, being almost a full pound heavier than the Razer Blade 15. It feels like a reasonable trade-off, though. Scaling up to a larger 17-inch gaming laptop will net you another pound, so the Legion Pro 5 is a solid middle ground given its 16-inch screen.

You’ll have to factor in its massive power brick, too. Lenovo includes a 300-watt power adapter that’s a few pounds on its own, so you won’t be throwing the Legion Pro 5 in a backpack for a day out. Thankfully, Lenovo sells a USB-C charger if you want to browse the internet or play some lighter games on the go.

Lenovo has a good justification for the weight: the cooling solution. There’s a massive fin array and two fans, which are part of Lenovo’s Legion ColdFront 5.0 spec. The GPU never went above 65 degrees Celsius in my testing, which is great in a laptop, and the machine is remarkably quiet in its Balanced mode. The fans ramp up in Performance mode, but it’s still much quieter than a machine like the MSI GT77 Titan.

My dream port selection

Lenovo really kicked off the trend of putting most of the ports around the back of the laptop, freeing up the sides so you don’t break off a USB cable while flicking your mouse. The Legion Pro 5 carries the torch with most of the connectivity around the back, including the power connector, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A ports, a full-size Ethernet and HDMI 2.1 port, and a USB-C port that supports up to 140W of power.

There are a few ports on the sides, with a pair of USB-A ports split on left and right, along with a USB-C port on the left. This is basically my dream layout for ports, not only in the number of ports that Lenovo offers, but also how they’re situated around the laptop.

A middling, but not bad screen

If there’s anywhere Lenovo compromised on the Legion Pro 5, it’s the screen. The screen isn’t bad, it’s just not remarkable, which is becoming increasingly important as we see laptop displays with full array local dimming or packing an OLED panel.

This is a bog-standard IPS panel. It looks a bit muted, with a thick matte coating and a peak brightness of 364 nits based on my testing. The 165Hz refresh rate is fine for gaming, and I appreciate that it supports both G-Sync and FreeSync for the discrete and integrated graphics. But there’s nothing special about the display. It’s the trade-off for a reasonably-priced laptop, I suppose.

The good news is that the screen doesn’t do anything wrong. It won’t floor you with brightness, and it doesn’t really do HDR, but it’s fast and color accurate. I measured a color error of less than 1, which is fantastic. The FOCUS here is clearly on the hardware and build quality, not on premium extras like a high-end display.

Keyboard: great for gaming, passable for typing

The Legion Pro 5 has a decent keyboard, but it’s definitely not my favorite. It’s Lenovo’s storied TrueStrike design, which comes with a slimmed-down number pad, arrow keys, and per-key RGB lighting. It’s responsive and comfortable for gaming, but I don’t love it for typing.

Lenovo says the keys have 1.5mm of travel, which sounds decent, but the keys seems to bottom out faster. That’s good for rapidly hitting keys in games, but the low travel and a bit of mushiness turned me off from long typing sessions. The keyboard is also offset to the left to accommodate the number pad, causing more than a few slipups while I was typing.

Still, it’s not a bad keyboard, and I’d take it over some of the Cherry MX designs we’ve seen in laptops from MSI and Alienware. This is a solid keyboard for gaming and a perfectly serviceable one for typing, even if it doesn’t reach the heights of something like the MacBook Pro.

Eight-core Ryzen holds up

The Legion Pro 5 comes packing a Ryzen 7 7745HX. The flagship Ryzen 9 7945HX was massively impressive in the Asus Scar 17, but this lower-end model doesn’t hold up quite as well. It still goes up to 55W, just like its 16-core sibling, but it only comes with half of the cores.

These synthetic benchmarks can have implications in real-world apps, as showcased by Handbrake. The Legion Pro 5 is the weakest laptop out of our lineup, both on paper and in the test, but it’s not too far behind the flagship chips. It’s still a remarkably powerful CPU, even if it doesn’t hit the heights that some 16-core behemoths can.

To drive that point home, PCMark 10 shows that the Legion Pro 5 actually beats some of the higher-end options in general productivity workloads, perhaps due to Lenovo’s thermal and power tuning.

The Ryzen 7 7745HX is still a powerful processor and the Legion Pro 5 is a solid showcase of it. I suspect most people can save some money here, though. The Ryzen 5 7645HX configuration is around 250 cheaper and it should offer similar gaming performance. I haven’t tested it personally, but the Ryzen 7 7745HX falls into the weird middle ground where it seems a little much for gaming and not quite enough for top-level CPU performance.

Blistering gaming performance

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5 is the first laptop with the mobile RTX 4070 we’ve reviewed. A although it doesn’t hold up to machines like the Asus Scar 17 and Lenovo Legion Pro 7 with higher-end graphics cards in 3DMark, it’s still a fiercely powerful gaming laptop.

At its native resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, you’ll get above 60 frames per second (fps) in most games. There are exceptions, such as Cyberpunk 2077, that slip below that mark, but most of those demanding games support Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) to boost your performance. on that soon.

In some machines, we see relatively small differences between power modes, but there’s a solid boost from the Legion Pro 5’s Performance mode. It doesn’t scale as high as some other Lenovo machines, though, suggesting the RTX 4070 is close to tapped out at the Balanced mode. The good news is that the RTX 4070 nears the level of the RTX 4080 in the Balanced mode. It’s only in Performance mode where there are large differences.

There’s no problem stepping down the resolution on a laptop like this, especially in more demanding titles like Red Dead Redemption 2. At 1200p, the Legion Pro 5 is great, easily exceeding 60 fps in demanding games and pushing into the 100-plus fps territory in titles like Horizon Zero Dawn. These tests were run without super resolution features like FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), too, so you have options to go even higher.

But what about ray tracing? None of my tests were run with ray tracing turned on, and it’s one of the bigger selling points of Nvidia’s most recent GPUs. In a demanding game like Cyberpunk 2077, the Legion Pro 5 falls short of playable at its native resolution, and it just barely passes 30 fps at 1200p. Ray tracing in laptops is a reality in high-end, RTX 4090-touting machines like the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16, but it’s still a tough sell for midrange options.

That is without DLSS 3. The Legion Pro 5 is packing an Nvidia RTX 40-series GPU, which means it has access to Frame Generation. As you can see, it hits nearly 70 fps at 1600p, leveraging AI to generate new frames on top of the standard super resolution feature of DLSS.

You may have to turn off ray tracing in some games, particularly those that don’t include DLSS or FSR. Most games with ray tracing also support one or both of these features, though, so you shouldn’t have too many problems. Regardless, the raw performance of the Legion Pro 5 is what shines here, especially for 1,600. It’s slower than flagship designs, but it also costs about half as much as a machine like the Alienware x17 R2.

The next-gen gaming laptop I’ve been waiting for

We’ve seen a handful of high-end, expensive gaming laptops packing next-gen components. The Legion Pro 5 is the first, however, that hits a sweet spot between high-end performance, premium build quality, and a decent price.

There are a few reasonable trade-offs — a decent but unexciting screen and a hefty weight chief among them — but they’re easy to overlook given how much else the Legion Pro 5 has going for it. This is the midrange to high-end gaming laptop from the latest generation I’ve been waiting for, and Lenovo nailed it.

Editors’ Recommendations

Jacob Roach is a writer covering computing and gaming at Digital Trends. After realizing Crysis wouldn’t run on a laptop, he…

Lenovo has just unveiled several new gaming laptops from the Lenovo Legion line during CES 2022. The refreshed Legion family of laptops includes two 16-inch models dubbed Lenovo Legion 5i Pro and Legion 5 Pro as well as the 15-inch Lenovo Legion 5i/Legion 5.

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All of the laptops come with some of the latest components, including Intel Alder Lake processors, DDR5 memory, and Nvidia’s RTX 30-series mobility graphics cards.

Asus announced two new OLED gaming monitors at CES 2022, including the world’s first 42-inch 4K OLED display. The monitors may target gaming with their high resolutions and refresh rates, but Asus says they come with excellent color and contrast thanks to the OLED panel, as well.

There are two versions available, a 48-inch model (PG48UQ) and a 42-inch one (PG42UQ). We’ve seen 48-inch OLED displays before, including the Gigabyte Aorus FO48U and LG C1, but never a 42-inch display. At 42 inches, it’s still a little big for some setups, but it’s a lot closer than the 48-inch displays that have made the rounds over the past year.

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