Lenovo Legion 5 PRO Gaming Laptop
From € 1,699
- very fast
- lots of ports
- build quality
- Mediocre battery life
We test the Lenovo Legion 5 PRO Gaming Laptop, a portable rather than portable powerhouse with a full keyboard and bright 16-inch screen.
Lenovo’s Legion Series product range includes desktops and laptops aimed at intensive gamers, but also suitable for heavier photo, video and multimedia computing work.
The Legion 5 Series contains models with a reasonable price-quality ratio, in contrast to the more expensive, uncompromising 7 Series.
The cheapest model in the Legion 5 Series (with a 15-inch screen and AMD Ryzen chipset) costs more than a thousand euros, so these remain more expensive devices.
The model we tested has a 16-inch (40.6 cm) 2K display with 12th-generation Intel Core i7-12700H processor, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics processor with 8 GB video memory. You pay more than two thousand euros for it.
The same laptop is also available with AMD Ryzen 7 processors and 16 GB of RAM with prices starting at 1,700 euros.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16-inch (© Lenovo ; license: Lenovo )
The anthracite gray Lenovo Legion 5 PRO Gaming Laptop is built like a tank. (There are also dark gray and white models.)
The very sturdy-feeling housing is made with a mixture of magnesium, aluminum and plastic; the top and bottom are made of aluminum.
This is a portable rather than a portable laptop, not only because of its size (359.9 x 264.4 x 19.9 mm), but also because of its weight, which starts at 2.42 kg depending on the type, but in our test model clocked in at 2,565 kg.
That’s without the gigantic external power supply with a power of three hundred watts, the same size as a cigar box, which weighs almost 0.9 kg!
In short, in the past we would have called this a “desktop replacement”, although you can use this laptop on the road with the permanently built-in 80 Wh Li-Polymer battery, but no longer than about five hours when you use the Nvidia GPU, or a maximum of seven hours with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics.
Those are the runtime numbers Lenovo lists based on its own MobileMark 2018 testing, but they match our own test results based on the UL PC Mark 10 battery testing.
Incidentally, the battery barely lasts 76 minutes in 3D gaming with the Nvidia GPU. Thanks to “Super Rapid Charge”, this laptop is charged to eighty percent in thirty minutes.
Keyboard and touch pad
Thanks to its large size, there is room for large, comfortable keys that are easy to tap with ten fingers. The full-fledged numeric keypad on the right is quite narrow, yet comfortable enough. You can use all navigation keys individually, so without an Fn combination.
There is also a spacious cursor diamond, which is neatly positioned between the keyboard, the numeric keypad and the spacious touch area. The buttonless touch surface has a built-in click function, with a smooth “Mylar” coating and is sufficiently large at 75 x 120 mm.
The keyboard has adjustable RGB lighting in four individually adjustable zones, but can also be used dark or with blue or white backlighting.
You can configure this with the included Lenovo Vantage system software, with which you can set three separate, fully configurable lighting profiles, which you can then select arbitrarily via Fn + space.
Lenovo Legion Vantage RGB keyboard configuration (© DTL BV; license: CC BY-SA)
Ports and connections
This laptop is well equipped with ports, both on the two sides and at the back:
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbit/s)
- 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbit/s, Always On)
- 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s, with data transfer and DisplayPort 1.4)
- 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s, with data transfer, USB-PD (Power Delivery) 135W and DisplayPort 1.4)
- 1x Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 40 Gbit/s (with data transfer and DisplayPort 1.4)
- 1x HDMI, up to 8K/60Hz
- 1x Ethernet (RJ-45, Realtek chipset)
- 1x Headphone / microphone combo jack (3.5mm)
- 1x Power connection
The combined Wi-Fi and Bluetooth facility uses an M.2 card with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 160 MHz chipset that meets the latest wireless standards.
The Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7 is also available with a more affordable 16:10 300 nits 165 Hz Dolby Vision IPS Full HD display with G-Sync, but our copy had the more expensive 500 nits IPS 2K display with a 165 Hz refresh rate, Factory controlled Dolby Vision, DisplayHDR 440, G-Sync and X-Rite Pantone color calibration.
The more expensive screen has TÜV High Gaming Performance and Nvidia Advanced Optimus certificates. Optimus is a system for quickly and intelligently switching the battery between the discrete and Nvdia GPUs in order to save as much power as possible, without affecting the gaming performance too much.
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7 performs excellently both in the overall, graphics and disk benchmarks. This is a “laptop” that you will mainly connect to the mains, because the battery performance is moderate.
|Laptop||Lenovo Legion 5 PRO 16IAH7H 16″ (i7-12700H, 32GB, 1TB, Nvidia RTX3070 8GB)||Dell Inspiron 16 Plus Laptop 7610 16″ (i7-11800H, 16GB, 1TB, Nvidia RTX3050 4GB)|
|UL PCMark 10 Office Battery benchmark (minutes)||298||478|
|UL PCMark 10 Video Battery benchmark (minutes)||173||549|
|UL PCMark 10 Score||7489||6228|
|UL PCMark 10 Full System Drive Benchmark Score||2753||1742|
|UL PCMark 10 Full System Drive Benchmark Bandwith MB/s||433.73||283.84|
|UL 3DMark Professional Night Raid Score (DX12)||49754||30575|
The Lenovo Legion 5 PRO Gaming Laptop has an excellent screen, a ditto build quality and works super fast. Think of this as a portable rather than a portable computer.
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