Lenovo’s new Legion gaming laptops go all in on AMD’s newest Ryzen chips


Lenovo has a wave of latest Legion gaming laptops at CES 2021, with overhauls throughout its complete lineup that each one have three issues in frequent: AMD’s newest next-gen Ryzen 5000 processors, Nvidia’s next-gen RTX GPUs, and intriguing beginning value factors.

The flagship of the brand new 2021 lineup is the Lenovo Legion 7, which upgrades to a taller 16-inch show and a 16:10 side ratio for an total 11 % enhance in display screen house in comparison with the previous mannequin. The specs on that panel are not any slouch, both: it’s a 2560 x 1600 IPS show with a 165Hz refresh price, 3ms response time, 500 nits of brightness, HDR 400 certification with Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist, and Nvidia G-Sync — sufficient to make it a contender for each gaming and artistic work.

However it’s the remainder of the specs that work in a few of CES 2021’s largest bulletins: the Legion 7 will provide next-gen AMD Ryzen 5000 processors (as much as a Ryzen 9, though Lenovo has but to supply actual particulars simply but) in addition to Nvidia’s next-gen RTX laptop computer GPUs (presumably, the rumored RTX 3000 for cell gadgets anticipated to be introduced at this 12 months’s present). It additionally presents as much as 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM and as much as 2TB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD storage to spherical out the spec sheet. The Legion 7 laptop computer will begin at $1,669.99, with an estimated June 2021 launch date.

The Legion Slim 7.
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For customers preferring a little bit of a lighter gaming machine, there’s the Legion Slim 7, which is even thinner and lighter than the earlier mannequin at 4.2 kilos. Lenovo says that it’s really the thinnest and lightest Legion gaming laptop computer it’s ever made. Like its beefier cousin, it’ll additionally provide next-gen AMD and Nvidia components (though there are not any specifics but on actual specs right here). Shows on the Legion Slim 7 provide a selection between a 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS show with 60Hz refresh price or a 1920 x 1080 panel with a 165Hz refresh price. It’ll be out in Might, though there’s no value but.

Subsequent is the Legion 5 sequence, which has three new laptops: the Legion 5 Professional and each 15-inch and 17-inch variations of the common Legion 5. All three fashions will ship in March, making them the primary wave of Lenovo’s new lineup to hit shops.

The Legion 5 Professional.
Picture: Lenovo

The Legion 5 Professional will begin at $999.99, nevertheless it presents the same show (16-inch, 165Hz refresh price, 2560 x 1600 decision, 16:10 side ratio) because the Legion 7. And whereas it nonetheless has AMD and Nvidia’s newest components, it presents barely worse most specs than its pricier cousin, topping out at a Ryzen 7 CPU and simply 16GB of RAM.

Lastly, there’s the Legion 5, which is able to begin at $769.99. Each will high out at a next-gen Ryzen 7 as nicely, though they provide as much as 32GB of RAM and 2TB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. Each will function Nvidia’s new RTX GPUs additionally, however — like the opposite Legion laptops — there are not any particulars simply but. The 15-inch mannequin presents three display screen decisions, all 15.6-inch FHD panels at 165Hz, 120Hz, and 60Hz refresh charges, whereas the 17-inch mannequin has 144Hz and 60Hz choices. Precise configuration pricing will probably be out there quickly, however relying on what components Lenovo is providing for that $769.99 value, the Legion 5 might make an fascinating entry-level gaming laptop computer.


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