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Lenovo Legion 5P Review • Gaming and work laptop combined

Lenovo Legion 5P is a gaming laptop from the new series unveiled by Lenovo for this year. The design has not changed from previous years, but the same is not true of components and performance.

Design

I’ve been a fan of this design ever since I saw the first version of the gaming laptops in the Legion range. I like that the gamer doesn’t “scream” at you, but has a business aspect with gaming accents. For example, here we have an RGB keyboard and on the back we have an illuminated logo. Otherwise, the laptop is dressed in a shade of dark gray.

Another aspect that I appreciated was the fact that many of the laptop ports were located at the back, so that you look nicer and don’t even bother on the desk. Thus, in the back we have two USB 3.2 ports, a USB-C port, an ethernet port for wired internet connection, an HDMI port and the charging port. Also, on each side we have a USB 3.2 port. Good connectivity for 2020.

Another aspect I need to mention here is the grill on the back which looks great. I know you won’t see that part too often, but it’s nice and helps with better ventilation. By the way, the hot air is released through the back and side.

In terms of size, the Legion 5P is somewhere in the middle with 2.3 kilograms, no charger and a thickness of 2.5 cm.

Performance

Lenovo Legion 5P is available in several variants. We tested the version with Ryzen 7 4800U processor with eight cores and 16 threads running at a base frequency of 2.9 GHz and a maximum of 4.2 GHz. It is aided in gaming and productivity by an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VRAM video card, 8 GB RAM and a storage space consisting of a 512 GB Samsung NVMe SSD. RAM can be expanded, as can storage space.

The laptop has a 15.6-inch FHD + display and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The screen is decent. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t look great in a way either. As you see these components you realize what the target for this product is: casual gamers and those who need a portable PC for productivity and more complex tasks such as video editing.

Let’s move on to gaming and tell you that I was satisfied with the performance. I had over 30 FPS on Ultra settings with ray tracing enabled on Wolfenstein Young Blood and over 130 without ray tracing. In the case of Total War: Troy, we recorded 50 FPS on ultra settings in the battle scenario and 69 in the siege scenario.

So you should be able to play almost any game you want with some limitations. However, since this screen has only 60 Hz, you will not need more than 60 FPS.

On the productivity side , I also worked very well in Adobe Premiere with 4K and FHD clips. And a four-minute project of 4K and FHD clips was exported in just over 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

The Ryzen 7 4800H eight-core processor speaks for itself and manages to juggle demanding tasks like video editing.

In terms of processor performance and temperature, I can say that the Lenovo Legion 5P did well. During a stress test with AIDA64, all cores rise to a maximum frequency of 4.2 GHz, but the temperature rises rapidly to 90-91 degrees. However, the frequency stabilizes at just over 4 GHz on all cores, and the temperature varies between 86 and 90 degrees Celsius. The fans spin quickly, but the noise is acceptable, unlike other laptops that make a hell of a noise. Legion 5P reaches a maximum of 55 decibels.

Perhaps more interesting is that the laptop stays cool to the touch, even after several hours of use and stress test. There is no surface on the keyboard that is very hot.

These data are valid in stress test mode, in gaming or in normal use, the processor temperature does not reach even those values ​​and the noise is reduced. For example, during PCMark10 tests, the temperature stayed most of the time between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius with peaks around 85 degrees Celsius. The video card is better cooled to 40-50 degrees Celsius. Admittedly, during the rendering and visualization tests, the processor temperature reached 90 (approximately 100% CPU Load), and that of the GPU reached 60 degrees (approximately 90% GPU Load).

As in the past, Lenovo knows how to make gaming keyboards. I like the big, wide keys and the way they feel to the touch. They are soft and pleasant, and the writing experience is excellent, as is the gaming experience. In addition, I also like the way it is lit and the RGB is quality. I also really appreciate the existence of large directional keys, which many manufacturers give up.

The trackpad is also good and I had no problems with it. The click is satisfactory, the fingers slide well on it. What I didn’t like was its location. It seems to me that it is placed too much on the left and when I clicked with my right hand I tended to press in the middle of the trackpad and thus the click on the screen was not recorded. However, this problem should be resolved after a period of accommodation.

Other things you need to know: The SSD is a pretty good one with 1.5 Gbps read speeds and 1.3 Gbps write speeds. Battery life is around 4-5 hours, depending on what you do and the brightness can be extended. Instead it has a fast charge and in 29 minutes it was 64% charged. It has no webcam.

Lenovo Legion 5P is a gaming laptop with a minimalist look, which hides an eight-core monster that is suitable for both work and gaming.
The good:
  • Keyboard
  • Fast loading
  • design
  • Ryen 7 4800H processor
  • Performance ok
  • cooling
The not so good:
  • No webcam
  • Only 60 Hz display
  • The 8 GB RAM version is not reliable for future games.

Conclusion

Lenovo Legion 5P is a laptop for those who play, but who do not claim esports, ray tracing or other high graphics settings. But it is also for those who need a laptop for video editing or other tasks that require multi-core processors and threads. Otherwise, if you want esports, look for the model with a refresh rate of 120 or 144 Hz. If you want ray tracing go for the RTX 2060 version.