Lenovo Legion 5i Professional evaluate: Quicker than it appears

Lenovo Legion 5i Professional

MSRP $2,000.00

“The Legion 5i Professional is one other winner of a gaming laptop computer from Lenovo.”

Professionals

  • Glorious productiveness and artistic efficiency
  • Stable 1440p gaming
  • Nice show with variable refresh price
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Robust connectivity

Cons

  • Awkward aesthetic
  • No Home windows Good day assist

You don’t wish to fiddle an excessive amount of with an excellent factor. We favored the Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop computer fairly a bit. Its chunkier chassis enabled higher airflow and efficiency — all at a reasonably inexpensive value.

Lenovo has up to date the laptop computer for 2022, and the brand new Legion 5i Professional makes all the precise modifications with out giving up something important from the earlier mannequin.

I reviewed the $2,000 configuration accessible at Walmart, with an Intel Twelfth-gen Core i7-12700H, a 16:10 16-inch IPS show with variable refresh price (VRR) expertise that may ramp up from 165Hz to 240Hz, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. It’s a quick gaming laptop computer that is aware of leverage its parts.

Design

The Legion 5i Professional appears equivalent to the earlier model, outdoors of dropping the big Legion brand on the lid. The change to the design of the lid is small, however it’s for the higher. The brand new branding is definitely much less in-your-face this time round.

It’s a darkish gray (Storm Gray) on prime and black on the underside of the chassis, with nothing however some daring (and bigger) vents calling it out as a gaming machine. The plastic display screen bezels stay small because of the 16:10 show side ratio, which lends a contemporary look, however total, nothing stands out right here.

The Razer Blade 17 additionally doesn’t scream “gaming,” however it’s way more elegant. In the event you need a barely extra aggressively designed laptop computer for players, search for one thing just like the MSI GE76 Raider with its RGB lighting angular vents. General, as we famous in our earlier Legion 5 Professional evaluate, Lenovo desired to stroll a fantastic line between a businesslike design and a gaming aesthetic and ended up with a little bit little bit of each. That’s not a foul factor, however it doesn’t make for essentially the most constant aesthetic.

Lenovo Legion laptop on a brick surface.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

The all-aluminum building feels strong sufficient below strain, with simply the slightest little bit of flex within the lid and keyboard deck when you attempt onerous sufficient. It’s not fairly as much as the requirements of the Razer Blade 17, however it’s shut sufficient that I can’t fault its construct high quality. The lid opens with one hand (unsurprising, given the burden of the chassis), however it additionally stays in place throughout intense gaming classes. No person desires a wobbly display screen after they’re mashing keys.

The Legion 5i Professional isn’t a small laptop computer, neither is it gentle, however Lenovo managed to suit quite a lot of laptop computer into a fairly sized chassis because of the taller show bezels. It is available in at 1.05 inches at its thickest level, and it weighs 5.49 kilos. That compares to the Razer Blade 17’s 0.78 inches and 6.1 kilos, and the MSI GE76 Raider that’s over an inch thick and clocks in at 6.4 kilos — though notice that each are 17-inch machines.

The HP Victus 16 is available in at 0.93 inches and 5.5 kilos, which means that in comparison with one other 16-inch machine (albeit one with a 16:9 side ratio show), the Legion 5i Professional isn’t overly massive. After all, in comparison with 15-inch laptops, the Lenovo is bigger, however it’s a toss-up whether or not a 16-inch machine is extra akin to a 15-inch or a 17-inch laptop computer.

Ports

The right-hand side of the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro features a USB-A port, a headphone jack, and a on-off toggle for the webcam.

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The backside of the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro features two USB-A 3.2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 port, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, and an Ether

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The left-hand side of the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro features a lightning USB-C port and another USB-C port.

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Connectivity is a energy, and Lenovo positioned fairly just a few ports alongside the laptop computer’s rear the place they’re out of the best way. Alongside the left-hand facet are two UBC-C 3.2 ports, one with Thunderbolt 4 assist, and alongside the right-hand facet is a single USB-A 3.2 port and the three.5mm audio jack.

Alongside the again, you’ll discover two USB-A 3.2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 port, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, and an Ethernet jack.

Wi-fi connectivity matches the Laptop computer’s Intel Evo certification at Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1.

Show and audio

Close up on the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro's display.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Lenovo constructed the Legion 5i Professional with a 16.0-inch 16:10 IPS show with a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) decision. What’s most fascinating concerning the panel is that it helps variable refresh price (VRR) expertise, which means it may possibly scale from its default 165Hz refresh price as much as 240Hz as wanted. It’s unlikely that the Legion 5i Professional will push many fashionable titles at respectable graphics settings past what 165Hz can deal with, however the additional headroom is there if wanted.

Subjectively, the show is vivid and colourful, with deep blacks for an IPS show. I loved utilizing it throughout my evaluate, and its excessive dynamic vary (HDR) assist was wonderful. It’s certainly one of the few laptops the place I may flip “actual” HDR on and never have an in any other case washed-out show.

My colorimeter discovered this to be a excellent show for productiveness employees and players, albeit with colours which are common for premium shows and never fairly vast sufficient for creators. To start with, the Legion 5i Professional’s show was very vivid at 502 nits, a lot brighter than the Razer Blade 17 at 313 nits and the MSI GE76 Raider at simply 273 nits. It additionally had nice distinction for an IPS show at 1,330:1 (we prefer to see higher than 1,000:1), in comparison with the Blade 17’s 890:1 and the GE76 Raider at 1,000:1.

The Legion 5i Professional is a wonderful show for players.

The Legion 5i Professional’s show lined 76% of the AdobeRGB gamut and 99% of sRGB, the previous making it lower than ultimate for creators. The Blade 17 was higher at 90% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, whereas the GE76 Raider was related at 78% and 100%. The Legion 5i Professional had a shade accuracy of Delta-E of 1.35 (lower than 1.0 is taken into account wonderful), in comparison with the Blade 17 at a superb 0.84 and the GE76 Raider at 1.09.

General, the Legion 5i Professional enjoys a superb show for players with tons of brightness, deep blacks, and good enough colours to maintain your eyes glad. Its VRR expertise lets it ramp up from 165Hz to 240Hz if obligatory, and its HDR assist is excellent. It perhaps not be the perfect show for critical creators, however it’s a superb show for nearly anybody else.

Lenovo touts its Nahimic 3D Audio for players, offering good encompass sound. Nevertheless, the audio was extremely missing in quantity — even when turned up all the best way, it barely crammed my small dwelling workplace. The sound was good and crisp, with a little bit of bass and wonderful mids and highs; there simply wasn’t sufficient of it. Pair it with an excellent set of Bluetooth audio system or use headphones.

Efficiency

One important distinction from the earlier model that we reviewed is that this mannequin equips Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPUs, within the case of our evaluate unit, the 14-core (six Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 20-thread Core i7-12700H. That’s confirmed to be a strong performer in productiveness and artistic purposes {that a} machine like that is more likely to carry out together with its core gaming duties.

Let me begin by mentioning Lenovo’s Vantage utility, which incorporates a setting that adjusts the CPU voltage and fan velocity for both quieter and slower or louder and sooner efficiency. The outcomes listed within the desk are with the Legion 5i Professional set to balanced mode, and as we’ll see, the utility can have a big influence. Lenovo claims to have executed quite a lot of work on the thermals with its latest Legion ColdFront 4.0 expertise, with 40% thinner followers and a greater warmth pipe setup.

Nonetheless, the CPU did throttle below heavy masses, hitting as much as 98 levels Celsius. Though that didn’t appear to hamper efficiency in our benchmarks, it could possibly be a priority for long-term working and gaming classes.

Lenovo squeezed out some wonderful efficiency from the parts, particularly in efficiency mode.

Even in balanced mode, the Legion 5i Professional was aggressive. In Geekbench 5, for instance, it fell behind the Razer Blade 17 with the sooner Core i7-12800H in single-core mode however matched it in multi-core mode. Once I switched to efficiency mode, the rating elevated to 1,712 and 12,882. In our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, the Legion 5i Professional tied for first place, and in efficiency mode, it was the quickest in our comparability group at 62 seconds.

In our remaining artificial benchmark, Cinebench R23, the Legion 5i Professional got here in second place behind the MSI GE76 Raider with its Core i9-12900HK, and in efficiency mode, took the lead in multi-core efficiency at 18,417.

I additionally examined the laptop computer with the Pugetbench Premiere Professional benchmark, which runs in a dwell model of Adobe’s Premiere Professional and might make the most of a discrete GPU for higher efficiency. It scored 793 in balanced mode, decrease than the MSI Creator Z17 operating the identical CPU and GPU. In efficiency mode, the Legion 5i Professional hit 957, a way more aggressive rating (the Creator Z17 scored 984 in its efficiency mode).

Lenovo squeezed out some wonderful efficiency from the parts, particularly in efficiency mode. The Legion 5i Professional can deal with demanding productiveness and creativity duties when it’s not getting used for gaming.

Geekbench (single/multi)Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi)Pugetbench for Premier ProfessionalPCMark 10 Full
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 
(Core i7-12700H
1,625 / 11,543721,725 / 14,1357937,430
MSI Creator Z17
(Core i7-12700H)
1,744 / 11,750881,805 / 11,2668976,951
Razer Blade 17
(Core i7-12800H)
1,808/11,843731,697/13,2189697,303
MSI GE76 Raider
(Core i9-12900HK)
1,855/13,428721,872/16,3881,1207,691
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H)
1,460/7,227991,430/11,195N/An/a
Razer Blade 14
(Ryzen 9 5900HX)
1,448/7,2431011,434 / 11,226N/A6,612
Gigabyte Aero 16
(Core i7-12900HK)
1,915/13,482731,915/12,9691,1157,864

Gaming efficiency

The Legion 5i Professional’s robust efficiency carried over into gaming, though efficiency mode made solely just a few frames per second (fps) distinction in most video games and settings. A lot of this has to do with the undeniable fact that Lenovo is delivering 150 watts to the RTX 3070 Ti. Its 3DMark Time Spy rating was robust, even beating the RTX 3080 Ti within the Gigabyte Aero 16.

Lenovo managed to get essentially the most out of the parts and construct a extremely succesful gaming machine.

It carried out properly in Murderer’s Creed Valhalla at 1200p and ultra-high graphics, coming in third behind the Razer Blade 17 and MSI GE76 Raider with RTX 3080 Ti GPUs. It maintained 60 fps (or shut sufficient) at 1440p and ultra-high graphics, hitting 58 fps.

Civilization VI was additionally a powerful title for the Legion 5i Professional, with it ending in second place and beating the MSI GE76 Raider at 1080p and extremely graphics. That is one title the place efficiency made extra of a distinction, with the laptop computer managing 196 fps with that swap flipped. At 1440p and extremely graphics, it ran at 147 fps (162 fps in efficiency mode).

Fortnite adopted the identical sample, with the Legion 5i Professional coming in only behind the MSI GE76 Raider to take second place. It hit 68 fps at 1600p and epic graphics.

The Legion 5i Professional is able to strong 1440p gaming in fashionable titles with graphics turned up. Once more, Lenovo managed to get essentially the most out of the parts and construct a extremely succesful gaming machine.

Murderer’s Creed Valhalla (1080p Extremely Excessive)Civilization VI (1080p Extremely)Fortnite (1080p Epic)3DMark Time Spy
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 
(RTX 3070 Ti)
80 fps (12oop)177 fps103 fps10623
MSI Creator Z17
(RTX 3070 Ti)
60 fpsN/A85 fps8763
Razer Blade 17
(RTX 3080 Ti)
83 fps193 fps104 fps12643
MSI GE76 Raider
(RTX 3080 Ti)
93 fps169 fps121 fps12421
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional
(RTX 3070)
61 fps114 fps101 fps9175
Razer Blade 14
(RTX 3070)
60 fps111 fps96 fps8605
Gigabyte Aero 16
(RTX 3080 Ti)
n/a156 fpsn/a9833

Keyboard and touchpad

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro keyboard.Mark Coppock/Digital Tendencies

Lenovo makes use of its TrueStrike keyboard in its gaming laptops, together with the Legion 5i Professional. I’ve used the identical keyboard in another Lenovo laptops, comparable to the Yoga Slim 7i Professional, and located it significantly better than Lenovo’s different non-ThinkPad keyboards. TrueStrike provides extra journey and snappier switches, with a crisp bottoming motion that lends precision. It’s an incredible keyboard, particularly for players with its 100% anti-ghosting, and it provides 4-zone RGB lighting.

I’d rank it fairly near the perfect general-purpose laptops just like the HP Spectre and Dell XPS traces, however players would possibly choose a extra gaming-oriented keyboard with mechanical switches or extra attention-grabbing keycaps.

The touchpad is bigger than earlier than however nonetheless not enormous for a 16-inch laptop computer. There’s loads of house on the palm relaxation for a bigger model. Nonetheless, it was snug and exact, supporting Microsoft Precision touchpad drivers and dependable multitouch assist. The show was non-touch, as is widespread with gaming laptops.

Safety and privateness

There’s little in the best way of safety and privateness options with the Legion 5i Professional, together with no assist for Home windows Good day password-less login by both an IR digital camera or fingerprint reader. That’s disappointing. It’s nonetheless not commonplace on gaming laptops — however there’s completely no purpose it shouldn’t be.

The one nod to privateness is a turn on the precise facet of the chassis that turns off energy to the webcam.

Battery life

The Legion 5i Professional is pure gaming in a single respect a minimum of, and that’s battery life. It has an 80-watt-hour battery, which isn’t enormous for such a robust machine with a big show, and the laptop computer didn’t act as if it cared about conserving battery life. It led the pack within the Intel-based laptops in our comparability group, particularly in our video check that loops a neighborhood Avengers trailer, however it fell behind the AMD-powered machines by a good margin.

With simply 4.5 hours in our net searching check that cycles by a collection of fashionable web sites, you’re not going to get a full day of labor out of the machine. The 300-watt energy provide is big, so be ready to take alongside some further weight once you’re on the go.

Net searchingVideo
Lenovo Legion 5i Professional 
(Core i7-12700H
4 hours 32 minutes7 hours 9 minutes
Razer Blade 17
(Core i7-12800H)
3 hours 11 minutes3 hours 41 minutes
MSI GE76 Raider
(Core i9-12900HK)
3 hours 41 minutesN/A
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H)
7 hours 10 minutesN/A
Razer Blade 14
(Ryzen 9 5900HX)
8 hours 17 minutes11 hours 7 minutes
Gigabyte Aero 16
(Core i7-12900HK)
3 hours 18 minutes4 hours 1 minute

Pricing and configurations

My evaluate unit is an upcoming $2,000 Walmart-exclusive configuration with an Intel Core i7-12700H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. That’s the one recognized configuration as this evaluate is being printed, and Walmart hasn’t but produced a product hyperlink.

You’ll nonetheless discover 2021 fashions on the market, which embrace Eleventh-gen Intel processors and max out at RTX 3070. These configurations additionally included cheaper beginning fashions with both an RTX 3050 or RTX 3060.

The usual Lenovo Legion 5 Professional mannequin (with out the “i” within the title) from final 12 months got here with Ryzen 5000 processors. Whereas an replace to this mannequin hasn’t been introduced but for 2022, it’s anticipated to launch with the newest Ryzen 6000 processors.

Our take

The Lenovo Legion 5i Professional is a performer, maintaining with laptops sporting sooner CPUs and GPUs. It’s a strong 1440p gaming machine that also can deal with demanding productiveness and creativity duties. Given its conservative (if considerably jumbled) aesthetic, you could possibly use the laptop computer within the office with out standing out. At $2,000, it’s additionally a relative worth given its highly effective parts, too.

Are there any alternate options?

There aren’t many direct alternate options at once, as Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPUs are solely starting to make their technique to gaming machines. I don’t know of any which are at the identical value because the Legion 5i Professional, giving it a window the place it’s the perfect recreation on the town.

You might contemplate both the Razer Blade 15 or the Razer Blade 17, relying on whether or not you desire to go a little bit smaller or bigger. Every will carry out properly, look nice, and supply a thinner chassis and a extra premium expertise. Each may also price more cash.

In the event you’re okay with 1080p gaming, the HP Victus 16 will prevent some cash. We reviewed it with an Intel Eleventh-gen CPU, however an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U configuration with an RTX 3060 Ti will prevent about $600. It’s price contemplating when you’re quick on money.

How lengthy will it final?

The Legion 5i Professional is totally up-to-date when it comes to its {hardware}. It ought to final for years earlier than it’s not in a position to sustain. The one-year guarantee is the business commonplace and, as I prefer to indicate, disappointing as normal.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. The Legion 5i Professional is a gaming, productiveness, and creativity workhorse at a sexy value.

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