The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro sits in the manufacturer’s gaming range, but that Pro suffix means that this notebook is designed for work, too. That’s no surprise when you consider its unique display specification and some of its features, and it makes perfect sense – because lots of people use the same laptop for work and play.

The components are well-placed for both of those uses. The Ryzen 7 5800H is a familiar chip that’s proved its worth in content-creation tasks and games, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 is a capable GPU in mainstream situations. The review sample we received costs $1,599, and it pairs those core components with 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB SSD.

As usual, several other configurations are available: a more affordable version with an RTX 3060 costs $1,369, and an entry-level model with a Ryzen 5 5600H and RTX 3050 graphics costs just $1,149. It’s a tempting package, which is just as well – because the Legion faces some stiff competition from the likes of Asus ROG and HP Victus range.

Features and Design

The Lenovo display is the clearest indicator that this notebook is ideal for professional tasks alongside the latest games. It’s got a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is more common on professional notebooks than on gaming devices, and it makes loads of sense for both situations. The extra vertical space means that you’ve got more room for games, but it also makes it easier to navigate websites, office apps and other tools when compared to 16:9 panels – they can seem a little squashed by comparison.

The display keeps impressing. Its 2,560 x 1,600 resolution delivers a crisper image than Full HD displays and the 1440p panels you’ll find elsewhere. The 16” diagonal is a decent move, too: it provides a bit more immersion and space than the average 15.6” notebook without the sheer size of 17.3” machines.

The 16” Lenovo Legion is 26.8 mm thick and 356 mm wide. That’s half a millimeter thicker and 7mm narrower than Lenovo’s standard 15.6” laptop. Those are superb figures, and Lenovo can cram the screen inside this relatively compact chassis thanks to slim display bezels.

Nvidia G-Sync and a 165Hz refresh rate bolster the Legion’s gaming credentials. That’s high enough to provide butter-smooth motion in any mainstream single-player game, and it’s good enough to handle everyday esports.

Display Performance

The Legion’s tall display has good quality. The brightness level of 546cd/m2 is vast, and means that this laptop can handle any indoor and most outdoor situations, and it pairs with a black point of 0.42cd/m2 to deliver a contrast ratio of 1,300:1. The brightness and contrast ratio means that this display offers impressive vibrancy and nuance, especially in brighter areas. The black point could be a bit deeper to deliver extra depth in gaming’s darkest corners, but it’s not a big deal and doesn’t hinder gameplay.

The display’s delta E of 1.28 and color temperature of 6,244K are excellent and mean that human eyes won’t detect any slight color deviations. The panel also rendered 95.9% of the sRGB color gamut at 99.9% volume, which means it produces virtually every color required by mainstream games and creative applications without becoming oversaturated.

Sadly, the panel can’t handle the Adobe RGB or DCI-P3 gamuts – it only produced 68.4% and 70.2% of those color spaces. That means the Lenovo isn’t good enough for HDR situations, or design workloads that rely on Adobe’s broader color space.

In most departments, though, the Legion’s display impresses. Its accurate, high resolution and taller aspect ratio make it more expansive than most laptop panels. You’ll only want to go further if you want 4K resolution for creative tasks or a faster refresh rate for high-end gaming. If esports is more your bag, then you’re probably better off looking for a faster 240Hz or 360Hz display.

Input and Build Quality

The included speakers are fine for media and gaming, they’ve got plenty of volume and there’s some decent bass. That said, the mid-range is too muddy, so a headset would be better.

Lenovo hasn’t just crammed a 16” display into the kind of chassis you’d expect from a 15.6” laptop – the keyboard slots in alongside a number pad. That’s a welcome addition because a number pad is far from guaranteed on any gaming laptop. The rest of the layout is solid: the Legion 5 has full-size cursor keys, a double-height Return key, and the power button is mercifully separated from the keyboard itself – so you won’t accidentally hit it during a gaming session.

The keys are slightly concave, which improves comfort, and they’re fast, comfortable, and reasonably satisfying – they’ve got a solid 1.5mm of travel and they push down into a robust base. These buttons are far quieter than the hardware included on most gaming notebooks, too. For a full day of typing or gaming, it’s good gear.

The Lenovo doesn’t have per-key RGB backlighting, though. Some models in certain regions have four-zone RGB backlighting that users can customize in Corsair iCUE, but the review sample we received only has a white backlight – and the illumination isn’t particularly strong.

On the other hand, Lenovo’s touchpad is a disappointment. The surface is fine, but click buttons are too soft and the pad sits too far towards the machine’s left edge. Consequently, it’s annoyingly easy to jog the pad if you’re using the left-hand side of the keyboard for gaming. As ever, if you want to enjoy gaming on a laptop, you’ll invest in a USB mouse.

The Lenovo Legion 5 is built from a combination of aluminum and plastic in a gunmetal grey shade, and the only RGB illumination comes from the logo on the lid. Some people will call it subtle, and others will call it boring, but this laptop can straddle the gaming room and boardroom.


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