Lenovo Legion sends out its AMD-based legionaries for 2021

Lenovo's Legion lineup looks like a viable option for those who are only concerned about the essentials.

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Lenovo has just announced a new range of AMD-powered Legion laptops, and they’re looking pretty good indeed.

As with the current zeitgeist for gaming laptops, the current lineup of Legionnaires (can I call them that?) are mostly nondescript affairs; mostly clean lines with just a hint of aggressive corners that give away its pedigree. That and the LEDs, I guess.

Even with the LEDs, the Lenovo Legion 7 looks relatively understated
Even with the LEDs, the Legion 7 looks relatively understated

Under the hood, they pack heat in the form of the new AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series mobile processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics.

Also new is a 16", 2560 x 1600 (16:10) IPS display with 165Hz refresh rates and 3ms response times, which you can find on the new Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro models. Accompanying the visuals are Harman-branded speakers optimised by Nahimic Audio. The gamer-centric enhancements offer, among other things, 360-degree audio placement and a Sound Tracker feature that visually points out the source of sounds during a game.

The white Lenovo Legion 5 is the most eye-catching of the lot
The white Legion 5 is the most eye-catching of the lot

Lenovo is also touting each laptop’s heat management capabilities, claiming that it can maintain maximum clock speeds (Max TDP) for hours on end. The Coldfront 3.0 cooling system is an array of turbocharged dual fans paired with quad-channel exhausts that dissipate heat. Select models will get vapour chamber tech as well. And oh yes, let’s not forget the usual light bling.

Lenovo are particularly proud of their Coldfront 3.0 cooling solution
Lenovo are particularly proud of their Coldfront 3.0 cooling solution

Also common to all laptops in the line is the TrueStrike keyboard, which is an evolution of the ThinkPad keyboard and it delivers satisfying keystrokes for gamers and non-gamers alike. Also featured is a convenient e-shutter switch for the integrated webcam, which shuts access to Windows for added security.

Prices start from $1,999 with the ‘entry-level’ Legion 5, which is pretty decent value for a GTX 3060-based setup.

At a glance

Lenovo Legion 7
Lenovo Legion 7. Image: Lenovo

Legion 7
Display: 16" 165Hz IPS (2,560 x 1,600)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9-5900HX
GPU: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (165W, up to 1710Mhz boosted)
RAM: Up to 32GB 3200Hz DDR4
Storage: Up to 2x 1TB
WiFi: Wi-Fi 6 (optional Killer AX1650)
Dimensions: 356 x 262 x 20.1-23.5 mm
Weight: 2.5kg
Availability: early-April from $3,999

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. Image: Lenovo

Legion 5 Pro
Display: 16" 165Hz IPS (2,560 x 1,600)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7-5800H
GPU: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (140W, up to 1620Mhz boosted)
RAM: Up to 32GB 3200Hz DDR4
Storage: Up to 2x 1TB
WiFi: Wi-Fi 6
Dimensions: 356 x 260 x 21.7-26.9 mm
Weight: 2.45kg
Availability: now from $2,399

Lenovo Legion 5
Lenovo Legion 5. Image: Lenovo

Legion 5
Display: 15.6" 165Hz IPS (2,560 x 1,600)/17" 144Hz IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7-5800H
GPU: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130W, 1560Mhz)
RAM: Up to 32GB 3200Hz DDR4
Storage: Up to 2x 1TB
WiFi: Wi-Fi 6
Dimensions: 362 x 260 x 22.5-25.7 mm
Weight: 2.4kg
Availability: early-April from $1,999

Lenovo Legion Slim 7
Lenovo Legion Slim 7. Image: Lenovo

Legion Slim 7
Display: 15.6" 144Hz IPS (1,920 x 1,080)/60Hz IPS (3,840 x
2,160)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7-5900HX
GPU: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (100W, up to 1425Mhz)
RAM: Up to 32GB 3200Hz DDR4
Storage: Up to 2x 1TB
WiFi: Wi-Fi 6 (optional Killer AX1650)
Dimensions: 356 x 252 x 15.9 mm
Weight: 1.9kg
Availability: early-April from $2,499