Intel’s 45W Tiger Lake chips and Nvidia’s cellular RTX playing cards have been round for some time now, but when the Lenovo Legion 7i is something to go by, they nonetheless have untapped potential ready to be unlocked. That is simply among the many strongest Intel/Nvidia laptops we’ve reviewed but, and what makes it higher is that its lack of life-style branding leaves it only a contact cheaper than what you’ll discover with rivals like Alienware.
Designed to compete with the most effective gaming laptops, that is undoubtedly nonetheless an costly PC, and we will’t communicate on how configs with decrease specs that we didn’t assessment carry out. However for absolutely the high of the road, the Lenovo Legion 7i is a wonderful possibility for those who’re prepared to sacrifice some trend cred for a machine that’s nonetheless lots slick and packs main energy.
Lenovo Legion 7i Specs
|CPU||Intel Core i9-11980HK|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080|
|Storage||1TB NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Show||16-inch, 16:10, 2560 x 1600, 165Hz, IPS|
|Networking||802.11ax Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-C, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet, 1x 3.5mm Headphone/Mic Combo Jack|
|Working System||Home windows 10 House|
|Dimensions(WxDxH)||14.17 x 10.23 x 0.92 inches (359.92 x 259.84 x 23.37 mm)|
|Weight||5.5 kilos (2.49 kg)|
|Worth (as configured)||$3,269|
Lenovo Legion 7i Design
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The Lenovo Legion 7i is a flat laptop computer with a bottom that notably stretches previous the gadget’s hinge and homes many of the laptop’s ports. Branding is pretty prevalent throughout the gadget, and regardless of the entire machine being coated in a silvery matte steel, it’s a fingerprint magnet. It has additionally acquired an RGB strip alongside its backside, so it may possibly replicate a rainbow aura off your desk.
In different phrases, it’s not too aesthetically distinctive from different current Legion laptops. Possibly its most noticeable function is its trendy however cumbersome vents, which sit alongside the laptop computer’s sides, underneath its display screen and alongside its backside to supply it with loads of cooling with out ruining its slick attraction. Its facet vents specifically are massive sufficient that they’re most likely a great deal of the explanation for this machine’s ports largely being located alongside its again.
Transferring past seems to be, this machine is barely bigger than your typical 15-inch laptop computer, most likely partially due to its 16-inch show. As an illustration, at 14.17 x 10.23 x 0.92 inches, it’s a bit thicker than the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE’s 14.1 x 10.6 x 0.80 inches. On the identical time, it’s nonetheless a lot smaller (if not thinner) than what you’ll discover on 17 inch units just like the Alienware x17, which measures in at 15.72 x 11.79 x 0.84 inches
At 5.5 kilos, this laptop computer’s weight is roughly on par with the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE’s 5.3 kilos however is far lighter than the Alienware x17’s 7.05 kilos.
The I/O for this laptop computer is usually situated alongside its bottom. The laptop computer’s left facet has a single Thunderbolt 4 port and three.5 mm mixture microphone/headphone jack, whereas its proper facet simply has a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-C port and a swap for turning bodily energy to the webcam off. In any other case, you’ll want to succeed in behind the display screen to seek out the opposite Thunderbolt 4 port, the three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A ports, the HDMI 2.1 connection, the RJ-45 ethernet enter and the charging cable slot.
Lenovo Legion 7i Gaming Efficiency
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Our configuration of the Lenovo Legion 7i got here stacked with nearly essentially the most highly effective internals an Intel gaming laptop computer can have, with an Intel Core i9-11980HK CPU, an RTX 3080 cellular GPU and 32GB of DDR4 RAM with a 3200 MHz pace. That GPU had a 165W TGP and a 1,545 MHz increase clock. With specs like these, we persistently acquired chart-topping efficiency from this machine versus different excessive efficiency RTX 3080 laptops we’ve examined just like the Alienware x17 and Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE.
As an illustration, in Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s built-in benchmark operating with its highest settings at 1080p, the Legion 7i averaged greater than 30 frames extra per second than its competitors. Its 2560 x 1600p efficiency was additionally spectacular right here, coming in solely barely beneath its rivals’ 1080p efficiency.
Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry: New Daybreak additionally noticed the Legion 7i outclassing its competitors at 1080p, though not by as vast of a margin. As an illustration, the Legion’s 1080p Grand Theft Auto V benchmark averaged 139 fps whereas the Alienware’s averaged 129 fps and the Asus’ averaged 111 fps.
The Legion 7i’s 2560 x 1600 efficiency in Far Cry: New Daybreak can also be notable right here, because the laptop computer nonetheless pushed out extra frames at this larger decision than its rivals did at 1080p. Particularly, it averaged 99 fps at this decision whereas the Alienware averaged 94 fps and the Asus averaged 91 fps. That’s not one thing we noticed in any of the opposite video games we examined, nevertheless it’s an excellent signal regardless.
The Legion 7i’s 2560 x 1600 efficiency began to considerably drop beneath the 1080p efficiency of the laptop computer’s rivals within the different video games we examined, however that’s to be anticipated. The excellent news right here is that the laptop computer’s 1080p efficiency nonetheless got here in above its rivals in Purple Useless Redemption 2 and Borderlands 3, even when simply barely. Purple Useless Redemption 2’s 1080p benchmark averaged 83 fps on the Legion whereas it averaged 81 fps on the Alienware and 71 fps and the Asus, as an illustration.
In different phrases, there’s no sport we ran the place the Legion 7i didn’t have the quickest 1080p efficiency among the many laptops we examined.
On an anecdotal word, I additionally performed Management on the Legion 7i for a couple of half-hour to get a private really feel for what gaming on this laptop computer is like. With ray tracing off and the sport operating with excessive settings, I usually hit between 98 – 108 fps at FHD and between 58 – 65 fps at 2560 x 1600 (relying on how a lot motion was on display screen). Turning ray tracing on had me hovering round 66 fps at FHD and 32 fps at 2560 x 1600. Throughout this time, the followers have been fairly loud and the vent on the pc’s right-hand facet was persistently blowing sizzling air on my mouse hand. This was a continuing throughout all settings.
We additionally ran the Legion 7i by way of Metro: Exodus’ built-in RTX benchmark for 15 runs in a row, to simulate an ordinary demanding play session. Throughout this check, the Legion 7i’s CPU ran at a median of 4.49 GHz and registered a median temperature of 75.72 levels Celsius. Its common GPU pace was 1.5 GHz, with a median temperature of 75.85 levels Celsius. The benchmark itself ran at a median 88 fps all through this check.
Lenovo Legion 7i Productiveness Efficiency
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It seems the most effective Intel gaming specs you will get on a laptop computer additionally make for fairly sturdy productiveness efficiency, not less than in opposition to different high-spec gaming laptops. With its 45W Intel Core i9-11980HK CPU, this laptop computer’s productiveness potential simply outclassed the Intel Core i7-11800H on the Alienware x17 configuration we examined and even the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX on the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE.
Geekbench 5, an artificial check for measuring common PC efficiency, noticed the Legion 7i scoring far forward of each of its rivals on each single and multi-core efficiency. In a tough hit for AMD followers, the Alienware’s i7 CPU truly got here nearer to the Legion 7i’s efficiency than the close to top-of-the-line 5900HX on the Zephyrus Duo. The Legion 7i scored 1,680 on multi-core exams and the Alienware x17 scored 1,539, however the Zephyrus Duo solely scored 1,467.
Our Handbrake video encoding check, the place we observe how lengthy it takes a PC to transcode a video down from 4K to FHD, additionally noticed comparable outcomes. The Legion 7i was barely sooner than the Alienware right here, with the previous finishing the duty in 5 minutes and 48 seconds whereas the latter did so in 5 minutes and 51 seconds. Each have been a lot sooner than the Zephyrus Duo, which took 6 minutes and 11 seconds to complete transcoding.
Outdoors of CPU efficiency, the Legion 7i additionally transferred information rapidly. In a turnabout, the Zephyrus Duo snagged second place right here over the Alienware x17. Nonetheless, neither competitor got here near the 1,860.55 MBps we noticed on the Legion.
Lenovo Legion 7i Show
The Lenovo Legion 7i units itself aside with a big 16-inch IPS show that runs at a max decision of 2560 x 1600 and a max refresh fee of 165Hz. That makes it the most recent entry within the 16:10 facet ratio development, which provides you additional vertical house for studying internet pages, writing paperwork or coding.
Clearly, I needed to check such a powerful display screen by watching the trailer for the cinematic masterpiece of our time, Venom: Let There Be Carnage. This truly turned out to be an incredible choice, because the trailer’s many blacks regarded particularly deep on this display screen whereas Carnage’s rippling purple muscle tissues have been nonetheless vivid on it. Viewing angles have been beneficiant at max brightness, with the image holding up till round 75 levels away from the display screen. That stated, I did discover heavy glare throughout among the film’s darker scenes, both from my workplace’s window or from ambient mild in my setting. And there’s plenty of them in that film.
That’s a little bit of a disgrace, since this show registered almost 500 nits of common brightness in our lab. That’s a bit forward of different premium rivals just like the Alienware x17, and effectively forward of laptops just like the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE.
DCI-P3 colour was a bit extra customary on this laptop computer, with its 79% protection being roughly even with the Zephyrus Duo’s 78% however effectively behind the Alienware x17’s 116%.
Lenovo Legion 7i Keyboard and Touchpad
The Lenovo Legion 7i comes with a full per-key RGB keyboard full with a quantity pad, a big touchpad and Lenovo fashion keycaps. It doesn’t fairly stay as much as what you’ll discover on most ThinkPads, however you possibly can nonetheless see Lenovo’s experience with keyboards in play right here.
On 10fastfingers.com, I simply hit between 76 to 81 phrases per minute throughout my many makes an attempt, which is about my customary. Journey distance felt unremarkable, however the curved bottoms on the keycaps made discovering my manner across the keyboard by contact a bit extra approachable. Presses additionally felt springy and cozy, exerting little pressure on my fingertips. I do miss the slight concave indentation that ThinkPad keycaps have right here, however I can even see how your finger sinking right into a key may make twitchy inputs in video games extra of a trouble.
What isn’t a trouble is the big, 4.7 x 3-inch touchpad. Its clean, glass floor makes for simple and cozy cursor management, and I had no issues inputting multi-touch gestures like scrolling with two fingers and switching apps with three fingers.
Lenovo Legion 7i Audio
The Lenovo Legion 7i comes with two backside firing audio system designed in collaboration with Harman. In my expertise, these audio system have been loud and produced clear, crisp audio that wasn’t too dissimilar to what I would hear on my Sennheiser headphones.
After I listened to Dangerous Habits by Ed Sheeran on these audio system, I reached simply audible quantity at round 14%, which grew to become comfortably loud at round 36%. Pushing the quantity all the best way to 100% was fully pointless however crammed my whole two bed room house with sound with out problem.
I may simply make out the tune’s vocals, excessive notes and even bass all through my complete listening expertise, with none trace of tinniness and with just about no misplaced data.
Nahimic audio software program additionally comes on this laptop computer, with settings to optimize your audio system for music, motion pictures, gaming and communication. Music was, after all, the most effective preset for this check, however every has its strengths and weaknesses, adjusting bass and treble to greatest match the duty at hand. The film and gaming presets even have software program centric encompass sound, which labored effectively for me as long as I stored my head immediately in entrance of the laptop computer’s display screen.
Lenovo Legion 7i Upgradeability
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The Lenovo Legion 7i just isn’t tough to open up or improve. Simply unscrew the ten Phillips head screws on the laptop computer’s backside (I used a PH000 screw bit) and gently pry off the case to entry its parts. As soon as inside, you’ll see three bits of detachable shielding over the parts you possibly can swap out. You possibly can simply pull off the RAM shielding along with your fingertips, however you’ll should unscrew 3 screws every (I used a PH000 bit right here as effectively) for the M.2 SSD shielding.
After the shields are eliminated, you’ll have entry to the 2 pre-installed sticks of RAM, the pre-installed M.2 SSD, an open M.2 SSD slot (if each slots aren’t full in your configuration) and the networking chip.
Lenovo Legion 7i Battery Life
To simulate an prolonged multitasking work session, our battery check regularly streams video, browses the online and runs OpenGL exams over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness.
The Lenovo Legion 7i had a battery lifetime of about 5 hours on our in-house battery check, which is inside expectations for a gaming laptop computer with these sorts of specs. As an illustration, the Alienware x17 is one other Intel Core i9/RTX 3080 laptop computer that truly had a couple of half hour much less battery life on the identical check. That stated, we do sometimes see exceptions, such because the 5:58 battery life we noticed on the AMD-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE. Whereas we acquired these numbers with simply one in every of that laptop computer’s two shows turned on, the Zephyrus solely had 5 fewer minutes of battery life than the Legion after we examined it once more with each shows operating.
To simulate an prolonged multitasking work session, our battery check regularly streams video, browses the online and runs OpenGL exams over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness.
Lenovo Legion 7i Warmth
The Lenovo Legion 7i’s warmth was congregated largely close to its hinge after we took its temperature, which was in the course of the eleventh of 15 consecutive Metro: Exodus benchmark runs set to the RTX preset. Temperatures topped out at 53.2 levels Celsius (127.76 levels Fahrenheit), with the most well liked level on the laptop computer being the middle of the hinge. Touchpoints akin to the middle of the keyboard (between the G and H keys) ran nearer to 46.9 levels Celsius (116.42 levels Fahrenheit).
That is pretty toasty, even for a gaming laptop, and it means followers have been operating at full drive throughout testing. The laptop computer’s facet vents, that are sadly situated near the place your mouse hand may be, have been additionally blasting out sizzling air at the moment.
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Lenovo Legion 7i Webcam
The Lenovo Legion 7i has a 720p webcam that precisely captures colours and particulars however tends to supply fuzzy footage in both dim or oversaturated situations. It’s sadly not fairly as much as half with different Lenovo webcams, in that it doesn’t have a bodily digicam shutter. There’s a toggle on the proper hand facet of the laptop computer for bodily slicing off the ability to the webcam.
This laptop computer additionally comes with Tobii Expertise, an eye fixed monitoring program that makes use of the built-in webcam so as to add bonus options to video games, like having the HUD disappear if you’re not it. Nevertheless, this can be a software program dependent function, and the Legion 7i’s webcam doesn’t have eye monitoring tech constructed into it.
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Lenovo Legion 7i Software program and Guarantee
Lenovo tends to keep away from bloatware with its laptops, and that’s no totally different right here. You’ll discover a lot of utility packages on the Lenovo Legion 7i, however other than typical Home windows 10 pack-ins like Spotify and Microsoft Solitaire Assortment, the one controversial bloat right here is Tobii expertise. That is an eye fixed monitoring program that’s supposed to assist make gaming extra immersive by letting you intention or transfer the digicam along with your eyes, on high of different options like having the HUD fade away if you’re not it. It may be enjoyable to toy with for those who play any of its supported video games, however you in any other case received’t get a lot use out of it. It’s additionally totally software program dependent, so you possibly can simply obtain the software program from Tobii’s web site, with alternate builds being out there to be used with Alienware, Acer and MSI laptops.
So far as utility apps go, you’ll get Dolby Imaginative and prescient and X-Ceremony Shade Assistant for adjusting your image, plus Nahimic for adjusting your sound. Lenovo Welcome helps you arrange your laptop with beneficial apps and settings primarily based on what your major use case for it’s, and Lenovo Vantage is the place you’ll view your thermals, replace your drivers, arrange macros on your numpad, view CPU utilization and the like. Lastly, there’s Lenovo hotkeys, an app that’s inexplicably separate from Vantage and allows you to arrange varied operate key shortcuts for system options, like with the ability to alter the refresh fee of your show with a easy Fn + R command.
Lenovo Legion 7i Configurations
The Lenovo Legion 7i begins at $1,799, though the configuration we reviewed got here with top-end parts that pushed the worth nearer to $3,269. These embrace an Intel Core i9-11980HK processor, an RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB M.2 SSD.
Our assessment laptop computer additionally got here with a 16-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display screen with a 165 Hz refresh fee, as do all different configurations for this laptop computer.
Talking of different configurations, the beginning configuration bumps you all the way down to an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, an RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB M.2 SSD. There’s additionally two middle-of-the-road configurations listed on Lenovo’s web site, one in every of which bumps up the beginning config’s SSD to 1TB and prices $1,969. The opposite has an i7-11800H CPU, an RTX 3080, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD and prices $2,899.
You may as well customise your personal construct, mixing and matching choose specs from the opposite configurations.
With its max specs, the Lenovo Legion 7i is about as highly effective as you will get for an Intel gaming construct, even in comparison in opposition to equally specced however dearer laptops just like the Alienware x17. Its aesthetics won’t fairly stay as much as that laptop computer’s fancy design and it lacks the bells and whistles of rivals just like the AMD-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE. Nevertheless, the display screen continues to be vivid, the audio is evident, the case feels sturdy and the keyboard has Lenovo’s typical brilliance.
Whereas it’s nonetheless a punch to the pockets at $3,269, the configuration we reviewed isn’t simply extra highly effective than the competitors, nevertheless it’s additionally extra inexpensive. Each of the laptops we examined this machine in opposition to value nearer to $3,600. You may need to contemplate both of these alternate options for those who’re choosing cheaper specs, because the efficiency video games will most likely even out and people computer systems are arguably a contact extra premium elsewhere— although maybe a bit too flashy for some. However for efficiency that’s the most effective of the most effective and a physique that’s nonetheless above common, the Legion 7i is your greatest guess for now.