Lenovo Unveils A Legion of New Gaming Laptops

Gaming portables get new look, new components, and more power

Lenovo's gaming systems are now in alignment with the latest CPU and GPU components from Intel and Nvidia.

Lenovo Legion 7
Lenovo Legion 7 gaming laptop.  Lenovo

Lenovo unveiled a collection of powerful, new gaming systems on Thursday that includes a pair of new 15-inch Legion laptops. a new Legion tower, monitors, and even gaming mice.

The critical details: Lenovo is upgrading its gaming laptops with Intel's 10th Gen Intel Core i CPUs and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, revamping thermal management, and introducing its TrueStrike keyboard system.

What to expect: Starting next month, Lenovo will begin shipping the new top-of -the line Lenovo Legion 7.

Lenovo Legion 7
A goog look at the new TrueStrike keyboard on the Lenovo Legion 7 15-inch gaming laptop.  Lenovo

The 15-inch laptop has a 15.6-inch screen and webcam with a built-in privacy shutter and will feature an aluminum chassis and IPS screen with up to a 240 hz refresh rate, which means ultra-smooth gaming action. Configuration options will include Intel's 10th Gen Intel Core i9 H-Series and, for graphics, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max Q (no one knows how to edit down their product names anymore). The system weighs 4.6 lbs.

The right key: Lenovo also redesigned the keyboard into a system it's calling TrueStrike. It's full-sized and includes directional keys and a full number pad. TrueStrike still supports iCUE RGB, which dynamically changes the keyboard lighting depending on in-game events. The single-piece track pad is now, as compared to previous Legion gaming systems, 39% larger.

Play longer: Lenovo is claiming 8 hours battery life out of the 80Whr battery, but admitted the number is not necessarily what you'll see with "intense gaming." At least the system can recharge in just 30 minutes.

Keep cool: To help with heat, which can also help with performance, Lenovo updated the thermal system with an optimized vapor chamber, and a dual dual liquid crystal polymer fan.

Other options: Lenovo's Legion 5i is another 15-inch laptop with a 100% ABS plastic chassis covered in a smooth premium black paint finish. It's roughly the same thickness as previous Legion Y5 gaming laptops, but, overall, has a slightly smaller footprint. One the components side, the 5i tops out at a 10th Gen Core i7 and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060. It weighs a beefier 5.5 lbs.

Lenovo Legion 5i
Lenovo's mid-range, all plastic Legion 5i. It also features the TrueStrike keyboard.  Lenovo

Mid-range pricing: The Legion 7 starts at $1,599.99. A 17-inch, 6.5 lbs. Legion 5i is $1,129.99. There's also a 15-inch Legion 5 option running an AMD CPU that starts at $849.99.

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i
The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i.  Lenovo

I stay at home: If you're not traveling to a LAN party (remember those?), then Lenovo's new Legion 5i Tower (starting at $799.99) may appeal to you. It'll run the same Intel 10th Gen Core i CPUs (AMD options arrive later this year) and has the added bonus up being completely upgradeable. Lenovo even included a beefy 650W power supply to support extra components. For graphics, you can configure the Windows 10 Home system up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super. It also has tons of ports (some of which still sit on the front of the tower for easy access), and more memory slots than previous Lenovo gaming towers. Lenovo also redesigned the body a bit, opening up more vents, and moving the handle to the back of the system.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3
Lenovo's entry-level IdeaPad Gaming 3.  Lenovo

Entry Level: For those who want to split the difference between gaming performance, price (and maybe portability), Lenovo also introduced the new 4.6-lb, $729.99 IdeaPad Gaming 3. The 15-inch laptop's FHD IPS screen tops out at 120Hz, Intel's 10th Gen Core i7 CPU, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650. The Windows 10 Home laptop also doesn't include the new TrueStrike keyboard.

Lenovo Y25-25 Gaming Monitor
Lenovo Y25-25 Gaming Monitor.  Lenovo

Big picture: Lenovo also introduced a pair of new gaming-friendly screens. There's the Y25-25 Gaming Monitor, 24.5-inch FHD IPS panel with 400 nits of brightness and 240Hz refresh rate and a Y27q monitor that lowers the refresh rate to 165Hz.

Lenovo Legion M600
The new Lenovo Legion M600 rechargeable gaming mouse.  Lenovo

Hands on: Lenovo also introduced its first gaming mouse, the ambidextrous-friendly Legion M600 Wireless Gaming Mouse ($79.95, shipping this month), which charges via USB-C cable. They didn't specify how long a charge lasts, but told me that the mouse can recharge in 5 minutes for 10 hours of use. As for sensitivity, the M600 includes a 16000 dpi optical sensor. There are 9 buttons (some are programmable) and colored lights on the logo and in the scroll wheel. There's also a $29.99 Legion M300 gaming mouse option.

Bottom line: Lenovo, which has a rough 24% global PC market share says it's doing well on the gaming front, though it would not offer any specific numbers. Even so, systems and peripherals like these serve as a reminder that it's serious about attracting new PC gamers at all levels.

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