Lenovo is banking hard on 16-inch QHD displays in the higher 16:10 aspect ratio with its new line of Legion 7i and 5i Pro gaming laptops, and I’m all for it. These laptops are a showcase for sharper, more spacious displays with a fast 165Hz refresh rate and G-Sync support, as well as faster processors using Intel’s new 11th generation H-Series CPUs. They are also among the first laptops announced to support Nvidia’s lower GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti graphics chips, in addition to more powerful GPU options.
The Legion 7i is the flagship and can deliver the most power, with support for up to 165W total graphics power (TGP) variant of Nvidia’s RTX 3080 (16GB) with a boost clock of 1,710MHz. That’s more energy hungry than what we’ve seen in most gaming laptops, so it should theoretically enable fantastic gaming performance. It can also be configured with Intel’s flagship Core i9-11980HK processor, one of the fastest laptop chips on the market. The Legion 7i comes with a 300W power adapter, but if you’re doing light tasks (and not gaming) it can also be charged via USB-C at 95W. Lenovo says this model will release in June 2021 and start at $ 1,769.99.
Despite a few differences, many of the Legion 7i’s ports and specs trickle back to the lower Legion 5i models announced today, including the two Thunderbolt 4 ports, three full-size USB 3.2 ports, an Ethernet jack and an HDMI 2.1 port. for outputting 4K resolution up to 120Hz on external displays that support it. They also host fast DDR4 RAM clocked at 3,200 MHz and NVMe PCIe SSDs, although the maximum capacity varies depending on the model you buy.
If you don’t need as much power as the 7i offers, the Legion 5i Pro has an equally fast, large pixel dense 16-inch QHD display with the same 16:10 aspect ratio. It outperforms the Core i7-11800H processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3070 GPU with a maximum TGP of 140W and a boost clock of 1,620 MHz, which is still a lot fast. That combination of specs should be enough to run most games in QHD resolution at high graphics settings, possibly with some ray tracing effects enabled. The Legion 5i Pro will also ship in June and will cost $ 1,329.99 to start.
The Legion 5i series also includes 15-inch and 17-inch variants. The specs don’t describe that many differences compared to the 5i Pro, aside from the lack of a 16:10 aspect ratio screen. However, you can still get fast QHD displays with these models, and you can configure them with Intel’s Core i7-11800H and the RTX 3070, or save money by putting them down on the Core i7-11400H CPU and the RTX 3050. Both of these sizes will be released in July and Lenovo says they will start at $ 969.99.