On the 7th of September, Lenovo announced the arrival of their Legion lineup to the Middle East. With key features like Lenovo’s TrueStrike keyboard and Coldfront 2.0 cooling technology, Lenovo seems to be focusing on the right things. The entire lineup is currently available at Jumbo Electronics, Sharaf DG and amazon.ae.
Included in the Legion lineup, are some purpose-made features that provide a variety of improvements that aim to give an overall better experience.
Legion’s TrueStrike keyboard
The TrueStrike keyboard is designed primarily for professional gameplay and typing productivity. It offers 100% anti-ghosting (which means that you can press many keys at the same time and have them all register), sub-millisecond response times and soft-landing switches for precise and tactile operation.
Legion Coldfront 2.0 technology
Undeniably, the biggest gripe with gaming laptops is the cooling. So it isn’t a surprise that Lenovo further developed its Coldfront technology. Coldfront 2.0 evolves Legion’s flagship cooling technology and enables you to experience a greater synergy between hardware and software (in terms of cooling), and brings you better airflow and cooler system temperatures.
|Legion 5i 15
|Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H
or Up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800H mobile processor
|Windows 10 Home
|Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
|Up to 15.6″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080), 500 nits, 240Hz, <1ms response time, 100% sRGB, VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, Dolby Vision™ enabled
|Up to 16GB 2933MHz DDR4
on AMD, up to 16GB 3200MHz DDR4
First, let’s look at the Legion 5 (5i / 5 AMD) laptop. It’s the “budget” option from the lineup, costing AED 4,499 for the AMD model and AED 5,799 for the Intel model. It offers a reasonable amount of performance in a clean and minimalist design that I personally love. The display is 1080p and has a refresh rate of 144Hz, more than apt for any kind of gaming. The backlit keyboard has soft-landing hair-trigger keys via the Legion TrueStrike keyboard and the laptop is thermally tuned via Legion Coldfront 2.0. The Legion 5 comes in 15 and 17-inch variants.
|10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK / i7-10875H / i7-10750H / i5-10300H
|Windows 10 Home
|NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 SUPER / RTX™ 2070 SUPER / RTX™ 2070 / RTX™ 2060 / GTX 1660 Ti
|Up to 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 240Hz, < 1ms response time, 100% Adobe sRGB, 500 nits, VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified, Dolby Vision™-enabled, NVIDIA® G-Sync
|8GB / 16GB / 32GB DDR4
Next is the Legion 7, it’s the top-tier gaming laptop option from Lenovo, and it sure looks like it. It costs AED 7,499 and it’s similarly designed to the Legion 5 (which is a good thing). The difference between the two is the RGB lighting garnishes on the Legion 7, which feel a bit unnecessary as it clashes with the laptops minimalistic aesthetic.
Like the Legion 5, it features 15-inch high-refresh panels, Lenovo’s TrueStrike keyboard, Legion Coldfront 2.0 (with Vapor Chamber Technology not in the Legion 5) and Dual Burn Support, which pushes the CPU and GPU together for maximum performance. So the factor that makes this top-tier is clearly the performance, with up to a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK processor and up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 SUPER graphics.
|Legion Tower 5i
|Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10900K
|Windows 10 Pro
|Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 Super 8GB / RTX™ 2070 8GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB
Up to AMD Radeon™ RX 5700XT 8GB
|Up to 64GB DDR4
The odd-one-out here is the Legion Tower 5i, it’s big in performance and robust in design. The pricing starts from AED 5,499 and comes with a wide amount performance options. The frame holds 28L of interior volume, supports ample port selection and has a carry-handle installed in the rear. Its liquid cooled (optional) and claims to be built for overclocked system performance, ideally good for intense gaming sessions.