Lenovo unleashed a salvo of computers at CES 2023, and the new ones at that 16 inches Legion Pro 7i gaming laptop caught our attention thanks to its powerful configuration options. CPU options include Intel’s Core i9-13900HX CPU, which can be paired with NVIDIA’s RTX 4090.
The case features massive exhaust vents and Lenovo’s Legion Cold Front 5.0 cooling system, an aggregation of hardware and software cooling technologies. It ranges from the thermal paste to the heatsinks to the AI-controlled software that controls the fans and power supply.
Lenovo even promotes the LA AI chip, which runs the Lenovo AI Engine+. It learns from your usage patterns and adjusts your system configuration to achieve higher FPS and cooling efficiency.
It’s possible to configure it with up to 32GB of 6000MHz DDR5 RAM and 2TB (2 x 1TB) of SSD storage, making it an excellent gaming machine and a potentially great creative workstation. This is especially true as the 16-inch 2560 × 1600 display is capable of reproducing 100% of the sRGB color space at 240 Hz and a maximum brightness of 500 NITs.
The screen is also compatible with NVIDIA’s G-Sync to ensure a tear-free gaming experience at the highest possible frame rate. The VESA Display HDR 400 makes compatible content more realistic, whether games or films.
You can opt for a cheaper configuration (CoreTM i7-13700HX and RTX 4070), but the laptop is designed for extreme performance and impresses for one 6.1 lbs body which measures 63.4 x 262.15 x 21.95-25.9 mm. Gaming laptops are understandably bulkier than a typical mobile office computer, but are clearly superior power/lbs relationships.
Such computers are power hungry; That is why Lenovo has battery capacities of 99Wh or 80Wh, which is at the upper limit of what’s allowed on planes, if you’re wondering where those numbers are coming from. Technically, you can board with a battery of up to 160Wh, but anything over 100Wh will require additional paperwork.
Depending on your configuration, the proprietary power supply can be 330W or 300W. There’s even a 140W configuration that delivers that power over USB PD, which is a wonderful option. We love to see how USB-PD keeps getting higher wattage to become a universal power system.
When the battery dies, you can take advantage of Lenovo’s fast charge feature, which supposedly charges up 0% to 80% battery in just 30 minutes, and 100% in an hour. That is very fast charge there.
I would instead go with the smaller battery and upgrade to something else like RAM or SSD depending on your configuration options. There are plenty of ports on the left, right and back of the laptop and that’s one thing I can never complain about with gaming laptops.
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