Lenovo’s Legion gaming laptop series has two new products: the Legion 7/7i and the Legion Slim 7/7i. The “i” stands for “Intel,” meaning the other model is powered by AMD.
These laptops have 16 inch screens, and we really like this trend. With all the advances in industrial design and how much performance can be crammed into such a small space, we felt the display real estate needed to increase, especially for graphics applications.
You would have guessed from the product name that the “slim” laptop was more about him mobilitywhile the “non-slim” orients itself towards it perfomance.
Lenovo claims these laptops are the “most powerful” and “most portable” 16-inch gaming laptops. That’s a bold claim that we’d like to put to the test in the future.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 and 7i
weigh only 4.5 poundsthe slim gaming laptops can be configured with a Core i9-12900HK or Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and a GeForce RTX 3070 (100W) or Radeon RX6800S GPU. The actual mix and match will depend on your configuration, but these are great options for such a lightweight computer.
There’s 8GB of onboard RAM (4800MHz DDR5) paired with a slot that can hold a maximum of 16GB of RAM for one maximum 24GB. In terms of storage, you can order up to 2TB SSD connected via PCIe Gen4.
Lenovo has several options for the 16-inch display with refresh rates ranging from 165-240Hz and outstanding color capabilities ranging from 100% sRGB to 100% DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB. All have a response time of 3 ms and a brightness of 500 NITs to one incredible 1250 NITs for the mini LED option.
Depending on your GPU selection, you will be redirected (or not) to the G-SYNC display. The highest resolution is 2560 x 1600, which is great for gaming, but there’s also a cheaper 1920 x 1200/350 NITs display.
I haven’t tested the 2x2W speakers but they look pretty good on paper and are supported by the increasingly popular Nahimic Audio software.
The battery capacity of up to 99.99Wh is the legal maximum in laptops, but a Super Rapid Charge looks very promising. According to Lenovo, it can charge from 0% to 70% in about 30 minutes, making it much faster than any ThinkPad we’ve tested. Hopefully this technology spreads to other Lenovo laptops.
Last but not least, I like the RGB keyboard (with number pad) with 1.3 mm stroke keys. It looks and feels good for gaming and typing.
Lenovo Legion 7 and 7i
These two 5.5 pounds Laptops look similar to the slim models, but the extra space allows Lenovo to have even more powerful components thanks to even more robust cooling.
Lenovo has put a lot of work into the cooling system, including software, to achieve the best cool-to-noise ratio. An AI has also been trained with popular games to balance performance between CPU and GPU usage, and usually this allows the GPU to draw more power than usual (= higher graphics performance).
All Legion 7 series share the same industrial design language with the CNC aluminum housing and the additional camera bar at the top of the screen. The non-slim laptops have ambient RGB lighting on the front and sides.
There are great touches like the illuminated port names on the back of the case. In a dimly lit environment, that makes a big difference. Sometimes it’s the little things.
You can opt for an Intel Core i9-12900HX or Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU and up to a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB or AMD Radeon RX6850M XT 12GB depending on the configuration.
The memory configuration is a bit more flexible with two 4800MHz DDR5 memory slots for a maximum of 32GB. The display options and connections are identical to those of the Legion Slim 7, including the general battery configuration.
In summary, the new Lenovo Legion 7 series has impressive specs, and they felt very well built when we handled them in the real world. On paper, these laptops appear to be able to do what Lenovo claims and pack tremendous performance for their weight.
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