Lenovo Legion 5 15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) Display, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti, Windows 10H, 82JW0012US, Phantom Blue

5 out of 5
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Purpose-built for gaming performance, the Lenovo Legion 5 is the perfect platform for experiencing today’s top AAA games. Inside the clean, minimalist chassis of this gaming laptop, you’ll find a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050Ti graphics, along with 16GB…

3 thoughts on “Lenovo Legion 5 15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) Display, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti, Windows 10H, 82JW0012US, Phantom Blue

5 out of 5
  1. Ight y’all gonna be straight up… This computer is solid for its price. The build quality feels… Mmm… Just flat out great. Solid, but not too heavy, but it feels heavy ya know?Battery is OK, little on the shorter side but it has a 3050ti in it and the ryzen 5800h really helps keep it going. Its a “gaming” laptop so the 5ish hrs I got with mid screen brightness and multitasking was plenty for me.The screen BTW, it’s beautiful. I’m a huge fan of high quality IPS flicker free (DC dimming) displays and this one is probably one of my favorite screens I’ve used. I think people seriously underestimate how messed up flickering lights at their brains for many hours a day is. Its best to avoid in all places possible and this laptop supports that.I have a ryzen 3600 and 1660ti in my main rig and this thing matches it for sure, even outperforms or slightly but haven’t had enough time with it to say for sure about all that.Generally the keyboard is awesome and comfortable to use, the track pad is responsive and thank God they put a dedicated function key to disable it if you don’t need it… They have an electronic camera emable/disable switch.For gaming it’s a 3050ti 4gb for my version with a ryzen 5800h, it can run pretty much every major modern game with the exception of super high video memory titles, in which case you lower your settings a bit.As a workstation (why I got it), beast mode. Things a tank. Sound quality on headphones and speakers are exceptional (reminder it’s a laptop), camera is decent (what do you expect on a laptop?), and overall the machine is eating everything I’m throwing at it and handling it quite snappily.Overall I’m very happy with this machine. If I run into issues this review will be updated but none yet.

  2. I’ve owned numerous ThinkPads and Lenovo-branded laptops over the years, and of late, I haven’t been very positive about their build decisions or overall quality. In fact, when I was laptop shopping last year, I went astray from my usual ThinkPad upgrade path and went the way of the HP Envy 15 (which is a decent laptop in its own right).Taking this out of the box, it felt like an absolute monster. Not shocking that a gaming laptop is heavy, but this feels REALLY heavy, and the lop that extends behind the screen doesn’t help this from feeling big. But on the other hand, it was also SOLID. Not a single creak to be heard. Not a single point of the chassis that seemed to flex just a little much. As plastic laptops go, this is about as close to tank-like as I’ve seen.Opening it up for the first time, you get the usual Windows walkthrough, and a nag window about McAfee. Other than McAfee though, I was pleased to see that there wasn’t much else in the realm of bloatware. Sure, you get Lenovo Vantage, but that’s actually pretty useful for driver updates, and if you want to change the keyboard lighting effects — and you will, because this comes out of the box with the keyboard basically in Attract Mode.After doing nothing more than installing Windows updates and rebooting, I threw on 3DMark and PCMark 10 and let them do their thing. The results were surprising (check the photos for more), to say the least. This laptop was pushing ahead of my Envy with a 2060 GPU, 32 gigs, and a Hynix NVMe drive in almost every realm.The display is nice and bright and I was surprised to see it register at 10-bit color @ 165 Hz. Windows reports that it can stream HDR video, but can’t use HDR or WCG. Angled viewing is okay, but nothing approaching what you’d find on a gaming laptop that cost several hundred dollars more. I wouldn’t have minded if the display could have gone a little brighter, though. Out of the box, it’s at max brightness, and after a couple of hours, I was hoping to turn it up a notch or two.Overall, the keyboard feels solid. Despite the look of the keyboard, it doesn’t feel as good as a ThinkPad, but it definitely doesn’t feel cheap, and I’d probably say it feels better than most keyboards. I’m not the hugest fan of the offset that comes with a full numpad keyboard, but understand that there’s not much you can really to do solve that on a 15″ chassis.The speakers are okay, I suppose. They’re loud, but probably not what I’d usually expect out of something being sold as a gaming laptop. There’s little to no bass to speak of, lots of muddling in the middle, and the spatial sound doesn’t really seem to change very much. As impressive as the Legion 5 is on paper and in specs, the sound is definitely underwhelming.Getting in to the system internals is relatively easy. You’ve got 10 screws on the bottom that are standard Phillips head with a touch of blue Loctite material. Removing the bottom should be done with a pry tool, as there are a TON of clips that keep it solidly attached to the upper chassis. Once inside, there’s a substantial heat pipe cooling system. In the tests I ran against my Envy, this runs almost 11 C hotter, which is to be expected, given the vapor chamber used in the Envy. Despite the heat pipe configuration, this doesn’t get too hot to the touch on the bottom. However, the fans get LOUD when you push this in performance mode.Once inside, you get an additional NVMe slot on the left under a metal shield, and on the right is the preinstalled NVMe and wireless card, which looks replaceable. Under a large metal square, you have two glorious SO-DIMM slots. Why Lenovo insists on soldered RAM on so many of their models (including high-end ThinkPads) is a mystery to me, but it was very welcome to see that you could bump your memory up if you wanted to. The shield over the RAM pops off, but I’d strongly advise using a pry tool in the corner in the picture I’ve added to this. You can get a little bit of leverage there, without pressing against vulnerable components. Beyond that, the battery seems relatively easy to replace, as well.With that all in mind, at the time of this writing, Amazon’s price on this just barely moves into four figures. Lenovo includes a year of on-site service, and you can bump that up to three years with accidental damage protection and still be under what I paid for that HP Envy 15 I’ve been talking about. (Granted, that Envy comes with a better screen and better cooling, but not much else besides a fingerprint scanner.) And at that price, you’re getting a ton of performance for the money.On a personal note: my past experience with Lenovo hasn’t been great — especially when it comes to them making promises. I had a next business day contract where they took a week just to acknowledge my request, and that was pre-COVID. So take the praise with a grain of salt. On a pure price-for-performance basis, this is an excellent laptop. But if I had one show up with dead pixels or another problem, I’d exchange it with Amazon and do my best to avoid needing to contact Lenovo for anything.

  3. The Lenovo Legion 5 15 gaming laptop is the latest in a line of popular gaming laptops, and for good reason. The Legion 5 15 achieves a good balance between size, build quality, and performance. This particular version of the Legion 5 15 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Nvidia 3050 Ti 4GB, 1080p 165hz screen, 16 gb of RAM, and a 512gb NVME SSD.The build quality of the Lenovo Legion is pretty nice, with no noticeable flex in the chassis. The keyboard feels pretty standard for a laptop keyboard, so no major complaints there (unless you’re a keyboard snob). This version of the Legion 15 comes with a 4-zone RGB keyboard (for that sweet, sweet FPS improvement). If you’re familiar with previous version of the Legion 5, then it’s essentially the same laptop, just with a Ryzen 7 5800H, a 3050 TI, and a slightly smaller power adapter.Most of the ports are along the back (3x USB A, USB C, HDMI, ethernet, power) with a few on the left (USB C and headphone) and right (USB A), and you have vents along the back and to the rear parts of both sides. These vents are massive to help keep everything cool. The fans are rather loud under load, but this is going to be an issue with most gaming laptops. It also gets warm — keyboard is fine, but I’m not sure you’ll want this on your lap. While this has the latest version of USB C 3.2, this does not have Thunderbolt (but this is an issue with most AMD laptops).In terms of gaming performance, the 3050 TI with that Ryzen 7 5800H works surprisingly well, though CPU exceeds the capability of the 3050 TI. This gets an overall score in 3D Mark Time Spy of 5860, with a graphics score of 5504 and a CPU score of 9261. On Cinebench, it gets a single core score of 1381 and a multi-core score of 11256, which are great for a laptop CPU. It was able to run Shadow of the Tomb Raider with an average FPS of 80 on the high preset at 1080p. You could absolutely tweak the settings and to get higher FPS if you so desired, and with the 165hz screen, you’ll want to take advantage of that. Userbenchmark gives this a CPU score of 91.9%, a drive score of 317%, and a memory score of 67.5%; I had trouble getting it to run with the Nvidia card.Speaking of the screen, it looks very good. There’s little backlight bleed, and the color quality and brightness are great for a gaming laptop.The speakers are OK, but you’re going to still want headphones.Battery life is not great — I haven’t run the battery down, but I’d say only expect maybe 5 hours doing normal stuff and maybe 1-1.5 hours while gaming. This is pretty common for gaming laptops however.PROS👍Good build quality👍CPU is a beast👍Screen is very nice👍GPU can play most modern games👍Good configuration of RAM and storage for the price👍OK weight for a gaming laptop👍Priced rightCONS👎Loud fans under load👎Poor battery lifeAt around $1050 at the time of this writing, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal for a gaming laptop with similar specs. You can always pay more for more performance, but if this is your price limit and you want to play some more recent titles on the go, this is it chief.

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