Lenovo introduces its new Legion racing beasts for gamers

In anticipation of Computex 2022, Lenovo today formalizes its new Legion PCs for gamers.

Following on from the new Yoga machines, Lenovo today unveiled the latest generation of its Legion 7 gaming laptop range. Featuring the Lenovo Legion 7 and 7i, two beautiful 16-inch beasts dubbed the “the most powerful gaming laptops in the world‘ in this category.

In terms of design, there are no major changes. However, we do find that the machine has been refined very slightly, now with 19mm at the hinge. The design also has some slight differences, particularly on the back where the ports have been grouped into a large notch.

But overall, Lenovo has restored the line’s traditional codes. We find the rather minimalistic and elegant magnesium and aluminum chassis. Only the few RGB keys on the keyboard, the LEGION logo and the side and back facades give away its gaming identity; A good point for those who appreciate no-nonsense machines rather than spaceships clad in LEDs.

A wide range of tiles from mid to high end

In terms of screen, these models both lay claim to great options, all in 16-inch sizes.

Whether it’s the standard version or the slim model, the Legion 7 has three options. At the lower end of the scale is a panel (1920 x 1200) IPS at 165 Hz that covers 100% of the sRGB color space but only delivers 350 nits of brightness. More expensive models can step up to a WXGA (2560 x 1600) panel capable of delivering 165 to 240 Hz with support for a variable refresh rate and 500 nits of brightness, all accompanied by the DisplayHDR 400 standard.

In contrast, the panel of the 7i model is more impressive. The basic model is exactly the same as the first model. On the other hand, it can afford an excellent WQXGA mini-LED panel (2560 x 1600 @ 165 Hz) with a clumsy spec sheet. See for yourself: 100% DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB coverage, 1250 nits of brightness on the slim model (!) and DisplayHDR 1000, Dolby Vision and TÜV Rheinland certifications!

The only potential black points of this panel depending on the gamer’s profile: the lack of an OLED option and the response time, which remains at 3ms on all models.

Analog ZQSD buttons

Then we go down one floor to get to the keyboard. We find the same layout as the predecessor, with those slightly offset arrow keys and a number pad in good shape.

But there are still a few new things to consider. The key travel has been lengthened overall to save space to install its Force Sensor technology. Specifically, it’s a system that makes certain keys (ZQSD in this case) pressure sensitive.

This means that the user can adjust a character’s running speed or a car’s acceleration by pressing the relevant buttons more or less hard. A feature that will surely be very anecdotal for the majority of players, but that some will still find useful.

Latest generation hardware

That brings us to the heart of the matter, which is the hardware behind that pretty matte finish. This is where the two models differ from each other. The Legion 7 model proudly sports the colors of AMD, while the 7i model sails under the Intel flag.

In both cases the machine is entitled to an impressive arsenal; As you might expect, it inherits a latest generation CPU. In this case it is a Ryzen 7 6800H or a Ryzen 9 6900HX. Same observation for the dedicated graphics card with a Radeon RX 6850M XT or 6700M. The 7i has nothing to be ashamed of as it inherits a 12th Gen Intel Core (i9-12900 HX or i7-12800HX). The GPU part of this model is provided by a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti or 3070 Ti in the portable version.

They are supported by 16 or 32 GB of very fast RAM, since it is DDR5 clocked at 4800 MHz. The set is rounded off by a 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB PCIe Gen4 SSD – in all cases these are high-end components that can easily run even the most demanding games on the market.

The Slim model (left) and the Standard model (right). ©Lenovo

A large battery and improved thermal performance

Lenovo takes the opportunity to highlight the new version 4.0 of its Coldfront cooling system. So we find a new model of steam chamber. The brand has also refined the blades of its fans and added vents under the keyboard. Modifications designed to improve airflow with a focus on high thermal performance.

The set is powered by a large 99.99Wh battery that should offer a pretty impressive autonomy. Lenovo also states quite honest charging times with 30 minutes from 0 to 70% and 80 minutes for a full charge.

The Coldfront cooling system has been redesigned, with new vents under the keyboard. ©Lenovo

Connectivity levels, the two models are almost identical. On the back are two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports and a full HDMI 2.1 socket. On the right is a 4-in-1 SD card reader and headphone jack.

Finally, the left side is lined with two additional sockets that vary slightly depending on the model. In both cases there is a DisplayPort-compatible USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C socket. It is accompanied by a second identical port on the 7 model and a Thunderbolt 4 port on the 7i model.

On the other hand, it’s not surprising on the connection side; We find the Wi-Fi 6E, but the spec sheet doesn’t mention Bluetooth connectivity. An item that should be checked before checking out.

Legion 7 and Legion 7i are priced at €2,599 and €2,999 respectively. For their part, the Slim versions are displayed at €1899 for the Slim 7 and €1999 for the Slim 7i.

Leave a Comment