Lenovo’s new Legion gaming laptops

 Lenovo’s new Legion gaming laptops

Lenovo has announced several new products to join its fleet of Legion gaming products, and as you’ll notice throughout this post, it’s also simplifying its naming conventions. On the high end, the new Legion 7 features support for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics chips and Intel’s new 10th Gen i9 H-series processors, following announcements earlier this month that other manufacturers like MSI, Razer, Asus, and others are doing the same.

Lenovo is sticking with a 1080p display for this machine, though it’s offering an upgrade from the default 144Hz refresh rate to 240Hz for an extra cost. The Legion 7 features Lenovo’s TrueStrike keyboard that offers decent 1.3mm travel per key and makes room for large arrow keys a full Numpad. The trackpad utilizes Windows Precision drivers, so it should be reliable and responsive to use.

Specs aside, this machine has a clean look, and the bezels surrounding the display are minimal, with a webcam stuck up in the top bezel where it belongs, with a privacy shutter built in no less. Lenovo claims that the thermals have been improved, so you shouldn’t feel too much heat on your lap or when you’re typing on the keyboard. The I/O panel of ports is on the back, so all of your plugs and cables will be a little more out of sight while you use the machine. Under normal, non-gaming use, Lenovo says this laptop’s battery can last up to eight hours.

Lenovo’s new Legion 5i is the next step down the rung. It comes in 15-inch and 17-inch versions and supports up to the Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU inside. Interestingly, the company is making two models: one that has an Intel 10th Gen H-series CPU, and another that’s built with an AMD Ryzen 4000 H-series CPU. In the case of the latter AMD model, it’ll just be called the Legion 5. (The “i” denotes an Intel chip.)

Like the Legion 7, this one features an elegant, minimalist design, with a webcam in the top bezel that features a privacy shutter. At the time of purchase, you’ll be able to customize the refresh rate that you prefer for the IPS display, from 60Hz all the way up to 240Hz.

The new entry-model gaming laptop in the company’s lineup is the IdeaPad Gaming 3, a 15.6-inch laptop. Like the others, this one features support for Intel’s 10th Gen H-series processors, though it tops out at the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, so it’s clear that this model isn’t for hardcore gaming. It also has a full backlit keyboard (though it supports blue light only) with a Numpad and large arrow keys. You’re also getting Windows Precision drivers for the trackpad. This machine is configurable with 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate displays.

Lenovo hasn’t shared pricing for any of these models yet, but it’s aiming to release the devices this May.

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