CES 2021: Lenovo Legion Is Taking Gaming Up A Notch with AMD

Updated: Aug 20, 2021



The Legion series from Lenovo is definitely newer to the scene when compared to long time giants like Asus ROG, Alienware and Razer. But Legion is really making a name for themselves for offering so much value for the buck and with designs that are subtle and minimalistic. With CES 2021, you can now expect a whole slew of new products from Legion powered by the latest AMD processors.


Lenovo Legion 7

The Legion 7 is Lenovo’s latest flagship gaming laptop. It sports a slightly revamped design and the chassis is made out of aerospace-grade aluminium. As for specifications, it will be available to be customised with the latest mobile processors for gaming – up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. Now the specifications on paper are already looking real promising, but another interesting thing is the new 16-inch display panel that has a 16:10 aspect ratio. This was actually kind of a surprise.

The Legion 7 can be kitted with up to a 16-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 at 165Hz with a 3ms response time in a 16:10 aspect ratio. This panel will also be NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync capable, support Dolby Vision and VESA Display HDR 400 and cover 100% sRGB.


It will also come equipped with the Legion TrueStrike Keyboard, a full-sized keyboard with a number pad which features soft-landing switches and is RGB backlit via Corsair iCue. The trackpad is also 23% larger compared to the previous generation. Other features include a privacy shutter for the 720p integrated webcam, Nahimic Audio for immersive 3D audio and the Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system which features turbo-charged dual-fans and quad-channel exhausts with vapour chamber technology. Intel Wi-Fi 6 comes standard, but the option for Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 will also be available.

This will be available sometime in Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion Slim 7

Just like the Legion 7, the Legion Slim 7 can now also be fitted with AMD’s latest processors. It can be powered with up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H and NVIDIA RTX 3060 with Max-Q Design.


Being the successor to the previous lightest 15-inch gaming laptop within Lenovo Legion’s arsenal, the Legion Slim 7 retains the familiar 15.6-inch design and comes in at under 1.9kg, thanks to the chassis which is made out of magnesium and aluminium in a Shadow Black hue.

There are two options for the display panel, both of which are of the IPS variety and in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio: an FHD (1920 x1080) 144Hz panel that covers 100% AdobeRGB or a 4K (3840 x 2160) 60Hz panel that covers 100% sRGB.


It will also come with the Legion TrueStrike Keyboard but will be available in either standard white backlighting or per-key RGB lighting powered by Corsair iCue.


The rest of the features include Nahimic Audio, Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system, a 720p integrated webcam with privacy shutter and a larger trackpad. Intel Wi-Fi 6 comes standard, but the option for Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 will also be available as well, just like the Legion 7. Unlike the Legion 7 however, it does come with one additional feature in the form of an integrated fingerprint reader in the power button.


This will be available sometime in Q1 2021.


Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

Despite being rather different in name, the Legion 5 Pro is actually closer to the Legion 7 than the Legion Slim 7.


The Legion 5 Pro will offer the same 16-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 at 165Hz with a 3ms response time in a 16:10 aspect ratio. The panel will also support both NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync as well as Dolby Vision and VESA display HDR 400. It can be powered with up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5800H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.


The rest of the features will also include Nahimic Audio, Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system, a 720p integrated webcam with privacy shutter and a larger trackpad just like the previous two models. The main difference would be the Legion TrueStrike Keyboard, in which it is only available with an option 4-zone RGV lighting for this particular model. Intel Wi-Fi 6 comes standard.


This will be available sometime in Q1 2021.


Lenovo Legion 5

Unlike the other models, the Legion 5 will be available in either 15-inch or 17-inch sizes and will also be available with a choice of two colours – Phantom Blue or Stingray White.


The 15-inch model will feature a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 in a standard 16:9 aspect ratio with a 165Hz refresh rate. The panel will cover 100% sRGB and will also support AMD FreeSync.


The 17-inch model will feature a 17.3-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 in a standard 16:9 aspect ratio with a 144Hz refresh rate. The panel will cover 100% sRGB as well.


Just like the other models, the Legion 5 will also support Nahimic Audio, Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system, 720p integrated webcam with privacy shutter and a larger trackpad. The Legion TrueStrike keyboard will have the option for 4-zone RGB lighting. Intel Wi-Fi 6 comes standard.


This will be available sometime in Q1 2021.


Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station & Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset

A great gaming laptop or desktop would also need gaming peripherals to go along with it, that goes without saying. The Legion S600 Gaming Station features always-on charging capability that can charge your headset, mouse or even smartphone.


It has a hang-to-charge technology for the new Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset, and a Qi-enabled base that can wirelessly charge compatible smartphones (up to 10W output) and other supported devices such as wireless gaming mice. The base also has two USB-A pass-through ports which allow for connectivity and charging.


The Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset uses a 2.4GHz lossless wireless receiver with a distance of up to 12m and has a latency of under 35ms. It features a stretchable headband which will fit your head nicely while remaining flat around your neck during breaks and you’ll get angle-adjustable earcups made with memory foam. Powered by 50mm audio drivers, it should also provide a great and expansive audio experience, along with a unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone with a flip-to-mute feature for those intense Discord calls during gaming.


Both will be available sometime in Q1 2021.

 

Written by Soon Kai Hong

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