...there is an upside to the 1080p panel in that battery life extends to a full working day.
With the aim of cornering the gaming laptop market, Lenovo's Legion portfolio has evolved to offer compelling solutions at a variety of competitive price points.
The recently reviewed Legion 5 Pro is, in our estimation, a stand-out choice at £1,500, and in the £1,000 to £1,300 bracket, the Legion 5 plays an important supporting role. Giving users a more affordable path to eight-core Ryzen 7 5800H processing and dedicated GeForce RTX graphics, the second-tier model delivers a familiar performance punch with a few specification downgrades that most gamers will be happy to live with.
These include a smaller trackpad, less rigid construction and a 1080p 165Hz G-Sync panel that, while capable in its own right, lacks the wow factor of the 16:10 Legion 5 Pro. Max graphics power has also been dialled down from 140W to 130W, to little real-world detriment, and there is an upside to the 1080p panel in that battery life extends to a full working day.
Bottom line: Legion 5 Pro is a formidable laptop, yet for gamers who favour 1080p, the regular Legion 5 costs less, is practically as quick and, crucially in this age of shortages, in stock and available to buy.
Strong all-round performance
Silky gaming on 165Hz FHD G-Sync display
Decent build quality and excellent keyboard
Impressive specification for £1,300
Eight-hour battery life
Display lacks wow factor of Legion 5 Pro
Smaller trackpad (vs. Legion 5 Pro)
Fans get noisy quickly
Lenovo Legion 5
The Legion 5 Pro laptop is listed at Currys and Lenovo.
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