When it comes to searching for budget gaming machines. Look no further than the Lenovo Legion 5i. Averagetechie takes a look at performance and specs to help you decide if this is the PC for you.

Lenovo Legion 5i – Design

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The Lenovo Legion is unlike the average gaming laptop on the market. The Legion can be described as minimalistic but stylish in its design with the prismatic Legion logo in the left-hand corner of the lid.

The keyboard layout is pleasant to the touch with nice spacing and that quality feel. It comes with backlighting which has three brightness levels. The touchpad is generous in size which allows for full page tracking, comfortable use and arm resting.

Majority of ports can be found on the rear side of the device which won’t leave you disappointed. The Legion sports; USB C, USB, HDMI, Display and Ethernet ports which will allow you to connect to any of your desired hardware needs.

Front and centre above the screen you will notice the 720p webcam that additionally has a privacy shutter. This feature also supports Windows Hello for added security for your system. A nice touch.

Graphics and Build

The Legion 5i has a 15.6″ 1080p display, (Lenovo now offers a 17″ version of this machine). With a full HD 144hz, the screen is perfect for gaming and quality images. When it comes to more demanding games, the GPU runs at about 60fps however is capable of going higher for more competitive games.

The unit averagetechie tested ran a GeForce RTX 2060 which was more than capable of handling titles such as Genshin Impact and more graphically intense games such as Planet Zoo which both ran smoothly. The 5i is available with a GeForce RTX1650 GPU for cheaper prices.

Lenovo Legion 5i is available with the following CPU’s: Intel i5, i7 or AMD Ryzen 4000. Storage ranges from 128GB to 1TB with prices depending on the hardware selected. If you are an avid gamer however it is unlikely that the 128GB variants will cover today’s gaming needs.


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At the time of writing this article, prices start at £999 for the 15.6″ display, GTX 2060 device with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage and i5 processor.

Depending on the GPU and memory devices prices vary such as the same device with a GTX 1650 GPU is priced at £749, the prices were taken from AO as it was best looking around for the best deal. Comparatively looking at other similar spec gaming laptops on the market, averagetechie found that the Legion 5i was overall inexpensive given the quality performance and design it offers.

Lenovo Legion 5i – Conclusion

If you’re looking for a machine that is relatively inexpensive that is able to run the latest games. The Lenovo Legion 5i is definitely worth considering. It is slightly heavier than expected however its ability to play games smoothly with fast load times far outweighs the negative.

Take a look at the below table to further summarise the reasons for and against purchasing this gaming laptop.

The GeForce RTX 2060 GPU provides more than 60fps in demanding games.The machine is quite weighty.
144Hz display supports more competitive multiplayer titles.Some users may find that the display is plain compared to the usual RGB lit gaming machines on the market.
Easy to use keyboard and quality feel device. 
Good battery life. 
Up to 1TB of SSD storage (with the option to add secondary storage). 

If you want to purchase any of the products mentioned in this article, you can use the links below:
Lenovo Legion 5i Phantom Black

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