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Lenovo Legion 7 Review

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Many are looking into the laptop space as a means to replace desktop PCs in a world where there is a shortage of silicon and scalping. The Lenovo Legion7 aims to be such a device. It is equipped with the fastest AMD Mobile CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX GTX GPU. The laptop’s speed should not surprise anyone. But, can it be used as a replacement for a desktop computer? It is worth Rs. 2,39,990? You’re going to learn all that and more in my deep dive review. I’ll also give you the full picture of Legion 7.

Without further delay, let’s dive into the review.

Lenovo Legion 7 (2021) Review

Below are my thoughts about Legion 7 in detail. The table below allows you to quickly jump to any specific section.

Design

Lenovo selects an aluminum frame to build the Legion 7. The device’s color will be called “Storm Gray” by Lenovo. The chassis features a matte finish and side and underside cooling vents. It feels very high quality with very little flex. Also, there are no sharp edges on the test device. Long-term Lenovo customers will feel at home with familiar design philosophy as compared to last year’s model.

Legion 7’s dimensions are 14.01′” x 10.27″, x 0.93”. This is quite normal for a device that has a 16-inch screen. It weighs 2.5Kg. A 300-watt power block is included with the laptop. 870g is the weight of the power brick and the overall package weighs around 3.4Kg. It is easy to open one-handed because of its solid weight distribution. It can also tilt to a maximum of 175° thanks to its hinges.

Although it is discrete enough to be passed off as a work laptop it still packs the RGB punch. The keyboard, the sides vents, as well as the bottom edges, have synced RGB. This device is controlled by the Corsair ICUE firmware. The firmware or the issue can be used to control the Y inside the LEGION logo displayed on the screen.

Most of the I/O can be found behind the screen, and it is backlit. This design makes it much easier to plug items into your laptop while you are using it. The power button is surrounded by perforations that act as intakes. The cooler acts as a vapor chamber (more details later), and the thermal compound is liquid metal.

All 10 screws located under the laptop’s bottom can be removed to access its internals. With a flat spatula, you can remove the cover. You can use the free SSD slot to upgrade your PCIe Gen 3-capable SSD. Although you can upgrade your RAM if desired, both slots are already populated so you will have to replace them both.

Display

The Lenovo Legion 7, which I reviewed, has one of my favorite gaming screens. It features a 16″ 2560×1600 WQXGA display running at 165Hz. The screen’s IPS nature means it has great viewing angles. The matte finish also makes it suitable for outdoor environments. The screen responds quickly to gaming and feels very fast. The Blur Busters UFO Test proved that there was no ghosting while gaming.

It claims that the display supports 100% sRGB. This is true for most of the time. The quality of the videos and movies that I streamed were natural. There was no blue hue like many gaming screens. The screen has a slight backlight bleeding, and the wallpaper’s ‘LEGION text remains visible even after closing the device down or sleeping.

The support of FreeSync and GSYNC is one of the biggest benefits of this device. So you can use the RTX 3080 discretely or on the GPU hybrid mode with Variable Rate Refresh (VRR). You can also use the Display for basic HDR media consumption, as it is VESA VESA DisplayHDR400 certified.

Performance

The Lenovo Legion 7 is packed with the best gaming components. My test machine has the Ryzen 9 5900HX with 8 cores, 16 threads, a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz, and a maximum boost speed of 4.6 GHz. It also comes with the full power NVIDIA GPU RTX 3080 Laptop, which has 6144 CUDA Cores as well as 48 RT cores. There are also 192 Tensor cores. It also boasts 16 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit memory bus. I was very optimistic about the system’s performance and its delivery.

A Vega8 GPU is present in the system. This can be disabled by using Legion Vantage software. With the charger plugged in, the laptop was also tested in Performance Mode. To compare, I used an MSI GP66 leopard with an i7 11800H+ RTX 3070 (140 watts) and an Asus GF15 Advantage Edition featuring Ryzen 9 5900HX+ RX 6800M (135 watts). Jarrod’sTech Youtube channel has provided the Asus G15 data.

For the tests, I ran many tests on the CPU and GPU. Testing the CPU was done using Cinebench R23. Blender, 3D Mark Firestrike, 3D Mark Timespy, and Blender. The rasterization efficiency of the device was tested using Counter Global Offensive. Rainbow Six Siege. Assassins Creed Valhalla. The Witcher 3 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Ray Tracing and DLSS were evaluated using Cyberpunk 2077, Metro Exodus enhanced Edition. Both the devices were 16:9 screens, so I ran the benchmarks at 1080p and not 1600p.

Cinebench R23 Multithread

Maxon’s Cinebench R23 comes first. This is an intense CPU test that tests all three systems. The Ryzen 9 is slower than the Intel 11800H, but it is still faster than the Intel 11800H. The Ryzen 9 is found in the Asus G15 and ends up being the fastest.

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UL 3D Mark Firestrike

3D Mark Firestrike (DX 11) is an old benchmark. While the RTX 3080 Legion 7 was able to surpass the GP66, it still trails the Asus 

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