The legion 5 pro was one of the best gaming laptops last year combining the beefy hardware with excellent design and that QHD 16:10 screen.
so what’s it like this year does this 2022’s legion 5 pro live up to the legacy of its predecessor. Well to nobody’s surprise the answer is yes.
This year too they have kept everything great about the previous generation and improved on it.
let’s take a look at the new legion 5 pro in this full review.
Pricing and Specs:
Our legion 5 pro is configured with the ryzen 7 6800H cpu, RTX 3060 GPU 16 GB of DDR5 RAM and 1 TB SSD, which cost around $1500 in the us.
If you want more graphics power you can also opt for the RTX 3070 or 3070Ti versions.
Similarly if you’re not aware lenovo also sells the legion 5i pro which is basically the intel variant.
Also Read: Top 5 best Lenovo laptops (Mid 2022)
Here lenovo has a further simplified the looks of the legion 5 Pro this time. While last year’s model featured a big glowing white logo on the lid that has been replaced with a simple legion texture.
The keyboard color also matches the body now which adds to the flush minimal look of this device. Apart from that, it still has the top notch build quality, the same true strike keyboard and the same build materials for me its build quality leaves no room for complaints. And personally this is one of the best looking gaming laptops out there.
Unfortunately it still comes with the same comically large power brick. This is a package of over 3 kgs Roughly (2.45Kg Laptop + 0.97 Kg Charger = 3.42 Kg) which is sure to take a toll on your back if you move around with your laptop a lot.
Anyway there is not much to talk about the design. Because most of it has remained the same. It is as if lenovo found the perfect formula and stuck with it which is not bad in itself.
The display is not that different this time either.
A 16 inch QHD screen with a smooth 165 hertz refresh rate, 3ms response time and 500 nits of brightness. All while boosting 100 srgb colour gamut furthermore there’s also a 240 hertz option this time around the display also comes pre-calibrated. And you can even choose between different color profiles like srgb and Rec 709 inside the x-Rite color assistant app.
We measured its contrast ratio at thousand seventy is to one which is slightly lower than what we got on last year’s model. But it leaves no room for complaints in terms of viewing angles. And white balance in our tests we found that this screen covers 98 srgb and 73 P3 gamut. So apart from gaming and multimedia consumption this thing is good enough for photo editing and similar workloads as well.
At a 530 units brightness the legion 5 pro screen is easily visible outdoors too. And setting it at 50 to 75 percent brightness was comfortable enough for eyes in a well-lit room.
Like most gaming laptops the legion 5 pro screen has an anti-glare coating which makes it easy to use when you have a bunch of light sources directly reflecting onto the display.
Besides this whether you’re gaming or coding or reading up stuff this 16:10 aspect ratio makes a big difference. So all in all the legion 5 pro screen surpasses most of the competition in this price bracket.
Keyboard and Touchpad:
Getting to the keyboard our unit has four zone rgb lighting. Whereas it is also available with a simple white backlight, there’s also the stingray white version which looks quite elegant with its blue backlit keys. The last gen legion five pro keyboard was not good enough. But this one has actually grown on me so much.
We prefer the legion two-strike keyboard over the keyboards on most other gaming laptops. It gives off a decent tactile feel while gaming and typing the keycaps are not wobbly. And the full sized keys are a delight to type on you can also switch between the lighting modes from the lenovo vantage app or with the function + spacebar shortcut.
But just like the last year the rgb lighting here is not the brightest even though the letters and secondary functions are uniformly lit.
We were expecting lenovo to implement a glass trackpad this time. But it is still stuck with the mylar plastic trackpad by no means this trackpad is bad. But it simply cannot compete with the smoothness of a glass one.
This one have the same speaker setup as we’ve seen before as well between the frame and the lower half of the laptop like the trackpad. These dual speakers are just okay for a gaming laptop the base feels recessed and the mids outshine everything else.
It’s 2022 but the webcam here is still a 720p unit,. I found it to be usable for attending video conferences and this camera switch is also a welcome feature too. But if you are a streamer you should probably get an aftermarket webcam for much better quality.
Talk about the most important aspect of a gaming laptop, the performance. This year you can pick up the legion 5 pro configured with an amd ryzen 6600H or ryzen 7 6800H.
Lenovo has discontinued the usage of RTX 3050 here and the GPU options you have now include RTX 3060, RTX 3070 and 3070Ti and as mentioned earlier. We have ryzen 7 6800H with 140 watt RTX 3060 combo which we think is the most value for money.
How different is Ryzen 6000 Series from Intel’s 12th gen Proessor?
We performed some benchmarks and it seems that the 12 gen is still a leader as far as raw performance is concerned the asus tuff f15 with core i7 12700H CPU, pretty much dominated the ryzen 7 6800H on basically every test it is ahead by 10 to 15 on cinebench r23.
And we can notice similar results on other benchmarks like 7zip va5 corona and puket bench as well as for the actual gaming experience playing CS:GO at very high settings the legion 5 pro managed 318 fps on average with a 1 low of 100 fps strangely enough this is higher than the tuf f15 with intel 12 gen.
Likewise the legion 5 pro easily sailed through gta 5 and borderlands 3 at high preset with over 100 fps on average, hitman 3 on the other hand yielded an average of 66 fps and similar to the tuf f-15.
In our tests we did not find any notable improvement when dropping the settings to media playing control on ultra with ray tracing set to high was a decent experience with the fps averaging at 56 or 69 fps on medium settings on the other hand cyberpunk 2077 is basically unplayable with just 33fps on average on ultra settings without dlss but you can get much better gameplay at medium settings instead and when turning off retracing completely the legion 5 pro averages at an impressive 102 fps.
That brings us to the cooling side of Lenovo legion 5 pro, compared to its predecessor lenovo has significantly upgraded the cooling system this time with what it calls cold front 4.0 it also claims that the fans are now 140 percent more powerful while the blades are 40 thinner, it also has a dedicated copper block to further cool the CPU.
The thermals here do live up to lenovo slaves even after multiple sessions of gaming putting my hands on the keyboard deck did not feel uneasy at all.
We recorded a temperature of 45 to 46 degrees Celsius when playing cyberpunk 2077 on medium where the heat was mostly localized to the area between the enter and the power bottoms as for the fans you will hear them only when the laptop goes through some CPU and GPU intensive workload.
Most of the time we were using this laptop in performance mode.
lenovo has added here the color coded notification light on the power button so i can immediately tell if the laptop is running on performance balance or quiet mode.
Battery and Charging:
In terms of battery this year’s Lenovo legion 5 pro has the same 80 watt cell as its predecessor but despite this we were getting like one or two hours of additional screen on time in general usage.
It lasted four to six hours on average under regular usage you can get much more than six hours of screen on time by switching to the iGPU only mode and limiting the refresh rate to just 60 hertz.
However this does come with a significant performance drop so i’d only use it when there is a power cut or something.
For charging this big 300 watt charger can take the legion 5 pro from 0 to 100 in about 2 hours there’s also rapid charge support in case you’re in a hurry and quickly need some juice before you head it out.
Okay let’s get to the conclusion of the Lenovo legion 5 pro review,
It’s no surprise that the 2022 edition of the legion 5 pro gets a big seal of approval from me granted its AMD CPU is not as powerful as intel’s 12 gen processors but the gains in terms of battery life and thermals is hard to overlook additionally it also has an incredible display and a solid build quality which makes it an easy recommendation.
If you’re looking for a reliable gaming laptop in the sub $1500 price range getting this year’s legion 5 pro won’t disappoint you a bit.