If you want the best, you have to pay extra. Because every joke has a price. Is the latest Legion worth it?
Lenovo is certainly not new to gaming laptops. We just reviewed the Legion 5 gaming model with a great price-performance ratio, and now the manufacturer has sent us the latest machine with literally a price tag.
But that doesn’t matter – you even break Crysis on top of it. Ok, enough of the jokes. The new Legion 7 offers gamers the ceiling of existing gaming hardware driven by a next-generation Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia GeForce 3080 Ti graphics. In our testing, we tried to find out if they all worked great together and matched the price.
A premium piece with a lot of weight
The Legion 7 series certainly doesn’t start with the part reviewed by us, but Lenovo is gradually renovating and improving its top line, and the most expensive part tested proved itself with a truly premium build and precious materials, including aluminum and solid. plastic. Design and overall appearance is a very subjective matter, but it cannot be said that the laptop looks bad. The body is slightly thinner than the old model, the cut edges nicely complement the air filter grilles, and even the plastic with aluminum doesn’t give a cheap impression.
The design is a beautiful combination of aluminum and plastic with a minimalist look.
The laptop is surprisingly small when closed, and the only thing that commands respect is a proper network adapter. After all, the weight of the laptop is just over 2.5 kg. In terms of looks, Lenovo continues with a rather minimalist yet tasteful look. On the back of the cover you’ll find the essentially larger illuminated name of the Legion series, in addition to a small plate with the manufacturer’s logo. The markings of the individual ports on the back of the device are hidden behind the folded edge of the cover, where you can find the power connector, two USB ports, HDMI, DisplayPort and Ethernet. On the sides and rear, four large grilles with fans cool the equipment.
The gray-black design is complemented by just a few RGB details
On the left side of the laptop we find two USB-C ports, on the right another USB-C port, a camera blocker and a classic 3.5mm jack for connecting your own headphones. Probably the most attractive visual element is the RGB strip, which draws the bottom edge almost everywhere. After turning it on, not only the logo on the back is illuminated, but especially the entire area around the notebook, and I must admit that Lenovo has done a really good job with the backlight. The colors are very saturated and even if you adjust everything in the included software, even the basic mode is amazing and you can definitely see the difference compared to the original models, where the RGB was not so pronounced.
Once you open the laptop, you’re surrounded by a very large 16-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and almost non-existent bezels. The top bezel is slightly cut off to hide the sensors and the FullHD camera, and the bottom is just a small bar with the Legion series logo. Lenovo got my thumbs up for not wasting space unnecessarily and offering gamers a high-quality and large display, which we’ll talk about later.
The RGB bar on the bottom edge is the model’s most attractive visual element.
There’s a single power button on the body of the laptop, just below the screen, which also hides the fingerprint reader, and best of all, high-quality Harman stereo speakers that sound surprisingly intense even in basic mode. It doesn’t lack bass or easily readable frequencies, but we still recommend connecting boxes or a soundbar to your laptop for quality listening.
- OS: Windows 11 Home Page
- Processor: Intel Core i9-12900HX, 3.6GHz, 8PC + 8 Ec/24T
- Memory: 32GB DDR5-4800 RAM
- view: 16 inch 165Hz IPS screen, 16:10 format, 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution
- graphic design: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB GDDR6 (MUX, Advanced Optimus, GSync) + Iris Xe
- HDD: 1TB SSD, PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe
- connection: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C, USB-A, Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, 3.5mm Jack
- Battery and endurance: 99.9 Wh, endurance up to 6 hours per charge
- another technology: FullHD camera, RGB backlighting, numeric keyboard, fingerprint reader
- Price: 99,989 CZK
A full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad and a truly large touchpad will also delight you. The keyboard flirts with the RGB border at the bottom and is also individually backlit, which you can adjust as you want and need. The keys are wide and very comfortable even for big fingers, the only downside for me is their sound. The keys are really loud and their very plastic sound bothered me for a long time. Of course, this is a purely subjective impression and I have nothing to complain about the keyboard in terms of comfort, but the sound does a lot and is certainly not an ideal work tool for the office, for example. On the other hand, if you use headphones to play at home, the sound of the keys will certainly not bother you.
A large keyboard with a numeric keypad will please many gamers.
I will only marginally pause on the touchpad. Spacious and therefore very comfortable, but I have yet to come across a gaming laptop touchpad as responsive and responsive as premium mobile laptops. Additionally, gamers will immediately hook up their favorite gaming mouse because playing on the touchpad is taboo and I can go to hell just for mentioning it.
Games and graphics without compromise
The goal of Legion 7 is to provide players with an uncompromised gaming experience and the ability to play the latest games without a single glitch. All hardware and sample cooperation are subject to it. It all starts with a 16-inch IPS display with a 16:10 aspect ratio that takes up most of the lid. The screen combines a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, a maximum brightness of 500 nits and a 100% eRGB color spectrum. Color rendition is believable, saturation and viewing angles are excellent. The 165Hz refresh rate with GSync support is the crowning glory, I haven’t encountered image tearing, visual glitches, and other speed-related annoyances the entire time.
Despite its gaming power, Legion 7 is relatively thin
On the other hand, I’m cautiously waiting for Lenovo to start putting slightly newer technologies in its laptops that are better suited to the gaming corner and work with brightness, such as miniLED displays with much better color reproduction.
But let’s get to the meat of the review, namely the hardware itself. Legion 7 attracts the latest generation mobile processor Intel Core i9-12900HX on the Alder Lake 12th generation platform, 32GB of operating memory and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card with 16GB of memory and Dynamic Boost function. It probably goes without saying that this is a deadly combination that will play anything you throw at the laptop, whether it’s the latest video games or graphically demanding 4K (or even 8K?) video editing programs. Basically, the strongest Intel and Nvidia offerings on the market right now.
Four grids on the back and sides help cooling
The M.2 2280 PCIe gen4 slots have a 1TB SSD to fit enough games into the laptop. Of course, there is also bundled software with a wide range of special functions with which you can adjust the performance of the laptop depending on whether you are playing with a connected network adapter at home and need maximum performance or traveling. and using dynamic performance and endurance settings. This also affects the number of actively used processor cores and the primary graphics card used.
In terms of performance, benchmark examples around this text will serve well, the laptop hits a noise level of 48 dB at full load and can effortlessly run new games like Cyberpunk 2077, Forza Horizon, Battlefield 2042 or God of War 4K. resolution and maximum details. Images mostly stay above the 50 – 150FPS limit depending on the game and only if you lower the resolution to FullHD and play with the settings the images jump to the 300FPS limit. In the RTX card stress test, the laptop will be pleased with very stable results, with DX12, ultra details and ray tracing/DLSS technologies turned on, it will stably maintain a frame rate of 40 – 90FPS, depending on the game.
There’s also a quiet mode that cuts the noise down to around 30 dB, leaving only the vital cores and the integrated Iris graphics card. After all, this is suitable for normal web surfing and watching YouTube, and the user will not notice a huge difference in durability anyway. Because of the laptop’s focus, you can get about 4 hours of gaming and about 6 hours of normal use on a single charge, which isn’t the case with mobile ultrabooks that last all day anyway. After all, Legion 7 isn’t even about that.
In terms of performance, we encounter one of the few annoyances of the laptop under test, and that is heat dissipation. Air filtering grilles are located on the back and sides, but the relatively thin design makes quality heat dissipation difficult, and the laptop gets really hot, especially during long-term gaming marathons of graphically demanding games. A good laptop holder will help this situation, which will lift it off the table and allow for better air movement and therefore cooling, we highly recommend.
If you’re looking for a premium looking gaming laptop that will crush absolutely anything you throw at it without the slightest hesitation, the Legion 7 will definitely meet your expectations. Powerful performance, high-quality display, great design and a wide range of connections. In terms of price, it is definitely not a crumb, but the advantages and positive aspects greatly exceed all possible negatives in the form of a weaker battery, noisy keyboard and heating. You definitely don’t throw it in your backpack, but you probably don’t think about throwing it away either.
For a more technical perspective, we recommend visiting colleagues’ review on the Živě.cz website.