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CES 2021: Lenovo debuts new AMD/Nvidia Legion gaming laptops

Lenovo has unveiled several new Legion gaming laptops, as well as gaming headsets and a new Ideapad gaming laptop. Besides key updates to the internal hardware, Lenovo also introduced some new features to the Legion lineup, including the Coldfront 3.0 cooling system, TrueStrike keyboards, and the AI Engine auto-tuning software.

On the hardware side, the new Lenovo gaming laptops will feature the recently announced AMD Ryzen 5000H processors and RTX 30 series laptop GPUs, paired with new high resolution and high refresh-rate displays, designed to provide users with more immersive experiences.

The Lenovo Legion 7 will feature the first 16-inch QHD (2560×1600) IPS panel with a 165Hz refresh-rate, featuring G-Sync compatibility, 500nits of brightness, and VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. Thanks to its 16:10 aspect ratio, this near-edgeless panel offers 11% more screen area, resulting in a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The RGB lighting located in the lid, bottom lip, air outlets and individual keys of the Legion 7 can be customised through Corsair iCUE, allowing users to treat themselves to an impressive lighting show.

The new Legion CPU options will include the AMD Ryzen 5000H series, up to the 8C/16T Ryzen 9 5900H. GPU options were not detailed, but we expect to see the RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 mobile GPUs on offer. Additionally, there’s also the option to equip it with a Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650 module for enhanced wireless connectivity when gaming on the go. Expected to be available by June, this laptop will start at $1699.99.

 

The new Legion Slim 7 will be even thinner than its predecessor, making it the “thinnest and lightest gaming laptop in Lenovo Legion history”. Featuring the latest RTX laptop GPUs, AMD Ryzen 7 5900H CPU, Wi-Fi 6 Killer AX1650, and a 15.6-inch 4K IPS display with a 60Hz refresh rate ([email protected] option available), the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 is perfect for “for those who love gaming from anywhere” but still need a high-performance production machine for work.

The Legion Slim 7’s casing is made from a magnesium and aluminium blend, creating a thin and lightweight laptop perfect to travel with. Available in Shadow Black or Storm Grey colours, the white backlit keyboard combines perfectly with both, but there’s also an RGB backlit option with Corsair iCUE compatibility. The new Legion Slim 7 will be available starting May, but pricing hasn’t been disclosed yet.

Similar to the Legion 7, the Legion 5 Pro features the same 16-inch QHD IPS panel with a 165Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB colour gamut, and 3ms response time. Combining this panel with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and the new RTX 30 series laptop GPUs result in a laptop perfect for eSports enthusiasts. Coming in either Storm Grey or Stingray White, the Legion 5 Pro features an enhanced cooling solution with a larger intake and quad-vent, for improved thermals even when using Dual Burn, a tool that “pushes the CPU and GPU” to increase the games’ framerates.

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro will be priced starting at $999.99 and expected to release in March.

 

 

The last Lenovo Legion gaming laptops are the 15-inch and 17-inch models of the new Legion 5. The 15-inch model will be available in Phantom Blue with optional 4-Zone RGB lighting and Stingray White with blue backlighting and a FHD IPS display with 165Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB coverage. On the other hand, the 17-inch model will be only available in Phantom Blue with white backlighting and an FHD IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate.

Both laptops will be equipped with up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800H mobile processors and Nvidia’s RTX 30 series mobile GPUs. Expected to be available by March, both models will start at $769.99.

Besides laptops, Lenovo also introduced a couple of interesting new peripherals. First, there’s the Legion S600 gaming station, a wireless charging station for your devices, including wireless mice, wireless headsets, and even smartphones. The S600 features hang-to-charge technology, making it the perfect match for the new Legion H600 wireless gaming headset. Moreover, this charging station comes with 2x USB-A passthroughs for wired charging or connectivity.

Designed to offer lag-free audio, the Legion H600 wireless gaming headset features a 2.4GHz lossless wireless receiver with a maximum range of 12m. With less than 35ms of latency and 50mm audio drivers, the H600 headset comes with a noise-canceling microphone for crisp and clear communication. The Legion S600 gaming station and the Legion H600 wireless gaming headset are expected to be available by April, priced at $89.99 and $99.99, respectively.

Lenovo also shared that it will launch a new AMD-based IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop aimed at the entry-level gaming laptop market, as well as a Legion H200 gaming headset for casual gamers who prioritise value. The AMD-powered IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptops will start at $699.99, with an expected release date by June, while the H200 gaming headset will be available in April, priced at $49.99.

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