Lenovo Legion 7i Review – Probably the best gaming laptop

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The Lenovo Legion 7i (starting at $1,229, reviewed at $2,749) is the successor to the Legion Y740, and it’s got a handful of notable improvements, including a top-bezel webcam (hallelujah, Lenovo ditched the “nosecam”), sexier lighting accents and a sleeker form factor. The hardware has a few sweet upgrades, too — an Intel 10th Gen Core H-series processor and an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU.

I spent the past week indulging my gaming pleasures on the Legion 7i. I played less-demanding games, such as Hello Neighbor, as well as more taxing titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator. No matter how computationally and graphically intensive the games were, the Legion 7i handled ‘em like a champ. The Lenovo gaming rig also offered competition-beating frame rates on games like Grand Theft Auto V and Metro: Exodus. 

However, when it comes to overall system performance, the Legion 7i offered middling scores and struggled to outdo its rivals. Still, for users who want a powerful gaming rig that balances work and play, the Legion 7i is a good choice.

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 Lenovo Legion 7i Review

Lenovo Legion 7i design

Donning an aluminum, slate-gray chassis, the Legion 7i has a professional, clean-cut, urbane appearance. Comparing the Legion 7i to its predecessor, Lenovo moved its iridescent logo — jazzed up with a futuristic “Y” figure in the center of the “O” — to the top-left corner of the lid. The Legion 7i also sports a new rectangular “Lenovo” badge on the bottom-right corner of the lid.

Once you turn on the lighting accents, it’s time to party. The “Y” figure lights up, matching the color pattern of the RGB-lit keyboard. The back of the chassis protrudes beyond the lid and features dual air vents that light up, too. The light show proves that the Legion 7i is versatile — it has a vibrant, kaleidoscopic personality when you’re ready to game, but it can be mellow and serious when it’s time to focus on productivity.

The 15.6-inch, 1080p display has ultra-slim side bezels. The top bezel is slim-ish and sports a notch that houses a 720p webcam. The bottom bezel is large and features the word “Legion” in subtle black lettering. The deck and the island-style keyboard feature the same boring ol’ slate-gray color palette as the lid. Along the Legion 7i’s undercarriage, you’ll find a large vent and a pair of rubber feet for optimal cooling.

The Legion 7i sports dimensions of 14.1 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches and weighs 4.9 pounds. The Asus ROG Strix Scar G15 (0.7 inches, 5.7 pounds) and MSI GS66 Stealth (0.7 inches, 4.6 pounds) —  the Legion 7i’s rivals — are slimmer than the Lenovo gaming rig. 

FEATURES

  • 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) WVA 500nits Anti-glare, 144Hz, 100% Adobe RGB, HDR400, Dolby Vision Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6
  • 16GB DDR4-2933 RAM, 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe
  • RGB LED Backlit Keyboard, Wifi ax, Bluetooth 5.0, Windows 10
                

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