Lenovo Legion R45w-30 Review: A Beast of a Screen for Gamers


Lenovo is going all out with the Legion R45w-30, going out of its way to combat and present a great alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G9, which is one of the few more mainstream Ultra-Wide solutions for the hyperproductive consumers, who need a lot of screen space. However, you see the Legion branding, and gaming instantly comes to mind.

Yes, this monitor is an all-purpose beast, being able to handle both intensive productivity workloads, as well as do fantastic in games. On top of that, the Legion brand has started to include a lot more Pro-labeled products, mainly in its laptop lineup.

And with us being LaptopMedia and all, we know a lot about that. The Legion brand is not gaming-only anymore, but rather a mix of powerful gaming components that have gone through a tweak or two to make them menacing tools for any professional to use.

Today’s monitor brings a Double QHD resolution curved IPS panel stretched over a 44.5-inch frame. It ticks at 165Hz, however, you can overclock it further to 170Hz. The difference isn’t that big, however, the option is there if you want to exercise it.

There’s also Adaptive Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro, which brings HDR support, as well as a lot more features that are unique and more suited for ultra-wide screens, like Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture, as well as a separate KVM shortcut, which is especially important for software developers and enthusiasts, being able to spin up a virtual machine that feels like a regular desktop and give it separate space.

Today we’re taking you on a whole tour of the Lenovo Legion R45w-30, courtesy of an all-inclusive stay in our LM Lab.

You can check the current price of the Lenovo Legion R45w-30 here: Buy from Amazon.ca (#CommissionsEarned)

Contents


Specs sheet, What’s in the box?, Drivers, Design, Connectivity

Screen size44.5 inch (60.96 cm)
Refresh rate165Hz (overclockable to 170Hz)
Response time1ms MPRT
Panel typeVA
Backlight typeLED
Screen finishMatte
Resolution5120 x 1440 (Double QuadHD)
Technologies
  • Curve: 1500R
  • Contrast ratio: 3 000:1 (Static); 3 000 000:1 (Dynamic)
  • Brightness: 450cd/m²(Typical); 500cd/m²(Peak)
  • Pixel density: 0.2331 x 0.2331 mm
  • Viewing angles: H/V° 178/178
  • Height adjustment: 0-135 mm
  • Tilt: -5 to 22°
  • Swivel: -30 to 30°
  • VESA mount: 100×100
  • Measurements (with stand): 1089.9 x 341.1 x 528.4 mm
  • Power consumption (Idle): 34W
  • Power consumption (Max): 165W
  • Power consumption (Stand-by): 0.50W
  • Built-in speakers: 2x 3W
I/O
  • 2x HDMI 2.1
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x Audio jack
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 1 (with DP 1.4 and 32.4 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-B  3.2 Gen. 1 Upstream port
  • 3x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1 Downstream
  • 1x RJ-45 port

What’s in the box?

Drivers and Software

You can download all the drivers and utilities from the official Support Page of the monitor.

OSD menu

Design and Connectivity

The monitor’s design features a full-black exterior while the base of the stand is hollow and has a triangular sub-structure, which results in pretty good stability and durability. Despite the large dimensions of the monitor, the stand is robust and able to provide tons of movement and adjustment. There is 135 mm of height adjustment built-in, as well as Tilt and Swivel movements, which give you additional adjustment options to make the monitor ergonomic and comfortable for you and your setup.

In terms of the look, this is a pretty understated design, with not a lot of gaming-centric design choices. There’s a simple Lenovo logo on the back as well as a blue button for accessing the OSD menu:

  • 🔷The button below the main OSD key opens the KVM menu, while a long press and a 5-second hold open the game mode settings
  • 🔷The second button is the input source, from which you select which input you want to present on the monitor
  • 🔷Last is the power button

In terms of ports, there is plenty of stuff on the back. There are two HDMI 2.1 ports, which are actually the TMDS version, essentially giving you HDMI 2.0 speeds.

There’s also a DisplayPort 1.4 as well as a USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 port, which can also be used for DisplayPort input. There’s an RJ-45 port for connectivity, which means you can get a wired connection to your laptop, even if it doesn’t have a LAN port on it, as this is the case more and more.

There are four more USB 3.2 Gen. 1 ports, three Type-A ports, and one Type-B port, which passes the connection from the rest to your PC or Laptop, giving you an integrated USB hub. We also can’t forget the audio jack.



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geoff
geoff
1 month ago

THANK YOU! Now this is a review. It’s great to see you added testing for pixel response times, PWM, and min/max brightness.

Apologies if I was a bit harsh before. You were right, the bar was previously set pretty high with your laptop reviews.

Simeon Nikolov
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1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

Thanks to you too, Geoff. You’ve probably noticed that we stopped naming the shorter articles “reviews.” 🙂 We still don’t have the workforce to test all the monitors as thoroughly as this one, but we’ll surely do so if we have the chance in the future.