Lenovo Legion 5i (15″, 2021) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

Without a doubt, the Legion 5 is one of the best gaming notebooks, period. Regardless of whether you pick the AMD or the Intel variant, you get so much more than just raw performance. The series has been perfected over a period of time and now is a staple in the gaming laptop market next to names such as the ROG Strix and Acer Predator.

It is also well priced, assuring that everyone who wants it, can get it. Today’s unit comes with Tiger Lake H and RTX 3000-series graphics, ensuring you get the most up-to-date hardware.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo Legion 5i (15″, 2021).

Lenovo Legion 5i (15″, 2021): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo Legion 5i (15″, 2021)

1. Upgradeability

The laptop brings great upgradeability, offering two SODIMM slots that can fit up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, along with two M.2 PCIe x4 slots for storage expansion.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the RAM and SSD slots, along with the battery, cooling, and everything else.

2. Display quality

You get to choose between four displays, with three Full HD IPS panels with either 60Hz, 120Hz, or 165Hz refresh rate along with a single QHD panel with a 165Hz refresh rate, which would go great with the higher powered hardware options. Our laptop used the 165Hz FHD option, which brought excellent viewing angles, a max brightness of 279 nits in the middle of the screen and 266 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 23%, with the bottom left corner being way out of line when it comes to brightness uniformity, which affects its ability to be used for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is decent – 1190:1.

In terms of color coverage, the laptop covers 97% of the sRGB color gamut.

The color accuracy is good even without our Design and Gaming profile, with a dE value of 1.7. Applying our profile makes it even better, lowering it to 0.7.

Below you can compare the results from before (left) and after (right) applying our profile.

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.


Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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3. I/O

The I/O is decently rich, and while it does lack an SD card reader of any kind, you still get a total of four USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI connector, an Ethernet connector, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

4. Input devices

As we have said before, the Legion 5 has the best gaming keyboard of any laptop. It comes with either a White, Blue, or RGB backlight, along with very long key travel and clicky feedback. The base is sturdy enough to resist harsh typing, while the keycaps are well-sized, including the Arrow keys, which are spaced out from the rest of the keys, eliminating the chance of accidental presses. The touchpad is smooth with its Mylar surface and has good accuracy.

1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo Legion 5i (15″, 2021)

1. Battery life

The battery unit has a size of either 60Wh or 80Wh. We tested the 60Wh version, and it didn’t perform as well as we would have liked. The laptop lasted for 3 hours and 27 minutes of Web browsing, and 4 hours and 10 minutes of video playback. When you compare it to the AMD version, you get a much lower battery life, which might be evidence to show the power efficiency of the Zen 3 processors.

Brightness: 180 nits; HDR: Off
Time to Full Discharge: Higher is Better

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

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