Lenovo Legion 5i (17 Intel, 2021) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

The Legion 5 series offers some of the best gaming devices on the market. They undoubtedly started the incognito gaming trend, being the first to implement the minimal design trend, which has undoubtedly influenced a lot of notebooks such as the HP OMEN 15 and the new Strix series from ASUS, which also have some underlying tones of minimalism.

Going back to the Legion 5 series, it offers 15-inch, 17-inch, and 16-inch Pro devices, all of which provide exceptional performance. All of them also come with both AMD and Intel hardware, giving you a tremendous amount of options when it comes to configuring a laptop.

With that said, today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo Legion 5i (17 Intel, 2021).

Lenovo Legion 5i (17 Intel, 2021): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo Legion 5i (17 Intel, 2021)

1. Design and build quality

While the laptop is built out of plastic, it is decently sturdy and looks remarkably well for a mid-range device. As with all Legion laptops, we get an extended backside, which houses two heat vents and a part of the I/O. The Legion branding is found on the left side of the lid and the bottom bezel. The Lenovo branding is little, with two wordmarks on the bottom right corner of the lid and the base. The laptop isn’t portable at all, with a 17.3-inch display, a weight of nearly 3.00 kg, and a profile of 26.2 mm.

The lid opens easily with one hand, revealing a matte display with thin bezels, the top of which houses an HD Webcam, along with the input devices, which are some of the best that you can find on the market as a whole, being better than laptops much more expensive than this one. The keyboard has superbly long key travel and very clicky feedback. The touchpad has a laughably small size for a 17.3-inch device, but still has a very smooth Mylar surface and is every bit as responsive and as accurate.

2. Upgradeability

The laptop brings two SODIMM RAM slots, that can fit up to 64GB of dual-channel memory and two M.2 PCIe x4 drives, one of which has support for Gen 4 drives.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the RAM and SSD slots.

3. Display quality

While we didn’t expect a color-accurate panel, we are for sure glad to get one. The 17.3-inch Full HD IPS panel has a 144Hz refresh rate, comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 329 nits in the middle of the screen, and 311 nits average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 12%. The contrast ratio is quite good – 1630:1. In terms of color coverage, you are set as the laptop covers 95% of the sRGB color gamut.

The accuracy was also kind of iffy with the stock settings but improved greatly when we applied our Design and Gaming profile, giving us a dE value of 1.3. Below you can see the scores without (left) and with (right) our profile applied.

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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.

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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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4. I/O

The I/O coverage is one of the widest that we have seen, with four USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 connector, an SD card reader, an Ethernet connector, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo Legion 5i (17 Intel, 2021)

1. Speakers

The audio setup is found on the bottom, with two speaker cutouts. The setup has zero deviations across the entire spectrum, but the volume is a tad lower than we would have liked.

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