Lenovo Legion 5i (16, Gen 9) review – It Crushes the Competition with a Record-Breaking Stress Test

The Legion gaming devices are well-known for their good gaming capabilities (or at least in most cases). Today we will show you the Lenovo Legion 5i (16″, Gen 9) that is offered with 55W Intel Raptor Lake-HX or HX Refresh CPU options. Everything looks good in the GPU department because the machine can be found with GeForce RTX 4000 graphics cards with hefty TGPs.

Since this laptop isn’t part of the “Slim” lineup, Lenovo has fitted a massive thermal system under the bonnet to cool the powerful and thirsty internals. The device isn’t super light and thin because it’s meant for serious gaming. By the way, the fans aren’t that loud which is good. The notebook is full of mouth-watering extras and most of them aren’t optional which is great. We are talking about a good port selection, adequate upgradability, a Web camera with an E-shutter, a backlit keyboard, and Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 for connectivity. Not bad!

It looks like the 1080p / 1200p panels are part of the history, or at least when it comes to this device’s display options. Here, you get a choice of two 16:10 IPS 1600p screens with 165Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. We bought a laptop with the base model since it brings to the table snappy pixel response times and good color accuracy without costing an extra amount of money. The notebook is highly configurable thanks to the Lenovo Vantage app with its four performance presets and numerous tuning options that can be also found in the BIOS. There, you can turn on the “Legion optimization” function that allows you to overclock or undervolt the processor. The enthusiasts should be happy.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-legion-5i-16-gen-9/


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Lenovo Legion 5i (16", Gen 9) - Specs

  • Innolux N160GLE-GT1 (CMN1631)
  • Color accuracy  5.9  1.5
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, No OS, Windows 11 Pro
  • Battery
  • 80Wh
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 359.7 x 262.3 x 19.7 - 25.2 mm (14.16" x 10.33" x 0.78")
  • Weight
  • 2.30 kg (5.1 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1 (8K@60Hz)
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.3
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD with E-shutter, fixed focus
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Microphone Array
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, optimized with Nahimic Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/legion-series/legion-5-16irx9/downloads

What’s in the box?

In the package, we found the mandatory paperwork and a 230W charger. The more powerful machines are bundled with a 300W adapter. In some regions, you can find a Legion Gaming Speed Mouse Pad or Lenovo Legion M300 RGB Gaming Mouse in the box.

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