What Shuould you choose? Lenovo Legion 5 or Legion 5i

Lenovo is definitely going on the right track with its new line of gaming laptops. Easy on the wallet and the eyes, the Legion series has been a huge step forward from the traditional red and cheap long laptops in the past. Legion series attracted many college students on a budget when it released the Y540. The Laptop packed a severe performance for the price, and the Laptop focused more on appealing vast demography of the market with its toned-down look from the previous models.

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In 2020, the company released the next model on the legion line, which only makes the Laptop better. They introduced two variants, Legion 5 and Legion 5i. The Legion 5 foes for AMD’s Ryzen 5 4600H and Ryzen 7 4800H while the 5i variant includes Intel’s 10th Gen H-series processors with the option of Core i5 and i7. So you might be thinking about the difference between the two models other than the processor. The other difference is in the Graphic Card department. You can only choose an NVIDIA GTX 1650 or NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti, whereas you will have the additional option for GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 on the Legion 5i variant.

What Should You Choose?

If you are on a serious budget, then you should look more into Legion 5, which starts at $1,5999 for the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 1x 8GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200, 256GB SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6. The price for the Legion 5 with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 16 GB DDR4-3200, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB GDDR6 at $2,1999. Moreover, the model will also have a 4-Zone RGB LED backlight.

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However, if you have more money to spend and need more graphical horsepower, then you should check out Legion 5i. The base model for the variant starts at $1,5999 with an i5-10300H, 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2933, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB. The model with i7 and RTX 2060 will cost you around $2,498. But if you are not a gamer or in a tight budget, you can’t go wrong with the Ryzen variant.

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Changes from the previous model, Y545?

Compared to the previous model, there are few changes in the Laptop. The Laptop is cleaner than before with no gamer aesthetics, which many people hate. They have changed the Legion Logo, and it does not light as before. The writing, “Legion,” has a certain flair to it, which gives of a rainbow effect at certain light angles. The Laptop also has an additional Lenovo badge opposite to the Legion Logo.

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The hinge and exterior seem to be durable, although it is plastic. The display is upgraded with different options from 60hz to 144hz. The noticeable improvement is the webcam, which is moved to the top of the screen from the bottom, which makes more sense as you won’t be showing your nose for your important meetings. The webcam also has a privacy filter that covers the camera. So, checkmate for the people trying to spy on you.

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The keyboard has a number pad, and it shifts the keyboard to the left side. The deck has a soft-touch material. The keys have decent travel and are you shaped like many of Lenovo’s premium laptops. Moreover, the power button has different led lights, which shows the different modes on the Laptop. The ports are on the back of the Laptop with 4 USB-A and a USB C, which does not support charging.


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Lenovo has had its fair hit and miss when it comes to gaming laptops. However, this year they surely threw their dart on the target. The Laptop screams performance for the price, and you can’t go wrong on choosing this Laptop. Moreover, Lenovo often has coupon codes and sale on their sides, which decreases the price by $100 or more. So, if you are not in a rush, we suggest you wait a bit more for the sales and get the Laptop cheaper.