Maxed-out NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3070 for Laptops: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gaming Laptop Review

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Legion 5 Pro Top Cover

Legion is embracing its branding with the Legion 5 Pro as we now have the largest usage of the Legion logo than on any other release before it. This is a very welcome design change and is remarkably elegantly done. Keeping in line with the professional styling of the Legion lineup, it’s only right that a redesign would keep into that theme but there is still that subtle aura that abides by the brand’s slogan: “Stylish outside. Savage inside.”

The majority of design changes on the Legion 5 Pro are subtle and we saw the first change on the top cover. The bottom remains the same with intake vents but nothing much visible on the underside.

This continues to the side where Lenovo retains that minimal I/O to make way for the side vents. We still do have a couple of I/Os starting with the USB-C port on the left flanked by a combo audio port. On the right side, we have a USB port with the toggle switch for the camera e-shutter.

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The majority of the I/O on the Legion 5 Pro is at the back with the DC port input. USB ports with charging support, a USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C port with Power Delivery support, as well as a standard RJ45 LAN port.

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Opening up the laptop, we see the familiar Legion Truestrike keyboard, simply one of my favorite laptop keyboard designs at the moment.

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Laptop monitors will usually have a chin, a giant space underneath the screen that has a ton of blank bezel space. This is where those HDR or G-SYNC badges usually get installed but the Legion 5 Pro has a very minimal chin, just enough for the hinge and logo. That 16:10 aspect ratio is really speaking to me right now as it makes the visual real estate just so much more even.

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Here we have the badges with the NVIDIA RTX badge and AMD badges put on the lower left. Our sample unit is the Storm Grey color with an NVIDIA RTX™ 3070 for laptops as well as an AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H Mobile Processor.

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It’s easy to dismiss that Lenovo could’ve just put these specs on their traditional Legion 5 design but there are design considerations that I want to walk you guys through before we begin looking at performance.

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  1. Is this laptop (lenovo legion 5 pro) better than the gigabyte aero 15 xc 3080 for content creator? Heavy 4K video editing? And some gaming. I would really like to know. I am in between these two laptops. I love the gigabyte oled screen but if the lenovo is better then I’ll go with this because it’s cheaper as well.

    1. If we’re talking about pure rendering performance, Its going to go down to the wire but a GPU won’t make a huge difference here. Upgrading RAM to 32GB or 64GB max would probably make Premiere Pro or Davinci work more smoother but rendering is going to be off only by a few mins so I say its not that big.

      If there’s no gaming involved I’d choose the Aero because its easy to proof your work on the OLED if color accuracy is a high priority. Otherwise, both laptops armed with 2TB SSDs and 64GB of memory upgrades would fare just as well against each other.

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