Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Good7.8/10
GAMING/AI: Very Good8.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.8/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.7/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.0/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.6/10
BATTERY: Poor5.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.4/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.8/10
SIZE: 16"








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Pros
  • High-end Intel i9 processor
  • Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU supports ray tracing
  • High refresh rate screen for smooth visuals
  • Solid build and heat management
  • Good RAM and storage capacity
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • Not very portable at 5.6 pounds
  • Limited Thunderbolt ports
  • DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB coverage is average

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.6
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i excels in gaming and 3D tasks because it has a powerful Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics card that supports advanced visuals and a high screen refresh rate of 240Hz for smooth imagery and gameplay. It also features a high-resolution display which enhances overall screen quality, complementing the somewhat important factors of a strong CPU and screen quality that benefit gaming experiences.
Engineering & Design:
4.6
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i excels in engineering and design use because it packs a powerful Intel i9 CPU and an Nvidia RTX GPU, offering robust performance for demanding tasks, along with ample RAM for multitasking and high-resolution software applications. Additionally, its high-quality IPS screen delivers sharp visuals with accurate colors, beneficial for detailed design work, although it might not be as portable due to its size and relatively shorter battery life compared to lighter options.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.6
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Content Creation:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use:
4.3
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is equipped with a high-performance CPU and ample RAM, providing smooth multitasking and quick application responses, ideal for general use. However, its moderate battery life and portability may be less appealing for users needing a laptop for on-the-go productivity.
Software Development:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Build Quality:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Portability:
3.6
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Operating Noise:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,600
Release Date
March 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 10.3'' x 0.97''
Weight
5.6 lbs
Width
14.31"
Depth
10.25"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13900HX
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5
RAM Slots
2
Storage
1024 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
3.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
80 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
240Hz
Display Brightness
469 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.4/10
Portability Score
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6.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Premium Business Laptop
No
Fan Noise Score
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6.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
4
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Brian Westover | August 2023
"The midpriced Lenovo Legion Pro 5i Gen 8 follows some of our favorite gaming machines, including last year's model and the higher-end Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 tested earlier this year. But pedigree doesn't count for much in the computer world, and gaming laptops require a certain level of power and graphics performance to justify their prices. The Pro 5i Gen 8 just doesn't do that, offering middling CPU and GPU performance rather than the sort of muscle that would make it a great value."

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