So what I have in mind to discuss is the new Lenovo Legion five Pro. Now this isn’t replacing the Legion five from last year. In fact, it slots right between the Legion five and the seven. I’m not exactly sure why it’s called Pro because it’s catered towards gamers and not professionals, even though, you know that boundary is sort of starting to fade away these days. But anyways, I’m going to let you guys judge on that this laptop actually brings a lot of improvements to the table compared to last year’s legion five in terms of performance.
So now it comes with AMD new 5008 series processor, and Nvidia’s RTX 30 series graphics, and of course, a few tweaks in terms of design that I really like. But most importantly, there’s one aspect that I just love about this laptop. So let’s take a deep dive on the Legion five pro right after this. Put everything on display you say the tower 100 Mini by Thermaltake grants you a three way view of your components with that mini vending machine look that are surely unique for an IT X enclosure.
You’ve got 80x power supply support large CPU power heat sinks, triple slot GPUs with no riser necessary, and all the ventilated panels are properly dustproof, the motherboard is facing up for easy access and the two included fans of sure proper airflow out of the box, this tower 100 Mini is for those who like to explore check it out below. Alright, so let’s start off with pricing and availability, it starts at $1,600. And for that you get a rise in 750 800 H with eight cores and 16 threads 16 gigabytes of RAM, half a terabyte of storage and an RTX 3060.
Now our sample comes with a 3070 But we’re not exactly sure how much it’s gonna cost. I’m guessing maybe $1,800 and availability is set here in North America to end up July. One thing to note is that the display across all Legion five Pro models are configured with 16 by 10 Quad HD plus 165 hertz IPS with G sync. I know that’s a lot but it’s cool. Unfortunately, you can configure this laptop with an RTX 3080. I think that GPU is reserved for the Legion seven. Let’s start off with exterior impressions. And right off the bat. I know what some of you guys might be thinking. Why? Like, why get it? Why, why? Why something that was a bad joke. But honestly, this is a step back in my opinion. I really love the subtle Legion logo on the top right hand corner of the Legion five last year, it was very minimal and it didn’t look that aggressive. This on the other hand, feels like they went back two years, took the design ID from the Legion wi fi 45 And then slapped it on the back of the Legion five Pro. Now at this point, I think it all comes down to personal preference and from our conversations with Legion, they did tell us that the five Pro is geared towards the gamer aesthetic with the white logo at the front. Whereas the five and the seven take a more minimalistic and simple design approach. Bill quality is slightly better on the five pro compared to the Legion five last year.
The front panel and the bottom panel are made out of aluminum, whereas the rest of chassis is made out of plastic but it’s put together really well you can sort of feel it when you pick this thing up, honestly had this strong gray finish is such a refreshing look compared to the competition where we’re mostly seeing black laptops. Now I’m an advocate for anything that is gray. So this certainly not just my style. Another noticeable improvement is with the hinge design and its rigidity. It’s very stiff, and there’s barely any wobble which is awesome. But I am aware that some users in the past have reported the hinge failing. In fact, the Legion five and E Legion seven eight that I had last year, I did exhibit some crack noise when I opened the lid.
You know it just happens once in a while which did bother me. But I didn’t experience any of that with the sample. It looks like they’ve taken care of that issue with revision five Pro and I hope that they do update that with the newer seven and the newer Fi series. It’s very smooth and I love it from a portability standpoint, the FirePro isn’t the slimmest chassis that I’ve come across. It weighs over five pounds and it’s 1.1 inches thick. So this thing is a pretty heavy device to lug around. Not to mention the included power brick is just huge. It’s a 300 watt power supply so you’ll certainly need to make some room in your bag to accommodate that with the laptop itself. The interior space is very similar to Legion five need a full size keyboard along with a dedicated section for the arrow keys which is awesome Lenovo’s true strike system for the keys work pretty well. There is adequate amount of trial distance with good feedback. One thing I noticed with the keys themselves is that they’re concave like the ThinkPad series, whereas the five and the seven are more flat. It’s very subtle but the difference it makes when typing is huge. I also prefer the black on gray stick with the keys compared to the gray on gray that you find on the seven I RGB lighting has made its way into the five pro but in my opinion, it’s not as bright as a seven nine and I think this might be due to the lack of course there’s IQ system all the effects Are laggy and the customizability is very limited.
Also, for those of you who are wondering, the why logo on the front can be turned off if you want to basically just have to hit function, and L and it goes off. And you can do that back again. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, so fast. So cool. I can keep doing this. Yeah, just just a little trick. The trackpad is, it’s all right. The surface is made out of some form of plastic, which won’t give you the same level of comfort compared to something that has a glass surface. I also noticed a little bit of delay when swiping through desktops or when using any sort of Windows based gesture.
Honestly, I wouldn’t rely on this trackpad to get any work done. That involves position, you’re much better off using a dedicated mouse. I should also mention that the placement of this trackpad is way off center. And that takes away some space for your left palms to sit on comfortably without rubbing against the trackpad. Obviously, they had to make room for this in order for the arrow keys. So there’s that trade off. So this is the webcam test on the Legion five Pro, and the quality looks pretty good.
In fact, it’s better than the competition. And the microphone sounds really nice. One interesting thing that Legion has done to this laptop is they’ve integrated a webcam, a shutter switch, which is not a software thing, it’s actually more of a hardware thing. So if I go into Device Manager and hit this switch, it takes up the camera permanently, which I think is really cool. The speakers are located at the bottom and the sound are right there is a little bit of depth to the base but the trebles are practically, you know, non existent, they they’re not too crisp, or there’s not a lot of clarity in the high ends. So you know, it’s it’s your average speaker that you get from a gaming laptop, so nothing crazy here. The IO layout on the five Pro is very similar to other Legion laptops. As you can see the majority of them are located to the back for easier cable management. So you have power in three USB type A ports which are 3.2 gen one HDMI, or USB type C 3.2 gen two ports, with power delivery and an RJ 45 Jack switching to the right hand side, there is another USB type A port, and on the left another type C 3.2 gen two along with an audio jack. That’s a lot of ports, but I’m not complaining.
But there are a few things that you need to be aware of. First, the majority of Taipei ports are gen one five gigabits per second versus Gen 210 gigabits per second, so it’s not the fastest connection. The other thing is more of a warning. You see, if you’re using external drives, just watch out where you place them since the fire pros exhaust vents, blast the back area with some really hot air if the drives being accessed and its own heat goes up. That could lead to some problems switching gears to the display. And this is by far my favorite feature of the fire Pro. You see, Lenovo managed to fit a 16 inch panel into the same chassis structure that they have with their other Legion laptops. They did this by eliminating the larger chain at the bottom and give it a taller 16 by 10 aspect ratio.
And the result is an awesome experience for productivity and gaming. You get more vertical screen real estate to work with. If you do a lot of split screen window management, this will certainly benefit you. And it’s a very unique approach by Legion in the gaming space because we’re used to seeing 15 inch laptops with 16 by nine aspect ratio screens, but this is certainly an upgrade. And the quality of the panel is really good too. As you can see it covers 100% sRGB 77%, Adobe RGB and 78%. dCi p3, which is expected for an IPS panel and it’s calibrated by Pantone. Also this might be one of the first gaming laptops featuring a 500 nits display. That’s right 500 nits. It’s super bright. And I absolutely loved using this thing during brighter conditions. On top of that, you get 165 hertz, quad HD plus resolution and G sync. I mean, what else can we ask for on a gaming laptop? Seriously, Legion just knocked it out of the park upgrade ability it’s pretty straightforward on the five pro once you get under the hood, you get instant access to two memory slots, which are already populated on my sample. Maximum supported memory is up to 32 gigabytes. The primary NVMe SSD is tucked underneath this cover and the drive speeds are really fast both in read and write performance. There is an extra m dot two slot hidden underneath discover over here on the left hand side.
If you want to expand storage battery testing is always interesting with gaming laptops, I never know what I’m gonna get especially when comparing AMD to Intel machines. And it looks like this time the Legion five pro gets a pretty good result in the light load test with almost eight and a half hours of runtime. That’s still way off from the new razor blade advanced but we can forget the new 16 by 10 screen ratio and the 16 inch size will naturally chew down more battery power versus 15 inch laptops switching over to something more intensive and you can see the price legions paying to get the Ryzen 750 800 H operating at a bit higher power level. It chews into the battery but at the same time, we never expect all that much from gaming notebooks when they’re on battery power. Make sure to check out that video I did about that right over here. And yes, we’ll be adding unplugged performance test two all after reviews in a little while, so definitely stay tuned for that. Now before I get into performance, I just want to quickly walk you through a Lenovo Vantage software that’s being offered here. It’s a very straightforward interface. Nothing’s really hidden here. Everything is right at your fingertips in one single homepage. And that’s really cool.
Now, along with system information, there is a touchpad lock switch, which will come in handy when you’re gaming. And there’s an overdrive toggle, which basically tightens up the displays response times, and a hybrid mode switch. Now I’ll get into the hybrid mode in the gaming session. But turning it off, tells the intern Max switch to completely disable the integrated GPU and run the display directly off of the RTX 3070. There’s also a handy area where you can have the system automatically close certain apps when it detects a game running. And of course, there’s a network boost section which increases network priority for any bandwidth heavy programs. And finally, there are the thermal modes, which are the usual quiet balance and performance. But he threw in a new auto detection feature that’s available for 16 games right now. So basically, it dynamically senses which game is being played, and then loads a custom profile and modifies the CPU and GPU frequencies accordingly. Now, this might sound like Nvidia’s dynamic boost, but it isn’t. It’s just a custom Legion solution. And does it work? Well, at least in CS GO and Modern Warfare actually did offer a bit better performance than just running in bounce mode alone. But then again, simply running in performance mode ends up getting you the best frame rates by a longshot. Anyways, about these performance modes, there are a lot more than just temperatures since in performance mode, the rise in 750 800 H runs right up to a constant 78 Watts, which is way way above AMD is configurable TDP of between 35 Watts and 45 watts. This pretty much proves that AMD is allowing their partners to run pretty loose with their specs. Even the balanced mode starts at 65 Watts and eventually runs at 53 Watts until it hits a constant 45 watts. But the only mode that’s anywhere close to what AMD sets as a baseline is quiet, where we ended up seeing an average of around 37 watts. Now those high power numbers also have a pretty big effect on clock speeds. But you can also see there’s a point of diminishing returns when it comes to pumping juice into a CPU. That means while performance mode takes almost 60% More than balanced, it only hits a maximum of 500 megahertz faster.
The biggest impact is with temperatures where performance heads right up to a constant 93 degrees, which might sound super high, but it’s still a good 12 degrees away from AMDs max temperature of 105 degrees. So there’s not too much to worry about here. Meanwhile, balanced and quiet are super well behaved. But that’s to be expected since legions coolfront cooling system is one of the best around you can actually see that by looking at the surface temperatures for the Legion five Pro, where pretty much everything stays comfortable to the touch without any super worrying hotspots. Even from a noise standpoint, this is one of the quietest gaming laptops I’ve seen in a while since even in the highest performance mode, it was pretty easy to deal with.
But personally, I would use the balanced mode for gaming. Now all of this leads to the Legion five pro becoming one of the fastest gaming laptops we’ve ever tested, even though it’s going toe to toe against some laptops, rocking the 5900 series chips. But you also have to remember that this is on performance mode, which is actually why the results start improving in longer tests. But at the end of the day, like we’ve seen with every laptop, a slightly lower end processor operating at a higher power limit can usually match or even beat higher end ones if they’re operating at lower limits, but move beyond just heavy and full multi core results. And Division five starts falling behind a bit in resolve and Premier. But even then it’s still super competitive with some of the best I’ve tested. But what about that RTX 3070 that’s inside this thing?
Well, if you thought the CPU was being pushed, check out these numbers, guys. Even in quiet mode, it ends up hitting above 110 Watts, while bounds mon brings it about 118 but then performance mode. And yeah, that’s 140 Watts you guys see there. But the resulting frequencies need a bit of an explainer. First of all, the difference between balanced and performance modes, once again shows that pumping a chip full of power doesn’t really lead to that much higher frequencies. Now we’re talking about just 125 megahertz even though a full 25 More Watts is being directed into the 3070. But what you didn’t see here is quiet mode until now because its behavior super odd.
Basically what’s happening is frequencies are being modulated to keep it within a lower power and temperature envelope that lead to super erratic performance. And even though it looks faster than the other two modes, it actually isn’t asked for temperatures well, they’re amazing right across the board and the GPU doesn’t come close to throttling. And that obviously leads to the fans kicking into higher gear in every single setting. The interesting thing about the gaming results is well Even with an RTX 3070, the Legion five Pro can absolutely dominate in some games, while in others, it’s still right near the top of the charts. The only exceptions to that seems to come in games that favor Intel CPUs, like the I 710 878 and the razor blade 15 I reviewed just a few weeks ago. I mean, either way, this kind of performance is something everyone wanted from last generation rising laptops, but it’s finally here now. And moving on to the five pros native resolution. Well, since this is the first laptop I’m testing with a 1600 DPI display, there’s not much really to say other than it has no trouble even gaming beyond 20 dp. So final thoughts on the Legion five Pro. It’s simply incredible, guys, if there’s one thing that I have to pick about this laptop that stands out among competition, it’s got to be that display. It’s fast, sharp color accurate and really bright. And the performance is really impressive. I mean, you’ve seen the numbers.
Pricing is also not that bad either. Battery life is all right. I mean, it’s not the best that I’ve seen so far. And the keyboard is pretty good. Except for the RGB lighting, I think that needs work. And of course, the trackpad is, it’s all white, it’s seriously needs refinement. And of course, there is the design, which I personally don’t mind. Because you know, it’s gray and not just another black laptop. You see, there are some amazing rising bass laptops out there, and each one of them have their own forte. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to what you value the most. If that’s simply the display if you want to have a stunning display that’s bright and just fast and all that stuff. And if you value performance, then this should be on the top of your list. And the rest sort of follows after but keep in mind that the trade offs that I mentioned earlier. So on that note, thank you so much for watching. I hope you were able to take away everything that you needed to know about the Legion five Pro. Let us know what you think I’m Ybor with Hurricane X. Thanks for watching and spend responsibly. And I’ll see you guys in the next one.