Lenovo Legion announce 2021 gaming range at CES

AMD Processors and Nvidia RTX 3000 series GPUs feature in the four new gaming laptops announced by Lenovo Legion today as part of the company’s CES 2021 line-up.

The Lenovo Legion 7 (16in), Lenovo Legion Slim 7 (15in), Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (16in) and Lenovo Legion 5 (15in and 17in) will all be powered by AMD Ryzen 5000H series processors.

The Legion 7 and Legion 5 Pro will feature what Lenovo claim are the world’s first QHD (2560×1600) display, with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 165Hz refresh and 3ms response times; Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync support also feature.

The Lenovo Legion 7 is the flagship of the newly announced range, featuring an “aerospace-grade” aluminium body, an AMD Ryzen 9 5900H processor and “up to” an RTX 3080 GPU.

The thermal management system is also highlighted, as is the onboard AI system to help with framerate and system performance. According to Lenovo, “the Lenovo Legion AI Engine optimises system performance via machine learning to deliver thehighest possible framerates whether your game is CPU or GPU-intensive” and that “for 16 of the most popular triple-A gaming titles, the Lenovo AI Engine will run them at finely-tuned settings for maximum frame rates”. The games in question are: Apex Legends, Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, CS:GO, Cyberpunk 2077, DOTA 2, F1 2020, Far Cry: New Dawn, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – a decent cross section of the most popular games around at the present.

The laptops also come with Nahimic Audio, which Lenovo saydrastically improves your gaming experience with its immersive 3D audio competitive advantage with the Sound Tracker that shows you where the sounds are emanating from”, and will allow uses to “experience crystal-clear communication with teammates with background noise suppression”, adding “if you have additional Bluetooth speakers, you can connect them to your Legion laptop to create a surround sound field. A 720p webcam and WiFi 6 also feature.

The units will have an RRP of AUD$3299 and be available in Australia from March and make their way to New Zealand from April with an RRP of NZD$3799.

The Legion 7 Slim features a 15.6in IPS screen – either 144Hz 1080p or 60hz 4K – and is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5900H processor with “up to” an RTX 3060 GPU; it will have many of the other features of its larger version although there’s no ETA or price for Australia/NZ at this stage.

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has the same display at the Lenovo Legion, but is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5800H mobile processor and features “up to” an RTX 3070. It also features the same keyboard, cooling and AI technology as well.

According to Lenovo, the system will be available in Australia from April with an RRP of AUD$2849, and in NZ from May with an RRP of NZD$3299.

The Lenovo Legion 5 is described by the company as “bringing the balance of style and savage power to gamers”, and will be available with 15in or 17in screens

The 15.6in version will have a 165Hz IPS display with 1080p resolution,16:9 aspect ratio and AMD FreeSync support, while the 17in version will have a 144Hz IPS displaywith 1080p resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio

The 15in Lenovo Legion 5 will be available in Australia from April with an RRP of AUD$1999, and it will be in NZ from May with an RRP of NZD$2299; Australasian prices and available for the 17in version are yet to be confirmed.

Rounding out the announcements is the Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station, an all-in one charging station which can charge headsets, mice and even some smartphones.

The unit is designed to be paired with the Lenovo Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset, which features a 2.4GHz receiver with a 12m range. Availability and price for the Australian market is yet to be confirmed.

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