The Lenovo Legion lineup boasts excellent price to performance as they can easily match the performance of higher priced laptops from other brands while still having a reasonable price. If you are in the market for a gaming laptop and you’ve chosen to go with the Legion series, you’ll be faced with another question—do you go with the Lenovo Legion 5 or the Legion 7? Below, we compare the two to find out if it’s worth it to spend extra cash on the Lenovo Legion 7 or if it’s wiser to save your money and go with the Legion 5.
In this article, we will compare the Lenovo Legion 5 and Legion 7 equipped with the same Ryzen 5800H CPU and RTX 3070 GPU configuration.
Lenovo Legion 5 vs 7 Comparison Chart
The Lenovo Legion 5 and 7 have similar size, weight and overall design, but the latter has RGB that can be customized.
Although classified as gaming laptops, the Lenovo Legion series laptops have a “boring” design that most people will prefer. They don’t have the exaggerated gamer aesthetics that some brands have. The Lenovo Legion 5 has the “LEGION” branding on the top left of the lid, and that’s about it. Similarly, the Lenovo Legion 7 also has the “LEGION” branding, but it also has RGB lighting that surrounds the bottom and side vents. You can disable the RGB lighting if you desire.
When opened, the two laptops have the same keyboard and touchpad layout. The keyboards are backlit and they are spaced well enough that your hands won’t cramp when typing. The keys feel a bit mushy, similar to desktop membrane keyboards, but they are responsive and easy to use. The touchpads are responsive when using Windows gestures and they offer a good enough experience for when you don’t have access to a mouse.
Size-wise, the Legion 5 and 7 are similar, even though they have different size displays. The Legion 5 measures 0.93″ x 14.3″ x 10.22″ and it weighs 5.4lbs. Meanwhile, the Legion 7’s physical dimensions are 0.79″ x 14.01″ x 10.27″ and it weighs 5.5lbs. The Legion 7 is wider, but thinner, and it also weighs a bit more. That said, the difference here is negligible and they offer the same level of portability and mobility.
You can get the Lenovo Legion 5 in 15-inch and 17-inch screen sizes while the Lenovo Legion 7 only has a 16-inch model.
The Lenovo Legion 5 is available in either 15-inch and 17-inch display sizes. The 17-inch model offers better gaming and content consumption, as well as more screen real estate for productivity, however, portability is sacrificed. The Lenovo Legion 7, on the other hand, only has a 16-inch model.
The 15-inch screen of the Lenovo Legion 5 has a full HD or 1920 x 1080 resolution and it is an IPS panel. It’s anti-glare, supports variable refresh rate and Dolby Vision, and has a max refresh rate of 165Hz. Meanwhile, the 16-inch display of the Legion 7 has a 2560 x 1600 resolution with anti-glare, as well as support for variable refresh rate and Dolby Vision. Max refresh rate is also 165Hz.
Aside from having a higher resolution, the 16-inch screen of the Legion 7 also has a higher max brightness of 500. Compared to that, the 15-inch screen of the Legion 5 only has a max brightness of 300 nits. When it comes to screen quality, the Lenovo Legion 7 easily has the advantage.
Performance and Cooling
Lenovo’s Legion lineup offers excellent cooling for a smoother gaming experience.
Since the two laptops we are comparing here have the same CPU and GPU configuration, the Legion 5 has the edge when gaming due to its less demanding 1080p panel. You’ll get higher framerates and a smoother gaming performance with the Legion 5 compared to the Legion 7 since the latter has a 2560 x 1600 resolution display. However, the Legion 7 will definitely have the better gaming performance if you opt to go with the model with the RTX 3080 installed, as that is an entirely more powerful beast than the 3070.
Cooling on the Legion laptops is excellent. They both come with the Legion Coldfront 3.0, which is an intelligent intake system with thousands of intake vents, a quad-channel exhaust system and turbo-charged fan design. You won’t experience throttling, resulting in a smooth gaming performance. In addition to the Legion Coldfront 3.0, you also get Q Control 4.0 which allows you to control the fan speed and choose between extending battery life or prioritizing performance.
That said, the Legion 5 can be noisy since the fans are always spinning, whether you are doing light work of gaming. The fans go up to 43dB when playing games and goes down to 30dB when the system is idle.
Even though the Lenovo Legion 5 has the smaller capacity battery, it lasts longer than the Legion 7.
The Lenovo Legion 5 has the advantage in battery life even though it has a smaller capacity. The particular model that we are looking at comes with a 60Wh battery while the Lenovo Legion 7 has an 80Wh battery. Due to having a less demanding display and not having RGB, the Lenovo Legion 5 can last longer than the Lenovo Legion 7, which has a more demanding 16-inch screen and RGB. Of course, you can always turn off its RGB, but even so, the Lenovo Legion 5 still lasts longer.
If you want the best performance, go with the Legion 7 with the RTX 3080, however, if you want to save money, the Lenovo Legion 5 is a good alternative.
Lenovo Legion 5
Best for those on a budget
Lenovo Legion 7
Best for those that want high performance
Lenovo Legion laptops offer excellent price to performance if you are looking to get a gaming laptop. Go with the Lenovo Legion 5 if you don’t mind a 1080p display, a mostly plastic build and being limited to an RTX 3070 as the best GPU option. It costs less and it offers many of the features of the Legion 7, such as Coldfront 3.0 and Q Control 4.0
However, if you want the best and you don’t mind spending extra, the Lenovo Legion 7 is worth it. You’ll get an all-aluminum chassis, a more capable display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, and you have the option of getting the RTX 3080 model, which offers the best performance in gaming.
Yes, the Lenovo Legion 5 with an RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 offers excellent gaming performance.
The main differences are the build quality, with the Legion 7 having an all-aluminum chassis, display quality and GPU configuration.
The Lenovo Legion 7 with the Ryzen 9 5900HX and RTX 3080 is the best for gaming.
Yes, it supports NVIDIA G-Sync.