Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 Review
The Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 is a premium gaming laptop that starts at $2,299 (or $2,979 as tested). The new 12th-generation Intel Core HX-class processor gave the Gen 7 a speed boost, making it the fastest 16-inch laptop in its class.
- An aluminum chassis.
- Customizable lighting.
- An Nvidia G-Sync display.
- High-quality input devices.
- A wealth of networking options.
Nevertheless, it has a short battery life, and the fans can sometimes be overly sensitive. For longer runtime, this laptop’s Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 variant is our best pick, but if you’re set on getting the most out of your money, the Legion 7i Gen 7 is where it’s at.
Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 Specifications
|Processor||Intel Core i9-12800HX|
|Wireless Networking||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Screen Size||16 inches|
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX|
- Outstanding efficiency in gaming
- Superb display
- The case is made of metal with RGB lighting.
- Vast amounts of available connections
- Power drains quickly
- In a typical setting, fans operate constantly.
- Quite big in size
Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 looks stunning even in its unpowered state. It has a dark grey aluminum chassis. I like how the words “Lenovo” and “Legion” are printed in small, hidden fonts on the chassis’ lower right and upper left corners to blend in with the overall design. While the laptop’s exterior was unbranded, the indentation of the chassis bore a just as tastefully subtle logo.
As I adjusted it, the palm of my hand pressed into one of the sharp corners, and I was startled by how strong it was. By unfolding the screen, you’ll notice that the bezels on all sides are pretty slim, which is excellent. The Lenovo’s keyboard and bottom are illuminated by RGB lights driven by iCue. The computer is stunning when it’s fully operational. Even if the lights may be changed or disabled in the operating system, I think they perfectly capture the spirit of a gaming laptop. It was tempting to leave the lights on even though they drained the battery quickly when plugged in.
Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7’s screen remains unchanged from the previous generation, which is a positive development. With a diagonal of 16 inches, a tall 16:10 aspect ratio, and a fine (but not too high for gaming) 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution, the image is crisp, clear, and detailed. Its 165 Hz refresh rate isn’t speedy, but it’s plenty for the screen’s resolution. (If it were a 1080p display, we’d want 240Hz.) Frame tearing is a thing of the past thanks to the anti-glare and Nvidia G-Sync technology built into the panel.
This display has everything, with its high resolution and vivid colours. In a dim room, the light can be seen from space. The Legion 7i excels in another area, namely input devices. The full-size keyboard is fun and thoughtfully organized, with dedicated space for the arrow keys. Even though the keys on the number pad are about a third of the full size, the pattern is the same. The Lenovo Vantage software allows customization of the crisp per-key RGB backlighting. Interestingly, the app lets you program macros for the zero through nine buttons on the numeric keypad.
Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 features an outstanding Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 graphics card with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory and an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor. Except for the Razer Blade 15, which includes a 3070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, every other competition here also features an RTX 3080. The Vantage software preinstalled on the Lenovo laptop lets you fine-tune the system’s performance between Balanced and Performance modes.
On Red Dead Redemption 2 on medium settings in 1080p, the Legion and the Raider managed 77 frames per second, placing them behind only the Alienware x17. The Legion, however, shines at 2560 x 1600 with 56 fps, beating the Razer Blade 15’s 1440p frame rate of 44 fps. There were 91 frames per second at 1080p and 82 at 1600p on the Lenovo Legion 7.
For its battery life testing, PCMag loops a 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie Tears of Steel) with the screen brightness set to 50% and the audio volume set to 100% until the machine shuts down. During the exam, wireless Internet and keyboard backlighting are disabled.
PCMag measures the battery life of laptops by continuously playing a 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie Tears of Steel) with the screen brightness set to 50% and the audio volume set to 100%. During the exam, wireless connectivity and illuminated keyboards are disabled. The Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 fails the battery life test, lasting only three hours without an external power source.
Everything we appreciated about the previous generation of Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7, from its stylish RGB lighting and ergonomic input devices to its gorgeous screen and great connections, has been carried over into the new Gen 7 edition. Like its predecessor at review time, this latest model is one of the quickest gaming laptops we’ve tested because of its new Intel Core HX-class processor.
The screen of Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7?
Regarding screens, the Lenovo Legion 7 makes up some ground with its improved design. The screen’s diagonal of 16 inches puts it ahead of the competition in terms of width. It should result in a more immersive experience than the smaller panels found in both competitors.
Performance of Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7?
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 in the Lenovo Legion 7 has a hefty 165W TDP and is the more powerful 16GB variant of the GPU. It also has an eight-core, 4.4GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor.
The battery of Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7?
The Lenovo Legion 7 lasted an average of 1 hour and 15 minutes in a gaming benchmark, which is parred for the course for a gaming laptop.