Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the Lenovo Legion 7 (16″, 2021)
When James Bond walks into a room, he grabs everyone’s attention, which for a spy, is a big red flag. However, the Legion 7 doesn’t need to be as sneaky as the most famous spy in the world, and you can feel its presence as soon as you come into contact with it.
The true gaming flagship from Lenovo brings features that both creators and gamers will be fond of. Harnessing the power of Zen 3 and RTX Ampere, which is cooled down by a vapor chamber, the sky’s the limit with this one. It’s safe to say that it will be one of the most coveted laptops of 2021.
Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo Legion 7 (16″, 2021).
Lenovo Legion 7 16
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo Legion 7 (16″, 2021)
1. Design and build quality
Being a true flagship, the laptop is built entirely out of aluminum. The design is very similar to other Legion laptops, with a boxy and angular exterior. The entire device feels super solid, with little to no flexes to be seen from the lid or the base. To spice up the design a little bit, the Legion logo on the lid lights up and there is some RGB on the port indicators on the sides and the back. In terms of dimensions, the laptop is only 2.50 kg heavy, with a thickness of 23.5 mm at the thickest point. All in all, considering the hardware inside, this can be considered a light gaming notebook.
Speaking of the lid, it opens easily with a single hand, revealing a matte display with thin bezels and an HD webcam, which is missing on one of its many competitors from the ROG brand.
The laptop offers plenty of upgradeability, with two SODIMM RAM slots and two PCIe x4 drives. The laptop can handle up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel mode.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows exactly how to access both the RAM and SSD slots.
3. Display quality
The display that Lenovo has chosen is simply excellent. It has a 16-inch diagonal, QHD+ resolution, and a 16:10 aspect ratio, which will satisfy the needs of creators and productivity enthusiasts. The panel has excellent viewing angles, a max brightness of 506 nits in the middle of the screen, 491 nits as an average for the entire display area, and a maximum deviation of 8%, which is great for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is very good – 1170:1.
The panel displayed 98% sRGB coverage.
The color accuracy test showed us a dE value of 3.3 with the factory settings. However, once we applied our Design and Gaming profile, it went down to 1.0, which is dead in the center when it comes to being cleared for color-sensitive work.
Here you can compare the results of the test with the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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4. Input devices
The keyboard+touchpad combo here is on a great level. The keyboard has long key travel, although not as long as the one on the Legion 5 or Legion 5 Pro. The feedback is super clicky and tactile, and the keys themselves have a good size to them. All in all, it is one of the better keyboards that you will find on a gaming laptop.
The touchpad is no slouch either, with its glass cover, smooth gliding, and accurate tracking. The clicking mechanism is also very fast and precise.
1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo Legion 7 (16″, 2021)
1. Lack of a MicroSD card slot
The laptop has a very wide I/O that has a lot of ports but lacks a MicroSD card reader. The I/O is split into the left, right, and rear sides and has a total of three USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, three USB Type-C 3.2 (two Gen. 1 and one Gen. 2) ports, a shutter switch, an RJ-45 connector, an HDMI 2.1 connector, a proprietary power plug, and a 3.5mm audio jack.