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The Lenovo Legion Slim 7 Is a Solid Replacement for the Traditional Gaming Laptop

The Legion has good features, despite its slimline body. There’s an SD card reader on the left-hand side, and the rear has two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. The right-hand edge also has two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports that handle DisplayPort and 100W of power delivery.

Meanwhile, the power button includes a fingerprint sensor, and the speakers are reasonable – punchy, loud, and good enough for everyday use, despite a slightly muddy mid-range. The design isn’t perfect – those USB Type-C ports could obstruct right-handed mouse users, the webcam has a privacy shutter but no Windows Hello support, and there’s no HDMI output. There’s also no Ethernet, although you do at least get dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support.

The Lenovo Legion Slim 7 Is a Solid Replacement for the Traditional Gaming Laptop

There’s lots to like about the keyboard though. It has bright, bold per-key RGB backlighting, a number pad, and loads of secondary functions. The keys are fast and comfortable to use, although they’re softer and shallower than the keys on most fatter laptops.

Shallow buttons are no surprise on a slim laptop, though, and neither are component compromises. The Legion’s RTX 3060 has an entry-level 60W TDP and just 6GB of memory, while the Ryzen 7 5800H CPU peaks at 45W, so both parts run a long way short of their maximum potential. The Lenovo also has 16GB of dual-channel memory and a 512GB SSD with decent read and write speeds of 3,599MB/sec and 2,278MB/sec, although a 1TB drive would be better for accommodating large game installs.

There’s a decent screen too. The 1080p panel has a 165Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync support. Its contrast ratio of 1,163:1 is punchy and vibrant, and the delta E of 1.8 means colors are accurate. The screen displayed 97.2 percent of the sRGB color gamut at a temperature of 6,947K, and it’s bright enough for indoor and outdoor use. It’s ideal for mainstream games, even if it doesn’t have the extended gamut demanded by creatives.

This specification is good considering this machine’s dimensions, but going for a slimmer chassis does result in compromises. Comparatively, Lenovo’s $1,359/£1,499 Legion 5 Pro may be thick and heavy, but it has an RTX 3070 that runs at 140W, a 2,560 x 1,600 display and more connection options.