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Lenovo Legion 5: Do more than just game

Watch, work, and play with power

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We’ve talked about reasons you should get a gaming laptop even if you don’t play before. But, a gaming laptop is especially useful if you’re a professional on the go in need of a powerful device.

Well, here’s a gaming laptop that’s perfect for power, performance, and portability without flaunting tacky flashy gamer design: the Lenovo Legion 5.

Looks can be deceiving

The Legion 5 looks sleek and minimalistic. With a smaller logo, vertical, and circular vents, the Legion 5’s design keeps it simple and stylish. The logo has a classic Legion sheen without screaming like a child needing color.

Gaming specs to simp for

The Legion 5 has a stunning 15.6-inch FHD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with up to 144 Hz refresh rate that’s perfect for immersive work, watch, and play. It may not look like it but the Legion 5 is where minimal meets mighty with its up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Mobile Processor with Radeon Graphics and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card.

The AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors are built for the most demanding gaming and content creation workloads and are the new standard for performance in innovative, thin, and light laptops. With 8 7nm “Zen 2” cores that are optimized for pairing with powerful discrete graphics cards, you can experience an uncompromising, desktop-caliber performance through the Legion 5’s up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Mobile Processor.

If keeping your cool is a struggle in and of itself, you’re in luck. You won’t have to stack your worries about the Legion 5 on top of all the other things you’re anxious about.

It’s equipped with the Legion Coldfront 2.0 to keep everything nice and chilled. On top of that, it’s got up to 16GB memory and 1TB internal storage–giving you breathing space for work and play.

Devil’s in the details

As much as the Legion 5’s design is minimalistic and muted, the devil’s in the details with this one. On top of gaming specs under the hood, the Legion 5 features the Legion TrueStrike keyboard tailor-made for gamers.

The keyboard promises 100% anti-ghosting on all keys, soft landing switches, and a response time of <1ms.

Let the sound consume you

With the Legion 5’s built-in Dolby Atmos Speaker System, you get to fully immerse in the games you play or in the series that you binge-watch. The speakers can be custom-tuned through the Dolby Atmos engine.

And, with their game-specific settings, you won’t be coming back to reality. From heightened directional audio to smooth surround sound, we wouldn’t blame you.

The Up-Good gaming laptop

The Legion 5 makes for an absolute unit of a gaming laptop. The pipedream of having both portability and amazing performance exists and it doesn’t flaunt gimmicky vomit-rainbow design.

Moreover, you also don’t have to worry about getting help whenever trouble occurs while using the Legion 5. The notebook is immediately bundled with the Lenovo Premium Care warranty service that’s good for three years. Reduce downtime, increase efficiency, and keep on moving with Premium Care solutions designed to provide an advanced and tailored level of care such as a 24/7 direct hotline to technicians, comprehensive hardware and software support, and an Annual PC Health Check.

If you’re interested, the Legion 5 is available in Legion Exclusive Stores, authorized resellers, and the Lenovo Legion Flagship Store in Lazada with a starting price of PHP 52,995. Learn more about the device by visiting its page on the Lenovo Legion Philippines website.

Follow also Lenovo Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for updates to their latest products and promos.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

What makes it different from the regular Apple Watch though?

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If you’ve been fond of GadgetMatch for quite a while now, you would know that Michael Josh is a big Apple Watch user.

From having to experience several Watch Series up until the Watch Ultra, to having various bands, he now has the most expensive Apple Watch in the Series 8 lineup in his hands.

In this video, he unboxes the most expensive Apple Watch ever — the Hermès Apple Watch Series 8.

To give you the full experience, he’ll also dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes it different and more special than the regular Watch Series 8.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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