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Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review: A professional’s gaming laptop

Less flash and color, but certainly brings the thunder

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It’s very rare that a gaming device is given some level of “professional” treatment in its design. As I’ve observed, a lot of gaming devices tend to have something flashy about it from the design itself. Whether it’s an RGB logo or a matrix of LEDs, these often either bring out more features, or simply provide creative options. However, it’s pretty rare to find a gaming laptop that doesn’t get in your face about it.

When such devices exist, it’s often quite bland even on the hardware side. Apart from simple yet subtle designs, some devices don’t have quite the power and performance as a flashy, RGB-laden gaming machine. However, with Lenovo’s latest offering, they’re trying to break that notion that “professional” can be powerful.

I got the chance to take a look at the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, a gaming device that promises to bring gaming power in a non-flashy design. With the “Pro” title attached, you would think it’s an upgraded version of the Legion 5 from a few months back. However, this laptop makes its case to be a subtle version, but a more powerful one to boot.

To start, here’s what the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro offers:

It has a 165Hz refresh rate display, with a 16:10 aspect ratio

The big LED Legion logo is placed in the middle of the lid

Most of the media, connectivity, and the charging ports are placed at the back

It comes in a subtle, Space Gray-esque color

Design without flash, in a good way

Out of the box, I was genuinely surprised that the unit came in a Space Gray-like colorway with no indication of any RGB in it. I thought that, as a gaming laptop, it’s a “standard” to have some amount of RGB within the device. Apparently, for the whole build, I can’t find a single trace of RGB on it. However, there are units with an RGB keyboard, so keep that in mind.

Also, they’ve decided to plaster the LED Legion logo as the centerpiece of the lid cover. In previous Legion devices, it’s usually just sitting within the Legion letters to the side. Honestly, I’m a big fan of them doing this considering that it’s the only design piece on the lid with any lights on before.

It’s a subtle way of introducing a brand new gaming laptop. From all angles, it doesn’t show anything remotely flashy, giving it a “Pro” feel and look. It’s so subtle, it might even pass as a thick ultrabook that most young professionals use for their own daily grind. Underneath it, however, is an entirely different story.

Competitive gaming power fitting for the best

Inside this subtle machine are gaming-ready hardware oozing with power for the competitive gamer. This includes an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and an NVIDIA RTX 3070, which on paper brings the thunder when it comes to competitive gaming. Also, with an AMD chip powering the system, you could expect some power-efficient performance, as well.

Title Avg. FPS (highest possible settings, no DLSS)
Fortnite Battle Royale 87-93 FPS
Cyberpunk 2077 57-62 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 79 FPS
VALORANT 194-201 FPS
Counter Strike: Global Offensive 240-250 FPS
Rocket League 258-266 FPS
Madden NFL 21 117-120 FPS
Apex Legends 75-79 FPS
Battlefield V 88-93 FPS

For this part, let’s get the obvious out of the way: this device provides stellar gaming performance. With all the games I ran through it, it was absolutely no sweat at all while playing at their highest settings. However, I didn’t particularly think it was perfect enough to maintain the same quality of gameplay all throughout.

Ray-tracing on an RTX 3070 was just… okay

Title Avg. FPS (w/ RTX DLSS + ray-tracing on)
Fortnite Battle Royale 37-43 FPS
Cyberpunk 2077 42-44 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 64 FPS

See, the moment I cranked up the ray-tracing in supported games, it made these games barely playable. Now, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Battlefield V were the exceptions, but in Battlefield’s case, the setting could not be toggled at all. I don’t particularly know why that happened, but this was one of the first games to introduce ray-tracing.

Fortnite and Cyberpunk 2077 hovered around the 40 FPS area, when cranked to a high ray-tracing setting. Even though I could see the reflections and the lighting effects in their full glory, it tanked my gameplay for Fortnite to an extent. In Cyberpunk’s case, it wasn’t a huge bother since I could take everything in quite nicely.

Potential for the creator in you

Apart from the obvious gaming capabilities, you can do so much more with this device thanks to its hardware. Depending on the content you wish to create, the Legion 5 Pro handles those tasks quite well. Of course, most of the credit will go to the RTX 3070 inside the machine doing all the graphical work in the process.

Creating photo and video content

In terms of photo and video editing, my experience was seamless, to say the least. A huge factor was the fact that the display of the device comes in a 16:10 aspect ratio. In essence, there’s a lot of workspace real estate to maximize your application windows on. Plus, it’s an anti-glare display with a 100 percent sRGB color gamut for more accurate colors while editing.

When it came to rendering videos, the RTX 3070 proved its worth in that department. Even for an 8GB VRAM GPU, it holds up when you run heavy-duty renders on it. In rendering my attempts of getting good at VALORANT caught on video, it took about 5-6 minutes on average to render 8-9 minutes with color effects and transitions. Meanwhile, renders on Blender took about 15-16 minutes on average, right around where i expected it to be.

Legion 5 Pro

Streaming and video conferencing

If you plan to pick up a laptop for streaming purposes, this is one sound recommendation in my book. Obviously, you will be running both your games and either OBS or Streamlabs in the background. Honestly, I didn’t feel any sort of hiccups when managing the workload, and I could still pop off in some games.

Although, there is just one slight thing I don’t recommend you doing: using the webcam to stream. See, it’s a 720p camera that, upon initial previews, isn’t the best in terms of image quality. When taking pictures and videos with it, the content produced lacks a good amount of detail that doesn’t complement the high quality gameplay.

If you want to go on video calls with your buddies, it gets a pass from me. Even with the dip in quality, it still shows your face in a way that’s not overly grainy. If you don’t plan to use the camera, there’s a physical switch at the right side to turn it off. It’s a nifty touch to have it on the side instead of being above the lens.

Lasts for as long as you’d expect

Factoring in all of the workload I subjected it to, the Legion 5 Pro lasted as long as I expected it to. On average, I got about 6-7 hours using it for productivity, video editing, and light gaming at 60 FPS. Even with an AMD chip inside, I could only squeeze out that much as compared to other gaming laptops with AMD chips inside.

Solely using this device to game at a high frame rate limited the battery life to just two hours. I tried limiting the frame rate to 60FPS while on battery, and I only got an additional 40 minutes on average. It’s not that surprising considering the GPU this device comes with, so make sure the charger is just nearby when you’re knee-deep into a game.

Speaking of that charger, it gives the device roughly two hours before being fully charged. The Legion 5 Pro brought a 300W charging brick to its full package, which is literally massive. When I turned on Rapid Charge on Vantage, it cut the full charge time by 20-25 minutes, so it brings you back in the game.

Stayed a little cooler for the most part

For such a subtle, professional-looking device, it actually heats up quite significantly. Now, Lenovo designed its Coldfront 3.0 to focus on improving heat management for the power-hungry components. It doesn’t mean the device won’t heat up under heavy workload, but it’s ideally supposed to alleviate some of that heat better.

My response to that is, well, it somewhat did that but with some things to call out. First off, it heated up when I was playing for longer hours, but not to an uncomfortable state. Usually, the keyboard is the first component hit by any severe warmth due to heavy workload. I was genuinely surprised that, at least on that aspect, they managed to fix that problem.

Legion 5 Pro

Second, when under heavy workload and hot air pumping out of the vents, you’re better off using a table. As much as I like to emphasize that this is a laptop, it grew a little too warm for my liking when I placed it on my lap. If it’s any consolation, I tried playing games with the laptop on my lap so that’s an “mb” on my end.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Starting at PhP 84,995, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gives you a well-rounded gaming machine to work with. It comes with the gaming-ready hardware that will surely help bring out the best in you, in a form factor that isn’t flashy. Plus, it offers some content-creating capabilities that will give you more reasons to continue using the device for the whole day.

Legion 5 Pro

With a massive charger to boot, it gets you right back into your work or gameplay when you take a break. Also, the device addressed some of the cooling issues from the past that makes the experience a little bit better. It’s not a huge step-up, but it’s one I’m honestly happy they took.

Overall, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro shows you that you don’t really need all that RGB in a hardcore gaming machine. Sometimes, it’s better to just be subtle and let the hardware shine through. If you plan to take this device to the workplace, don’t make it obvious that you’re getting them one-taps.

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Ubisoft will focus on delivering a more free-to-play experience

A business decision to boost their popular franchises

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Have you ever wanted to play Assassin’s Creed for free if you’re new to it? Or, any popular franchise from Ubisoft for that matter? Well, they’ve been talking about it and their latest “announcement” will shed some light on it.

In a recent earnings call, Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet noted a couple of things about their beloved “triple-A/AAA” franchises. He mentioned that their strategy of releasing three to four premium titles each year isn’t a proper indicator of company value. Furthermore, he even said that the company earns more from in-game purchases on free-to-play titles.

Moving forward, he said that Ubisoft will focus on widening the audience for their existing titles by “making them free at the entry level.” In essence, the company could possibly offer newer games within those franchises as “free-to-play.” However, it doesn’t mean that they won’t produce single-purchase premium titles.

It’s a good thing to note that they’ve already done this for their latest Tom Clancy’s The Division title, Heartland. Who knows, maybe the next Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs title could follow suit.

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The realme 8 dares to be more

You’re in for a treat

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realme has been bringing in the big guns with their smartphone releases. But, it doesn’t come unwarranted when they’ve been stacking good specs instead of just gaming features. They get it: you want to do more than just play games with their phone line-up. Which is why, they released the realme 8 series.

The realme 8 is pretty much the little bro of the realme 8 Pro. It’s got most of the bells and whistles without the big bro powers. So, how does the realme still stack up to be the best all-around smartphone out there for you?

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Stunning looks that might fool you

The realme 8 has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with 180Hz Touch Sampling rate. If touch sampling rate isn’t a metric you’re familiar with, it’s your display’s responsiveness to touch. Refresh rate is a whole different metric; it measures how well your display renders frames per second. Both are tangent features of the display. So, they’re different but, equally as important for gaming on your phone.

If you like strutting in style with your phone, the realme 8 teeters into keeping it flashy yet low-key. The phone features a reflective panel with “DARE TO LEAP” across its logo corner. Plus, realme sticks to classy colors with either Cyber Silver or Cyber Black available for the realme 8.

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The feelsgoodman specs

Let’s cut to the chase. The realme 8 is a great phone. The phone is decked out with an MTK Helio G95 octa-core processor, which pretty much grants the phone its unapologetic great performance. Whether I was browsing social media, binge-watching videos, or playing games, this phone didn’t stutter once.

realme 8

The phone delivers on buttery-smooth graphics. And, games like League of Legends: Wild Rift, Mobile Legend: Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile, and Sky run smoothly on the realme 8. But, are we really meant to be surprised by that? With the phone’s 8G RAM and 128G internal storage, lags just don’t exist in the same sentence. On top of all that, it manages to stay lightweight. The realme 8 weighs only 177g which is pretty impressive with all the features it packs.

realme 8

Battery can take a beating

Yes, it’s almost criminal. The realme 8 comes with a 30W Dart Charge brick. Which ideally charges the phone up to 50 percent within a matter of 26 minutes. I know what you’re thinking. This sounds too good to be true. Well, unlike the stacked disappointments of the past year, the realme 8 pulls through. It went from zero to 20 percent within 10 minutes which is pretty quick.

realme 8

With a 5,000mAh battery inside, the realme 8 can survive well over a day. It came in handy when I’d accidentally left it out uncharged overnight and still used it the next day. But, I’m guessing it would have been a whole different story had I thrown it into ungodly playing and binge-watching hours.

After a full day of gameplay, binge-watching, podcasts, music, and social media shenanigans, the phone gets close to 15 percent at the end of the day. This is impressive with most phones tossed my way with charging alerts by the tail end of my day.

So, if you’re like me, this phone is pretty reliable. It can take a beating and then some. And, when it does need charging, it won’t take long before you get enough juice in to use it again. It’s good to note that it also supports 15W PD charge, lending versatility on its side.

realme 8

Not just a gaming phone

The realme 8 is decked out with all the features you want from a gaming phone but rounds it all out with amazing smartphone features. So, calling this a gaming phone doesn’t feel fair considering it does well even outside the gaming-perfect specs.

One feature that often gets left out with your typical gaming-centric phone, would be the camera. As for this phone, it’s got an AI Quad camera setup. It’s got a 64MP wide-angle lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a second 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the realme 8 has a 16MP shooter with panorama capabilities.

Panorama on the realme 8

Low lighting is just the bane of every mobile phone photography’s existence. If lighting isn’t on your side, most phones will struggle. The realme 8 is sadly not an exception. But, when the sun’s on your side, the photos are pretty good.

The macro looks decent. Just make sure you flood the room with good lighting!

 

The night mode is good too! Stable hands for this mode is key.

The bokeh mode and wide shots on the phone are detailed. Recording videos doesn’t skimp on the 4k experience which is good too. Overall, the phone delivers on all fronts including its camera features. But if you’re looking for big bro camera stats, you should check out the realme 8 Pro.

realme 8

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The realme 8 ticks all the boxes of a quality smartphone. Its got great performance across the board takes really great pictures, has a smooth and responsive display, and lasts for quite some time. And, even if you run out of battery life, its Dart Charge won’t have you away for long.

Overall, this smartphone offers a daring deal. It gives you everything you need and want–and then some more. And, with its PhP 13,990 price tag, it’s the smartphone to beat. Better yet, you can avail of the PhP 1,000 worth of discount on the realme 8 during the flash sale on Lazada starting May 12!

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Sony warns PlayStation 5 shortage will continue into 2022

The chip shortage is affecting everyone

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Sony has already sold almost 7.8 million units of PlayStation 5 and estimates the sale of another 14.8 million this year. Despite the big numbers, the gaming console will continue to be in short supply as the demand is outrageously high.

According to a Bloomberg report, Sony told analysts it is challenging to keep up with strong demand. Earlier, Sony had predicted that supply would pick up in the second half of this year, but it no longer believes that. It didn’t set a new estimate for when supply will improve.

The global semiconductor shortage has severely affected production, and the delay is expected to last till 2022. “I don’t think demand is calming down this year, and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand,” Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said at the briefing.

Although, analysts are worried that with lockdown over in most major markets, the surge in demand for home entertainment might already have peaked. Sony isn’t the only one facing issues, though. Microsoft’s Xbox lineup is equally affected, and so is Nintendo’s.

Nintendo warned last week that component shortages could affect production. It’s officially targeting sales of 25.5 million consoles in the year ending March 2022, down slightly from the previous year.

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