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Lenovo Legion 5i: For hybrid work and play

Jump from pressure to pleasure in a jiffy

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Gaming laptops are slowly becoming a popular option even for non-gamers. This is evident in many of the gaming laptops today steering clear of the “RGB everything” aesthetic. And while it stays true to its gaming roots, the Legion 5i is one such laptop.

If you’re curious about how it looks, it’s identical to the Legion 5. It even has a Stingray White version too. So, you already know this one’s a straight-up stunner.

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It’s also decked out with a generous selection of ports. Here’s a list to be specific:

  • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Power connector (1x)
  • Ethernet (RJ-45) (1x)
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Always On) (1x)
  • Headphone / microphone combo jack (3.5mm) (1x)
  • HDMI 2.1 (1x)
  • ThunderboltTM 4 / USB4TM 40Gbps (support data transfer and DisplayPortTM 1.4) (1x)
  • Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 40Gbps (support data transfer,
  • Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4) (1x)

These are laid out across the sides of the Legion 5i. But a bulk of them are located at the back so your sides remain unobstructed.

Hybrid work and play

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Hybrid work is the buzzword these days. But it essentially means splitting time working at the office, at home, or some café somewhere. Make no mistake, the Legion 5i is still a beefy device, but it’s not too much a chore to bring wherever. Especially with the power you’re getting.

Inside this machine is a powerful 11th generation Intel Core™ i5-11400H (6C / 12T, 2.7 / 4.5GHz, 12MB). Play and stream the latest AAA titles at peak performance on the Legion 5i with up to 5.1GHz clock speeds, 8 cores, 16 MB of Intel®Smart Cache, Intel®Thermal Velocity Boost, Intel®Dynamic Tuning, and Intel®Wi-Fi 6. GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6, Boost Clock 1485 / 1695MHz, TGP 95W with built-in 2x 8GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200, two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, dual-channel capable, up to 32GB DDR4-3200, and up to 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0×4 NVMe.

Storage can also be expanded by up to two drives, 2x M.2 SSD:

  • Gen 4 M.2 2242 SSD up to 512GB
  • Gen 4 M.2 2280 SSD up to 1TB

Switch between pressure and pleasure

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Sorry for the tech specs dump, but what all of these essentially mean is that the Legion 5i is a workhorse of a machine. You can jump from work to play and play to work in a jiffy and without a hitch.

You can stress over work in style when you’re doing it on the Legion 5i. No matter how hectic things get, you’ll still look fly with this in tow.

The keys are wide and nicely spaced with a decent travel thanks to the Legion TrueStrike keyboard. These make for a truly satisfying work experience that perhaps you didn’t know you could get on a gaming machine.

When you’re ready to play, the Legion 5i can run a wide variety of games. We played Death’s Door, Inscryption, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits — all of which ran perfectly and helped us get through the humdrums of daily life.

So, whether you’re faced with Docs, Sheets, and Presentations or you’re on Steam destressing, the Legion 5i is a handy-dandy companion. Now, these are all well and good. But Lenovo decided to up the ante with Legion Ultimate Support or LUS.

Legion Ultimate Support (LUS)

How does one go about maximizing all that Legion has to offer? Lenovo answered this call with Legion Ultimate Support (LUS). It’s a unique customer service experience built for gamers..

With LUS you’re getting access to 24/7, highly trained, Legion experts that will guide you to the ins and outs of your chosen Legion device. Specifically, you’re getting the following:

  • Know-how around gaming titles, trends, and communities
  • 24/7 availability through phone, chat, and email
  • Next business day onsite support and fast repair
  • Support for hardware, software, and accessories

It’s a kind of next-level support that’s tailor-made for the Legion. Find out more about it here.

Stay cool, through it all

If you’re going to do a lot on the Legion 5i, you can rest easy knowing it can take the heat. Its Coldfront 3.0 cooling system keeps everything nice and chilled no matter how heated things get.

Bear in mind that the fans can get loud, but it’s a fine trade-off to keep you humming along.

Power for different uses

If you’re mixing it up jumping from work, play, and even some light social media stalking or sneaking in an episode or two of your favorite show, you’d be happy to know that the Legion 5i can get you through the day on a single charge.

Naturally, things will be different if you’re going full-throttle gaming. You’d get about four (4) hours untethered. After which, you can juice up with the included 230/300W Slim Tip (3-pin) power adapter.

Join the Legion

It’s so easy to make the case for the Legion 5i as your next daily companion. If you’re not averse to carrying around something sizable both in physique and performance, it’s a wonderful machine to cop.

The unit we were blessed to try came in Stingray White which is stunning to look at. But it’s also available in Phantom Blue and Shadow Black if those are the colors you feel like rocking with more.

The Legion 5i starts at PhP 79,995. Visit legion.lenovo.com for more information.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Legion Philippines.

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Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for nearly US$ 70B

Massive acquisition

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Here’s a move no one saw coming. Microsoft has just acquired gaming company Activision Blizzard for a whopping US$ 68.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

This means every studio and every game under Activision Blizzard now belongs to Microsoft. These include the creators of popular franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, and more.

The acquisition will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.

Bobby Kotick, who has been embroiled in several issues concerning company culture will remain as CEO of Activision Blizzard. Once the deal formally closes, he and his team will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

Exclusives?

The initial statement release stated that the Microsfot will continue to be present in the platforms that Activision Blizzard has established communities in. This could have allayed fears that the acquired titles will now be exclusive to Microsoft and Xbox. However, this line is no longer present and has been replaced with statements from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella.

“Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want,” said Spencer.

Game Pass

The acquisition bodes well for Microsoft’s Game Pass. It already boasts of hundreds, if not thousands of gaming titles as well as over 25 million users.

The acquisition will add some parts of  Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries. It will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry.

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Image source: Gematsu

Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

Image source: Gematsu

However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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