Lenovo Legion 7i Hands-On: Power with reservations

The company’s flagship has its upside, for now



What’s it like to receive a big crate one day, while working from home? I opened it with the expectation that it’s something big, powerful, and expensive. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been sent to me via crate, right?

Lo and behold, Lenovo sent me one of their new flagship gaming devices. This time around, they’ve decided to go for a simpler way of naming things. Meet the Lenovo Legion 7i in all its fame and glory, which was announced back in April.

What exactly does this entire package bring to the table? Well, here are some initial thoughts I have on the Lenovo Legion 7i.

A pretty straightforward unboxing

For what it’s worth, unboxing the Legion 7i was as straightforward as it could ever be. The big Legion box came with two other boxes inside it: one for the laptop itself, the other for the 230W charging brick. One thing that immediately jumps ahead here is that, well it doesn’t come with any other peripherals. 

If there was anything I could give Lenovo props on, it’s the black cloth-like sleeve that covered the device. I get it, it’s not that much since you’re more interested in getting the laptop out of the box. But, I acknowledge that some consideration was given even to that level.

Out of the box, it’s a pretty well-designed device

I felt that the Lenovo Legion 7i was built quite nicely. It’s not a device that just screams in its size or color choice, but it adds some subtlety to it. The near-Space Gray aluminum chassis just looks sexy to me, along with the metallic Legion logo on the lid. Although, these are fingerprint magnets so you should definitely wash your hands first.


L to R: HDMI, USB-A, RJ45 LAN, USB-A, charging port, Kensington lock

I applaud Lenovo Legion for actually putting the more important I/O ports at the back. I didn’t mind that it added just a few more inches to the overall length of the device. Honestly, placing the charging, USB-A, and HDMI ports at the back lessens any obstruction while playing. This also comes with two USB-C ports, with only one of them having Thunderbolt 3 support.

A 720p webcam with its own physical privacy shutter

Upon opening the lid, it’s what I expect out of most Legion laptops: full-size RGB-backlit keyboard, FHD display with the webcam placed above. At least they incorporated the physical webcam shutter, so no need for those sticky notes. Although, there was a portion of the keyboard, near the power button that felt loose or hollow.

Initial performance run seems promising

The unit that was sent to me actually comes with the 10th-generation Intel Core i7-10750H processor. It also came with an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, a 240Hz FHD display, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. It’s not the most powerful configuration out there, but I felt that it could still get the job done.

And so far, it actually has lived up to expectations. Most work applications run smoothly with the hardware this device is rocking. Gaming on it also feels like a breeze, as even more modern AAA titles look fantastic. I mean, it hasn’t won me a full game of Fall Guys yet but we’re getting there.

A 240Hz FHD display fit for both streaming content and gaming

Although, I will need to look into several more things before anything else. The thermal situation is one of them, but so far it hasn’t reached boiling hot levels. Of course, there’s the laptop’s battery life but I’m already experiencing a fast-draining battery.

Pricing and availability

So far, the Lenovo Legion 7i works like the true flagship that it is. It’s all compressed in one simple package, but with incredibly beefy hardware. Also, its build quality is honestly one of the more well-thought off ones I’ve seen in a while. Let’s just see if it fully stacks up to the competition. Keep in mind that this is priced at PhP 134,995, and will come with the Legion Recon backpack.

If you want to be the first to get this device, Lenovo Legion is opening pre-orders from August 19-23, 2020. As a bonus, all pre-orders of the Legion 7i will come with a set of peripherals worth PhP 12,980. Those who wish to pre-order the device may do so in the following participating stores:

  • Legion SM North EDSA
  • Legion SM City Cebu
  • Complink SM Mall of Asia
  • PC Corner Gilmore
  • PC Express SM Megamall
  • Thinking Tools SM Davao


We’re getting a Star Wars game from Ubisoft

It’s a story-driven open-world adventure



Star Wars Ubisoft
Photo by Brian McGowan on Unsplash

May The Force be with Ubisoft! The company just announced that it is collaborating with Lucasfilm Games on a new story-driven open-world video game set in the beloved Star Wars galaxy.

The game will be developed using next gen tech including the Snowdrop engine. There aren’t any specific details yet as to what the game will be about exactly. The companies involved — Ubisoft and Lucasfilm Games — have expressed excitement over the project.

“The vast Star Wars lore is an incredible source of inspiration for our teams,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft. “This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm Games, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand to build upon the incredible legacy of Lucasfilm to create a game that we know Star Wars fans will love.”

“We are inspired by the passion and talent of the team at Massive, and together we share a vision for the type of original stories we want to tell with our players in this expansive galaxy. They have the creativity, experience, and community understanding to bring awe-inspiring authenticity, depth and innovation to this new Star Wars game,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games.

More information about the game and the release date will be shared at a later stage.

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CD Projekt Red publicly apologizes for Cyberpunk 2077

Promises fixes for 2021



Though it was one of the most hyped video games in recent history, Cyberpunk 2077 became the most polarizing game of 2020. Especially on older consoles and lower-end PCs, the game suffered endless bugs — some of which were game-breaking. So far, CD Projekt Red, the game’s developers, released three hotfixes to fix the most outstanding bugs. Now, Marcin Iwiński, CD Projekt Red’s founder released an apology video for Cyberpunk 2077.

In the video, Iwiński personally accepted all responsibility for the fumbled launch. The launch unsurprisingly didn’t meet the developer’s expectations. Game stores like Sony and Xbox have offered full refunds for dissatisfied customers. According to the founder, CD Projekt Red focused too much on high-end PCs, causing errors to go undetected on other consoles.

As such, besides the apology video, CD Projekt Red released a timeline for upcoming updates. Later this year, the game will get two definitive patches — 1.1 and 1.2 — for major improvements and fixes. After which, the developer will keep outing “multiple updates and improvements” including free DLCs and a free next-gen console update.

Though the game is already out on Xbox Series S/X, the PlayStation 5 is still expecting to get Cyberpunk 2077 sometime this year.

SEE ALSO: Cyberpunk 2077 PC review: Looks can be deceiving

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CES 2021

New Legion laptops, accessories announced at CES 2021

Plenty of gaming goodies to look forward to!




Lenovo Legion is going all out for gamers at CES 2021. They’re coming out with the latest in AMD and NVIDIA processors, high-resolution 16-inch displays, AI-driven frame rates and exciting upgrades.

Lenovo Legion 7

The Lenovo Legion 7 sports the latest mobile processors for PC gamers — up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs.

It comes with the new 16-inch 165Hz IPS display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1600 resolution, NVIDIA G-SYNC, 100 percent sRGB color accuracy, 90% screen-to-body ratio, 11% more screen estate (vs conventional 15.6-inch screens), and Dolby Vision.

The Lenovo Legion AI Engine optimizes system performance via machine learning to deliver the highest possible framerates whether your game is CPU or GPU-intensive. For 16 of the most popular triple-A gaming titles, the Lenovo AI Engine will run them at finely-tuned settings for maximum frame rates.

Legion TrueStrike Keyboard

The Legion TrueStrike Keyboard features innovative soft-landing switches that deliver deeper strokes with equal force on every strike. This enables you to strike enemies with extreme precision, hair-trigger speeds and satisfying keystrokes.

The full-sized keyboard with number pad is also illuminated in over 16 million colors via Corsair iCUE support with a glass trackpad that is 23% larger than previous generations. You can easily launch the Lenovo Vantage software with the dedicated Super Key to custom-calibrate your system.

The Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system packs an intelligent intake system that features turbo-charged dual-fans and quad-channel exhausts with vapor chamber technology.

Nahimic Audio drastically improves your gaming experience with its immersive 3D audio. Experience crystal-clear communication with teammates with background noise suppression. If you have additional Bluetooth speakers, you can connect them to your Legion laptop to create a surround sound field.

For privacy, the Legion 7 offers a 720p integrated webcam with E-shutter which allows you to cut off power to the webcam and prevent camera hacking with the switch located on the side of the laptop.

Available from Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion Slim 7

The Legion Slim 7 is the successor to the world’s lightest 15-inch gaming laptop with NVIDIA RTX graphics released in 2020, and now comes with AMD’s latest processors.

At under 1.9kg, this ultra-svelte beauty is a perfect fit for any boardroom or tournament setting with unbridled performance under its magnesium cum aluminum chassis in the Shadow Black hue.

It is powered by up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with Max-Q Design GPUs. Its key features include: Legion TrueStrike Keyboard, Nahimic Audio, Webcam physical shutter, among others.

Available from Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

The Legion 5 Pro offers the same 16-inch 16:10 QHD display as the Legion 7 and is powered by up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5800H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs.

Its key features include: Legion TrueStrike Keyboard, Nahimic Audio, Webcam physical shutter, among others.

Available from Q1 2021.

Lenovo Legion 5

The Legion 5 brings the balance of style and savage power to gamers in 15” or 17” sizes. It will also be available in two hues — Phantom Blue or Stingray White.

It is powered by up to the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5800H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs. Its top features include: rueStrike Keyboard, Nahimic Audio, Webcam physical shutter, among others.

Available from Q1 2021.

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass for PC

Every Lenovo Legion gaming laptop comes with a complimentary one-month Microsoft Xbox Game Pass for PC, unlocking hundreds of great games for non-stop gaming. Play over 100 high-quality PC games for one low monthly price with XBOX Game Pass.

Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station and H600 Wireless Gaming Headset

The new Lenovo Legion S600 Gaming Station has an always-on charging capability that solves multiple power problems at once.

It features hang-to-charge technology for the new Lenovo Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset and a Qi-enabled base that charges compatible smartphones (up to 10W output) and other supported devices such as wireless gaming mice.

The station’s modern-looking stand is lightweight at just 919 grams and features two USB-A pass-through ports on the bottom for high-speed connectivity and device charging.

Available from Q1 2021

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