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Lenovo Legion Slim 7i 2022: Slimmer with no compromises

If it ain’t broke, just make it a bit better

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Lenovo made an effort to refresh a lot of their gaming laptops from last year, mostly with improved hardware inside. They took the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” quite literally and just made some minor adjustments in the process. All in all, this would ideally provide a better gaming experience for their customers, whether they play casually or competitively.

Such is the case with 2022’s version of the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i, which came in a similar form factor as last year and some key hardware changes. Of course, the idea is for these slight changes to improve overall performance with more emphasis on gaming and content creation. With these in place, this year’s version should stack up pretty well for the perfect on-the-go gaming machine.

Will we see something different this time around with the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i?

Same form, same build, slightly better

Legion Slim 7i

From the outside, this year’s Lenovo Legion Slim 7i looks almost identical to that of last year’s model. From the size to the port placement, everything is exactly where it needed to be, without any gimmicks added. If anything, one of the key differences would be that they added air vents at both sides of the laptop, which we’ll touch on later.

Legion Slim 7i

The main thing that stood out in this year’s model is the hardware that it brings to the table. The Lenovo Legion Slim 7i comes with a 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA RTX 3060 powering the entire device – pretty much an upgrade from last year.

Also, this year’s model comes with a 165Hz, 16:10 WQHD display, which is consistent with their other gaming laptops this year.

Overall, performance is a bit better compared to last year for productivity and most creative work. From creating presentations to editing photos and high quality videos, the Legion Slim 7i still checks all the boxes without any slow downs. It also helped that the 16:10 WQHD display provided a ton of window space for multitasking purposes.

Tiny boost in gaming from last year

Legion Slim 7i

With the RTX 3060 inside, gaming performance also had a slight improvement from last year. For most competitive titles like VALORANT, Apex Legends, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the device recorded above 120 FPS at relatively high graphics settings. In addition, that 165Hz refresh rate with a 1ms response rate helped out a lot during high-pressure moments.

For the games that support ray tracing, however, the Legion Slim 7i had a rather similar output as last year’s model. Visually, games like Fortnite and post-Edgerunners Cyberpunk 2077 come out as detailed as possible given display limitations. Although, this still comes at the cost of frame rates tanking and making them a bit unplayable at times – something even last year’s model suffered through.

If there was one thing that just felt missing, it was a stable gaming experience but this isn’t on the RTX 3060. Instead, it’s based on the fact that the Legion Slim 7i doesn’t come with a dedicated RJ45 port and relies more on the WiFi 6 adapter. For some people, having a wired connection just fits better, so your experience with this laptop for competitive gaming might be different.

Feels a bit cooler and quieter than before

Legion Slim 7i

With most of Lenovo’s Legion laptops this year, they incorporated the Coldfront 4.0 cooling system inside. In essence, it’s also a slight upgrade in power and heat management for all the critical hardware when you’re playing extensively. For the Legion Slim 7i, it follows that same cooling experience described.

As mentioned earlier, the Legion Slim 7i has air vents both at the rear and on opposite sides of the device for that specific purpose. Basically, there’s a lot more air flowing out and keeping the device relatively cool during intense workload. Also, for the most part, it keeps the hot air away from other parts of the laptop that would make the experience a bit more uncomfortable.

Legion Slim 7i

 

Another key improvement in the cooling system was that the fans are noticeably quieter than last year. Although you might need a pair of headphones to block it out at times, it feels like the fans are less aggressive in pushing out hot air from the device compared to last year’s model. 

Still doesn’t last long, but charges fast, at least

Much like last year’s model, this year’s Legion Slim 7i still clocks in at around 10 to 12 hours of full battery usage when subjected to regular workload. In this case, regular workload includes a ton of document and presentation work, light gaming and photo/video editing. When gaming full time, we managed to squeeze out at most three hours from the device before reaching for the charger.

With Rapid Charge on and the 250W charging brick in tow, it took around two hours to fully charge the device when you’re not using it while charging. It’s still quite alright that it takes just that long if you want to get back into the action that much. While using the device during charge mode, charging time is extended to around two hours and 30 minutes.

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Legion Slim 7i

Starting at PhP 119,295, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i for 2022 is a slight improvement from last year from a performance standpoint. On the outside, it doesn’t look any different alluding to consistently great build quality. With upgraded hardware, it delivers great all-around performance fit for both the casual and competitive gamer alike with less compromises. 

Even on the cooling side of things, there is also some slight improvement with Coldfront 4.0 at the helm. Across the board, these improvements make the gaming experience much better. Although, much  like last year, the laptop doesn’t last quite long but this is rather expected given the hardware inside. 

Overall, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i is a high quality option for an on-the-go gaming machine. It’s still a heavy investment given all the hardware improvements, but we feel it’s still a good investment if you’re looking for an upgrade.

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Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

Sued by the FTC

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The year started off with a bang. Microsoft, already a respectable name in the gaming industry by itself, announced the impending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$ 68.7 billion. Perhaps it’s fitting that the year will end right back where it started. The FTC is officially suing Microsoft to block the monumental purchase from going through.

Announced today, the United States’ FTC (or Federal Trade Commission) has filed a legal claim against Microsoft, stating that the acquisition will allow the company to suppress competition between its rivals in the gaming industry. The commission believes that it has enough to effectively block the purchase. Allowing Microsoft to go through with the purchase will supposedly enable the company to prevent Activision Blizzard’s titles — including the Call of Duty franchise — from coming out easily on other platforms.

Since the announcement of the acquisition, Activision Blizzard has gone through a rocky year. The company had its dirty laundry aired out: a plethora of disagreeable practices from within the company. Exacerbated by the rocky launches of Diablo Immortal and Overwatch 2, it’s not exactly a stellar year for the company.

In fact, it’s not a good year for monopolistic practices either. Recently, Ticketmaster found itself under the microscope after a massive kerfuffle preventing Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to the star’s upcoming concert.

While the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still up in the air, it seems company acquisitions aren’t as easy as this year has made them out to be.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft announces a modular Adaptive Mouse

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PlayStation gift ideas for 2022: The best of the best

God of War: Ragnarök tops the list

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Gamers, rejoice! The Christmas season is finally here. That means it’s also the perfect time to secure PlayStation titles and peripherals to boost the gaming experience. Here are some of the best gift ideas for gamers on both PS4 and PS5:

UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection

This collection retails for PhP 2,490 and includes both critically acclaimed single player adventures, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy.

Dive into complex history from the point of view of thieves Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer. Its PlayStation 5 option is remastered with improved visuals and framerate.

God of War: Ragnarök

Already widely considered as the game of the year, Santa Monica Studio’s sequel to the 2018 God of War features Kratos and Atreus going on a mythic journey across nine realms together before Ragnarök arrives.

Kratos will use his weapons like the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos as he puts everything on the line to fight for family while facing fearsome enemies from Norse gods to wild beasts.

God of War: Ragnarök is priced at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.

Horizon Forbidden West

From Sony comes an action RPG wherein Aloy braves the Forbidden West, a frontier that conceals mysterious threats.

The adventure will take gamers to a far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon where land is dying and vicious storms keep ravaging what’s left of humanity.

That said, it will be up to Aloy to uncover the secrets, forge alliances, and defeat the enemy to prevail.

Horizon Forbidden West is available at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7

For those into racing, Gran Turismo 7 brings together the very best of the Real Driving Simulator.

The game reintroduces GT Simulation Mode, on top of the head-to-head GT Sport Mode, GT Campaign, Arcade, and Driving School.

With over 420 cars available at Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership from day one and over 90 track routes including classics, Gran Turismo 7 promises both unparalleled detail and experience.

You can purchase the game for PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.

The Last of Us Part I

The Last of Us Part 1

The multi-awarded game gets a PlayStation 5 treatment. Protagonist Joel smuggles 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone, which jumpstarts a brutal cross-country journey.

This package includes The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.

The Last of Us Part I costs PhP 3,490 as well.

Gaming peripherals

As for accessories, you should get your hands on the DualSense Wireless Controller for PS5 which now comes in new colors. The controllers are now available in Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Galactic Purple, and Nova Pink, as well as Gray Camouflage.

It is available in all PlayStation authorized dealers starting at PhP 3,990.

Speaking of those colors, one can now customize their console itself with the PS5 Console Covers which are priced at PhP 3,090.

To complete the immersive gaming experience, the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset delivers with PS5 system’s Tempest 3D AudioTech and comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones.

It is available for PhP 5,590 in Midnight Black and Gray Camouflage.

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Xbox will raise prices of new titles next year

Will soon cost US$ 69.99

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New video games are expensive. Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, stores have been charging US$ 69.99 for every new release. On the flip side, Microsoft has kept its own slate of titles at the usual US$ 59.99 price point. However, that’s about to change next year. The company is raising the prices of first-party Xbox titles to US$ 69.99 next year.

In a recent statement (via The Verge), Microsoft has announced that new next-gen titles coming from Xbox Game Studios next year will face a price hike to reflect their “the content, scale, and technical complexity.” The announcement specifically names Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield (incidentally, one of the most anticipated titles next year) as part of this starting slate.

Prior to today’s status quo, new titles always sold for US$ 59.99. By itself, the old price tag is already hefty. However, it was one that was eventually accepted, especially after increasingly longer playthrough times.

Now, however, players are once again in a renewed state of justifying the expensive prices of new games. Titles are US$ 10 more expensive these days. Plus, special editions, which are becoming more common, have even higher price points.

If anything, Microsoft has waited until after the holidays before hiking prices up. If you were looking at a new title for your Xbox Series X/S, the holidays might be the best time to grab it. Or, as always, you can pay the monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass to access a trove of titles including new ones.

SEE ALSO: Xbox outsells the PlayStation for the first in 11 years

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