Lenovo is planning on giving gamers a more immersive experience with the new Lenovo Legion 7i Gaming Laptop. Priced at $1,199, the new laptop builds on the previous and popular Legion Y540 and Y470 series. While its origins may be in gaming, Lenovo isn’t pigeon-holing this laptop. “We wanted to make something that’s a bit more sophisticated; a laptop that can be a gaming machine, but also one you can take into office boardrooms,” said Lenovo’s gaming lead in Asia-Pacific, Ian Tan.
The 7i platform will come equipped with 10th gen Intel Core H processors with the 8C/16T Core i9-10980HK in its configuration. The 7i is also the first laptop to use Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus technology. This new graphics engine can intelligently switch between a dedicated graphics processing unit and a basic integrated GPU. What stands out about this technology is that by being able to switch back and forth, the computer will use less battery life. Said battery is an 80Wh battery. The 7i also has a new vapour cooling system that Lenovo is calling, “Coldfront 2.0.” This new system combines hardware and software to improve cooling.
The 15.6-inch IPS screen of the 7i has a 1080p resolution, which may not turn heads, but it also boasts a 144Hz refresh. If that’s still not impressive enough, you can opt for a 240Hz refresh for a little extra money. Lenovo also equipped the 7i with a new keyboard design that has larger arrow keys as well as a number pad. The keyboard’s keys have a 1.3mm key travel and feature anti-ghosting capabilities, so you can press multiple keys at once without causing a malfunction. The changes to the platform make the 7i a bit bigger, with a thickness of 19.9mm and a 2.2kg weight. Even at that, however, it’s still a good size for a gaming laptop. If the 7i isn’t in the cards for you right now, you might consider the stepped down version—the Legion 5.