Gaming laptops and limited budgets don’t usually make for good friends. But for just $1,099, this Lenovo portable (opens in new tab) turns out surprisingly. The crucial aspect in any gaming laptop is the GPU, and the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro rocks an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, which is just one tier below the absolute best graphics chip for laptops, the RTX 3080. It’s an extremely fast mobile graphics chip.
To that you can add the next most important aspect, the screen. The Legion 5 Pro rocks an extremely impressive 16-inch 1600p panel (it’s essentially a slightly larger 16:10 aspect version of the more common 1440p thing) running at full 165Hz. That’s pretty much exactly what we’d recommend as the perfect balance of size, resolution and speed for a laptop panel. In addition, the panel is also DisplayHDR 400 certified. Nice.
The third element of the critical gaming laptop trifecta is, of course, the CPU. Here the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro nails it again with an AMD 7 Ryzen 5800H. Okay, it’s a last generation chip. But the latest 6000 series Ryzen laptop chips received only minor tweaks. And the 5800H remains an eight-core monster of a mobile CPU.
Elsewhere you get 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB NVMe drive that’s guaranteed to do proper TLC flash, not the cheap QLC stuff. Meanwhile, the chassis features an advanced dual-fan design with user-configurable cooling, while the keyboard has what Lenovo describes as “soft landing switches” that deliver deeper strokes with equal force on each stroke.
Connectivity is also well covered and includes two USB-C ports, HDMI 2.1 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth, plus a physical LAN port. The battery is an 80 WHr item, which is reasonable. Lenovo claims eight hours of battery life. That sounds a bit optimistic, but this certainly won’t be one of those truly ephemeral gaming portables that topple over after a few hours.
All in all, this is a really nicely balanced package with some excellent components for a very reasonable price. Affordable laptop gaming has certainly never looked so good.
Where are the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals?
- Amazon – RTX 3050 laptops from Acer and Dell starting at $650 (opens in new tab)
- Asus – high-end ROG Zephyrus 14 with Ryzen 9 and RTX 3060 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
- MSI – RTX 3080 gaming laptops up to $200 off at Newegg (opens in new tab)
- gigabytes – up to 50% off Gigabyte gaming laptops at Newegg (opens in new tab)
- walmart – cheap Gateway laptops. Remember them?! (opens in new tab)
- B&H’s photo – up to $500 off gaming laptops from Lenovo, Asus and MSI (opens in new tab)
- Target – gaming laptops under $1,000 (opens in new tab)
- Staples – up to $300 off MSI gaming notebooks (opens in new tab)
- Lenovo – $1,000+ discounts on Legion laptops (opens in new tab)
- Razer – discounts on Razer Blade laptops, our favorite notebooks (opens in new tab)
- Newegg – $500+ off RTX 30 series gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy – save up to $500 on gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft – up to half the price of last generation laptops (opens in new tab)
- Dell – save over $300 on Dell and Alienware gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3050 Ti – Gigabyte G5 MD |
$999.99$549.99 (save $450) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3060 – Acer Nitro 5 |
$798$649 (save $149) (opens in new tab)
- RX6800S – Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 |
$1,899.99$1,399.99 (save $500) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3070 – Lenovo Legion 5 Pro |
$1,298.97$1,099 (save $199.97) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3070 Ti – Gigabyte Aero 5 XE4 |
$2,199$1,149.99 (save $1,049.01) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3080 – MSI GP66 Leopard |
$2,399$1,399 (save $1,000) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3080 – Razer Blade 14|
$2,799.99$1,999.99 (save $800) (opens in new tab)