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Disclaimer: We were loaned a review unit, courtesy of Lenovo Malaysia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not influenced by Lenovo Malaysia, and/or its affiliates, in any way.

Introduction

While there are many high-performance gaming laptops available on the market out now, most of them are large and bulky and aren't ideal for usage as a travelling device. However, times are changing - a lot more companies are putting out high-performance gaming machines suitable to bring around with you. Introducing the Legion Slim 7i, Lenovo's take on a high-performance laptop in a slim, lightweight, form factor.

There are plenty of reviews out there already benchmarking this laptop and pushing it to its limits, so we decided to take a different approach for this piece. Since the selling point of the laptop is its form factor and weight, for over a week, I used the laptop as my work machine on days I was not at my desk.

For reference, my regular laptop is an Intel-powered Ultrabook with no discrete GPU. It's gone through its fair share of wear and tear over the past three years but still functions great as a work device, I expect the Legion Slim 7i to outclass it in multiple ways.

If Looks Could Kill

Right out of the box, I was impressed by the Lenovo Legion Slim 7i. I had seen it in pictures previously, but this machine looked amazing in person. It has a very unassuming look. Instead of bright lights, sharp edges and loud styling - under its corporate-ish attire, lies a beast of a machine. I'm not a huge fan of the whole 'gamer aesthetic' and I'm glad Lenovo went in this direction.

Though the device is slightly heavier than my own laptop that I'm used to bringing around, I only noticed its heft when I was holding the laptop (i.e. taking it out of my backpack). When I was carrying it around my backpack, it didn't feel that much different. On the other hand, the laptop's power adapter is one heavy unit. Fortunately, the laptop has a reasonable battery life (at least 4-5 hours running in high-performance mode) based on my usage habits, so I didn't need to need to lug around that chonky accessory if I wasn't going to be out for the whole day.

The laptop's power button also works as a battery indicator for the machine - if you see it flashing, you'll know it's time to charge. The glowing symbol on the Legion logo behind the laptop display is also a nice touch, giving a subtle hint of its gaming-capabilities.

Power...

The Legion Slim 7i is the portable version of the Legion 7i, a powerful gaming laptop. But by making it slimmer and lighter, a few sacrifices had to be made. On the Legion Slim 7i, you'll find that it's missing the ethernet, HDMI and side USB A port. Although I could get by without using them, your experience may differ if they are necessary for your workflow.

The Legion Slim 7i only has 4 USB ports - 2x USB C, 2x USB A. Due to the limitations of the slim chassis, the USB A ports are located on the rear of the laptop, which makes them tedious to reach in a pinch. Fortunately, if you have USB C peripherals, those are located on the right side of the device. While it is troublesome if you are used to frequently changing your USB devices (i.e. switching out thumb drives), it can be solved with the use of an external USB hub (not ideal, but it is a solution - or make sure your devices use USB C).

My workflow relies heavily on internet-based apps, so a lot of it is done via a web browser (Chrome), Notion, and Teams. As predicted, I had no issues here, in fact, I would say that using this as a daily machine has been fantastic.

The laptop performs as well as expected - launching programs feels snappy, quick, and effortless. The ultra-responsive touchpad combined with the large 144hz display (which I love) made working feel almost as good as working from my home desktop. My productivity wasn't hampered at all when I was out and about with this device. It felt good to know that I had a device that I could reliably work with and had the ability to run resource-hogging games when the occasion called for it.

...Overwhelming

The numpad was a nice addition (I don't normally use one) - it made entering two-factor authentication codes a breeze, and the keyboard itself is one of the nicest keyboards I've ever used on a laptop (high praise from someone who's very picky when it comes to input devices). In fact, most of this review was written on the Legion Slim 7i's keyboard itself!

If you use your laptop in dark conditions, the keyboard's RGB lighting will make sure you don't get lost. I appreciated the fact that pressing the FN key will light up specific keys on the laptop to inform you of the key combos you can use. Though it was expected to perform well for regular day-to-day tasks, it was nice knowing that the laptop was also capable of playing intensive games at the highest quality settings. I benchmarked and played a few rounds of GTA V on the laptop just to be sure, and was not disappointed. With everything set to High or Very High, I was consistently able to reach over 100 FPS, sometimes jumping up to 120+.

One thing to point out is that the fan noise increased substantially during gaming sessions but it kept the laptop running smoothly, with no hiccups. The case did heat up significantly, but again - it won't be an issue if you plan to use an external keyboard and mouse or gamepad (which you'll probably want to when gaming).

The laptop also features unobtrusive Lenovo software and it didn't come loaded with bloatware (except McAfee antivirus - it's 2020, who needs anything else besides Windows Defender and good browsing habits?). It also has iCUE if you need to adjust the RGB on the keyboard (I turned the lights off because it's not for me). A 1TB SSD also meant that I wouldn't be running out of space any time soon, and 16GB of RAM is plenty for most people. The front-facing camera is passable - it works well enough but can be a bit grainy even in brightly lit conditions. For those who are worried about their privacy, it features a slider to block the lens when not in use.

Speaking of privacy, the laptop features a fingerprint reader for security purposes. With the built-in Windows 10 security options, it was quick and easy to set up a fingerprint password to unlock the device. I set it up to replace the PIN on the login screen without a hitch. No more fumbling for keys when trying to access your laptop quickly.

Bluetooth and wireless connectivity worked great. I had no issues with the speakers or onboard microphone - they were loud and clear. But as usual, you'll want to use your favourite headphones/mic anyway, especially if you work in public.

Conclusion

Using the Legion Slim 7i for the past week has been a pleasure, and I'll be sad to part with the machine. That being said, the laptop isn't perfect - the hard to reach USB A ports in the rear (a problem that will be solved eventually when more devices transition to USB C), the heavy power brick and the less-than-stellar battery life are all points to consider before picking this machine up.

While it is very powerful, the machine does seem a tad overkill if you're planning to use it as a daily driver for non-GPU-intensive work - there are more affordable laptops out there for that purpose. However, if you're looking for a machine that's great for travelling and powerful enough to game with when you need to, the Legion Slim 7i is hard to pass up, especially if you want one of the sleekest-looking machines on the market.

The Legion Slim 7i is going to cost a pretty penny, with a retail price of RM7,599 (but at the time of writing, Lenovo does have some web deals to bring the price down). The laptop comes installed with Windows 10 Home edition, and from now till 31st March, will come preinstalled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 (worth RM529). You can purchase it from Lenovo Exclusive Stores nationwide and Lenovo authorised online sellers.

Pros: Amazing performance, great keyboard, trackpad, gorgeous high refresh rate display, sleek design

Cons: Poor placement of USB A ports, lack of HDMI port, heavy power brick, gets hot and noisy under heavy load

Tech Specs

If you want to game on the go currently, you're limited to a handful of modern platforms - we've got our smartphones (everyone has one) or a console like the Nintendo Switch. What if you wanted to play PC games without lugging around a large laptop? That's where the mini-computer comes in. While not thoroughly explored, there have been a handful of gadgets in the space, most notably the GPD Pocket. Well, if things go well, we'll see another player in the space from NECPC (the joint venture of Lenovo and NEC Corporation).

The company today unveiled a prototype of the LAVIE MINI, an ultra-mobile PC with regular laptop specs - 11th gen Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, an 8" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) touch display, and only weighing 579g. What we found interesting about the device is the detachable gaming controller which transform it into a form factor that we all know and enjoy! If this is the future of PC gaming on the go, sign me up. It will also come with a Switch-style dock for you to game on a big screen and attach additional accessories (i.e. external keyboard/mouse, or other gamepads).

No word on when it'll be released or pricing (probably not anytime soon since it's only a prototype), but we can't wait to see it on shelves!

If you've been holding out for a new gaming laptop from Lenovo, you'll be pleased to know that the Legion Slim 7i (announced last year) will finally be making its way to our country in the near future. The company today announced that the Legion Slim 7i will be arriving in Malaysia early 2021 and you'll be able to make preorders soon.

Touted as "The World's Lightest 15.6" GeForce RTX Gaming Laptop", the Legion Slim 7i comes with powerful hardware packed into a slim and light aluminium body. It is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (the Max-Q variant which is tuned down to conserve power), a 71WHr battery (for up to 7.75 hours of battery life) with Rapid Charge Pro, and Dolby Atmos Speaker System with Sound Radar by Dolby for that enhanced audio experience.

The Legion Slim 7i will start at RM7,500 but expect the optional upgrades to bump that up by a bit. If you're interested in getting yourself one of these machines, head over to the official Lenovo website to register to be informed once it goes on sale!

If you're a gamer in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to check out Lenovo's latest offering! Announced this morning, the Legion Phone Duel is a smartphone targeted at gamers and/or streamers whose platform of choice is the mobile phone. Taking cues from their other Legion computers, the smartphone has designed to address the needs of gamers on the go. What makes this phone stand out?

It features the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G processor, a 6.59” FHD AMOLED display – with 240Hz touch sampling rate and 144Hz refresh rate, 2x 2,500mAh batteries and a dual Type-C 65W Turbo charging system, which allows you to keep the phone charged even when you're using it horizontally. If you're in a rush to head out, you can even plug in two charging cables at the same time to get you from 0-100% in 34 minutes - talk about speedy!

Other notable features of the phone include its horizontal livestream-ready camera - which means you won't be blocking the camera when you have the phone in your hands sideways and seamless desktop-style gameplay (if you want to game at a desk) - all you need to do is plug in your controllers/keyboard/mouse, the phone will recognize the mode and function accordingly!

With top of the line specs and support for 5G when it rolls around, this future-proof phone can be yours (in red or blue), for RM3,399 (12GB/256GB) or RM3,999 (16GB/512GB). The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel will be available from authorized retailers (online and offline) starting 26 October. Mark that date on your calendar so you won't miss out!

From 26 October till 30 November, buyers will get a free gift worth up to RM329 which includes the Legion H500 Pro 7.1 headphones (while stocks last). Head on over to the official Lenovo Malaysia website for more details.

RELATED: The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has gotten us pretty eGG-cited and here’s why

As a bunch of gaming/tech nerds, we find it rather exciting to come across innovation these days, which is why the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is an exciting prospect for us. The gaming phone segment has been heating up, and with the launch of this beast of a device, mobile gamers from the casuals (like us) to the esports pros (and even streamers!) may now have a potentially game-changing proposition. Let’s unpack some of the features on the spec sheet.

Dual Technology Architecture

Lenovo says this phone has a “revolutionary dual architecture” which covers dual batteries, dual Type-C 65W Turbo Charging and dual-liquid, mid-thermal floating cooling system. Here’s what this actually means.

Firstly, it addresses one of the most annoying pain points in mobile gaming - charging. Splitting the massive 5,000 mAh battery into two separate 2,500mAh units and slapping two charging ports onto the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is a clever bit of engineering. The horizontal port offers unobtrusive charging, and if you ever need to get a quick charge in between games, you can charge the phone via both the side and bottom ports simultaneously to get a 60% charge in 15 minutes, or 100% in 34 minutes! Obviously, the power brick comes with two outputs, both of which are Type-C 65W Turbo Charging 🤯.

The second pain point that Lenovo addresses is heat. The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has a dual-liquid, mid-thermal floating cooling system to dissipate heat, while the phone’s strategic positioning of both batteries under the horizontal grip area further helps to prevent heat discomfort. This will make those night-long rank-climbing sessions much more enjoyable.

High-Precision Immersive Sensory Experience

The Legion Phone Duel’s 6.59” FHD AMOLED display comes with a 240Hz touch sampling rate and 144Hz refresh rate, which is going to really sweeten the experience especially in shooting games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile. Talk about a refresh rate that’s similar to what you get on a gaming monitor! Additionally, the phone’s dual ultrasonic shoulder keys, dual x-axis linear motors and 3D motion sensors are going to add more precision to your gyro game.

Livestream-ready Horizontal Pop-up Camera

Now, this is another game-changing feature for streamers to help clock in those stream hours. The 20-megapixel selfie camera on the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel pops up horizontally while gaming (which comes with a bunch of fun filters too). At this point, we can’t help to pause and wonder, could this be the future of streaming?

To be enabled via a future update of the Lenovo Realm software, we think streamers would appreciate the streaming mode feature which will allow you to go live whenever, wherever. So the question is, would streamers continue to rely on multiple devices in the future when you can stream with just one?

In any case, this phone’s streaming capabilities are pretty future-proof, with quad-mic noise cancellation, background-removal and beautification software built in. Oh, and did we mention 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity?

Seamless Desktop-Style Gameplay

If touchscreen controls are your biggest gripe with mobile gaming, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel lets you enjoy desktop-style gameplay with native keyboard and mouse remapping support. Not a fan of the mouse and keyboard? Turn it into a console instead with its gamepad support via cable or Bluetooth. The phone’s specially designed horizontal user interface, dual USB Type-C ports, and the Lenovo Realm software turns this device into a highly versatile gaming machine.

And lastly, powering all these savage features is the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor 865 Plus 5G, a Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU, and 12/16GB of RAM.

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel will be available in two eye-catching colours: Vengeance Red or Blazing Blue, and will retail for

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is also launching with a special promo on Lenovo Malaysia’s official website and at selected participating partners from 26 October till 30 November. During this period, buyers will get a free gift worth up to RM329 which includes the Legion H500 Pro 7.1 headphones (while stocks last). Head on over to the official Lenovo Malaysia website for more details!


This article was brought to you by Lenovo Malaysia

Behind every esports professional is a humble beginning that kicked off their gaming career, and every other future e-athlete is no exception. So, if you're a university student who takes Dota 2 seriously, why not give the Rise of Legion: Collegiate Tournament a shot?

The Lenovo-helmed esports tournament is a two-day affair - held on 26 and 27 September - that's open to university students in the Klang Valley. Participating teams will be pitted against each other across three qualifying stages on Day 1 to advance to the championship. On Day 2, qualified teams will endure three more matches (quarter-finals, semi-finals and the finals) to prove they're worthy of the championship title and the champion's share of the RM4,000 prize pool.

Ready to test your Dota 2 skills for university pride and glory? You can register on the Rise of Legion: Collegiate Tournament website before 20 September.

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