This morning Lenovo announced a hefty overhaul to its gaming lineup. Which isn’t surprising. Everyone is refreshing their gaming laptops after new CPUs and GPUs were announced recently by Intel and Nvidia respectively. However, with a starting price of $730 Lenovo seems to be offering some of the most affordable laptops for gaming available right now, and even better—Intel is claiming up to 8 hours of battery life for gaming laptops.
Lenovo says has increased battery life up to 8 hours across most of its gaming laptop lineup. That’s really long for any gaming machine where we typically find them lasting about half that long due to energy-hungry CPUs and discrete GPUS. As an owner of an older Lenovo Legion Y520 owner, the battery life I typically get is four, non-gaming hours at best, so if Lenovo managed to stretch the battery life on its laptops to eight, that would be impressive. But without having tested them (yet) we can’t confirm.
The cheapest of the new supposedly longer lived laptops is the IdeaPad Gaming 3. It’s a mashup of the work productivity-build the series is known for plus some budget-friendly gaming components. It will feature up to a 10th-gen Intel i7 H-series processor and up to a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, which is just one step higher than Nvidia’s base 16-series card, the 1650. While the GTX 16-series cards do not offer ray tracing, a 1650 Ti combined with an Intel i7 will make for a potent, dual work and gaming machine.
The IdeaPad Gaming 3 will also include other features that the more advanced Legion series laptops will offer, like Dolby Audio and a 15-inch IPS panel with a refresh rate up to 120Hz. It will come in two colors, Onyx Black and Chamelon Blue. Pricing will start at $730 and Lenovo expects to have these available for purchase in May 2020.
Higher up the chain are the new, mid-tier Legion 5 and 5i, or the Y540 series as they were formally known. (Lenovo recently said it changed the naming scheme on its Legion models.) The difference between the Legion 5 and 5i is that the 5 model comes with an AMD processor while the 5i comes with an Intel processor, hence the ‘i.’ It’s Lenovo’s only gaming laptop to offer either processor brand, AMD Ryzen 4000-series or up an Intel Core 10th-gen H-series.