+Powerful gaming performance
+Bright FreeSync screen
+Long battery life
+Extensive connectivity, including USB 4
-Not that portable
-Pedestrian looks without system lighting
LENOVO LEGION 7 GEN 7 SPECS
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX|
|Processor Speed||4.9 GHz (max boost)|
|RAM (as Tested)||32 GB|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)||2 TB|
|Screen Size||16 inches|
|Native Display Resolution||2560 by 1600|
|Variable Refresh Support||FreeSync|
|Screen Refresh Rate||165 Hz|
|Graphics Processor||AMD Radeon 6850M XT|
|Graphics Memory||12 GB|
|Wireless Networking||802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2|
|Dimensions (HWD)||0.76 by 14.1 by 10.37 inches|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home|
|Tested Battery Life (Hours)||9 Hours|
Price And Availability
It goes without saying that the Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 ($1,839 starting; $2,859 as tested) is a top-tier gaming laptop. In our gaming benchmarks, the all-AMD technology performed admirably, and yet it still managed an astonishing nine hours of battery life. A brilliant AMD Free Sync display, an aluminum body, an excellent keyboard, and well-behaved cooling fans complete the new Legion 7.
This portable gaming PC is generally solid, although portability isn’t one of its strong points. Like the Gen 6 model before it, the Lenovo Legion 7 Gen 7 receives a well-deserved Editors’ Choice award among high-end, 16-inch gaming laptops. With the addition of a fingerprint reader, USB 4 connections, and a crisper 1080p webcam, we have temporarily raised our rating by half a star.
Early in 2020, MSI’s Alpha 15 was the first gaming laptop equipped with an AMD processor and graphics card. By late 2022, there will be a lot more options, including the Editors’ Choice-winning Alienware m17 R5 and the Corsair Voyager a1600, which is focused on streaming.
CPU and Graphic Cards
One of the quickest (if not the fastest) all-AMD gaming laptops is the Legion 7 Gen 7. The $1,839 base model is equipped with an eight core, 4.7GHz Ryzen 7 6700H CPU and a 10GB Radeon RX 6700M graphics card, while the review unit’s top configuration features an eight core, 4.9GHz Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and AMD’s top of the line 12GB Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics card.
Before we continue, be aware that this laptop also exists as the Legion 7i Gen 7 with Intel. You can see how it compares to the Legion 7 Gen 7 in the benchmarks part of this review until we have time to give it a complete assessment.
Lenovo Legion 7 – Design
The exterior of the Legion 7 Gen 7 is similar to the Gen 6 version. No surfaces on its storm gray metal chassis yield under pressure, making it extremely sturdy. The design massive RGB lighting, which covers all four frame borders and backlights the keyboard and the Legion emblem on the lid, is primarily responsible for its brilliance.
The bundled Corsair iCUE program, which allows you to configure patterns, apply layered effects, and save profiles, has extensive designoptions for the lighting. But when the lights are off, the Legion appears nearly uninteresting.
The rough rear bow, which has a large portion of its cooling system, is the only real sign that it is a gaming laptop. A sleeper gaming laptop, if you will, this laptop doesn’t always need to draw notice, despite my desire for a more exotic style.
The Legion is nearly a pound heavier and larger in every manner than the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (2022), counting 0.76 by 14.1 by 10.37 inches (HWD) and 5.51 pounds (0.67 by 13.98 by 9.25 inches, 4.41 pounds). The Legion has a larger 16-inch 16:10 panel, while the latter has a smaller 15.6 inch 16:9 screen. The Gigabyte Aero 16 is very closer in size (0.88 by 14.02 by 9.78 inches, 5.07 pounds).
Lenovo Legion 7 – Graphics and Gaming Tests
According to the 3DMark Time Spy findings, the Legion 7 Gen 7 is off to a good start. It was competitive with the Legion 7i Gen 7 in F1 2021 and very beat it in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. (Strangely, neither Legion model would run Rainbow Six Siege; only the benchmark test.) Without a doubt, it performs well.
At its native 2,560 by 1,600 pixel resolution, the Legion 7 Gen 7 produced 87 frames per second (fps) in F1 2021 (Ultra settings, AMD FSR enabled) and 78fps in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ultra settings), which are reductions of 16% and 32% from the averages of 104fps and 115fps for 1080p, respectively.
The Legion 7 Gen 7 exceeds expectations for a high end gaming laptop by mixing comfort and superb gaming performance. The laptop screen is fitted with all the necessary technology for helping gaming, and the chassis is provided with enough RGB lights to re create Saturday Night Fever. It has a longer battery life than the Legion 7i Gen 7 from Intel, making it more adaptable.
The Legion 7 Gen 7 is a triumph for Lenovo and AMD, and it wins our Editors’ Choice award among high end 16-inch gaming laptops, provided portability isn’t your first priority—in that case, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (2022) is tough to beat, but you’ll suffer a performance penalty.