Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Gen 8) – Unboxing & First Impressions

Hello everyone, it’s been a minute! But I’m back for a bit to share with you my thoughts about the new Lenovo Legion Pro 7i, so let’s get to it! 🙂

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Gen 8) – Specs, Pricing, & Availability

lenovo legion 7i specs

As usual, before the unboxing, here are the specs of the unit that was lent to me by Legion Philippines:

  • CPU: Up to 13th Generation Intel Core i9-13900HX Processor
  • GPU: Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTXTM 4090 Laptop GPU (175W)
  • OS: Windows 11 Home
  • Memory: 32GB DDR5 6000MHz (overclocked)
  • Storage: 1TB SSD M.2 PCIe 4.0 (Two M.2 2280 SSD slots)
  • Display: 16″ WQXGA (2560×1600), IPS, 240Hz refresh rate
  • Dimensions: 363.4 x 262.15 x 21.95-25.9 mm
  • Color: Onyx Grey

According to the website, the price of the Legion Pro 7i is at Php 208,995, but you can get it at Php 187,991 instead. This device comes with Legion Ultimate Support, which gives customers 24/7 technical support, should they ever need it.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Gen 8) – Packaging & Features

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 inclusions

There really isn’t much to describe when I unbox a Legion laptop, mainly because the packaging is incredibly simple. You open the box, and find your device right there, ready to plug and play. Just don’t forget to update your software drivers, so that you won’t have problems launching any games. 🙂

I think what made this unboxing so profound is how there is an included kit for keycap removal and switching! This surprised me the most, maybe because I didn’t expect that you could actually remove or switch out the Legion Pro 7i’s keycaps.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 keycap removal

Honestly, if this wasn’t a review unit, I would’ve tried to experiment with this feature, just because I’ve recently gotten into the keyboard modding hobby. HAHAHAHA.

Vibrant Display in Sleek Frame

Though I’m not used to laptops with more than 15″ of screen area, the Legion Pro 7i offers quite a vibrant experience when playing games or watching your favorite Netflix shows. The laptop has a 16″ display with 16:10 ratio and a fast 240Hz refresh rate, so the view is very, very nice.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 chassis

What’s more, even if the laptop is on the larger side, it only weighs around 2.8kg. The frame is light for a device that houses such powerful hardware. However, if you’re looking for something that is really easy to carry around, the Legion Pro 7i definitely has some noticeable weight to it.

RGB in the Right Places

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 rgb

If you ask me, one of the best things about the Legion Pro 7i is the tasteful way RGB has been implemented into its chassis. Of course, it has its patent Legion TrueStrike Gaming Keyboard, which offers excellent key travel, 100% anti-ghosting, and customizability with RGB backlighting.

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 RGB

However, there is a nice subtle RGB strip located at the bottom part of the frame, and this really brings out the form factor of the Legion Pro 7i. Though not that obvious, the colored lights really set off that “gamer” vibe of the laptop.

Impressive Cooling Experience

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 frame

Another feature of the Legion Pro 7i that really blew me away is the cooling experience. As someone who plays triple-A games mostly on laptops, I am very experienced with the heating problems that come in exchange for a device’s portability.

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 side port

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 back port

The device’s Legion ColdFront 5.0 technology does what it should and more, lessening the heat and noise that the Legion Pro 7i emits while gaming. There are vents on the sides, back, and bottom of the frame, which really helps to cool the whole thing.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the cooling features. There was a point that I was using the laptop on my lap and I could actually feel the cold air going through the vents to cool down the device. Pretty “cool” if you ask me, HAHAHAHA. XD

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Gen 8)– First Impressions & Gaming Experience

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 price

Of course, we’re here to talk about what it’s like to game with the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i, and I gotta say, I really enjoyed playing on this device! It does come with a 4080 GPU, 32GB of RAM, and a 13th Gen i9 processor, so we’re working with really powerful hardware here.

I played both Diablo 4 and Hogwarts Legacy, both action-based triple-A games that I believe are resource-heavy enough to test the gaming experience. So far, I have no complaints!

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 diablo 4

With Diablo 4, the visuals were set on Ultra, and my temps were regularly at 79-84 degrees, and the maximum FPS went up to 267! I think the lowest FPS I had was around 60-65, but this was when I was going through some semi-intense Tier 9 Nightmare Dungeons on World Tier 3, hahahaha.

Though I did have some frame drops, and by some, I mean only a few in several hours of gaming, I mostly attribute that to internet issues. You know how it is. HAHA. I also used the keyboard while playing Diablo 4, and though I could feel some heat on my fingertips, it wasn’t as crazy or too hot to touch like other laptops in the market.

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 hogwarts legacy

With Hogwarts Legacy, I was a bit surprised at how resource-heavy the game was! My stats were all in red, even though the game was still playing very smoothly, LOL. Again, the graphic settings were set to Ultra, though the temps were a bit high at 81-97 degrees, this time. Maximum FPS was at 200 while it dropped to around 70-80 during the thick of spell battles, haha!

I also used my DS4 controller to play Hogwarts Legacy so I can’t say anything about the feel of the laptop, but there was some noise from the fans. That’s really to be expected, given the intensity of the visuals and settings of the game. XD

Lenovo Legion 7i Pro Gen 8 4080

Overall, I didn’t feel like I had to worry about tweaking too much of my settings to get my games to run smoothly on the Legion Pro 7i. But with that price range, and the specs that come with it, this is something that should be expected already.

I think, if you’re into hardcore triple-A titles, have the extra almost Php 200k to spare, and prefer gaming on a 16″ laptop, the Legion Pro 7i might be a good option for you! You can learn more at the official Legion website! Until next time! 🙂

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