Gaming laptops almost never come cheap, but Lenovo’s mid-range Legion 5i lineup delivers a strong performance to price ratio. And thanks to Black Friday savings at B&H, that value has become even greater. A rather formidable model with Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2060 is $370 off, for a total price of $1,129. This is one of our picks for the best gaming laptop out there, and it’s a great way to get into PC gaming.
The Legion 5i lineup sits between the high-end Legion 7i and some of the more budget options from Lenovo, and this particular configuration is going to deliver a great gaming experience at a great price. It has inside a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H CPU with six cores, a NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 16GB of DDR4 dual-channel RAM, and a 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.
Combined with the 15.6-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution and 100% sRGB color reproduction, this hardware is going to push the framerates to match the 144Hz refresh rate. Even in modern titles with elevated in-game settings, you’re going to get great performance. And if you do want to connect to an external monitor with a higher resolution, the RTX 2060 is going to handle a good 1440p gaming experience as well. Most ports are housed along the back edge of the laptop for easy cable management, with extras like USB and audio on the sides for your accessories.
The keyboard has an RGB backlight, and it’s great for play and work alike thanks to comfy typing. There’s a front-facing webcam with a camera shutter for extra privacy, and Wi-Fi 6 is built in for fast and reliable internet. Overall this laptop runs cool and quiet while still delivering an excellent gaming experience. If the $370 off the laptop alone isn’t enough, also included is a one-year subscription to Bitdefender Total Security 2020 for five devices, as well as an Avengers game bundle (altogether a $150 value).
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