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Review of the Lenovo Legion 5 Slim 14: Another triumph for cheap gaming laptops

The Lenovo Legion 5 Slim 14 is the newest in a long line of competitively priced gaming laptop alternatives from Lenovo in 2023. It has a very clean, stainless steel-like appearance with the logo machine-carved into it. This design sticks out from the conventional, black-colored throng.

Although it is on the slimmer side compared to some other laptops, it is more difficult to classify this device as one of the best thin and light gaming laptops when compared to the Razor Blade 14 or the Origin AEON 16SL, however it is still likely to appear on lists of the best cheap gaming laptops. But even so, the 14-inch display and extremely light design make it a really portable device that fits into most luggage without adding bulk.

The majority of the ports, like those on most other Lenovo gaming laptops, are at the back, which may be awkward for certain users because it needs a little reaching. Thankfully, the back ports include indicators to help you identify them.

An extensive port selection that includes two USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports, an HDMI connector, an SD card reader, an audio combo jack, an e-shutter for the webcam, and a charging port is the main advantage of using three sides for ports. The lack of an ethernet port among the group, which is surprising given that there was ample room to add one in the back, is disappointing.

Opening the laptop reveals the typical Lenovo laptop touchpad and keyboard, which is unquestionably a good thing. The touchpad is quick and equally snappy as the keyboard in terms of size, spacing, and gratifying snap. For late-night typing, there is a soft white lighting that is a more discrete alternative to the brightness of RGB.

With an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU that can reach up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a gorgeous 14-inch WQXGA+ 120Hz IPS (2880 x 1800p) display, the specifications are strong. There is a good mix between what provides reliable performance and what keeps the cost more moderate.

As a result, we have some benchmark results that are quite competitive and almost match those of the finest gaming laptops with significantly larger price tags, something Lenovo has also accomplished this generation. Additionally, overall performance in the greatest PC games yields some quite astounding outcomes.

The speaker is positioned above the keyboard; thus the sound quality is also quite good. Whether you’re streaming movies, listening to music, or playing a game, the audio is clear, and even at maximum level the sounds don’t degrade too much. The webcam is 1080p, however its image quality is subpar at best, necessitating excellent illumination for a clearer image. It has a physical electronic shutter, which is great for security and ought to be standard on all laptops. Overall, this is a great victory for Lenovo and, by extension, any budget-conscious gamer.

The Lenovo Legion 5 Slim 14 is priced reasonably, with an initial starting price of $1,439.99/£1,399.99 (with VAT)/AU$2,949; but, at the time of this writing, there is a discount making it roughly $200 less expensive. Due to the RTX 4060 replacing the RTX 4050 in the base configuration, my review device costs a little more, at $1,634.99 / £1,630 (including VAT) / AU$2,998. Due to the retention of the RTX 4060, even the costliest configuration, which costs $1,884.99/£1,780 (with VAT)/AU$3,397, is still less expensive than many rival gaming laptops.

The UK version costs about the same as the US version, but an important difference is that you can choose not to have an operating system, saving you £90 off the least expensive option. And unlike the US version, the Australian edition does not offer that choice.

The Origin AEON 16SL, which starts at $1,949 / £1,763.64 (about AU$3,050), and one of Lenovo’s other models, the Legion 5i (2022), both start at $1,099.99 / £1,293.49 / AU$2,349. compare favorably in price to the Legion 5 Slim 14. It really comes down to which aesthetics you want because the latter is a very inexpensive alternative while the former offers comparable specifications and pricing.

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Nana Yaw Jr.
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