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Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Gaming Desktop Review

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Editor's Choice GeekSpinThe Lenovo Legion Tower 5i gaming desktop has plenty of power and punch for a machine under $1,000. It has been set almost perfectly for most gamers and power users alike. It’s beautiful inside and out with its obvious siding, personalized lighting, quiet design, and a near-clean install of Windows 11. Spend a few minutes and dollars upgrading its RAM and you could have a powerful PC.

Positives

  • great value
  • working quietly
  • strong performance
  • The box has a transparent plate made of strong glass
  • The lighting is gorgeous and customizable
  • The included keyboard is surprisingly excellent
  • Almost free of bloatware
  • Powerful enough for almost all PC games
  • It can handle resolutions up to 7680 x 4320 at 120 Hz

cons

  • Display cables are not included
  • The mouse feels cheap
  • There is no handle on the case for transportation
  • Only 8 GB of RAM
  • Not all games will be played in 4K

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Gaming Desktop is a $999 Windows 11 PC that offers a lot of bang for your buck and for your money. This model features an Nvidia GeForce GTX Super graphics card and the latest 11th generation Core i5 hexa-core processor. Despite its ability to play games in 4K, it is a great machine for any non-professional use case. The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i is a desktop tower computer, but it might be the coolest you’ve ever seen with its amazing customizable lighting and clear glass siding. There are some features in particular that sold us on buying a pre-made machine rather than building our own.

Design and Condition

The stock photos of the Legion Tower don’t do it justice. Pictures online make it look like a black box, but in person it’s a sight—especially when you get your LEDs exactly the way you want them. The left side panel is a solid glass view of the PC components in all their glory. The wiring and LEDs are very well done – the interior is a sight to see if you’re moderately technical. Multiple lights are insanely customizable. There are two LED fans in the front, one in the interior/rear, interior ambient lighting, and an illuminated front logo. You can configure these to your heart’s desire. LEDs can cycle through millions of colors and can even be used to reflect the temperature of the CPU. It’s incredible and one of our favorite features.

The tower is bigger than you might expect in 2022. It’s a standard sized “medium” tower, but if you haven’t seen a gaming PC in a while, it might remind you of computers in the 2000s. It’s not sleek, skinny, or petite. Fortunately, it looks nice because it is not easy to hide in a tight space. The only drawback to the case is that it has no handle or easy way to move around. You probably won’t do that often.

ports

Out of the box, we were expecting to see more ports, though there wasn’t much missing. On the back there are 4 standard size USB ports (two of them are USB 3.2), and two more USB 3.2 ports are on the front. That’s a total of 6 standard-size USB ports, but having a couple more in the back might be nice for those of us around. There is a USB-C 3.2 port on the back, but no USB-C port on the front! Then there’s the Ethernet, audio/microphone, and power ports. Depending on the video card, you will get quite a few video output ports. The Nvidia 1660 Super comes with a DVI port, DisplayPort 1.4, and an HDMI 2.0b port. There are additional PCI slots, so you can definitely add more ports on the back if that doesn’t cover you. With Bluetooth 5 wireless technology and WiFi 6, you might not even need anything connected to electricity other than power and video.

It should be noted that there is no built-in drive or a single slot. You’ll have to buy an external one that can be found for less than $25.

Included accessories

Aside from the Legion Tower, Lenovo has packed a full-size wired keyboard, wired mouse, and power cable. No video cable included like HDMI or DisplayPort. This is not a surprise, but it is a little disappointing. We’re fans of the low-key keyboard. It has a good weight, is easy to use, and feels excellent. The keys have twice the travel distance of a laptop keyboard, so it’s an easy transition. On the other hand, the mouse is light and feels cheap – it’s definitely worth the upgrade.

Specifications and pricing

This Legion Tower 5i (90RS0016US) retails for $999 and is easily worth it in just its components. Graphics cards are a real wild card these days when it comes to pricing. Chip shortages and other factors have also driven up the prices of computer hardware components.

  • Intel Core i5 11400 (11th Generation) Hexa-Core Processor, 2.6 GHz to 4.4 GHz – ~ $180
  • Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6- ~ $500
  • Lenovo 8GB DDR4-3200MHz RAM (1x8GB) – ~$40
  • Seagate 1TB HDD Barracuda 7200RPM SATA 6Gbps – ~$40
  • Samsung 256 GB SSD M.2 PCIe – $40
  • Lenovo 100-240Vac 400W Power Supply 90% PSU – ~$50
  • Intel Rocket-Lake B560 motherboard – ~$120

*Note that these are not replacement or resale prices, but a similar replacement price

Those components alone are about $970, and don’t even include the case, fans, lighting, wireless chip, cable management, heatsink, peripherals, or Windows 11. It’s easy to go over $1,000 to build a similar machine on your machine. King. The biggest cost is the graphics card and this is unknown regarding future pricing and availability.

The specs on this device are respectable and very mid-range by 2022 standards in a good way. While none of the main ingredients here on the highest levelIt’s an excellent machine that can be upgraded for years to come. 8GB of RAM is the noticeably weakest point, but it can be doubled for $40 with a few minutes of work. There are 4 slots for DDR4 RAM and it supports up to 128GB, so there’s room to turn this device into a powerhouse.

Lenovo has packed the Legion with two storage drives: the fast/small SSD and the slow/large HDD. This is common, but it’s a trend we’d like to stop. Instead of a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD, Lenovo should only pack a 1TB SSD. It costs only about $100 and is more convenient for a user who doesn’t need to think about a drive to store things. An SSD is a PCIe NVMe chip, and it’s very easy to upgrade. The motherboard comes with an extra slot so you can easily add another SSD. The 7,200 RPM hard drive is 3.5 inches and Lenovo has made it just as easy to add or replace a second.

The power supply is only 400W, which is not a ton of power. It saves a lot of power to this machine, but limits you from future power-hungry upgrades like the new GPU.

Setup and software

Setup was a piece of cake, and Lenovo pre-packed the PC with Windows 11 Home. The setup was just a standard Windows setup and there was about 5 minutes of setup followed by 20 minutes of install/update. Shout out to Lenovo for packing such a clean and usable copy of Windows! This was the biggest surprise. No bloatware near. The computer is running on a beautiful Legion background with only one desktop icon and a few processes running in the system tray. The only piece of software that I felt puffy It was a trial version of McAfee Antivirus, which we immediately uninstalled. Regardless, all the included software looked very original and/or convenient (like Spotify). Lenovo Vantage is how we control interior lighting. It also provides a nice control panel and configurations for gaming settings and resource usage.

Games and graphics

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Desktop Review
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Desktop Review

Windows 11 comes preloaded with the Xbox app which makes setting up games a piece of cake. Xbox has a marketplace with free and paid games, or offers a subscription. Downloading and installing the game is as easy as the app store on your phone. You have been able to download the brand new multiplayer game Halo Infinite for free, it is downloaded, installed and ready to go in 10 minutes with the click of a button. I downloaded some free games and it was that simple. Of course, there are many great options for games on PC, such as Steam, but we really appreciate how smooth it is to start playing a game after you unbox it. After plugging in our old Xbox 360 USB Controller, we couldn’t believe how quickly Windows started to take console shape.

Games in 1080p and games in 1440p work without any hiccups. 4k games have been more hit or miss and it may take some digging around for settings to get the resolution.

Games in 1080p and games in 1440p work without any hiccups. 4k games have been more hit or miss and it may take some digging around for settings to get the resolution. You may experience some tire falling, jitter or lag. We were able to play the new Halo Infinite in 4K on our 77-inch TV, but had a better experience sticking with the 1440p resolution. This 1660 Super GPU and 8GB of RAM should play well with most of the popular games, especially at 1080p.

While 4K gaming depends on the game, you can use your computer in 4K. YouTube, videos, browsing, work, and any other computer use looks authentic and works flawlessly. Windows 11 scales your content easily so that text is not minimized. You can even enable HDR, and you can use two 4K monitors with this GPU.

Editor’s Choice

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Gaming Desktop Computer