Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Legion 5i 15
Laptop announced date: 1st December 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Welcome to our Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - With the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2021 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 6, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution is not for modern AAA 2021 releases. It is not a gamers choice. This laptop has 4GB of VRAM available. This graphics solution is OK for today’s gaming, but will struggle with some games and certainly start to cause a problem in the near future of AAA gaming.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is easily covered by the 32GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2021 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. With just 60Hz refresh rate this is ok and passable for gaming, but ideally you are looking for a screen with a higher rate.
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition or God of War 2018. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. The GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile card that's powering the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 265 at min system specs and will run 0 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Legion 5i 15 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
With a P2P rating currently of 9.6 out of 10 for the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. Looking at how this configuration of the Legion 5i 15 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 3rd spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,168.00||14%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,169.99||0%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,229.00||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1539.99||12%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 24GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999. This Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 49% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our Legion 5i 15 laptop currently has 30% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Legion 5i 15 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 43% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 429 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 497 games.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop CPU is 36% better and then looking at God of War 2018 our laptop CPU is 26% better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 3% better.
How does the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Legion 5i 15 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 157% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile.
Interestingly we can see 0 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 265 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop GPU is 19% worse in performance. Compared to God of War 2018 our laptop graphics performance is 28% worse.
The Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s 15.6" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has 60Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $311.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your Lenovo Legion 5i 15 i7-9750H GTX 1650 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.