Best PC for Working From Home
January 24, 2022
I’ve been eyeing this laptop for a couple of months now, and it’s probably the one I’ll be getting *crossing my fingers* when a suitable variant becomes available in our country.
Everyone’s going minimalist nowadays though I’ve been trying to keep things simple ever since. We’re all trying to be practical but still want style and performance, and I think that’s what the Lenovo Legion 5i offers.
It’s a savage laptop that starts with 4k Ryzen 5/7 series or Intel’s i5/i7 10th generation processors. It supports up to 32GB of RAM and an RTX 2060 graphics card.
My ideal setup is a Ryzen 7 4800, 16GB of ram, and 1660ti/RTX 2060 video card with at least 144hz screens, but this seems to be quite a dream. That’s why it’s not yet available.
My second option would be a setup of i7 10750h, 16GB of ram, and an RTX 2060 video card with at least 144hz screens. It will probably be priced around 80,000+ pesos based on the prices from resellers. It’s almost available, but the problem is most set up like this only comes with a 120hz screen which is a bit of a downside.
Can you see the difference? I can, and if you’re planning to use it for content creation or gaming, I would highly suggest getting a 144hz screen. It provides a higher refresh rate that helps with smoother gameplay and helps with color accuracy.
The keyboard has num pads which I personally like. I know some people also prefer the same, primarily if it will serve as your work laptop. I like how the arrow keys are full and placed in a good spot. I’ve heard excellent feedback on the layout and feels of the keyboard.
The ports layout is designed in a way to avoid clutters. Most of the ports that require placing cables on it are on the back. Which helps make your setup simple and clean.
1. USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (always on)2. Headphone/mic combo3. RJ45 ethernet4. USB-C 3.2 (DisplayPort™)5. 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 16. HDMI7. Power input8. Kensington lock slot9. LED power indicator10. Novo button11. USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
Thermals are one of the most significant factors for laptop longevity, and that’s one of the best things about the Lenovo Legion 5i. It has a perfectly balanced thermal system with proper ventilation. Most of the tests I’ve seen have their CPU and GPU temps around 60-70°C while playing Control, Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher, and many more. I love how silent the fans are since I need a quiet environment when I need to focus either on work or games.
Overall, this is the perfect work-from-home and gaming laptop that won’t cost you too much. Good thermals, excellent keyboard, vibrant screen, powerful CPU and GPU, good webcam placement with a sweet physical shutter, nice ports layout, and simple yet elegant design.
The only cons I can think of for now is the availability of good variants for video cards. Many people are also waiting for Ryzen 7 4800h to be partnered with 1660ti and above.