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As powerful as their desktop counterparts, we chat with Ian Tan, Gaming Lead, Lenovo Asia Pacific to talk about portable gaming’s rise.


Gaming laptops have truly come of age. They’re thin, portable, and come equipped with the latest in processing and graphics hardware. They also feature high-refresh rate displays with technologies like NVIDIA G-Sync and FreeSync to ensure smooth performance. That said it’s all of the above in a portable on-the-go package that makes the idea of a gaming laptop so alluring.

Ian Tan, Gaming Lead, Lenovo Asia Pacific
“The latest mobile processors (CPU and GPU) have made the gaming experience on gaming laptops on par with the desktop gaming experience,” Ian Tan, Gaming Lead, Lenovo Asia Pacific says. “The demand for the most immersive experiences and the advancement of gaming laptops have resulted in tremendous growth for gaming laptops across the world. In some markets, we are seeing the gaming laptop market double in volumes year-on-year.”

If you’ve ventured into an actual store that sells PC hardware then the above makes perfect sense, most outright complete all-in-one PC gaming devices are laptops. Getting to this stage was inevitable, CPU and GPU performance has not only gotten better over time but more efficient. For the Lenovo Legion range it’s all about leveraging the latest bits of Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA hardware and pairing that with its own cooling, display, and chassis designs.


“Gaming graphics quality and frame-rates are tied to how much power you can feed the CPU and GPU,” Ian Tan explains. “Our gaming laptops are a careful balance of power, thermals and design - delivering maximum power to the processors, removing the heat generated by the processors with the most efficient cooling systems, and ensuring the machine is still portable and stylish.”


“The latest mobile processors (CPU and GPU) have made the gaming experience on gaming laptops on par with the desktop gaming experience.”



The Lenovo Legion 7, which can be equipped with a top-of-the-line NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 requires up to 140W of power for the GPU alone. This is one of the reasons why gaming laptops are, well, larger than ultrathins or productivity-only devices. This requirement also solidifies why gaming laptops, like desktop rigs, need all of that cooling and airflow.

No two gaming laptops are ever the same, which means investing in things like cooling and improving airflow -- which Lenovo continues to do -- is one of the keys to success.


“We clock our GPUs at the highest TGPs possible but another vendor may clock their GPU at a lower TGP if their cooling system or chassis design can’t accommodate the high power load,” Ian adds. “We need to have the maximum amount of air moving through the laptop while making sure the laptop provides protection to the internal components. Our laptops like the Legion 5 Pro are tested to run at maximum load for 12 hours without any thermal throttling. There’s plenty of great engineering under the hood, so really, modern gaming laptops are technological marvels, and at Lenovo, we like to push the envelope.”

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With the ongoing pandemic seeing a rise in working from home alongside gaming this has been something of a Catch-22 in that it has also seen a global component shortage. As we’ve heard from a number of similarly big players in the hardware game, it’s a situation that will continue for some time.

“Our design process and timeline is still on track but supply has been a challenge,” Ian confirms. “With the component shortages, we have faced delays or supply shortages to our markets. When things will improve is anyone’s guess.” And on that note Ian notes that if what you’re looking for is in stock, it’s probably best to not waste too much time before adding to cart.


One area where gaming laptops have made major strides in recent years has come in the realm of the display. As per our recent review, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro features a 16-inch 16:10 display with a high resolution (2560x1600) and a high-refresh rate (165 Hz). Plus, NVIDIA G-Sync, vibrant colours and decent HDR brightness. The best part is that this sort of display is slowly becoming the norm as opposed to the exception.


“There’s plenty of great engineering under the hood, so really, modern gaming laptops are technological marvels, and at Lenovo, we like to push the envelope.”



“With all the power available in gaming laptops, customers are also demanding the highest-quality displays, and this is an area where we constantly up the game,” Ian says, adding that over the next couple of years he expects to see the biggest advancements in this field alone.

For gaming laptops it feels like all of the boxes have now been checked off, from performance to power to display technology and portability. No doubt things will continue to get better for traditional gaming laptops, with Lenovo also placing a close eye on upcoming tech like the Steam Deck.

“Our R&D is always top secret, but we are working on multiple aspects of the gaming experience to embrace a future where gaming is the foremost entertainment activity,” Ian concludes. “The highly positive response to the Steam Deck indicates a bright future for gaming PC handhelds. I’m eager to see how that turns out.”



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