I just bought my very first gaming laptop, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. Buying the laptop also deserves a story. But first, why a gaming laptop? Learning Adobe Premiere Pro for my current video production job requires powerful computer specifications. My 2017 MacBook Pro works fine with iMovie editing software but not with Premiere. In the early days of Premiere editing lessons, the software worked fine, but as my video design got more complicated, the rendering speed slowed.
Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine is being enforced again, I couldn’t bring my laptop to a service center to have it optimized. Not having enough power to handle Premiere resulted in long load times, playback buffering and export issues. I wanted the 16-inch MacBook Pro M1, but there is no release date at the time of this writing. To wait three months is a waste of opportunity. My friend suggested that I go with gaming laptops because their hardware is good enough to handle video editing and rendering.
Three factors to consider in the purchase were budget, availability, and customer service. Since I’m not a professional video editor, a mid-range gaming laptop would do. As I turned to Facebook for crowdsourcing, I received a lot of recommendations and narrowed them down to MSI, ASUS Zephyrus series, and Lenovo. Due to the series of home orders, watching YouTube videos and website reviews has helped. The jarrods.tech site lists the best laptops for video editing, based on running the Puget Systems Adobe Premiere Pro benchmark on multiple laptops. A higher score is better, so the best performing laptops are closer to the top of the list. For example the ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 got a 638 while it is a 618 for a Lenovo Legion 5. Just like I wanted an MSI Stealth, local supplies ran out or exceeded my budget by. 100,000 P. Some stores required a pre-order and an additional 10 to 15 days for delivery. I crossed the ASUS Zephyrus off the list because the series didn’t have built-in webcams.
For quick responses, VillMan’s social media channel and Arthur’s Gadget Store (AGS) stood out. I ended up buying a higher priced Lenovo Legion 5 Pro from AGS because their inventory was coming from the US. Lenovo’s flagship stores and retailers have sold its laptop since June. A Shopee store gets its supplies in China. Using a credit card is secure through their bill and payment processing partner, PayMongo. My laptop arrived within an hour of purchase through their regular courier, Lalamove.
Armed with 16GB of RAM, an AMD Ryzen 7 5800 processor, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, the Legion 5 Pro gave a Puget benchmark score of 600. That’s a far cry from my score of 55. MacBook. In all fairness, another MacBook but with higher specs listed on the Puget Systems benchmark site https://www.pugetsystems.com/benchmarks/ received a score of 270. Benchmarks show only RAM higher than 128GB and an AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor had a score of over 1200. The 16-inch QHD resolution screen is large enough for timeline editing, although I might need to an additional monitor for editing multicam videos. With a 16:10 aspect ratio screen and stunning 2560×1600 resolution, navigation is a snap. No need to scroll or resize windows to fit the view.
While there is an array of ports on the back and sides, I would have loved to see a microSD card reader. It would be more convenient to transfer photos or videos from camera to laptop. Other features are USB Type-C power charging and electronic shutter webcam for added privacy. Weighing over 2.54 kilograms, it is large with a heavy AC adapter. The battery life is not great and I may need to change its settings. With a bigger screen, higher resolution, and better performance, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro meets my video editing needs.