The build quality of both laptops is quite good. Theyve both got metal lids and plastic interiors, which feel nice. Theres only minor flex to the keyboards and the lid. Nothing to complain about for mid range gaming laptops.. The TUF A15 is a little smaller in both width and depth, and the TUF is thinner too. Its hard to fairly compare because Lenovo only lists the thinnest point at the front and although the thinnest point of the TUF is a little thicker side by side, the Back of the Legion is thicker than the TUF.. Not only was the Legion 5 bigger, but I found it noticeably heavier too.. The Legion is also available with an even larger 300 watt power, brick in some regions too, which would increase its total weight further. On the left. The Legion just has two USB 3.2 Gen, 2 Type C ports.. The TUF also has two USB 3.2 Type C ports. Here but theyre slower, Gen 1., The TUF otherwise also has its power input: gigabit ethernet, HDMI, 2.0b output, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type, A port and 3.5mm audio combo jack right down. The front. Theyve both got a USB 3.2 Gen, 1 Type, A port on the right and thats all the TUF has on this side.. The Legion has its 3.5mm audio combo jack on this side, as well as a switch to physically disconnect the camera to ensure privacy. A feature the TUF does not have. The TUF doesnt have any ports on the back, while the Legion has its gigabit ethernet port, a third USB 3.

2 Gen, 2 Type C port, HDMI, 2.1, 2, USB 3.2 Gen, 1 Type, A ports and its power input.. Personally, I prefer the port layout on the Legion, because it keeps those larger and bulky cables like the power and ethernet running out the back and out of the way.. The ports on the Legion are also just objectively better too.. The TUF has two USB Type: A ports while the Legion has three.. The TUF also has two USB Type C ports, while the Legion has 3, and not only that, but the Legions are faster, USB 3.2 Gen 2, while the TUF uses slower Gen 1.. Now only that, but the TUF does not have Type C charging, while the Type C port on the back of the Legion can be used to charge the laptop with up to 130 watts.. Only one of the Type C ports on the TUF can be used to connect an external screen with DisplayPort, while all three of the Type C ports on the Legion support that.. The Legion also has HDMI 2.1, so you can connect a 4K 120Hz 8 bit screen with G Sync, while the TUF, on the other hand, maxes out at 4K, 60Hz 8 bit with G Sync due to it being 2.0b.. I preferred the keyboard on the Legion. Its probably personal preference, but the keys just felt clicker and nicer to press to me.. The Legion also has larger arrow keys that are easier to press, while the TUF has clear, WASD keys, making it more obvious that its a gaming laptop.

, The lid of the TUF, also just makes it look a bit more like a gaming laptop. While the Legion looks a bit cleaner., Both keyboards have one zone of RGB backlighting and although the key brightness was a little higher with the TUF, the TUFs lighting looked a bit more patchier compared to the consistently lit Legion keys.. The touchpads on both were good.. I preferred the clicker feel with the Legion more, but the TUFs was about a centimeter wider and still worked well.. The Legions power button was more useful as it lights up to show you the current performance mode in use.. The Legions screen also goes the full 180 degrees back for sharing, while the TUF tops out at around 130 degrees.. Both laptops have speakers underneath towards the front on the left and right sides., The Legions speakers sound, clearer, but also more tinny.. The TUF has more bass and overall, just sounds better to me.. The latencymon results werent particularly impressive, from either of these laptops.. The ASUS TUF A15 comes with a 720p camera, and this is how it looks and sounds. The Legion 5, on the other hand, has a higher quality 1080p camera, but it is also available with a 720p option, so expect a bit worse with that one.. Both of my laptops have the same key specs with AMDs Ryzen, 7, 6800H, 8, core CPU and Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics.. Both laptops have their batteries towards the front cooler at the back with two fans: two memory slots, two M.

2 slots for storage and a removable Wi Fi card, its just hiding underneath the SSD in the TUF. Wi Fi performance; wasnt that amazing from either laptop. But the Legion 5 had a slight lead over the TUF A15 in my testing.. You could, of course, upgrade the Wi Fi card to something better for like 20 though., Although both of my laptops came with 512 gig SSDs. The one in my Legion 5 supports faster PCIe Gen 4, so it has much faster, read and write speeds.. This might vary by region, though, and, as both laptops have the 6800H CPU, you can use faster PCIe Gen 4 drives in either laptop. Its worth, noting that the TUF A15 I bought only came with one 16 gig stick of DDR5 memory, while the Legion 5 had Two 8 gig sticks.. This might give the Legion a benefit in some tests, but from my own testing, one stick of DDR5 is still similar to dual channel.. Both laptops have control panel software that lets you set different performance modes.. The A15 gives us some control over the fans with the option to set the fans to full speed, while the Legion 5 does not have any fan control out of the box. You need third party software for that.. As for thermals generally, the TUF A15 was running warmer.. The A15s idle temps were like 15 degrees Celsius warmer, though I dont personally think this matters at all., When, under a combined CPU and GPU stress test to represent a worst case, full load scenario, the A15s CPU was reaching thermal throttling at 95 degrees Celsius.

. Although the Legions CPU wasnt thermal throttling, the GPU was thermal throttling in its highest performance mode, though the A15s GPU was thermal throttling in performance and turbo modes too, the highest manual mode with the fans maxed out was needed to avoid it.. Both the CPU and GPU were clocking higher with the A15, which may excuse the higher CPU temperatures on the TUF.. The A15 was able to run all 8 CPU cores at 4GHz in manual mode, while the Legion 5 maxed out below 3.7GHz in the exact same workload.. This explains why the TUF A15 was generally running warmer, especially on the CPU.. The Legions CPU was power limited to a little over 30 watts, while the A15 could surpass 45 watts. More power means more performance, but at the expense of more heat.. The Legion was able to reach higher GPU power limits, though, as we saw, the TUF was still clocking a little higher on the GPU.. It was a small difference in any case and could come down to silicon lottery or perhaps the faster and louder fans in the TUF allow the GPU to boost higher.. The Legions keyboard area was cooler to the touch with both laptops just sitting there idling. The TUF was also a bit warmer on the keyboard when under heavy load, but this was mostly in the middle section. The WASD area was fine.. Lets have a listen to the fan noise.. The Legion was quieter in most cases, especially when running under full load, with a combined CPU and GPU stress test, but dont forget the TUF does give us some fan: control to make changes.

Red Dead. Redemption 2 was tested with the games benchmark and at 1080p. The Legion 5 was just 1 FPS ahead, which honestly is a small difference and within the margin of error, range. Its definitely not going to be a change that youre actually going to notice when playing in any case. Stepping up to the higher 1440p resolution. And now the TUF A15 was a little ahead, but again its a 1 FPS difference. So no major change either way. I doubt youd be able to tell which laptop youre playing on in a blind test with performance. So close. Cyberpunk 2077 was about 1 FPS ahead. On the Legion 5 at 1080p, however, the Legion had a 13 higher 1 low, so less dips in performance. Its possible that this is a result of the TUF A15 only having one stick of memory, but from my own testing. So far, this doesnt really matter as much with DDR5 as it did with older DDR4.. The 1 low gap closes in a bit at the higher 1440p resolution, though the A15 was still a little behind, but the difference in average FPS is even closer together. Now., The TUF A15 was also a little behind in 1 lows in Control. At 1080p, though, its average frame rates were slightly ahead of the Legion.. The 1 low difference again gets smaller at the higher 1440p resolution and again the TUF was about 1 FPS or so ahead of the Legion.

So really not much of a difference at all. Here are the 3DMark differences for those that find them useful. Outside of gaming. Raw CPU performance was also quite close.. Both laptops were basically scoring the same in single core performance in Cinebench, and the Legion was only a couple of hundred points ahead of the TUF in multi. Core score. Were talking about a 1.4 increase there. So again, like the games, only a minor difference that youre not going to notice in practice.. That said things change when we unplug the charger and run the same test on battery power., The single core scores are still fairly close together. However, the Legions multicore performance suffers much more dropping back over 5000 points.. This results in the TUF performing much better in multicore performance when youre unplugged from the charger.. Not only does the TUF perform better when running on battery its also able to last longer when running on battery too., The TUFs battery is 12.5 larger than the Legions, but its able to last 21 longer in the YouTube video playback test, with both screens at 200. Nits., The Legion was lasting a bit longer when running an actual game though.. The Legion was also ahead when it came to content creation workloads, despite both laptops having the same CPU and GPU. Again. Some of this may be a result of the two sticks of memory, but the Legion does also have a higher minimum GPU power limit and, as we saw in Cinebench earlier, it has a slight edge in CPU performance.

Too. Blender was an exception in this entirely GPU. Only workload the TUF had a small lead., Although both laptops have a 15.6 screen theyre, both available with 1080p or 1440p options.. Unfortunately, Ive got a 1080p TUF and a 1440p Legion so not directly comparable but Ill still share. My screen results., The 1440p panel in the Legion, gets brighter at full brightness, but at 90 brightness or below the TUF was brighter with a more consistent brightness. Curve. Color gamut was much better with the Legion. The 1080p 144Hz panel in my TUF just doesnt seem that great. The screen response time was way better with the 1440p panel in the Legion too.. Again, this isnt a fair comparison, because the 1440p A15 screen is probably better than the 1080p version, but its clear that the 1080p panel in the TUF isnt great. The 1080p panel in last years. Legion, was better than the newer TUF. So, based on this Id hope, the 2022 Legions 1080p screen isnt as bad as the TUFs.. The total system latency shows how long it takes between a mouse click and when a gun shot, fire appears on the screen in CSGO, and the faster screen in the Legion would be the biggest reason that it was faster than the TUF.. Although both laptops have a MUX switch, only the Legion takes things to the next level, with advanced optimus, meaning you dont have to reboot to swap between optimus on or off.

. The TUF would need a manual reboot to change.. The Legion also has G Sync, at least with my 1440p panel.. I believe the 1080p 165Hz Legion 5 screen also offers G Sync, but the 144Hz and 60Hz options do not, and I dont think any of the TUFs screens offer G Sync, though both laptops can do. Freesync with the integrated Radeon graphics, as long as optimus is on., The Legion gives us much more customization options through the BIOS. The TUF, on the other hand, only offers extremely basic options. Alright. So what about the price difference? This is difficult to fairly compare because both laptops often go on sale, so refer to those links below the video for current prices and current deals. And speaking of deals. If either of these laptops do have a good sale Ill, be sure to add them. To my new website, so make sure you check out that website to save money on your next gaming laptop At the time of recording the ASUS TUF A15 with lower tier RTX 3050 Ti graphics is on sale for 700 USD at Bestbuy. Lenovos Legion 5, with The same RTX 3050 Ti graphics starts at 1100, but thats with the 6 core 6600H. Instead of the 6800H.. The 6800H version is an extra 70.. The 3060 version of the Legion 5 that Ive tested in this video is 1450 right now on Lenovos website, which really isnt great, as Ive, seen the 5 Pro with 3070 Ti on sale for around that in the past.

. Still, though, this is cheaper compared to buying the same laptop from other sites like Newegg, which have it for 100 more.. The TUF is also available at Newegg, with the same 6800H, CPU and 3060 GPU for 100, 200 less than the Legion. Alright. So, generally speaking, the ASUS TUF A15 seems to be cheaper compared to Lenovos Legion 5 wherever I look.. So then the question becomes: is it worth paying more money to get the Legion 5? Honestly, probably not. In more cases than not the TUF A15 was the better laptop. So the fact that you can get it for less money is just icing on the cake.. Things like performance in games were basically tied and CPU performance in Cinebench was very close. Too.. The TUF does perform better when running on battery power, though, and the TUF also lasts longer when running off of the battery, at least when not gaming., The Legion did seem to have an edge in content creation tasks though. Granted, as mentioned that could be due to The memory difference. The TUF did run hotter, but this isnt something Id personally be worried. About.. The tradeoff is, of course, that its able to reach higher clock speeds, though, as we saw in the game tests that doesnt really seem to translate to extra performance.. Although the insides of the TUF are hotter, the laptop isnt hot to the touch, but the fans can get louder, which is something youd be more likely to notice.

. The TUF is a little smaller and more portable as its a fair bit lighter too, and its speakers sound better too.. The Legion does have some nice extras, though including more and better ports and, in my opinion, the better keyboard and touchpad. Build quality was fairly evenly matched, maybe a slight edge to the Legion.. All things considered, though, unless you really need the extra or faster ports of the Legion or if youre lazy and you want advanced optimus, so you dont have to reboot to turn optimus on or off, then you really can just save the money and get the cheaper Tuf A15 in most cases., Maybe not with the lower quality 1080p 144Hz screen. That mine has, though, as that was notably a step down compared to what my Legion had., I never thought Id be recommending a TUF over a Legion, but here we are. The A15 has definitely grown up since it first launched in 2020.. If you need more information on either of these, two laptops then check out the full review videos over here. Next, as I go into more depth in those.