Apr 06 2023

Lenovo’s Legion Tower 5 Offers Schools a Great Loadout for Entry-Level Esports

With high-end features, the economical new gaming desktop places competitive K-12 esports within reach.

Esports offers a new kind of competitive activity where students, both boys and girls, can participate in the same leagues without restrictions based on their overall athleticism or physical ability.

Perhaps the only barrier to entry for schools is having good equipment for esports competitors to practice or compete with. Ideally, this would be in a dedicated space where students can work on both the fundamentals of gameplay and the teamwork skills they need to win matches.

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Lenovo’s Legion Tower 5 Offers Affordable, High-End Features

At the high end, a dedicated gaming or esports PC can cost up to $10,000 or more. However, Lenovo has designed a more affordable point of entry that not only comes packed with a surprising number of high-end features but also will look really cool sitting in an esports arena or practice room.

The Lenovo Legion Tower 5 is a desktop system designed for gaming. It has everything an esports gamer needs, including a fast Intel Core i7 processor, 32 gigabytes of speedy DDR5 SDRAM and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. The Legion T5 even has dual hard drives, just like a high-end gaming rig: a fast, 1 terabyte solid-state drive to handle the OS and whatever game is actively being played; and a slower Serial ATA drive, also 1TB, to store other games and game data.

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The Lenovo Legion T5 Stops Critical Components from Overheating

There are many other features that make the Legion a good choice for an esports lab. One of the most important is a well-designed cooling system, which is absolutely critical to keep internal components from suffering heat-related performance issues. A screened vent covers almost the entire front of the case, with more venting on the top and back. Two huge fans draw in cool air from the front and blow it over the Legion’s critical components, which are mounted and suspended in the middle of the tower, before expelling heated air through another powerful fan. In testing, the system remained cool even after hours of hardcore gaming, and the fans were surprisingly quiet — something to consider if a program intends to have a lot of towers in the same room.

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The Legion T5 also features dazzling LED lights that glow in 16 million colors and can use 12 special effects. So, if they want to, schools can program their towers to shine or flash their school colors, which would create a nice (and perhaps intimidating) display.

Working together, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5’s components form a respectable gaming system that is great for competitive esports, at a price well below $2,000 per unit. It would be a great choice for a K-12 esports lab, providing everything a team might need to start competing without breaking the bank.


DEVICE TYPE: Desktop Computer Optimized for Gaming
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 I7-12700
RAM: 32GB DDR5 SDRAM (4800 MHz)
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (DisplayPort, HDMI)
STORAGE: 2TB (one SSD and one Serial ATA drive)
DIMENSIONS: 15.6x8.1x16.5 inches
WEIGHT: 30.8 pounds


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