A unique keyboard feature belonging to the upcoming Lenovo Legion 7 laptops promises greater precision for gamers looking for a competitive edge.

Included in the soon-to-be-released 16-inch Lenovo Legion 7i and Legion 7 laptops is a force-sensing technology that gives users more control than regular keyboard switches. Made by tactile user interface company Peratech, the WASD keys of the two laptops allow for pressure-sensitive input and more customisation.

With most keyboards, a keystroke results in a binary on and off input. Playing a first-person game on a keyboard usually limits movement to a single pace. Conversely, the force-sensing keyboard tech included with the new Legion laptops produces different acceleration depending on how hard users press the WASD keys. It’s a potential competitive edge for tense multiplayer encounters.

Gaming Business Development Manager ANZ at Lenovo, Ben Williams, expressed excitement about the technology coming to the top-of-the-line Legion gaming laptops.

“PC Gamers are keen to take full control of their gaming experience,” Williams said. “Force-sensitive controls have become standard on gamepads, allowing greater depth of gameplay, but it is extremely exciting that we have added this layer of control to the Legion 7i and 7 laptops.”

“This level of control goes even further in true PC gaming fashion by providing full customisation of the sensitivity percentage, with up to three different actions triggers, and even completely individualised profiles for each game. This is what gamers expect, and I’m delighted we can deliver on our flagship Legion Gaming Laptops.”

The Lenovo Legion 7i houses up to a 12th Gen Intel Core HX Series processor, while the Legion 7 runs on up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. Both are graphical powerhouses, with the option of including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU or an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT mobile graphics unit. Both feature a 2560 x 1600 16:10 aspect ratio display with as much as a 240Hz refresh rate.

Expected to release between the end of August and early September, the latest Lenovo Legion 7i will start at $3,799, with the AMD Legion 7 likely to be a similar price. In the meantime, several other models in the Legion range are out now, including the Legion 5i, Legion 5i Pro, and Legion Slim 7i.

The updates to Lenovo’s Legion gaming range come off the back of the July launch of several new premium Yoga Slim laptops, such as the carbon neutral certified Yoga Slim 9i priced at $2,999.