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4 Lenovo Vantage software features that make it better than bloatware

Lenovo Vantage presents you with information and useful system settings. (Image source: Lenovo/Author - edited)
Lenovo Vantage presents you with information and useful system settings. (Image source: Lenovo/Author - edited)
Lenovo's Vantage software is included from the factory in most of the OEM's laptops nowadays. While it provides the usual warranty and diagnostic information, here are some extra-neat features that may prevent you from uninstalling it immediately.
Article compiled by Julian van der Merwe
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. Camera output settings

One of the biggest oversights manufacturers make when designing gaming laptops is webcam quality. They often come equipped with low quality webcams that produce dark, high-contrast images that generally look pretty bad. Lenovo's Vantage software gives you the ability to mitigate the otherwise substandard image quality by adjusting both brightness and contrast. These settings are adjusted in the camera output, so you don't have to go through the effort of adjusting them in every video app you use.

Adjusting these camera settings using the preview in the Vantage settings can result in greatly improving the look of your video calls. Image source: Author
Adjusting these camera settings using the preview in the Vantage settings can result in greatly improving the look of your video calls. Image source: Author

2. Battery and charging options galore

Modern laptops come equipped with Li-ion batteries, which are a marvel of engineering for sure. Unfortunately, they do suffer one fatal flaw - as they age and go through charge cycles, the battery life decreases until the point where they are essentially destined for a landfill, or more hopefully, a recycling plant. While there is no way to prevent this, there are ways to mitigate it. One strategy is to limit the charge rate and the other is to prevent it from sitting at 100% while plugged in. 

Lenovo Vantage software provides both of these options by allowing users to disable fast charging and limit the maximum charge level of the battery. This should help keep the battery healthier for longer, especially useful for those of us who are tethered to a desk more often than not. 

Enabling rapid charging automatically disables conservation mode - very useful if you know you will need a full battery in 30 minutes. Image source: Author
Enabling rapid charging automatically disables conservation mode - very useful if you know you will need a full battery in 30 minutes. Image source: Author

3. Thermal modes and GPU overclocking

Laptop performance is constrained by thermal and size limitations. Many manufacturers err on the side of reducing performance a little by reducing the thermal and power envelope to prevent the fans from being a nuisance. Allowing the fans to spin at full bore, Lenovo enables you to push your device to the limit by activating a higher thermal limit and even overclocking the GPU. Even more interestingly, this same functionality can also be used to reduce the GPU clock speed and power consumption.

The Lenovo Legion 5 is an excellent entry-level gaming laptop with a discrete GPU and is available on Amazon. 

Enabling different fan profiles and power modes can make your laptop more adaptable to your needs at any moment. Image source: Author
Enabling different fan profiles and power modes can make your laptop more adaptable to your needs at any moment. Image source: Author

4. Disable hybrid mode

In laptops that have integrated graphics, it has been typical for the built-in display to be connected directly to the iGPU. While the frames are generated by the discrete GPU, the image still needs to be pushed to the display by the iGPU, which can result in a performance drop anywhere from 5% to almost 50% in some games.

This is handled differently on many of Lenovo's gaming devices, like the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16, thanks to the inclusion of a MUX switch, which allows the display connection to be switched from the iGPU to the dGPU for maximum performance. 

Hybrid mode can be quickly disabled on the front page of the Vantage software, although the device will need to restart to apply the change. Image source: Author
Hybrid mode can be quickly disabled on the front page of the Vantage software, although the device will need to restart to apply the change. Image source: Author
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Julian van der Merwe, 2022-02-21 (Update: 2022-02-21)