Lenovo LOQ15 hands-on: Reasonably priced however not low cost

Only a few months in the past Lenovo introduced updates to its high-end Legion gaming PCs. However now the corporate is again to introduce some contemporary budget-friendly fare as a part of its new “value-oriented” LOQ line. Although they aren’t fairly as highly effective as their costlier siblings, after checking them out, I like how these new gadgets don’t really feel low cost regardless of their decrease costs.

At launch, the LOQ household (pronounced “lock”) will include both a 15 or 16-inch laptop computer and a 17L desktop PC. The LOQ 15 and 15i would be the least costly of the bunch beginning at $900 for both an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS or Intel Core i7-13700 chip, whereas the LOQ 16 and 16i (the “i” denotes an Intel-based config) will go for only a bit extra at $960 and $1,150, respectively. Lastly, for individuals who don’t want to maneuver their gaming rig round, the LOQ tower might be priced at an affordable $980.

One difference on the LOQ family compared to the more premium Legion line is that you only get white or four-zone lighting instead of a full per-key RGB setup.

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However extra importantly, whereas Lenovo is making an attempt to maintain prices down, it doesn’t really feel prefer it reduce too many corners with its new machines. Not solely have they got comparable styling to the Legion line, in addition they have stable specs with the laptops providing help for as much as NVIDIA RTX 4060 GPUs. And just like the premium Legion line, you additionally get rear IO to assist maintain wires from getting too cluttered.

The principle variations between Lenovo’s LOQ and Legion gaming notebooks are that as an alternative of an aluminum chassis, the LOQ line incorporates a plastic physique, with both a white or a four-zone RGB backlit keyboard (as an alternative of per-key). The brand new machines additionally carry barely smaller batteries (both 60 or 80Whr relying on the mannequin). And whereas the LOQ line doesn’t help tremendous quick 240Hz refresh charges, you’ll be able to nonetheless get 165Hz shows going as much as 2,560 x 1,600 with variable refresh fee help (each G-Sync and FreeSync), in addition to 350 nits of brightness. All informed that’s not too shabby, particularly when you think about that Lenovo’s most cost-effective Legion Professional laptop computer at present begins at simply over $1,600.

To help keep clutter to a minimum, the LOQ 15 and 16 rely primarily on rear IO with only a couple of ports on the sides for easy access.

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Now, in individual, the smaller LOQ 15 got here off a bit chunky, and I swear it felt heavier than Lenovo’s 5.3-pound listed weight, whereas the LOQ 16 is even heftier at 5.7 kilos. Nonetheless, I respect that even on Lenovo’s price range gaming laptops, the corporate nonetheless included a full HD webcam and an digital shutter change to disable it.

Alternatively, when you’re in search of one thing a bit extra highly effective that’s nonetheless straightforward to hold round, at this time Lenovo additionally introduced two additions to the Legion household within the Slim 7/7i and the Slim 5/5i.

At simply 0.78 inches thick and weighing 4.4 kilos, the Legion Slim 7 and 7i are the extra moveable of the 2. It additionally packs Intel Core i9-13900H or Ryzen 9 79040HS chips, as much as NVIDIA RTX 4070 graphics and as much as a 3.2K 165Hz show or a 2,560 x 1,600 240Hz display screen. You may also get optionally available per-key RGB lighting and a giant 99.9 WHr battery, together with an aluminum body in both storm grey or glacier white. So whereas I like the value of the brand new LOQ line, the Legion 7 Slim laptops would make me assume lengthy and laborious about shelling out some additional money for the sleeker design.

While similar in design to the more affordable LOQ line, the Legion Slim 5 and Slim offer slightly more powerful specs in a more premium aluminum chassis.

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In the meantime, the Legion 5 Slim fashions nonetheless characteristic stable specs, together with the identical CPUs and a barely wider vary of graphics choices (RTX 4050 as much as RTX 4070 relying on the precise config). And in contrast to the 7 Slim which is just obtainable as a 16-inch mannequin, the 5 Slim will are available in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes.

The brand new LOQ 15i is slated to go on sale first someday in April, adopted by LOQ 15 and the bigger LOQ 16i in Might. The AMD-based LOQ 16 will arrive in June. In the meantime, the Legion Slim 5i and 7i are anticipated to go on sale in April beginning at $1,350 and $1,770, with the Slim 5 and Slim 7 arriving later in Might beginning at $1,200 and $1,770, respectively.

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