Lenovo LOQ 15i (Gen 9) Review: The New Budget Champion for Gamers

With the LOQ 15i (Gen 9), Lenovo is trying to take the crown for the best not-so-expensive laptop. This device can cause a revolution in the budget segment thanks to its fair price and great hardware under the bonnet. The machine is jam-packed. You can find it with Raptor Lake HX or HX Refresh CPUs with a 55W base power. The GPU variants also look good – one RTX 3000 model and two Ada Lovelace chips with decent TGPs.

The device has a standard 15.6 form factor. That’s why the display aspect ratio is 16:9. The base panel is a 1080p model with a 144Hz refresh rate which sounds fine for this price class. You can also opt for the optional 1440p 165Hz screen for crisper image quality. If you choose this variant, maybe it’s not a bad idea to get an 8GB video card because the newest gaming titles are getting more and more hungry for VRAM (especially above 1080p).

The rest of the specs sound great. We can hint that the cooling is surprisingly big and it’s called Hyperchamber (what?). The upgradability is good while the I/O is decent. It’s nice to see that NVIDIA Advanced Optimus and G-SYNC are available for all devices. In terms of BIOS customization, the device is almost on par with the Lenovo Legion 5i (16, Gen 9). The LOQ sibling offers goodies such as “CPU Overclock”, “Undervolt Protection”, and a MUX switch.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-loq-15i-15-irx9-iax9-gen-9/


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Lenovo LOQ 15i (15", Gen 9) - Specs

  • AUO B156HAN15.K (AUO7EAD)
  • Color accuracy  3.4  1.2
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 2x 2280 / 2242 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, No OS, Windows 11 Pro
  • Battery
  • 60Wh
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate
  • Dimensions
  • 359.86 x 258.7 x 21.9 - 23.9 mm (14.17" x 10.19" x 0.86")
  • Weight
  • 2.38 kg (5.2 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1 (8K@60Hz)
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • HD / FHD with E-shutter, fixed focus
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Microphone Array
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, optimized with Nahimic Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/legion-series/legion-5-16irx9/downloads

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, you can find the laptop itself and some manuals. The machine is bundled with a 170W or  230W charger depending on the CPU and GPU power. The LOQ M100 RGB USB Mouse is an optional accessory.

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