New Lenovo LOQ laptops are designed for new PC gamers
Lenovo Legion is one of the most famous gaming brands in the world, but what if you don’t need one of the company’s high-end laptops? Some Legion devices are available for around $1000/£1000, but few models cater effectively to more casual gamers – until now.
With its new LOQ line, Lenovo aims to provide a solution for people new to the world of gaming laptops. The starting price of $899.99 / €1,099 doesn’t give you all the bells and whistles of a high-end machine, but the basic features are there, including impressive performance specs.
The 15-inch and 16-inch models are available with a choice of Intel (up to Core i7-13700H) or AMD (up to Ryzen 7 7840) processors, as well as discrete GPUs up to Nvidia’s RTX 4060. That’s slightly below the absolute best laptop performance. available, but it should be able to run most AAA titles with ease.
It combines with a maximum of 16GB of DDR5 RAM out of the box, but this can be expanded up to 32GB. Although not expandable, 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage will suffice for most people.
You’ll find WQHD (2560×1440) IPS displays in both sizes, along with the option of a 165Hz dynamic refresh rate. Lenovo claims full coverage over the sRGB color gamut, but only 350 nits of brightness maximum.
At least 25.2mm thick and weighing 2.4kg, neither is particularly portable, but a 60Wh battery means they can be used without being connected to the mains for quite some time. time. On the RTX 4050 and 4060, you’ll find a 230W (instead of 170W) adapter in the box, which can supposedly fully charge the devices in 80 minutes.
Also worth mentioning are the ports, which are split between the two sides and on the back. Along with the DC power slot, you get one USB-C, four USB-A, HDMI, Ethernet (RJ45), 3.5mm audio jack, and Lenovo’s Novo Hole for easy access to recovery options .
As with almost all 2023 gaming laptops, the LOQ 15 and 16 run Windows 11 – you can choose between Home and Pro versions.
The devices are only available in ‘Storm Grey’, although that tough polymer chassis should make it sturdier than your average laptop.
Other features worth noting include a 1080p webcam with electronic privacy shutter, dual speakers and, of course, a full-size keyboard with RGB lights. The difference on the 16-inch model is that it’s connected by a separate number pad.
All devices will be released between April and June. Starting prices range from $899.99/€1,099 to $1,149.99/€1,199, but can be set to be much higher than that. Pricing in the US and UK has yet to be revealed.
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