Lenovo LOQ15 2023 Review

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Lenovo has introduced a new line of budget-friendly devices called LOQ. The LOQ family includes a 15 or 16-inch laptop and a 17L desktop PC. The LOQ 15 and 15i are the least expensive of the bunch starting at $900 for either an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS or Intel Core i7-13700 chip. The LOQ 16 and 16i will go for just a bit more at $960 and $1,150, respectively.

The LOQ tower will be priced at $980. Despite their lower prices, these new devices don’t feel cheap. They have similar styling to the Legion line and solid specs with support for up to NVIDIA RTX 4060 GPUs. The laptops offer displays with up to 165Hz refresh rates going up to 2,560 x 1,600 with variable refresh rate support (both G-Sync and Free Sync), as well as 350 nits of brightness. While the LOQ line doesn’t support super-fast 240Hz refresh rates, it still offers good value for money.

Personal view the LOQ 15 and LOQ 16 laptops are a bit chunky and heavier than Lenovo’s listed weight. However, Lenovo still included a full HD webcam and an electronic shutter switch to disable it even on their budget gaming laptops. If you’re looking for something more powerful that’s still easy to carry around, Lenovo also announced two additions to the Legion family in the Slim 7/7i and the Slim 5/5i. The Legion Slim 7 and 7i are more portable than the Slim 5/5i at just 0.78 inches thick and weighing 4.4 pounds. They also pack Intel Core i9-13900H or Ryzen 9 79040HS chips, up to NVIDIA RTX 4070 graphics and up to a 3.2K 165Hz display or a 2,560 x 1,600 240Hz screen. You can also get optional per-key RGB lighting and a big 99.9 WHr battery, along with an aluminum frame in either storm gray or glacier white. Meanwhile, the Legion 5 Slim models still feature solid specs, including the same CPUs and a slightly wider range of graphics options (RTX 4050 up to RTX 4070 depending on the specific config). And unlike the Legion Slim 7 which is only available as a 16-inch model, the Legion Slim 5 will come in both 14-inch and 16-inch sizes.

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