Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 review: a solid if unspectacular 1080p gaming laptop

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Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 review
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TechRadar Verdict

The Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 looks the part with fantastic build quality considering its cheaper price of entry with strong 1080p performance. However, it's let down by a poor battery life, dull and dim display, as well as a limited amount of storage for today's games which undercut its otherwise aggressive nature.


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    Solid 1080p gaming performance

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    Rugged build quality

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    Strong I/O support

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    Keeps cool under stress


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    Mediocre battery life

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    Lifeless display

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    Poor amount of included storage

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    On the pricier end for an RTX 4060 laptop

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Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Two-minute review

If you're looking to get into the portable PC gaming scene without breaking the bank then the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 is a viable option to consider in 2024. It's not going to give the best gaming laptops a run for their money in terms of leading performance, battery life, display, and design, but it does enough to stand out from a price-to-performance perspective. 

While the manufacturer has made waves in the mid-range and premium end of the gaming laptop market, its budget offering favors function over form. My review unit features a 13th Gen i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 4060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB NVMe Gen 4.0 SSD - all of which is more than enough to play today's games in 1080p. You won't always be maxing everything out in the graphical settings, due to the GPU's limited 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, but Nvidia DLSS 3's Frame Generation or AMD FSR can help ease the stress. 

There's also the LOQ 15 (AMD) to consider if you would rather go for a Team Red rig instead of a Team Blue offering. Regardless of CPU choice, the GPU is decidedly mainstream, so there's no great power differential. It means that the same problems largely apply, meaning a so-so display, lacking battery life, and a port placement that may be cumbersome. 

That battery life really does leave a lot to be desired. Web browsing and media playback achieved just under two hours with battery saving modes and the screen brightness halved. It's not great, and this extends to battery gaming which can't even manage an hour. You'll want to keep this gaming laptop plugged in to enjoy a lengthy gaming session, or when used as a desktop replacement when hooked up to one of the best gaming monitors

So yes, while the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 is unlikely to wow you, it is entirely serviceable at providing a solid 1080p gaming experience.  It's ultimately going to come down to the pricing of the unit; if you can find an RTX 4060 variant around the $1,000 / £1,000 / AU$1,300 mark then it's worthwhile, but I can't really recommend splashing out upwards of $1,300 / £1,300 / AU$2,000 when RTX 4070 rigs offer more power for the money. 

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Price and availability

1080p 144Hz refresh rate display on the LOQ 15

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  • How much does it cost? Starting from $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,297
  • When is it available? The Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 is available now 
  • Where can you get it? US, the UK, and Australia 

The Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 is available with a starting price of $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,297 for a variant running an RTX 4050 GPU. Alternatively, there's a more powerful version running the more capable RTX 4060 discrete graphics for around $100 / £100 / AU$300 more depending on the retailer's availability - and I'd recommend springing for that slightly more powerful GPU.

In terms of price, the Lenovo LOQ 15 is one of the more affordable gaming laptops on the market at the budget end of the spectrum. Whether you're considering an RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 version, these aren't powerhouse machines, but they are priced as such. It's less aggressive when considering you can pick up some RTX 4070 laptops such as the MSI Katana 15 and Asus TUF A15 from $1,199 to $1,349 nowadays. 

  • Price: 4 / 5

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Specs

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Lenovo LOQ Gen 9 specifications
Header Cell - Column 0 Base ModelReview UnitTop-end configuration
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 7435HS / Intel Core i5-13450HXIntel Core i7-13650HXIntel Core i7-14700HX
GPUNvidia RTX 4050Nvidia RTX 4060Nvidia RTX 4060
RAM16GB DDR5-4800MHz16GB DDR5-5600 MHz16GB DDR5-5600 MHz
Display15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD (1080p)15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD (1080p)15.6-inch 165Hz 1440p
Storage512GB Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD512GB Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD1TB Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD
Ports3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1,USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm jack, Ethernet, HDMI 2.13x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1,USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm jack, Ethernet, HDMI 2.13x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1,USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm jack, Ethernet, HDMI 2.1
Wireless2 x 2 Intel® WiFi 6 (802.11ax) ; Bluetooth® 5.12 x 2 Intel® WiFi 6 (802.11ax) ; Bluetooth® 5.12 x 2 Intel® WiFi 6 (802.11ax) ; Bluetooth® 5.1
Weight5.24 lbs / 2.38kg 5.24 lbs / 2.38kg 5.24 lbs / 2.38kg
Dimensions0.86 - 0.94 x 14.17 x 10.19 inches0.86 - 0.94 x 14.17 x 10.19 inches0.86 - 0.94 x 14.17 x 10.19 inches

The Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 is available in a variety of configurations from Lenovo itself or found from retailers in the US, the UK, and Australia. As touched upon above, you can find the budget rig with either an RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 GPU. A major difference is the choice of GPU, depending on price, you can get a Ryzen 7000 or Intel Raptor Lake variant. 

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Design

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 keyboard

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  • Durable build quality 
  • Thick bezels around the 1080p display 
  • Lovely full-size RGB keyboard

Display-wise, the Lenovo LOQ Gen 9 is primarily plastic with a rugged build quality. It's a far cry from the single-sheet aluminum of premium gaming laptops but feels considerably better than some budget models available. The cracks begin to show, however, when looking further into the screen. With a peak brightness of 350 nits and a 1080p IPS screen, things are serviceable but dull. The 144Hz refresh rate is smooth enough but the bare minimum for machines in 2024. 

The exposed hinges and thick bezels aren't the most pleasing to look at, as Lenovo has opted for function over form here. Simply put, it's not sleek or stylish, but it gets the job done. This utilitarian approach can also be seen in the protruding rear I/O as the hinged screen is around an inch ahead. It's done to maximize airflow, sure, but it's quite an outdated idea that was common on rigs from around 10 years ago.

The design of the Lenovo LOQ Gen 9 gets a lot of things right with its excellent array of connectivity options on the left, right, and rear of the device. You're fully equipped with a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, USB-C, and USB 3.2 ports so there are no complaints here. This extends to the keyboard which features four-zone RGB backlighting with its full deck size. It's lovely to type and game on. Unfortunately, this doesn't extend to the trackpad which is small and feels cheap, but that's not a huge concern as you really should be be utilizing one of the best gaming mice instead. 

  • Design: 3 / 5

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Performance

  • Solid gaming performance in 1080p 
  • The fans are very loud under stress 
  • The 13th Gen i7 CPU is still powerful
Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 benchmarks

Here's how the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 got on in our suite of industry-standard benchmarks and game testing. 

PCMark10 - 7,328
Night Raid - 57,918
Port Royal - 5,532
Time Spy - 10,117
Fire Strike - 22,507
Geekbench 6:
Single - 2,358
Multi - 13,144
Cinebench R23:
Single - 1,652
Multi - 15,698
CrossMark - 1,572
Productivity - 1,500
Creativity - 1,699
Responsiveness - 1,439
Cyberpunk 2077
RT Ultra - 88fps
Ultra - 84fps
Low - 114fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms
Ultra - 80fps
Low - 246fps
Red Dead Redemption II
Ultra - 67fps
Low - 159fps
TechRadar Battery Test: 59 mins

For the most part, the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 delivers on its promise of providing playable framerates at 1080p. The 144Hz Full HD display is fast enough seeing as you'll be getting around 60 to 90fps when maxing out games such as Red Dead Redemption II, Cyberpunk 2077, and Total War: Three Kingdoms. For the best possible experience, you're going to want to enable DLSS 3 Frame Generation and Ray Reconstruction to take the strain off of the native hardware. 

While there are versions of the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 with 14th Gen processors, our review unit with the Intel Core i7-13650HX still impresses. This can be evidenced by the CPU-bound title Total War: Three Kingdoms, reaching a staggering 246fps with the settings dialed down to low. The single-core and multi-core performance through Geekbench 6 and Cinebench R23 is also solid, even though these figures have recently been eclipsed by Meteor Lake and Ryzen 7000 models. 

As mentioned further up the page, the display here is what sets the side down to an extent. Yes, it's fast enough with a 144Hz refresh rate being smooth with no screen tearing or artifacting. With that said, the colors are washed out, there's no HDR support, and the peak brightness leaves a lot to be desired. It's not an issue that's unique to the LOQ 15 Gen 9, but it also doesn't break from convention here either. 

What you will notice is just how loud the fans are on this gaming laptop. It's particularly noticeable at start-up, or when under any level of moderate stress. The LOQ 15 is easily among the loudest machines I've ever tested, distractingly so at times, even drowning out gameplay and media playback from the otherwise fine 2x 2W stereo speakers. 

  • Performance: 3.5 / 5

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Battery life

  • Poor battery life whether gaming or media playback
  • Battery can be quick-charged to full in just over an hour

Battery life can make or break a laptop and, unfortunately, the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 falls into the latter category. In our battery test, the machine was able to achieve just under two hours of media playback when prioritizing the battery life and reduced screen brightness. Simply put, you're going to want to keep the 135W power adapter close at hand to get through a lengthy film or take your gaming experience on the go. Granted, that's the case for many gaming laptops, but I'd expect a bit better from a lower-powered unit like this - there's not an RTX 4090 guzzling down power here.

The Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 features a 60Whr battery that supports quick charging, but it drains almost as quickly so it's a double-edged sword. The manufacturer claims a full charge from completely flat about 80 minutes, and my testing can verify this. It can reach 50% in about around half an hour, which is solid enough, even if the battery retention is far from impressive.

  • Battery life: 3 / 5 

Should you buy the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9?

closed lid of the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9

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Buy it if...

You can find it discounted 
There are regular deals on the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 available from both the manufacturer and major retailers in the US, UK, and Australia. For the right price, it offers a ton of value. 

You play a range of less-demanding PC games 
The RTX 4060 and 1080p display are a good pair for entry-level PC gaming. 8GB GDDR6 VRAM should be enough to play most titles at 60fps for the next few years, even if you won't be maxing out all settings settings. 

Don't buy it if...

You can find an RTX 4070 machine for around the same price 
Some variants of the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 may be nearly as expensive as some other budget RTX 4070 models. This graphics card is considerably more powerful in 1080p and can be found inside 1440p machines, too. 

You want a more powerful gaming laptop 
Regardless of which variant you consider, the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 isn't a very powerful machine. It's available with an RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 which are far from leading offerings. 

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Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 scorecard
Attributes NotesRating
Price Depending on your configuration, the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 can be aggressively priced. However, some variants may be a touch too pricey depending on choice of CPU inside.4 / 5
DesignThe Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 doesn't win much praise with its bulky plastic chassis and outdated aesethics, but it is built rugged with a quality keyboard and port selection.3 / 5
Performance For 1080p gaming, the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 hits all the right notes. You won't be pushing every game to its limits at high frame rates, but things are good enough for the price invested.3.5 / 5
BatteryThis gaming laptop wins favor with its quickcharging capabilities, but loses points for a lacking 60Whr battery life which depletes in nearly two hours when casual browsing. Things are more cut down for gaming, so you'll want that AC adapter choose to hand.3 / 5
OverallThe Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 is a solid budget gaming laptop with a few drawbacks that hold it back from being the slam dunk it could have been, especially with similarly priced competitors offering more for the money. 3.5 / 5

Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9: Also consider

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Header Cell - Column 0 Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9MSI Katana 15Asus TUF Gaming A15
CPUIntel Core i7-13650HXIntel Core i9-13900HAMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
GPUNvidia RTX 4060Nvidia RTX 4060Nvidia RTX 4060
RAM16GB DDR5-5600 MHz16GB DDR5-5200 MHz16GB DDR5-4800 MHz
Display15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD (1080p)15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD (1080p)15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD (1080p)
Storage512GB Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD1TB Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD512GB Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD
Ports 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1,USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm jack, Ethernet, HDMI 2.11x Type-C (USB3.2 Gen1 / DP) 2x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1 1x Type-A USB2.0 1x HDMI™ 2.1 (8K @ 60Hz / 4K @ 120Hz) 1x RJ45USB Type-C x 2 (w/DisplayPort alt mode & Power Delivery x 1), USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A x 2, HDMI 2.1 x 1, 3.5 mm jack
Wireless2 x 2 Intel® WiFi 6 (802.11ax) ; Bluetooth® 5.1Gb LAN 802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.2Intel® WiFi 6, Gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 5.3
Weight5.24 lbs / 2.38kg4.96 lbs / 2.25 kg4.85 lbs / 2.2kg
Dimensions21.8 x 359 x 258 mm24.9 x 359 x 259 mm22.4 x 354 x 251 mm

MSI Katana 15
The MSI Katana 15 is the most comparable alternative to the Lenovo LOQ 15 Gen 9 with its 144Hz refresh rate and Full HD  resolution. It's available with either the RTX 4050, RTX 4060, or RTX 4070 so the pricing may be more of what you're looking for. 

Read our full MSI Katana 15 review


Asus TUF Gaming A15
The Asus TUF Gaming A15 combines excellent 1080p gaming performance with a stellar battery life and a solid design. It also has a wonderful RGB keyboard and a fast refresh rate, while being available in several different configurations. 

Read our full Asus TUF Gaming A15 review

  • First reviewed July 2024
Aleksha McLoughlin

Aleksha McLoughlin is an experienced hardware writer. She was previously the Hardware Editor for TechRadar Gaming until September 2023. During this time, she looked after buying guides and wrote hardware reviews, news, and features. She has also contributed hardware content to the likes of PC Gamer, Trusted Reviews, Dexerto, Expert Reviews, and Android Central. When she isn't working, you'll often find her in mosh pits at metal gigs and festivals or listening to whatever new black and death metal has debuted that week.