Lenovo LOQ 15 review (2023) a Great Budget Gaming Laptop

The Lenovo LOQ 15 is everything you need for gaming on the go, with a powerful processor, dedicated graphics card, and comfortable keyboard.

Lenovo has always had gaming laptops, with models that range from being small and light to being very powerful. The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i is an example of the latter, and the new Lenovo Legion Slim 7 is an example of the former. The PC maker, on the other hand, seems to want to try its hand at a whole new market: the market for cheap gaming laptops. Lenovo is going after both performance and price with new Lenovo LOQ 15 line. So far, what I’ve seen, it has a good set of specs that should let you play any of the best PC games at high settings. It also comes at a reasonable price for gamers who want to get the most for their money.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Description

You may recognize the Lenovo LOQ 15 because it looks like one of Lenovo’s other high-end gaming laptops. It definitely looks like a gaming machine right away, but the elements aren’t too over the top. This makes it simple enough and aesthetically pleasing for people who aren’t really looking to buy a gaming laptop but rather a machine that can handle heavy work like video editing. The finishing looks high-quality from every angle, and the LOQ logo on the lid definitely adds to the charm.

The power button sits proudly above the keyboard, complete with a power light, and a bunch of heavy ports are located at the back for ease of use and a cleaner look. The huge chin and wide edges around the screen are the only bad things about the design. As you can see from the above specs sheet, this laptop is pretty heavy (over 2.4 kg), so people who travel with their laptop all the time shouldn’t buy it. This machine needs to be plugged in and is meant to sit on a desk.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Pricing

With a starting price of $949, the Lenovo LOQ 15 is one of the more affordable gaming laptops on the market. However, the APH8 configuration is just on the edge of the midrange, costing $1,279. Because it doesn’t have 8GB of RAM, this test unit’s performance is about the same as Lenovo’s models that are sold in stores.

For the price, its RTX 4050 GPU is very good. They both have the same GPU and Intel “Raptor Lake” 13th Gen CPUs, but the MSI Cyborg 15 and the Gigabyte Aorus 15 BMF cost less. For $999, the MSI Cyborg 15 comes with 16GB of RAM. While Gigabyte’s Aorus 15 BMF has a better look and faster performance, its keyboard is not as comfortable.

Specifications Table

When compared to gaming laptops with 12th generation Core-H processors like the IdeaPad Gaming 15 or HP Victus 15, the Lenovo LOQ 15 performs better than expected for a cheap machine with only 8 GB of upgradeable system RAM. It also has great performance-per-watt. Its 1080p G-Sync screen works well with the GeForce RTX 4050, so you can play modern games smoothly at 60 frames per second, which is a good goal for any cheap gaming laptop.

FeaturesDetails
Display15.6-inch WQHD (2560×1440) IPS 350nits anti-glare 165Hz, G-SYNC
MemoryUp to 16GB Dual Channel 5600Mhz DDR5
StorageUp to 512GB / 1TB PCIe SSD NVMe TLC/QLC M.2 2242 (Gen4)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
GraphicsUp to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
ProcessorUp to 13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700H or AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
Keyboard4-Zone RGB Backlit
SpeakersStereo speakers, 2W x2
BatteryIntegrated 60 Wh with 170 W Power Adapter
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Lenovo LOQ 15: Design

Lenovo toned down the build a bit on the LOQ 15 to get it into the affordable range. Two reasonably priced laptops were the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 and the Lenovo Legion Slim 5 Gen 8. The metal display lids on the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 were contrasted with strong plastics in other areas. The Lenovo LOQ 15’s chassis is made entirely of plastic. It’s still pretty stiff, with not much give, thanks to a solid assembly of parts. Lenovo added more decorations, like blue accents on the speaker grilles and radiator fins, to try to hide the lower quality materials. However, only the fins can be seen when the laptop is in use.

The plastic bezels are also a big letdown, not because they’re made of plastic, but because most people would rather not have them that big. The Lenovo LOQ 15 is wider and thicker than the Lenovo Legion Slim 5 Gen 8, but its screen is smaller. Its 15.6-inch screen has a more common 16:9 aspect ratio, which means the bezels are wider. The LOQ 15 is also the heaviest laptop, at 5.4 pounds, which is a shame because it has less powerful hardware.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Display

Lenovo LOQ 15

Let’s talk about the Lenovo LOQ’s 15.6-inch WQHD screen before we talk about how well the CPU and GPU work. There are laptops with better screens than this one, but for the price, LOQ’s is a good choice. To begin, the colors and viewing angles are excellent. Second, the refresh rate of 165 Hz is a nice addition.

The display can get as bright as 350 nits, which is the level of brightness that I think makes or breaks a screen. Lenovo LOQ is just a bit brighter than what you need to work quiet near a window in the office. Additionally, the speakers work well enough that you can watch videos without a headset or an extra speaker. Still, if you want a better experience, I think you should use them.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Lenovo LOQ 15

Even though the name has changed, the keyboard is still the same as the one on the IdeaPad Gaming 3 15. For those who have used an IdeaPad or Yoga laptop before, the LOQ 15’s keyboard will feel right at home. While typing, the LOQ 15’s keys feel a bit firmer and clickier than usual, making it a better choice than a cheaper Asus VivoBook or HP Pavilion 15.

There is a small difference between this year’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 15 and this year’s (12 x 7.5 cm vs. 12.5 x 7.5 cm) clickpad. However, the LOQ 15’s clickpad is more satisfying to use than the IdeaPad’s clickpad because it feels firmer and clicks more often. Because the feedback is sharper, the clutter is much louder.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Connectivity

It has all the ports from last year’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 15, plus an extra USB-A port. The single USB-C port has been moved to the left edge to make it easier to reach. Most of the ports are along the back. It feels like home a lot more. This is also where the connectors on the back really shine. Along the back, there is a separate HDMI 2.1 port, Ethernet, and two USB-A ports that are pretty fast (10Gbps).

A headphone jack and USB-C connect the two on the left. On the right is a slow USB 2.0 port that is clearly meant for a mouse. There isn’t a lightning-fast Thunderbolt 4.0 port here, but that doesn’t seem like a big deal since most of the everyday needs are met. But it doesn’t have an SD card slot, which may bother some people even more.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Performance

Lenovo LOQ 15

The LOQ 15 is one of the best ones, and it really packs a punch. It has 16GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7-13620H processor, and a 1TB solid-state drive (SSD) that can read data at up to 4065MB/s. These days, this isn’t the fastest SSD performance, but there aren’t many other clear flaws either. The star of this show is Nvidia’s RTX 4060 graphics card with 8GB vRAM, and Lenovo hasn’t messed it up by using a weak version. When turned all the way up, the card can draw 115W. The software says the card can only handle 90W, but it can get the claimed 115W by calling on the CPU for more power.

The 1440p resolution works well for Cyberpunk 2077, and you can even use the Overdrive ray tracing mode, which can melt your laptop. But this depends a lot on frame generation, which is the best thing about the RTX 40-series cards. This works a lot like the frame interpolation on your TV, but it’s much smarter. With Ultra ray tracing, I can get a smooth 60 frames per second, which is my favorite setting. This isn’t the best gaming laptop ever, but for the price, it’s a beast. It also has a GPU overclock mode that’s good for nerds and speeds things up by about 4% with the default settings.

For those of you who like benchmarks, my best 3D Mark Time Spy score was 11020, up from 10600 before the overclock. But you feel like the cooling system really limits what you can do with this, even if you add the optional 230W power supply. The GPU’s power drops a bit in games that use a lot of CPU power because it can’t borrow extra power. The Lenovo LOQ 15 also doesn’t have the coolest cooling system I’ve heard of in a while from a gaming laptop. The air can be moved well, blasting hot air out of the back and both sides, but the tone has that classic “jet engine” sound that I don’t like.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Battery Life

A lot of laptops that look like the Lenovo LOQ have huge 99Wh batteries, which don’t always work to power the parts inside that need a lot of power. The Lenovo LOQ 15 has a more standard 60Wh battery, the kind of battery you might find in a good productivity laptop or a bigger ultraportable. We only got four hours and fifty minutes of light work out of the Lenovo LOQ when it was set to its default settings. With a little work, though, you can do better.

I got a much better six hours and 49 minutes of use when I switched the laptop from the Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics card to the built-in graphics and slowed down the screen refresh to 60Hz. You can’t count on this laptop to last all day at work, but I didn’t expect it to anyway. It’s not bad at all that it took just under seven hours.

The Lenovo LOQ also comes with a power adapter that is surprisingly thin. A gaming laptop needs a lot more power than an ultraportable, which means the adapter has to be thick and heavy. For some reason, this one looks like it was made to fit nicely into a backpack. To say it again, though, this is not the best laptop for carrying around with you every day.

Lenovo LOQ 15: Pros and Cons

The Lenovo LOQ 15 is a budget gaming notebook that offers a good balance of performance, features, and value. It is not the most powerful gaming notebook on the market, but it is more than capable of running most popular games at high settings. It also has a nice display, a comfortable keyboard, and a relatively long battery life.

Pros

  • Thoughtful design for an affordable gaming laptop
  • RTX 4050 drives reliable 1080p performance
  • Solid keyboard and touchpad
  • supports 2x SODIMM and 2x M.2 SSDs

Cons

  • Cooling system is quite loud
  • No Thunderbolt, USB4, or built-in Wi-Fi 6E

Final Words

With the LOQ 15, you’ll see that it has a lot of good points right away, but in the end, it’s only “good” and not quite a star. It works well enough for the hardware it has, but Lenovo had to cut corners on the design to keep the price low. The keyboard is one of the best things about it, which makes it one of the best low-cost gaming laptops you can find. The more expensive Legion Slim 5 Gen 8 is a big step up from the LOQ if you can afford it.

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The Lenovo LOQ 15 is a great budget gaming laptop with a sleek design, comfortable keyboard, responsive trackpad, and good display. It can have an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card, 32GB RAM, and 1TB SSD storage. This hardware can run most modern games at high settings and be used for video editing and programming. The LOQ 15's battery lasts 6 hours for light use and 3 for gaming. Overall, the Lenovo LOQ 15 is a good value.Lenovo LOQ 15 review (2023) a Great Budget Gaming Laptop