Lenovo LOQ 15 review: budget gaming laptop delivers the goods but not the battery life

The Lenovo LOQ 15 is a budget gaming laptop with some decent internal components but suffers from being heavy and having poor battery life

Lenovo LOQ 15 (2024)
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Our Verdict

This budget gaming laptop is useful for productivity and creative apps as well as shooting aliens, and while its weight, poor battery life and relatively unexciting screen mean you’ll be wanting to use it on a desk with an external screen (and some USB storage too), that doesn’t mean it’s not a capable performer when it plays to its strengths.

For

  • Good level of power
  • Full-size HDMI 2.1
  • Pleasant keyboard feel

Against

  • Unexciting screen
  • Bit heavy
  • No Thunderbolt

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Lenovo’s laptop lineup is a busy one, with the various lines bleeding into one another. The LOQ appears to be an attempt to create a budget gaming brand within Lenovo's range, and takes a lot of inspiration from the older IdeaPad 3 Gaming (it has the same basic shape and the logos and ports are in the same positions, though the materials may be different and it lacks the IdeaPad’s big vent on the side) without eating too much into the sales of premium Legion machines. It’s mostly successful, with a fast CPU and lower-end graphics chip joined by just 16GB of RAM and a 1080p screen to create something that will hit the spot for those who prefer to work on a larger external monitor, then take their creations home with them to plug back in again later. 

Lenovo LOQ 15: Key specifications

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Key specificationsHeader Cell - Column 1
CPU:Intel Core i7-13650HX
GPU:Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
RAM:16GB
Storage:500GB SSD
Screen size:15.6in
Resolution:1080p
Refresh rate:144Hz
Colour coverage (stated):100% sRGB
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4), 1x HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, 3.5mm headset jack
Dimensions:22 x 360 x 259mm
Weight:2.38kg
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Benchmark scoresHeader Cell - Column 1
Cinebench 2024:Single core: 97; multicore: 888; GPU: 10461
Geekbench 6:Single core: 2212; multicore: 12639; GPU: 91829
PC Mark 10:Test: 6942; Battery: 2.5hrs
3D Mark:Fire Strike: 23683; Time Spy: 10172
Pugetbench Photoshop:Test wouldn't complete
Handbrake:04.28
Macbook Air M3 15in

Macbook Air M3 15in

The same price, but with far superior battery life to the LOQ. Not so good for games though.

MSI Prestige 16 Studio

MSI Prestige 16 Studio

This 16-incher can be found for a similar price to the LOQ, but offers a larger, higher-res display.

Acer Swift Go 14 OLED

Acer Swift Go 14 OLED

Thinner, lighter, cheaper and with an OLED screen. It loses the Nvidia GPU but keeps the i7.

The Verdict
7

out of 10

Lenovo LOQ 15

This budget gaming laptop is useful for productivity and creative apps as well as shooting aliens, and while its weight, poor battery life and relatively unexciting screen mean you’ll be wanting to use it on a desk with an external screen (and some USB storage too), that doesn’t mean it’s not a capable performer when it plays to its strengths.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.