Lenovo has unleashed its gaming powerhouse, the Legion 9i and it looks cool. This beast of a laptop, set to launch in October, starts at $4,399. While the price might raise a few eyebrows, Lenovo is packing in some mind-blowing features that make it worth every penny. Let’s take a look, shall we?
The standout feature of the Legion 9i is its self-contained liquid-cooling system, a first in the world of 16-inch gaming laptops. This isn’t just a fancy gimmick; it’s a game-changer. While most laptops rely on air cooling, the Legion 9i uses liquid cooling with water and a pump. The result? A laptop that can handle up to 230W of power, promising an unparalleled gaming experience.
Now, here’s the kicker – Lenovo claims the Legion 9i can fully cool itself with this liquid-cooling method, without any external gadgets. It’s an exciting concept, but the real-world performance remains to be seen. Lenovo’s Legion series is already known for its excellent cooling, so how much of an upgrade this will be is still a mystery. I can only imagine the effectiveness of this in January dry season heat in Nigeria and in places like the Middle East. Water cooling for gadgets is not a new concept but is still not widely used especially in PCs. It could even be a harder concept in mobile devices but we’ll see how this plays out for Lenovo.
Forged Carbon Cover for Unique Style
Another intriguing feature is the forged carbon cover, giving each Legion 9i a unique pattern. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about owning a laptop that stands out in a sea of uniformity. The design exudes a funky vibe, making a statement that your laptop is one-of-a-kind.
Dazzling 165Hz 16:10 Mini LED Display
Lenovo has also blessed the Legion 9i with a 165Hz 16:10 Mini LED display. With a remarkable 94 percent screen-to-body ratio, this isn’t just impressive for a gaming laptop; it’s impressive, period. Mini LEDs, while not cheap, offer a gaming experience that’s hard to forget, making conventional IPS panels seem lacklustre in comparison.
Powerful Hardware at Your Fingertips
Under the hood, the Legion 9i boasts the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, the crown jewel of mobile GPUs. With options for up to 64GB of memory and a spacious 2TB of storage, it’s a gamer’s dream machine.
The Processor Dilemma
While the Legion 9i doesn’t skimp on power, the choice of processor might raise an eyebrow. It’s equipped with the 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13980HX, the most robust mobile processor from Intel. However, it’s worth noting that AMD’s 7945HX3D chip is on the horizon, and in early testing, it outpaces Intel’s offering. Plus, the AMD-powered ROG Strix Scar X3D, a fierce 17-inch competitor, comes at a more budget-friendly price point.
The Legion 9i, at this moment, feels like a tech marvel that showcases Lenovo’s ambitious cooling solution. It’s a bold leap forward in gaming laptops, offering liquid-cooling magic. If you’re ready to dive into this gaming beast, brace yourself for an extraordinary experience that will set you apart in the gaming world.
PC shipments have slowed globally and this could be due global economic recovery that is all but slow. The inflation monster is still very much around in many economies and this is biting hard into consumer spending.
Please see full specs below as released by Lenovo
|Lenovo Legion 9i|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||(mm): 357.7 x 277.7 x 18.99mm–22.7mm
(inches): 14.08″ x 10.93″ x 0.74″–0.89”
|Weight||Starting at 2.56kg (5.64lbs)|
|Display9||Up to 16″ 3.2k (3200 x 2000) Mini LED 16:10 (165 Hz / 3 ms Response Time / 100% Adobe / 100% DCI-P3 / 1200 nits / Up to VESA DisplayHDR™ 1000 Certified / Dolby Vision® Support / NVIDIA G-SYNC™ Validated / TUV Rheinland Certified)|
|Processor||13th Generation Intel Core i9-13980HX|
|Graphics9||Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU 16GB GDDR6 (150W+25W Boost) 2370MHz Boost Clock|
|Onboard AI Chip||LA2|
|Memory9||64GB 5600Mhz Dual Channel DDR5 Overclocked Memory
32GB 6400Mhz Dual Channel DDR5 Overclocked Memory
|Storage10||Up to 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD9|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Pro
Windows 11 Home
Super Rapid Charge (30-min to 0~70% Capacity, 80-min to 0~100% Capacity)3
|Power Adapter||330W Slim Adapter
140W (USB Type-C Power Delivery)
|Keyboard||1.5mm / Legion Spectrum Per-Key RGB / 100% Anti-Ghosting / Swappable Ceramic Key Caps|
|Camera||1080p with E-Shutter|
1 x Audio Combo Jack
1 x SD Card Reader 3.0
1 x USB Type C (USB 3.2 Gen1)
1 x USB Type A (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
1 x E-Shutter Button
1 x DC-Input
1 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen1 (Always-on 5V2A)
2 x Thunderbolt 4 (3.2 Gen, DisplayPort 1.4, 140W Power Delivery)
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x RJ45
|Audio||2 x 2W Speakers with Nahimic Audio|
|Connectivity||2 x 2 Intel Wi-Fi 7 (802.11 ax)4
Starting from Bluetooth® 5.1