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Hands-on with Lenovo’s 2024 laptops

Hands-on with Lenovo’s 2024 laptops

Lenovo Innovate'24

AI-powered PCs were the focus at Lenovo's Innovate '24 event for Asia-Pacific media held in Bangkok earlier today. The leading PC maker showed off its premium Yoga series, as well as its Legion and LOQ gaming notebooks. Like many 2024 PCs, the Yoga lineup will run on Intel's AI-capable Core Ultra processors, and come with Microsoft's Copilot key. To further bolster the AI capabilities of its new notebooks, Lenovo will also launch Creator Zone, a “privacy-focused, generative AI software that turns text or sketches into visuals” sometime later this year. We checked out some of the key laptops in Lenovo's 2024 lineup.

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
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We start off with one of my favourite laptops last year, the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i, which comes with two lovely OLED screens. The latest Gen 9 version has been refreshed with Intel's AI-enhanced Core Ultra 7 processor, but the design remains unchanged. That means it still has that cool, orgami-like foldable stand that props this dual-screen laptop up in either landscape or portrait orientation. Lenovo says the battery life is much improved with the new Intel Core Ultra chip. That's crucial for a laptop with two screens. Prices start at S$3,249 for the base model with 16GB memory and 512GB storage.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1
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Next up is a premium Windows 2-in-1 convertible, the Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1 (14”, Gen 9). Thanks to its 360-hinge, this ultra-slim convertible effortlessly switches from tablet to notebook, and everything in between. One of its more useful features, especially for digital artists, is the Lenovo Slim Pen stylus, which attaches magnetically to the laptop lid when not in use. Like the other new laptops, the Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1 uses an Intel Core Ultra processor. It starts from S$2,489.

Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i
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For those who prefer a more traditional clamshell laptop, the latest Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i (16”, Gen 9) offers both power and portability. Designed for creators that value mobility, it comes with an Intel Core Ultra 7 chip, as well as a mid-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics. There's a super-bright (1,200 nits) 3.2K, colour-calibrated 16-inch Mini-LED screen that's perfect for video and photo editing. Lenovo says the TDP goes up to 130W for content creatiom tasks. And it comes with its own dedicated chip for certain tasks, such as the webcam's presence detection feature. It's available at S$3,139.

Lenovo Legion 7i
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For gamers, the refreshed Lenovo Legion 7i (S$2,859) sports the latest 14th-gen Intel Core processor. Performance should be decent enough with its mid-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics chip. And while its Intel chip doesn't come with a neural processing unit (NPU) for AI workloads, the Legion 7i itself has two AI chips that manages CPU and GPU resources optimally for the best performance (Lenovo claims up to 7% increase in gaming performance). If you're looking for a more affordable Legion gaming laptop, there's the Legion 5i (16″ Gen 9). It has an Intel Core i5 chip, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 powering its 165Hz screen, and starts from S$1,899.

Lenovo LOQ 15IRX9
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And if these gaming laptops are still over your budget, the entry-level Lenovo LOQ series may be the answer. The LOQ 15IRX9 (from S$1,419) uses an older Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics chip, and a more modest 144Hz IPS display. Notably, the LOQ laptops put the vents at the back, thanks to its new Coldfront: Hyper cooling system. So you won't feel the warm air on your hands during gaming. Read about the excellent cooling performance in our review of the LOQ 15IRX9i. This version, which uses an Intel Arc graphics chipset instead, is slightly cheaper at around S$1,300.

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These Lenovo laptops are already available from the PC maker at its retail and online channels. Find out more about them at Lenovo Singapore, as well as its official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

Note: Hands-on units provided by Lenovo. Can Buy or Not attended Lenovo Innovate '24 at Lenovo's invite.

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