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What just happened? Lenovo has introduced a powerhouse of a gaming laptop complete with top-of-the-line hardware and a self-contained liquid cooling system. It's due out in October, which may or may not be enough time to save up for it.
The Lenovo Legion 9i ship with a 16-inch PureSight 3.2K (3,200 x 2,000 resolution) mini-LED display with a 165 Hz variable refresh rate and support for DCI-P3 and sRGB color spaces. At the heart of the machine is Intel's 13th generation Core i9-13980HX processor, which can be paired with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 laptop GPU, 64 GB of overclocked DDR5 memory, and up to a 2 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD.
The integrated liquid cooling solution, meanwhile, was designed in collaboration with Cooler Master. Lenovo said it runs over the GPU VRAM to help manage heat during extreme gaming sessions, kicking on when the temp reaches 84 degrees Celsius. It's paired with an AI-tuned, triple-fan air cooling system which, combined, can manage a maximum TDP of 230 watts.
Speaking of power, Lenovo's latest packs a 99.99Whr battery that can be charged using the included 330 watt slim adapter or the 140 watt Type-C adapter, both of which come included in the kit.
Join us for a first look at the world's first liquid-cooled gaming laptop, the Lenovo Legion 9i. Boasting advanced Lenovo AI+ tech & a unique forged carbon exterior, this revolutionary device is definitely a game-changer.– Lenovo (@Lenovo) September 1, 2023
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The port selection is extensive and includes multiple USB ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 jack, an Ethernet jack, a combo audio jack, and an SD card reader. Other amenities include dual 2W speakers with Nahimic Audio, per-key RGB keyboard lighting, Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, and a unique carbon A-cover.
The system isn't as gargantuan as you might expect, either. It measures 357.7 mm x 277.7 mm x 18.99 – 22.7 mm (14.08 in x 10.93 in x 0.74 – 0.89 in) and starts at 2.56 kg (5.64 pounds).
Lenovo's Legion 9i will be available from October. Pricing is a bit of a grey area as Lenovo's press release only mentions EMEA pricing, which starts at €4,499 (inc. VAT). Other publications have reported a USD starting price of $4,399 but I've been unable to confirm that as of this writing.