Hurry! One of the most impressive gaming laptops I’ve ever seen is $500 off

Lenovo Legion 9i with RTX 4090 GPU running Cyerpunk 2077.
(Image credit: Lenovo)

It’s unhealthy how much I love Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090. The fastest consumer GPU on earth has been powering my desktop for a couple of years now, and it's ludicrously good at running the best Steam games at absurdly fast frame rates. The laptop version is also incredibly impressive, and it’s the star component of one of the best gaming laptops we’ve reviewed here at Tom’s Guide over the past 12 months. And wouldn’t you know it, said portable PC is currently discounted.

Right now, the 16-inch Lenovo Legion 9i with RTX 4090 is on sale for $3,933 at Lenovo. The official site normally sells this puppy for $4,438, making for a not too shabby saving of $505. Obviously that’s still an eye-watering stack of cash, but that sizable discount isn’t to be sniffed at. 

16-inch Lenovo Legion 9i with RTX 4090: was $4,438 now $3,933

16-inch Lenovo Legion 9i with RTX 4090: was $4,438 now $3,933
The Legion 9i is a gaming laptop that rocks incredibly powerful components under its alluring Carbon Black chassis. Its top-end config is $505 off at time of writing, and comes with a 14th Gen Intel Core i9-14900HX GPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, 1TB of NVMe SSD storage and a copy of Windows 11. The Legion 9i also boasts an impressive 3.2K mini-LED screen with a refresh rate of 165Hz.

And make no mistake, you really are getting pretty much the absolute best of the best with this particular configuration of the Legion 9i. In fact, this model is even more impressive than the one Andrew Hayward gave a glowing write-up to in our Lenovo Legion 9i review, as it packs a more powerful processor. 

While the unit Andrew tested sported an Intel Core i9-13980HX CPU, the discounted beast above has a 14th Gen Intel Core i9-14900HX with cores that can be overclocked up to 5.80GHz. Combine that processor with The RTX 4090 and you’re dealing with a CPU/GPU combo that’s truly top-of-the-line. With these amazing two components joining forces, you can run the even the most demanding PC games at lightning frame rates. 

During our testing of the slightly less powerful i9-13980HX config at 1080p resolution, we managed to run Far Cry 6 at 112 fps and Rockstar’s astonishing Wild West epic Red Dead Redemption 2 at 108 fps. Thanks to the faster processor of this discounted Legion 9i, you’ll be able to squeeze even more frames out of those graphically impressive sandbox titles. 

So what else do you get for your money? Well, one of the most outstanding aspects of the Lenovo Legion 9i is its screen. It’s simply sensational. 

The Lenovo Legion 9i's 3.2K mini-LED screen.

(Image credit: Future/Lenovo)

The 16-inch mini LED brings “epic clarity” according to Andrew, thanks to its pin-sharp 3.2K (3,200 x 2,000) screen resolution. Color accuracy is also spot on — this panel covers 160.2% on the SRGB scale and 113.5% on the DCI-P3 scale — while its handling of HDR content is stellar. That’s mainly due to this display being so bright it could scorch your corneas, with it hitting an average peak brightness of 667.4 nits. That’s a fairly jaw-dropping number for a gaming laptop screen.

Elsewhere, you get 32GB of DDR5 RAM, which is frankly overkill for even the best PC games. If you plan to do a lot of video editing on the Legion 9i, though, that extra memory will come in handy for processing large files. A 1TB NVMe SSD is also the absolute least I’d expect from a laptop that costs this much, too.

Andrew also really digs the design of the Legion 9i, praising it for being “sleek, refined and lighter than expected.” It also puts on quite the light show. With my colleague giving it further love for RGB effects that “are appealing but not overwhelming.” In his review, Andrew also describes this laptop’s keyboard as “a delight to use.”

You probably don’t want to take this monster out on a daily commute, though. Not only is it super expensive, but it also brings the chonk, weighing in at 5.52 pounds.

Even discounted, this is obviously one of the most expensive gaming laptops on the market. Yet if you can afford it, the Lenovo Legion 9i is a knockout machine.

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Dave Meikleham
UK Computing Editor

Dave is a computing editor at Tom’s Guide and covers everything from cutting edge laptops to ultrawide monitors. When he’s not worrying about dead pixels, Dave enjoys regularly rebuilding his PC for absolutely no reason at all. In a previous life, he worked as a video game journalist for 15 years, with bylines across GamesRadar+, PC Gamer and TechRadar. Despite owning a graphics card that costs roughly the same as your average used car, he still enjoys gaming on the go and is regularly glued to his Switch. Away from tech, most of Dave’s time is taken up by walking his husky, buying new TVs at an embarrassing rate and obsessing over his beloved Arsenal.