Whether you are looking for powerful internal or awesome keyboards, Lenovo laptops are both reliable and at a high level. Here at PCWorld, we have used and tested a number of Lenovo laptops, from ThinkPads to Yogas and everything in between.
While everything in the list below has pros and cons, there is one laptop that really stands out from the rest. The Lenovo ThinkPad Gen 9 has won our top spot due to its fast display, stylish keyboard, and quiet performance. Read on to learn more, and be sure to visit our guide to the best moving computers if you want to peruse the cream of the crop from every notebook maker.
1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 – Best Overall
ThinkPads are generally praised as an awesome business laptop because of their comfortable keyboards and silent functionality. With its quiet keyboard, security features, and audio, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is one such laptop. It packs quad-core Core i7-1185G7, 16GB of RAM, and integrated Iris Xe graphics. That means it is well equipped to handle “Office and other production facilities” and “various multitasking scenarios.” The real star of the show is the 16:10 show, though, as it gives you plenty of room to work with. If you consider yourself an entrepreneur, you will definitely want to promote this.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 review
2. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 20UN000EUS
If you are looking for battery life every day, you have come to the right place. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano lasted about 16 hours during our battery test, in which 4K video was recorded. That’s pretty impressive for a 48-Watt battery. And, at an average weight of two pounds, the Nano is also incredibly light weight. In our review, the researcher “likes to move around” to speed up the room. If you are looking for a portable computer with fantastic battery life, Nano is a great option.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 20UN000EUS review
3. Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 14IIL05 82A4000MUS – Best budget
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 has a lot to offer. Not only is it affordable (well under a great one), but it also makes different features. That’s a pretty unique collection out there. Between the Core i5 processor and the Nvidia GeForce MX350 separately, you can expect a good amount of processing power from this device. You can easily “Office and PC services daily.” And, as with most Lenovo laptops, the keyboard is the perfect dream to type on. According to our researcher, “the keys themselves offer a lot of travel and the key presses have a pleasant feeling and spring.” Battery life is medium, but without that, it is a great laptop for all the features it takes.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 14IIL05 82A4000MUS review
4. Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 – Best Chromebook
If you want to use Chrome OS more than anything else, you will want to check out Lenovo’s Chromebook Flex 5. It has 1080p IPS display, responsive keyboard, and Intel Core i3-1011U processor. Personally, I like Chromebooks because they are very lightweight and they make great hardware. While the Flex 5 is not the most powerful laptop in the world, “the processor is cutting above Pentium- and Celeron devices selling for between $ 200 and $ 300.” The 13 inch touch screen display also produces sharp views and can rotate around 360 degrees. The fact that this Chromebook is flexible makes it more versatile.
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Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 review
5. Lenovo Flex 5G – Best battery life
When it comes to Lenovo Flex 5G laptop, there are many to love. It has fast 5G data speeds, bright FHD display, and very long battery life. What more could you ask for? When we installed the Flex 5G through our battery test, which simulated real-world use, it lasted about 27 hours. While that is nice and good, their laptops weigh about three pounds, as it needs more space to carry the big 60 Watt-watt battery. That means it won’t weigh your backpack, but it is not the lightest ultraportable movement computer around. Arm-based Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware can also run into some software compatibility issues with applications not available from the Microsoft Store in Windows. That being said, if you stick too much into a browser and Office type and essentially have a full battery life every day with mobile connectivity going on, the Flex 5G is a great laptop.
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Lenovo Flex 5G review
6. Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2
If you need a basic laptop, Lenovo ThinkPad E13 is a good option. It comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 14-inch 1080p IPS matte IPS display displays in direct sunlight, but “300-nit light level is on the dim side for high-resolution computing.” That said, the keyboard offers a lot of tactile feedback and the port selection is diverse. The ThinkPad E14 performs surprisingly well under heavy loads, especially. That said, the trackpad is a bit small and the battery life is not impressive. These trades do not come as a surprise, although, as E14 is an entry-level model.
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Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 review
7. Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga
If you are working with a strict budget, Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga is a more affordable option. It offers powerful centralized services such as office production tasks, browsing, video conferencing, and so on. Like most Lenovo laptops, one keyboard feels “snappy and quiet when pressed.” It’s a good keyboard for long press times, that’s for sure. That is, there are some trade-offs to be aware of. According to our reviewer, Yoga runs a little hotter and the battery life is less than strenuous. We managed to pull out in about seven hours on a single charge, which was far from a full working day. The 1080 IPS touch screen display is pretty dim, especially.
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Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga review
What kind of laptop should you get?
Ah, here we are in a billion dollar question. Do you spring up for a basic Chromebook or go for a Windows laptop with more features? Well, it depends on your personal life and what you plan on using your laptop for. For example, Chromebooks are a great low cost option for those who just want the basics. I used the Chromebook as my first work laptop, as it had everything I needed for both editing and writing. If you are traveling a bunch for work, it is probably a good idea to invest in a portable computer with strong battery life. If you are unsure, do not worry. I have compiled the speed tips below.
- Laptop type: The first question you should ask yourself is what kind of computer is it. There are traditional clamshells, 2-in-1’s, Chromebooks, and much more. Displays on a convertible laptop (aka 2-in-1’s), for example, can rotate around 360 degrees. This allows you to use the laptop as a tablet. They can also be set up as a tent for watching movies or participating in video calls. Chromebooks, on the other hand, make up the web-based version of Google Chrome OS and are widely used for everyday tasks. All you need is a Gmail account and boom, that is. There are pros and cons to each of them. Chrome books are affordable and generally have good battery life while the converters are normal weight and portable.
- CPU: If it is the CPU power you are looking for, it is the cream of the crop Intel Core i7-1185G7. It is a quad-core, eight-core CPU with “incredibly high clock speeds.” It can hit up to 4.8Hz on boost, especially. However, the Core i7 is more compatible with gaming and more hard work than everyday tasks. Intel processors are available in Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. The higher the numbers, the more powerful the CPU. If you do not need a lot of power, the Intel Core i5 processors are a good bet, as they offer mid-range performance at a reasonable price. The basic office and web performance works well on a Core i3, however.
- Pictures: You will want a different graphics card for hard play or editing videos. It is different from the processor, so you can expect higher performance from it. The integrated graphics, on the other hand, are connected to the CPU and use less power as a result. This is a fine fine for everyday tasks, especially if you do not do anything intensive pictures.
- Display size: If you are a video editor or someone who does a lot of multimedia work, you will want a display that is anywhere from 15- to 17-inch. The sweet spot is really anywhere from 13- to 14-inch, though. The bigger the display, the heavier your laptop will be. The 13- or 14-inch display is the best in terms of transmission and value.
- Battery life: If you plan to carry your laptop anywhere with you, aim for something that can last 10 to 12 hours on a single charge. That is more than a full day of work, so you should get an in-depth look through the long flights or days of classes. Obviously, more often than not. Just know that a large battery, a laptop is heavy.
- Amount: The price depends on your budget. If you are strong for money (is there, trust me), go for a Chromebook or a standard level laptop. These mobile computers are great choices for students or young professionals. If you are able to spend more, the conversion of your 2-in-1 laptop is definitely worth it.
- Ports: A wide array of ports is always a plus in my book, as it eliminates the need for an adapter. I would recommend a laptop that has both USB-C and USB-A. An HDMI port is better, too. This is especially useful for when you want to hook up outside.
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