The best Lenovo laptops are consistently at the top of our overall best laptop rankings. From the excellent series of ThinkPad business laptops to the sleek yoga laptop and the affordable Ideapad laptops, Lenovo offers devices for all types of users. The latest upcoming list is the exciting Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, the first PC to feature a flexible, foldable screen.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is a 13-inch competitor to the Dell XPS 13. Equally exciting is that an entire category of business notebooks will run on AMD’s new Ryzen Pro 4000 chips, which have proven to be worthy opponents of Intel Core chips. And to maximize productivity at work, buy the right Lenovo accessories. If you’re a business user and aren’t sold when purchasing a ThinkPad, check out the best Dell Latitude and Precision laptops.
List of the best Lenovo laptops
Lenovo Yoga 9i
The best 2-in-1 laptop
The successor to the excellent Yoga C940, the Lenovo Yoga 9i takes a proven formula and refines it. Subtle design improvements, long battery life (11:15) and updated 11th generation Intel processors make the Yoga 9i a worthy successor to one of last year’s best 2-in-1 laptops.
As you’d expect from a Yoga series laptop, the Yoga 9i has a high-quality, ultra-portable chassis and a unique hinge that doubles as a rotating soundbar speaker. As a 2-in-1, the hinge can rotate 360 degrees to turn the Yoga 9i into a tablet or be placed in tent mode so you can watch movies without a keyboard getting in the way. When it comes to viewing content, the Yoga 9i’s 1080p (4K is available) display is bright, vibrant and clear.
Despite all the basic features being good, the Yoga 9i’s extra features are my favorite, including a webcam cover (no need to buy tape anymore), a slot for the improved Active Pen and a fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, there is no IR camera. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops of 2021.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (AMD)
The best Lenovo laptop with AMD chip
A business laptop from Lenovo for less than $1,000? It’s time to have a talk with your IT manager. The budget-friendly ThinkPad X13 with AMD chips delivers some of the best elements of the ThinkPad range at a much lower price than we’re used to. Some of those features include a portable, minimalist chassis with military-level durability, an excellent keyboard and plenty of security features, including a fingerprint sensor and IR camera.
And thanks to AMD Ryzen CPUs, the ThinkPad X13 delivers incredible performance for this price. The only major downside is the underwhelming battery life, but about 8 hours isn’t terrible. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon remains the best Lenovo laptop if you can afford one, but the ThinkPad X13 is an excellent, low-priced alternative. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops of 2021.
Lenovo Yoga C940
This is still one of the best 2-in-1 consumer laptops
With the Yoga C940, Lenovo took a proven formula and refined it. Subtle design improvements, longer battery life (up to 11:46), and updated 10th generation Intel processors make the Yoga C940 a worthy successor to last year’s excellent Yoga C930. As you would expect from a Yoga series laptop, the C940 has a premium, ultra-portable chassis and a unique hinge that also serves as a soundbar speaker. As a 2-in-1, that hinge can rotate 360 degrees to turn the Yoga C940 into a real tablet.
When it comes to viewing content, the Yoga C940’s 1080p and 4K displays are clear, vibrant, and vibrant — beware, the UHD display takes the battery out of sight. For the basics, my favorite things about the Yoga C940 are the extra features. These include a webcam cover (no more tape needed), a slot for the included stylus, and a fingerprint sensor. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Best business laptop right now
Lenovo hasn’t made many changes to our favorite business laptop, but the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon now boasts Intel 10th generation CPUs. On top of delivering fast performance, you get long battery life (on the 1080p model) and two stunning, 1080p, and 4K display options, all in an impossibly lightweight chassis (2.4 pounds). Still, it’s those classic ThinkPad features – a durable build (with MIL-STD-810G strength), best-in-class keyboard, and stealthy red/black aesthetics – that carry the ThinkPad X1 Carbon to greatness.
Yes, we wish the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon hadn’t dumped the SD card reader in the previous one, and top-of-the-range configurations can get very expensive. Still, you’d have a hard time finding a better overall business machine. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops right now.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
The best 15-inch Lenovo laptop
Lenovo’s high-end consumer laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 3), features a 15.6-inch 4K HDR display and high-speed performance thanks to the 10th Gen Core i7 CPU and fast SSD. A luxurious and durable design combined with an excellent keyboard makes the ThinkPad X1 Extreme an impressive and one of the best Lenovo laptops. The X1 Extreme delivers more power than the X1 Carbon or X1 Yoga thanks to its six-core H-series processors. It also has a larger screen and more ports, making it a better laptop for productivity. And yet, at 3.8 pounds, it’s still very portable. Be aware of the limited battery life on the 4K model. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
The best 2-in-1 business laptop
Lenovo took a chance with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the first metal ThinkPad, and it paid off. While we still love the distinctive matte-black carbon fiber found on most ThinkPads, the aluminum and magnesium ThinkPad X1 Yoga is an excellent change of pace. Not only does it have a sleek design, but this convertible 2-in-1 shows off a clear display and offers a best-in-class keyboard and long battery life.
These combine to make one of the best Lenovo laptops for anyone looking for a convertible. You’ll also get a lot of extras, such as a built-in stylus slot and a webcam cover. We still love the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for its super lightweight chassis, but you should get the Yoga instead if you want to use a stylus.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
The best 13-inch laptop
The X1 Nano is the new kid on the block, and it has a few tricks up its sleeve. Weighing just 2 pounds, the Nano is the lightest ThinkPad laptop ever. It gains portability by trading in more screen space. However, the 13-inch 2K screen is stunning and the 16:10 aspect ratio makes up for the smaller size. In addition, the X1 Nano gets top performance out of its 11th-generation Intel CPUs, and its 12 hours of battery life is staggering given its high-res screen and ultra-lightweight design.
There are a few drawbacks, such as the limited ports and small touchpad, but overall the X1 Nano accomplishes what Lenovo intended to do – deliver everything you already love about the ThinkPad brand in the smallest package yet. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops.
Lenovo Legion Y740
The best premium gaming laptop
If you want the best graphics performance, go for a laptop equipped with GeForce RTX, like the Legion Y740. Available in both 15-inch and 17-inch models, the Y740 is Lenovo’s premium gaming machine. As such, it can even play the latest games, like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Battlefield V, on high graphics settings thanks to the Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. Those games move smoothly on the laptop’s 1080p, 144Hz display, and you’ll enjoy clicking away on the Y740’s comfortable RGB-backlit keyboard. Overall, this is one of the best Lenovo laptops.
Lenovo Legion Y545
The best budget gaming laptop
The Lenovo Legion Y545 is an entry-level gaming laptop that promises too little and delivers too much. The laptop’s price is $999, but its discrete Nvidia graphics chip delivers a surprising amount of power, with above-average results. And when you’re not gaming, the laptop’s Core i7 processor is more than capable of making spreadsheets, some light video editing and, of course, watching movies on that gorgeous 1080p screen.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
The best Chromebook
The Chromebook Duet is one of the cheapest computing devices on the market, yet it delivers in so many areas. First and foremost is the battery life. This detachable 2-in-1 tablet lasted nearly 13 hours in our battery test, making it one of the longest lasting Chromebooks on the market.
What really makes this device such an incredible value is that for $279 you get a 10.1-inch tablet with a kickstand, plus the accompanying keyboard. And that panel is still somewhat sharp and vibrant despite the Chromebook Duet’s incredibly low cost. No, it won’t break any speed records, but for those looking to spend as little money as possible, the Chromebook Duet is one of the best Lenovo laptops.