Lenovo currently takes the top spot in our roundup of the best Windows laptops with its impressive Yoga 9i 14 (Gen 7), but there are plenty of other laptops to choose from that cover a wide variety of users. ThinkPad and ThinkBook laptops are legendary in the business world, Yoga laptops are some of the best convertibles, Legion laptops handle high-end gaming, and IdeaPad laptops don’t break the bank while delivering great user experience. exceptional.
Let’s take a closer look at each major brand to help you decide which Lenovo laptop is best for your needs.
ThinkPad and ThinkBook — commercial supremacy
Perhaps the most iconic Lenovo laptops come from its Think line, which includes ThinkPads and ThinkBooks.
ThinkPad is what many people think of first when they think of “a business laptop”. It is a legendary brand that has proven itself time and time again as one of the most durable and safest offerings. ThinkPad laptops are best suited for enterprises, small businesses, or simply anyone who appreciates added security features, durability testing, and quality craftsmanship.
ThinkPad laptops include the iconic TrackPoint system, with a red pointing stick in the middle of the keyboard and physical mouse buttons above the touchpad. Many also have the soft-touch black paint, although we’ve seen some go with different colors (often silver).
ThinkPad laptops are divided into eight different categories. The X1 series is the top-end offering, which includes the X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga. The P-Series includes workstations with ISV certifications and specialized performance hardware, the T-Series is the legendary workhorse, the X-Series is compact and powerful, and the E-Series is super affordable and secure. There’s also the budget L-series, C-series Chromebooks, and 11e-series laptops for education.
If you want one of the best business laptops on the planet, you’ll want to stick with the ThinkPad family.
ThinkPad laptops are generally expensive, which is why many people turn to Lenovo’s ThinkBook siblings. ThinkBook laptops have traditionally looked more standard, with a silver finish and convertible or laptop form factors. Lenovo is positioning these laptops as better suited for small and medium-sized businesses, with increased durability, solid performance, and a modern look.
You generally won’t get as many high-end features as you’ll find in ThinkPads, but for a lot of people that’s fine. Especially when they can save money while finding a worthwhile business partner. The ThinkBook 13x and the ThinkBook 13 both stand out in this range.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 10)
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon sits at the top of the ThinkPad family. If you want the best, that’s it.
Yoga — Versatile Convertible PCs
Lenovo is positioning its convertible Yoga laptops as a high-end consumer alternative for those who don’t need the extra business gear you find in ThinkPads and ThinkBooks. These laptops are extremely versatile thanks to their 360-degree rotation capability for tent, stand, and tablet modes.
The high-end Yoga 9i 14 (Gen 7) is currently our favorite laptop thanks to modern 12th Gen Intel Core processors, soundbar hinge with impressive sound, impeccable design and exceptional touchscreen with inking. You can also get the 9i in a 15-inch size with an optional discrete GPU for extra performance. There are plenty of other options if you don’t want to pay the premium 9i price.
The Yoga 7i, available in 16-inch, 15-inch, and 14-inch sizes, is a more affordable alternative to the Yoga 9i. The 7i laptops don’t have the same soundbar hinge or as many high-end features, but they’re still designed with attention to detail and have a good share of attractive features, including high-resolution screens and inking.
The 13-inch Yoga 6, available with AMD performance hardware, rounds things out. It’s the most affordable Yoga laptop on the market and its small size makes it ideal for people on the go. Despite its relatively cheap starting price (around $600), it’s packed with high-end features.
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Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (Gen 7)
Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14 (Gen 7) is currently our pick for the best Windows laptop you can buy. If you don’t want to spend that much, there are a bunch of other great Yoga laptops to choose from.
Legion — Game Power
ThinkPads and Yogas are great laptops, but they don’t have the right hardware or design to be a dedicated gaming laptop. That’s where Lenovo’s Legion series comes in. Legion laptops are categorized into “5 Series” and “7 Series” based on their overall performance, features, and price.
The best of the best comes from the 7 series, which includes the Legion 7 (AMD) and Legion 7i (Intel), and the Legion Slim 7 and 7i. You can get these laptops in 15 and 16 inch sizes depending on how much screen real estate you want and how much hardware you want to pack inside. The slim versions are just that: lighter gaming laptops that are much easier to take with you.
I recently reviewed the Lenovo Legion 7i 16 (Gen 6), which was quite impressed with the audio quality, a gorgeous display with high-end specs, a good keyboard and touchpad, and the high level of system performance and stability.
These laptops typically have huge batteries, more aggressive styling, tons of ports, modern processors from AMD or Intel, and the latest laptop-grade discrete graphics to power AAA games. The screens have high refresh rates and great colors, there’s often built-in RGB lighting, and the price is competitive with other brands.
If you’re buying a Lenovo laptop to use primarily for gaming, Legion is your best bet. There are also more affordable IdeaPad gaming laptops, which I cover in the next section.
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Lenovo Legion 7i 16 (Gen 6)
Need the best of Lenovo for performance and dedicated gaming features? The Legion range, including the Legion 7i 16 (Gen 6), is where you want to look.
IdeaPad — Profitable Computing
Lenovo’s IdeaPad line includes everything from truly affordable laptops (like the 15-inch IdeaPad 3 pictured above) to fairly high-end Intel Evo-certified Ultrabooks. The range includes convertible PCs, laptops and even gaming PCs, with a generous price range for each series.
IdeaPad Series 1 laptops are really affordable, with prices starting around $150. These laptops won’t blow you away in features and build quality, but they’ll still be great for productivity work like email and word processing. The IdeaPad Flex series aims to offer affordable convertible and 2-in-1 PCs, while the IdeaPad 3 series steps things up a bit with more features, better performance, and prices starting around $340.
The IdeaPad 5, 7, and 9 series laptops are still affordable, but they’re starting to offer features and performance much closer to other more high-end Lenovo laptops. And don’t forget the IdeaPad series of games; it’s made for those who don’t want to shell out big bucks on Legion but still want modern gaming performance (if with fewer premium features).
If you want to keep your new laptop purchase within a certain budget range, Lenovo’s IdeaPad laptops are a great place to start.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14
Lenovo’s new IdeaPad Flex 5 14 with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors is an affordable, well-built convertible PC with plenty of attractive features.
All the best Lenovo laptops in one place
As you’ve seen, Lenovo has plenty of laptops to browse. There is a lot of fluctuation when it comes to price and performance, even within each brand, and you may still be wondering which laptop to choose even though you have selected a series of PCs. For more information on buying, be sure to check out our roundup of the best Lenovo laptops.