Lenovo’s notebooks have long been praised for their best-in-class keyboards and durable designs, but those qualities are just the tip of a very tall iceberg. From ThinkPads that set the gold standard for business laptops to Yoga hybrids that bend into four different modes, the company’s lineup is filled with powerful portables that help you make the most of work and play. These are our picks for the very best Lenovo laptops.
If you want the best combination of usability and portability in a business notebook, look no further than the Thinkpad T450s. Even amongst ThinkPads, the T450s has a superior keyboard with deep travel and snappy feedback. In addition to its best-in-class typing experience, the 14-inch notebook has an extremely-durable chassis, a sharp 1080p display and more than 15 hours of endurance with its extended battery.
Lenovo ThinkPad X250 (New and Notable)
Lenovo’s X200 series of 12.5-inch notebooks has a long history of holding endurance titles, with the X240 lasting for over 20 hours on a charge. With its more power efficient Intel 5th Generation Core “Broadwell” CPU, the ThinkPad X250 promises even more juice in a powerful notebook that weighs under 3 pounds. Despite its small size, the X250 packs in a full compliment of ports and an optional 1080p display.
Lenovo LaVie Z (New and Notable)
Say hello to the lightest 13-inch notebook ever. Due out in May, the $1,299 Lenovo LaVie Z weighs just 1.73 pounds, but doesn’t skimp on specs, offering a full-fledged Intel 5th Generation Core series CPU and a full HD screen. A 2-in-1 version with a screen that bends back 360 degrees will cost $1,499 and weigh a slightly higher 2.04 pounds.
There’s a lot to like about Lenovo’s affordable 15-inch gaming rig. Thanks to its Quad-Core Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 860M graphics, the Y50 packs a lot of graphics prowess into its 5.4-pound, 0.9-inch thick frame. With a starting price of just $949 and a simple, but attractive, design, this is one rig that won’t drag down your wallet or your living room aesthetic.
At 2.6 pounds and just 0.5-inches thick, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is one of the thinnest, lightest notebooks on the market, making it even easier to carry than the 13-inch MacBook Air. A new “watchband” hinge allows the 2-in-1 hybrid to lie completely flat or bend into tablet, tent or stand modes, while Lenovo Harmony Settings software tweaks your programs to work better as you switch from clamshell to slate. An eye-popping 3200 x 1800 touch screen and vibrant JBL speakers make this a lightweight entertainment powerhouse.
Lenovo’s Yoga 2 11 gives a whole new meaning to the phrase flexible budget. Priced at $499, this Best Buy exclusive offers the 360-degree, bendable hinge of the Yoga series without killing your wallet. Plus, Lenovo’s Yoga Picks utility highlights apps that it thinks would be beneficial to users, and tailors its selections based on the Yoga 2’s modes.
NOTE: An updated model, the Yoga 3 11-inch, will be available in March for $799. It will include a new Intel 5th Generation Core Series CPU and a more premium design.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga is a well-designed business hybrid with a rotating 12.5-inch display that works with the included 4.5-inch stylus. We love the excellent keyboard. While this model doesn’t offer a removeable or extended battery option, users will still appreciate the more than 8 hours of battery life.
Like its successor, the Yoga 2 Pro sports a 3200 x 1800-pixel display, an eye-popping 3200 x 1800 display and the ability to bend into laptop, tent, stand or tablet modes. Though not quite as thin and light as the Yoga 3 Pro, the 2 Pro has a starting price that’s a full $350 less.