Best Lenovo Laptops Windows Central 2019

Lenovo’s myriad laptop lineups have seen some exciting improvements over the last few years, and there’s a device for you whether you need something for general use, for gaming, for heavy design and development work, or for the corporate world. For most people who just need a stellar Ultrabook for everyday computing, the IdeaPad S940 is likely the best bet thanks to a light 14-inch frame, beautiful 4K display option, robust speakers, and strong performance. However, if you need something a bit different, we’ve rounded up Lenovo’s best right here.

Best Overall: Lenovo IdeaPad S940

The IdeaPad S940 is bordering on a work of PC art thanks to an all-metal chassis, precision cut angles, and a knockout 13.9-inch display that comes in either 4K with HDR 400 or standard FHD if you’d like to save a bit of money. In the case of the 4K option, brightness hits more than 500 nits and color accuracy hits 100 percent sRGB and 86 percent AdobeRGB, both excellent results. Lenovo’s new Contour Display technology is shown off here, meaning the display curves on its edges like a smartphone, resulting in an ultra-thin bezel.

The chassis is one of the lightest and slimmest options available on the market, and Lenovo has made good use of available space. The Precision touchpad is about as big as possible and the keyboard is comfortable for all-day typing, and above-average speakers run along the edges of the laptop for unmuffled audio powered by Dolby Atmos.

Size only allows for four total ports on this laptop ⁠— two Thunderbolt 3, one USB-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack ⁠— so you probably want to check out a docking station to go along with it, and with the 4K model you’ll get between six and seven hours of battery life from a charge (boosted if you go with the FHD version). Still, performance is strong from 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processor (CPU) options, and most people should have no issues tackling a standard day’s work or entertainment with this laptop.

Pros:

  • Beautiful 4K HDR display with contour
  • Compact, light 14-inch build
  • Plenty of configuration options
  • Stellar Dolby Atmos quad speakers
  • Strong performance

Cons:

  • Below-average battery life
  • No USB-A ports

Best Overall



Lenovo IdeaPad S940

Awesome screen, great speakers, super thin

The IdeaPad S940 brings contoured glass, 4K HDR display, and brilliant Dolby Atmos quad sound to one of the smallest 14-inch Ultrabooks on the market.

Best Mobility: Lenovo Yoga C630

Those who like the idea of a convertible laptop that can handle being away from the office or home for long periods of time should seriously consider the Yoga C630. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 CPU that, together with a 61Wh battery, brings about 15 hours of usage from a charge. You’ll get multi-core performance that’s about equal to a 6th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU when working with Windows 10 native apps, meaning it’s best for productivity purposes when you’re on the go.

Promoting mobility is a Qualcomm X20 modem inside for 4G LTE connectivity purposes, allowing you to stay connected no matter where you go without having to worry about a Wi-Fi hotspot. This laptop weighs in at only about 2.65 pounds (1.2kg) and is just 0.49 inches (12.5mm) thin, so you shouldn’t have any issues carrying it around with you in a backpack or case.

The keyboard is comfortable, the Precision touchpad is relatively large, and there’s even a fingerprint reader built into the right palm rest for some extra security. The FHD display won’t wow you like the IdeaPad S940’s 4K HDR display, but it gets the job done and helps boost battery life. If you’d like a sleek convertible that has no qualms about working wherever you go, check out the Yoga C630.

Pros:

  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • More than 15 hours of battery life
  • Slick convertible design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 CPU

Cons:

  • Display is average
  • Not as powerful as other options

Best Mobility



Lenovo Yoga C630

Convertible laptop with 4G LTE connectivity

Lenovo’s Yoga C630 is a convertible laptop with modest looks, but it packs multi-day battery life, 8GB of RAM, and 4G LTE to keep you working on the go.

Best Gaming: Lenovo Legion Y740 15

Lenovo’s Legion lineup of gaming laptops wowed us in 2019, but the 15-inch Y740 was especially impressive. The display, available only in FHD, has a thin bezel, G-Sync compatibility for smoother visuals, and a 144Hz refresh rate, as well as near-perfect sRGB color reproduction for a great viewing experience. You can easily connect an external display thanks to plenty of ports, including HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, and Mini DisplayPort 1.4, but gaming on the go shouldn’t be an issue.

For hardware, choose up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB M.2 PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) for superb read and write speeds, and up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080 graphics card (GPU) for absolutely sizzling performance. The best part? The laptop remains almost unbelievably quiet even under heavy load, experiencing no thermal issues or throttling while handling modern games. The 57Wh battery isn’t going to last more than two hours while gaming, but that’s a tradeoff you’ll have to live with for this level of performance.

All this is contained in a sleek, modern chassis that keeps the majority of ports along the back edge for easy cable management. The RGB keyboard has a column of macro keys along the left side so you can set up custom shortcuts, but there are more than enough USB-A ports to connect an external mouse and keyboard when you’re at your desk. Altogether, this is an outstanding gaming laptop for anyone who wants to go fast and stay cool.

Pros:

  • Superb performance
  • Mature aluminum design
  • 144Hz display with accurate color
  • RGB keyboard with macro keys
  • Runs cool and quiet

Cons:

  • Small 57Wh battery
  • Under-display webcam

Best Gaming



Lenovo Legion Y740 15

You’re going to have a great time

An RTX 2070 GPU and hexa-core Intel Core i7-8750H CPU doesn’t keep this gaming laptop from running cool.

Best Value: Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo’s Flex 14 is a great convertible laptop for anyone who wants to spend less and still get their hands on a great PC. The 14-inch touch display has an FHD resolution and is compatible with an included active pen for use with Windows Ink, meaning you can flip the laptop around to tablet mode and sketch, draw, or take notes with ease.

You’re getting some impressive performance here from an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD, and it’s all contained in a sleek chassis that manages to hold onto a relatively generous selection of ports.

Ports include two USB-A 3.1, USB-C, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and an SD card reader. For a bit of extra security, there’s a shutter that slides over the front-facing webcam, as well as a fingerprint reader. Altogether, the hardware you’re getting at this price is almost unbelievable.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • 1080p (FHD) touch display with pen support
  • Slim convertible chassis
  • New AMD Ryzen CPU
  • Webcam shutter

Cons:

  • Display won’t match higher-end laptops

Best Value



Lenovo Flex 14

Impressive hardware for the price

If you’re on a tight budget, The Flex 14 with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU and FHD touch display is an outstanding option.

Best Workstation: Lenovo ThinkPad P72

Those working with specialized design and development software need a laptop with hardware up to the task, which is exactly what the ThinkPad P72 has to offer. It’s available with up to an Intel Xeon E-2186M six-core CPU, 128GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM, an NVIDIA Quadro P5200 GPU with 16GB of VRAM, and up to three hard drives for a lot of speedy storage. It also comes with a ton of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certifications, meaning it’s guaranteed to work with some of the most popular design and dev software available.

The enormous 17.3-inch IPS display is great for multitasking, and you can opt for the 4K version to see every fine detail. It hits 100 percent of the AdobeRGB color gamut, 100 percent sRGB, and 98 percent NTSC, making it ideal for just about everyone. The keyboard brings classic ThinkPad comfort and includes a full number pad, and the Precision touchpad is accompanied by a TrackPoint system, complete with a red pointing nub and physical buttons.

Performance is, as expected, way above your average laptop, but that comes with a pull on the battery that sees it last only about five hours (with the 4K model) when going about regular tasks. Ports include two Thunderbolt 3, four USB-A 3.1, HDMI 2.0, an SD card reader, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5mm audio, and Ethernet.

Pros:

  • Outstanding 4K display
  • Steller keyboard
  • Keeps quiet under load
  • Ridiculous performance
  • User upgradeable

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Short battery life

Best Workstation



Lenovo ThinkPad P72

Huge laptop, huge performance

The ThinkPad P72 brings the high-performance hardware options to handle demanding design and development work.

Best Convertible: Lenovo Yoga C930

The Yoga C930 was our favorite Lenovo laptop before the IdeaPad S940 came along, thanks to premium construction, smart design with a soundbar acting as the convertible hinge, all-day battery life, and stellar keyboard. It’s still an outstanding laptop, especially if you’d rather have something that converts to tent, stand, and tablet modes rather than acting at all times like a notebook.

The 13.9-inch display comes in either FHD or 4K, and all are compatible with Lenovo’s active pen that’s included with the laptop, hidden away in a built-in silo. Not only is this a great laptop for getting work done thanks to modern performance hardware options, but it’s also ideal for entertainment purposes thanks to the outstanding soundbar powered by Dolby Atmos.

The slim all-metal chassis includes two Thunderbolt 3, 3.5mm audio, and a USB-A 3.1 port, and the keyboard and touchpad are both excellent. If you want the best convertible available from Lenovo, this is it.

Pros:

  • Hinge doubles as a soundbar
  • Modern port selection
  • All-day battery life
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Comfortable keyboard

Cons:

  • Screen could be brighter
  • Price climbs quickly

Best Convertible



Lenovo Yoga C930

Outstanding device in tablet or notebook modes

Lenovo’s Yoga C930 asks a relatively high price, but its set of premium features will certainly make sense for a lot of people.

Best Business: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a powerful 15.6-inch notebook for those who want a business laptop that sits between a mobile workstation and a standard Ultrabook. There isn’t the same specialized hardware for design and development, but you do still get a dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU and otherwise impressive performance from up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8850H CPU, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs.

The display comes in either FHD or 4K HDR with perfect sRGB and AdobeRGB color reproduction, and the bezel is relatively thin for a great look. The 4K touch display works with an active pen, though it’s not a convertible and can’t be rotated around for tablet mode. Above the display is an IR camera for Windows Hello, and there’s a fingerprint reader for some extra security.

Ports include two USB-A 3.1, two Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio, and an SD card reader. If you love the idea of a business laptop that can do more than a standard Ultrabook thanks to a dedicated GPU, definitely consider the X1 Extreme.

Pros:

  • Ridiculous performance
  • 15.6-inch 4K display
  • High build quality
  • Excellent port selection
  • Comfy ThinkPad keyboard

Best Business



Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Business laptop with dedicated GPU

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an ideal choice for anyone who wants the extra security of a business laptop and above-average performance.

Best Business Mobility: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

If you’d like to add some extra mobility to your business laptop, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon is no doubt going to be at the top of the list. It’s a 14-inch laptop that’s built extremely well (like most ThinkPads) to withstand daily use and abuse, and it’s packed with performance hardware, a knockout display, and a comfortable keyboard and touchpad.

You can opt for standard FHD, or you can upgrade to 1440p with Dolby Vision HDR for a beautiful look with 100 percent sRGB and AdobeRGB color reproduction. It’s extremely bright at about 500 nits, allowing you to work just about anywhere without worrying about extreme glare. Promoting mobility is an optional 4G LTE modem, which will keep you connected to the internet anywhere without having to worry about finding Wi-Fi.

Connect all peripherals with a generous selection of ports, including two USB-A 3.1, two Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, and a microSD card reader, and enjoy all-day battery life from the 57Wh battery. If you love ThinkPads and want that sweet LTE connectivity, this is your best bet.

Pros:

  • LTE connectivity available
  • All-day battery life
  • Brilliant HDR display
  • Reliable performance
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad

Cons:

  • Slow fingerprint reader
  • Subpar speakers

Best Business Mobility



Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Keep up with work wherever you are

With 4G LTE modem, powerful performance, and a brilliant display, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a premium business laptop ideal for staying connected.

Bottom line

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S940 goes above and beyond a standard Ultrabook, bringing gorgeous 4K HDR display options with almost no bezel at all, loud and full quad speakers powered by Dolby Atmos, strong performance, and plenty of configuration options, all wrapped up in an all-metal chassis that borders on a work of art.

For most people, it is the best laptop available from Lenovo, though there are plenty of other options available if you need something for work, heavy design, gaming, or to stay connected no matter where you go.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide


Cale Hunt Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, and accessory coverage, as well as the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.


Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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