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 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.
- Beautiful 4K HDR display with contour
- Compact, light 14-inch build
- Plenty of configuration options
- Stellar Dolby Atmos quad speakers
- Strong performance
- Below-average battery life
- No USB-A ports
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
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.
- 4G LTE connectivity
- More than 15 hours of battery life
- Slick convertible design
- Comfortable keyboard
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 CPU
- Display is average
- Not as powerful as other options
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
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.
- Superb performance
- Mature aluminum design
- 144Hz display with accurate color
- RGB keyboard with macro keys
- Runs cool and quiet
- Small 57Wh battery
- Under-display webcam
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
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.
- Affordable price
- 1080p (FHD) touch display with pen support
- Slim convertible chassis
- New AMD Ryzen CPU
- Webcam shutter
- Display won’t match higher-end laptops
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
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.
- Outstanding 4K display
- Steller keyboard
- Keeps quiet under load
- Ridiculous performance
- User upgradeable
- Very expensive
- Short battery life
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 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.
- Hinge doubles as a soundbar
- Modern port selection
- All-day battery life
- Sleek, premium design
- Comfortable keyboard
- Screen could be brighter
- Price climbs quickly
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 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.
- Ridiculous performance
- 15.6-inch 4K display
- High build quality
- Excellent port selection
- Comfy ThinkPad keyboard
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
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.
- LTE connectivity available
- All-day battery life
- Brilliant HDR display
- Reliable performance
- Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
- Slow fingerprint reader
- Subpar speakers
Best Business Mobility
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.
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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