Best Lenovo laptops to buy in 2019 – mainstream, gaming, and business
The number of Lenovo laptops currently on the market is insane. Making the right purchase could prove difficult because customers simply have too many laptop options to consider. For starters, Lenovo laptops fall into six categories and up to eight specific brands. Take a look:
- ThinkPad – business (X / T / P / Yoga / A / E / L / 11e)
- Ideapad – mainstream (900 / 700 / 500 / 300 / 100)
- Yoga – mainstream 2-in-1s (900 / 700 / C Series)
- Lenovo – classroom (V / N / 500e / 300e / 100e / 11e Series)
- Legion – gaming (Y)
- Flex – budget 2-in-1s
Under the ThinkPad brand alone, Lenovo sells around 36 different models, all of which may or may not have multiple set configurations or customization options. Even more, Lenovo shoves its detachables under the “tablets” category, so you won’t find these devices listed in Lenovo’s bulging laptop portfolio.
That all said, how can a customer choose from such an overwhelming laptop portfolio? We even had trouble selecting the best Lenovo laptops given many solutions cross over into other categories.
Still, here are our picks for the best Lenovo laptops you can purchase right now divided into consumer, gaming, and business categories. We’ll provide a more extensive key to Lenovo’s laptop portfolio at the end of this round-up so you can get a better feel for what each brand provides.
Ultra-thin: IdeaPad 720s (13″)
Lenovo sells two versions of this model, but we chose the smaller 13.3-inch version due to its size and weight. It measures a mere 0.53 inches thick and weighs 2.2 pounds packing Intel’s eighth-generation Core i7-8550U processor and one of two resolutions on an IPS panel: 1,920 x 1,080 or 3,840 x 2,160.
Overall, Lenovo sells three set configurations starting at $1,299. All three have 8GB of system memory while storage ranges between 512GB and 1TB. Outside the screen resolution and storage differences, all three configurations are the same, such as integrated graphics, an Iron Grey exterior, a 1MP camera, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
For ports, this ultra-thin provides two USB-A (5Gbps), one USB-C (5Gbps), one Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps), and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. All three include an integrated fingerprint reader for password-free access to Windows 10, and a 48Wh battery promising up to nine hours.
Want to go even thinner? The IdeaPad 730s has a 13.3-inch screen and up to 16GB of system memory at 0.50 inches thick, but it’s limited to 256GB of storage and a single 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The other laptop in this series is an AMD version of the 13.3-inch 720s.
2-in-1: Yoga 920
Sold in three configurations starting at $899, the Yoga 920 features a “watchband” hinge enabling clamshell, stand, tent, and tablet modes. It’s based on a 13.9-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and multi-touch input. It supports Lenovo’s Active Pen stylus, but the peripheral doesn’t ship with the current three configurations.
Under the hood, the Yoga 920 packs an eighth-generation Core i7-8550U processor, integrated graphics, 8GB of system memory, and 256GB or 512GB of storage on a speedy SSD. It also provides one USB-A port (5Gbps), two Thunderbolt 3 ports (40Gbps), a 3.5mm audio combo jack, Wireless AC, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, and a fingerprint reader.
Rounding out this 2-in-1 package is a 70Wh battery promising up to 15.5 hours. It measures 0.5 inches thick and weighs 3.02 pounds.
Meanwhile, Lenovo’s other Yoga-branded 2-in-1s include the 700 Series and the Yoga C Series with cheaper starting points. For more affordable 2-in-1s, the Flex series provides four models ranging from 11-inch to 15-inch screens.
Detachable: Miix 630
Lenovo files this device under “tablets” while describing it as a detachable. You’ll find only one configuration at $629, which includes the detachable backlit keyboard and Lenovo’s Active Pen stylus. The tablet portion measures 0.29 inches thick while the whole product weighs 3.1 pounds with the keyboard attached.
The Miix 630 sports a 12.3-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,280 resolution, a maximum brightness of 400 nits, and multi-touch input. It’s backed by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor with a built-in 4G LTE modem. It ships with Windows 10 S, but you can switch to Windows 10 Pro within 180 days after activation without any additional cost.
With this detachable, you get 4GB of system memory, 128GB of storage, a MicroSD card slot for even more storage, a NANO SIM card slot, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a USB-C port (5Gbps). There’s also a front-facing 5MP camera supporting face recognition in Windows Hello, a 13MP camera on the back, Wireless AC, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
Powering this device is a 48Wh battery promising up to 20 hours. It ships in an Iron Grey finish.
Traditional: IdeaPad 720S 15
Although we chose the 13.3-inch model for our ultra-thin pick, the 15.6-inch version serves as a great solution for your traditional laptop needs without packing on the bulk. It measures 0.70 inches thick and weighs 4.18 pounds while providing enough space for a discrete GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics chip.
Lenovo sells two set configurations starting at $899. Both are based on an IPS display and Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7-7700HQ processor. The base $899 model has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 8GB of system memory, and 512GB of storage. Meanwhile, the $1,289 model has a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 16GB of system memory, and 1TB of storage.
For ports, you’ll find one USB-A (5Gbps), one Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps), one USB-C (5Gbps), a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a full SD card slot. Other goodies include Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, a built-in fingerprint reader, and a 720p camera. It’s powered by a 79Wh battery.
Other laptops in this family include an AMD version of the 15.6-inch 720S, and a 13.3-inch version of each. The IdeaPad 530S is another traditional laptop, but it doesn’t include a discrete graphics chip.
Budget: IdeaPad 330 15
The $579 price tag doesn’t exactly spell “budget,” but going cheaper could mean a huge sacrifice in performance. Here you’ll find three configurations based on a 15.6-inch screen and one of two eighth-generation Intel processors: The Core i5-8250U and the Core i7-8750H. The two more expensive models sport a discrete GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip, blowing these laptops out of the “budget” waters.
With this model, the base configuration provides a 1,366 x 768 resolution, 12GB of system memory, and a 1TB hard drive. The next configuration adds the graphics chip and a higher 1,920 x 1,080 resolution while the third configuration increases the memory to 16GB and throws in an extra 128GB SSD.
All three configurations provide one USB-C port (5Gbps), two USB-A ports (5Gbps), an Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, an SD card reader, and HDMI output. The $579 model is the only laptop of the three with a DVD writer while all models include a 720p camera, Wireless AC, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
The base model relies on a 30Wh battery while the two GTX-based models have a 45Wh battery. All three measure 0.90 inches thick and weigh 4.85 pounds.
If you want to go cheaper, the 14-inch 330 starts at $279. The 17-inch 330 with an AMD processor starts at $399 followed by a 15-inch model starting at $279. Other laptops in the 300 Series include 14-inch and 15-inch versions of the 300s.
Chrome OS: Yoga Chromebook
Three configurations of this Chromebook are currently available starting at $499. The Yoga Chromebook features a 15.6-inch IPS touch-enabled screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 or 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. Backing this screen is an eighth-generation Intel Core i3-8130U or Core i5-8250U processor and integrated graphics.
System memory remains locked at 8GB across all three configurations while storage is 64GB or 128GB. The port complement consists of two USB-C (5Gbps), one USB-A (5Gbps), a MicroSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. You also get Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, a 720p webcam, and a 56Wh battery promising up to 10 hours.
Lenovo’s Yoga Chromebook measures 0.70 inches thin, weighs 4.2 pounds, and ships in an elegant Midnight Blue exterior. The 360-degree hinge enables laptop, stand, tent, and tablet modes.
Other Chromebooks in Lenovo’s massive laptop portfolio include the 300e, the 500e, the C330, the S330, and the N42.
Legion Y740 17
If you’re wanting the best gaming notebook from Lenovo, the company serves up four configurations of its new 17.3-inch Legion Y740 starting at $1,839. All four are based on an eighth-generation Core i7-8750H processor powering screens with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, G-SYNC, and 144Hz refresh rates. These screens also support Dolby Vision HDR along with a maximum 300-nit brightness.
For graphics, you’ll find the latest RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and RTX 2080 Max-Q discrete graphics chips introduced by Nvidia in January. Given Lenovo is using Max-Q GPUs, the company tries to keep the bulkiness under control with an overall 0.91-inch thickness and a weight of 6.2 pounds.
System memory is 16GB or 32GB while storage consists of a single hard drive (1TB) or a dual-drive option pairing the HDD with an SSD (256GB or 512GB).
All three configurations include one USB-A port at 10Gbps, two USB-A ports at 5Gbps, Mini DisplayPort output, HDMI output, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a Thunderbolt 3 port (40Gbps). Corsair supplies the RGB backlit keyboard.
Additional features crammed into this Legion laptop include Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, a 720p webcam, a Dolby Atmos speaker system, and a 76Wh battery promising up to six hours. All four ship with a 230-watt power supply.
Lenovo’s other Legion-branded laptops include the 15-inch version of the Y740, the Y730, the Y540, the Y530, and the Y520.
Ultra-thin: ThinkPad X1 Carbon
With Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the company provides four set configurations starting at $1,169, or you can customize this device starting at $1,139. It’s based on a 14-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 or 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, and a brightness ranging between 300 and 500 nits, depending on the configuration.
Lenovo’s ultra-thin for business measures 0.62 inches thick and weighs 2.49 pounds. Under the hood, it relies on an eighth-generation Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8650U vPro processor and integrated graphics. System memory is 8GB or 16GB while storage ranges from 256GB to 1TB on a speedy SSD.
The ThinkP:ad X1 Carbon includes two USB-A ports (5Gbps), two Thunderbolt 3 ports (40Gbps), a MicroSD card slot, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and HDMI output. You can configure this laptop with 4G LTE connectivity as well, meaning you’ll see an additional slot for the Nano SIM card.
Other features packed into this ultra-thin laptop include an optional IR camera, a 720p webcam with Lenovo’s ThinkShutter cover, a fingerprint reader, and a 57Wh battery promising up to 15 hours.
Other laptops in the X Series include the larger X1 Extreme, the X1 Yoga, the X280, the X380 Yoga, and the X1 Yoga.
2-in-1: ThinkPad X1 Yoga
Lenovo’s 2-in-1 for business ships in three configurations starting at $1,329, or you can configure this device starting at $1,253. It’s similar to the X1 Carbon, only it features a 360-degree hinge enabling laptop, stand, tent, and tablet modes. It also ships with Lenovo’s ThinkPad Active Pen stylus.
This third-generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga is based on a 14-inch IPS touch-enabled display with a 1,920 x 1,080 or 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. It’s backed by Intel’s Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8650U vPro processor, 8GB or 16GB of system memory, and 256GB to 1TB of storage. You’ll also find a fingerprint reader, a 720p webcam with Lenovo’s ThinkShutter, and an optional IR camera.
For ports, this 2-in-1 packs two USB-A (5Gbps), two Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps), HDMI output, a MicroSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. You’ll find an option for 4G LTE connectivity as well, adding to this 2-in-1’s base Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
Powering the X1 Yoga is a 54Wh battery promising up to 15.4 hours. It measures 0.67 inches thick and weighs 3.08 pounds.
Additional business-oriented 2-in-1s in Lenovo’s portfolio include the X380 Yoga, the L380 Yoga, and the second-generation X1 Yoga.
Detachable: ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Like Lenovo’s Miix series for its mainstream customers, the company files its detachables for business under “tablets.” This third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet is the company’s premium detachable sold in three set configurations starting at $1,162. All three are based on a 13-inch IPS screen with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution and multi-touch input.
Under the tablet hood, you’ll find Intel’s Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8650U vPro processor. You also get 8GB or 16GB of system memory while storage ranges from 256GB to 1TB. Complementing the screen is a front-facing 2MP camera with an IR component on some models along with an 8MP camera on the back.
In addition to Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, this detachable provides two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one MicroSD card slot, one Nano SIM card slot for 4G LTE connectivity, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. Other ingredients include a fingerprint reader, the included ThinkPad Pen Pro stylus, and a 42Wh battery promising up to 9.5 hours.
With the keyboard attached, the X1 Tablet measures 0.59 inches thick and weighs 2.79 pounds. Without the keyboard, the tablet is 0.35 inches thick and weighs 1.69 pounds.
Lenovo’s other detachable for business is the Lenovo Tablet 10.
Traditional: ThinkPad T580
If you’re looking for a traditional clamshell laptop complete with a built-in number pad, the ThinkPad T580 is just for you. Lenovo provides five set configurations starting at $699 along with an option to configure this laptop starting at $816. All models are based on a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 or 3,840 x 2,160 resolution.
The cheaper models use Intel’s older seventh-generation Core i5-7200U chip while other configurations use eighth-generation processors ranging from the Core i5-8250U to the Core i7-8650U. You can configure this laptop with a discrete GeForce MX150 graphics chip as well, but only if the Core i5-8350U or Core i7-8650U is part of the configuration.
Across all configurations, you’ll see 4GB to 32GB of system memory, storage on a hard drive (500GB) or SSD (up to 1TB), an option for 16GB of Intel Optane memory, and security-based options like an IR camera for face recognition and a fingerprint scanner. Connectivity includes Wireless AC, Bluetooth 4.1, and optional 4G LTE.
For ports, you get two USB-A (5Gbps), one USB-C (5Gbps), one Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps), HDMI output, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, a MicroSD card reader, an Ethernet port, and an option for a Smart Card reader. The built-in 720p camera ships with Lenovo’s ThinkShutter cover.
Powering this laptop are two batteries, depending on the configuration. One setup pair a 32Wh battery with a 24Wh model for a total uptime of 13.8 hours. The second setup pair a 32Wh battery with a 72Wh version for 26.1 hours. Overall, this laptop measures 0.78 inches thick and weighs 4.29 pounds.
Other traditional laptops in this series include the T480 and T480s.
Budget: ThinkPad E590
Built for small to medium-sized businesses on a tight budget, the ThinkPad E950 has four set configurations starting at $591, and a customization option starting at $583. All models sport a 15.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 or 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and eighth-generation Intel processors.
Under the hood, you’ll see three CPU options: The Core i3-8145U, the Core i5-8265U, or the Core i7-8565U. System memory ranges from 8GB to 32GB while storage options include up to two separate drives: A hard drive with 500GB or 1TB, and an SDD between 128GB and 512GB.
The ThinkPad E590 doesn’t offer Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, but instead provides a USB-C port speeding along at 10Gbps. Other ports include two USB-A at 5Gbps, another USB-A at a slower 480Mbps, an Ethernet port, HDMI output, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. Rounding out this budget package is a 720p webcam and an optional fingerprint scanner.
The ThinkPad E590 measures 0.78 inches thick and weighs 4.68 pounds.
In addition to this model, there are seven other laptops in the E Series family. Even more, Lenovo sells six budget-oriented “green” laptops in the L Series, and three price-friendly rugged laptops in the 11s Series. You’ll find two other options in the A Series as well for a slightly higher price.
Workstation: ThinkPad P52
This VR-ready workstation is available in one set configuration at $1,289 and two customization options starting at $1,129. It measures 0.96 inches thick and starts at 5.4 pounds, sporting a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 or 3,840 x 2,160 resolution.
For this workstation, processor choices consist of the eighth-generation Core i7-8850H or the Xeon E-2176M chip. For graphics, the P52 provides one of three discrete GPUs from Nividia, depending on the configuration: The Quadro P1000, the Quadro P2000, or the Quadro P3200. System memory ranges from 8GB to a hefty 128GB while storage can include up to two devices: One SSD (256GB to 2TB) and one hard drive (500GBG to 2TB).
The ThinkPad P52 workstation provides loads of connectivity too. You’ll find three USB-A ports (5Gbps), two Thunderbolt 3 ports (40Gbps), an SD card slot, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, and an optional Smart Card reader.
Other ingredients packed into this mobile workstation include Wireless AC and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, optional 4G LTE connectivity, and a 720p camera with Lenovo’s ThinkShutter cover. Security features consist of a fingerprint reader and an optional IR camera for face recognition.
Powering this workstation is a 90Wh battery promising up to 10 hours.
Other workstations sold by Lenovo include the ultra-slim P1, the P52, and the P52s.
Here is the full Lenovo laptop branding breakdown:
- X Series – Thin and light
- T Series – Traditional business
- P Series – Workstations
- Yoga Series – 2-in-1s for business
- A Series- Budget laptops for business
- E Series – Stylish and affordable
- L Series – “Green” business laptops
- 11E Series – Rugged laptops
- 900 Series – Premium consumer
- 700 Series – High end consumer
- 500 Series – Mainstream laptops
- 300 Series – Budget laptops
- 100 Series – Lower budget laptops
- Yoga 900 Series – High-end 2-in-1s
- Yoga 700 Series – Mid-range 2-in-1s
- Yoga C Series – Budget 2-in-1s
- V Series – Budget for small business
- N Series – For classrooms
- 500e Series – Economic web workhorses
- 300e Series – Rugged for students
- 100e Series – Non-rugged for students
- 11e Series – Ultra-rugged for students
- Y700 Series – gaming (17.3 inches)
- Y500 Series – gaming (15.6 inches)
- Flex – Budget 2-in-1s
That’s our list of the best Lenovo laptops you can buy right now. If we missed a laptop that deserves a place on this list, let us know!
Source: Android Authority
Best Lenovo laptops to buy in 2019 – mainstream, gaming, and business