The best Lenovo laptops to buy this holiday
According to the latest data from the IDC, Lenovo is the most popular computer brand in the world. While other companies can also make some great devices, it’s no surprise to see Lenovo at the top. The company makes some of the very best laptops you can buy, and that’s especially true for businesses. The Lenovo ThinkPad family is incredibly iconic and contains some fantastic laptops. In this article however, we’re going beyond ThinkPads and highlighting the best Lenovo laptops you can buy from across its different product lines.
There’s no shortage of options among Lenovo’s lineup, and if you’re looking for the perfect fit for you, it may be hard to find what you want. So we’ve rounded up the best options in a selection of categories, so no matter who you are, you’re bound to find something you like. As an additional note, all the Windows-based laptops on this list are either shipping with Windows 11 or will support the upgrade for free. So you don’t have to worry about being supported.
Navigate this article:
- Best overall: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
- Best convertible: Lenovo Yoga 9i
- Best business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9)
- Best gaming laptop: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
- Best for creators: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 4)
- Best AMD convertible: Lenovo Yoga 6
- Best budget laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (AMD)
- Best Chromebook: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i
Best overall: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga
We did say we’re going beyond ThinkPads, but that doesn’t mean some of Lenovo’s best laptops don’t come from that family. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is one of the new additions this year, and it’s a fantastic one at that, bringing a unique blend of materials to make a lightweight and high-performance PC.
Let’s talk about performance first. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga comes with 11th-generation Intel Core processors, up to an Intel Core i7-1180G7 with vPro. The 0 in that name indicates that this is from Intel’s Y series of processors, which are less power-hungry, but unlike previous generations, you’re not making a huge sacrifice in performance here. CPU performance isn’t far off from the U-series equivalents (which have a 5 instead of a 0 in their names), and you still get Intel Iris Xe graphics. You can also get up to 16GB of RAM, and the SSD storage can go up to 1TB. Like most other ThinkPads, you can mix and match these components, so if you want a faster processor but less storage, you can tailor your configuration to your liking.
The display on the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a 13.5 inch panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio, something many other laptops don’t have. Lenovo itself usually offers 16:10 displays in most ThinkPads, which is already taller than a typical 16:9 screen, but a 3:2 display goes a little further and gives you even more vertical space. That’s great news for productivity since you can see more text, more rows in an Excel spreadsheet, or more of a webpage without having to scroll.
The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, which Lenovo calls Quad HD, and it’s a touch-enabled IPS panel with 450 nits of brightness that covers 100% of sRGB. For a 13.5 inch display, this is already fantastic, and while you don’t get any configuration options, that also means you’ll get a great experience across the board.
Another thing that makes the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga unique is what’s in the name — the laptop uses titanium for part of its build. The lid is made from a mix of titanium and carbon fiber, which you don’t see anywhere. On the other hand, the base is made from a magnesium-aluminum alloy, and that gives the Titanium Yoga something of a dual-tone look because the materials are quite different, even though the color is generally the same. This is also an extremely thin convertible, coming in at just 11.5mm, and weighing just 2.54lbs. Considering what you’re getting, that’s impressive, and it’s still going to feel very premium.
It’s even more impressive when you consider Lenovo still kept the classic pointing stick in the keyboard, and the buttons above the trackpad. This would be an easy way to save space, but because it’s such a big part of the ThinkPad lineage, it’s still here for the users that prefer it. At the same time, some bonus modern features are also here, including both an IR camera and a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello. In terms of ports, you get two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headphone jack, which isn’t a lot, but for a device this thin, it’s all you can really expect. Thunderbolt 4 does give you the power to connect plenty of peripherals using a Thunderbolt dock, so you’re not completely out of luck.
Another modern feature of the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is support for cellular networks, and you get to choose between LTE and 5G. LTE support is powered by a Fibocom modem, and it provides Cat9 speeds of up to 450Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads. If you want faster connections on the road, you can get the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem, which is faster and more future-proof technology compared to LTE.
No matter how you slice it, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a fantastic laptop, and it’s hard to go wrong if you want something extremely portable and highly capable.
Best convertible: Lenovo Yoga 9i
Lenovo’s Yoga lineup includes some fantastic convertibles, and the latest Yoga 9i might be one of the best. It’s a sleek and modern convertible with the latest specs from Intel and it’s great for media consumption.
Performance-wise, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is pretty much on par with other flagship ultrabooks and convertibles. It comes with Intel’s 11th-generation processors, and it’s one of the very few laptops that already gives you the option to get the new Intel Core i7-1195G7, which can boost as high as 5GHz — a first for Intel’s 15W CPUs. All the options available are quad-core processors with Iris Xe graphics, but you’ll naturally get better performance out of the Core i7 variants. You can also get it with up to 16GB of RAM (at 4,267MHz) and 1TB of SSD storage, so you’ll have plenty of performance for most of your day-to-day tasks.
The display, and media consumption in general, are two of the biggest highlights with the Yoga 9i. First off, the display itself is a 14 inch panel and it uses the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. That may not be the best for productivity, but it’s still the preferred format for videos and movies, so it’s great for that. The base configuration includes a Full HD panel with 400 nits of brightness and Dolby Vision support. which can already deliver a solid media experience, and it should even be decently visible outdoors. However, if you want an even better experience, you can upgrade to the 4K panel, which is also brighter at 500 nits and includes DisplayHDR 400 certification.
To complement that display, the Yoga 9i also has an impressive sound system thanks to its rotating soundbar design. The soundbar is near the hinge of the laptop and it rotates so that it isn’t facing away from you even if you’re using the laptop as a tablet. Plus, you get a quad-speaker system with two subwoofers and two tweeters, complete with Dolby Atmos support, making for a fantastic audio experience. This convertible truly excels at media consumption.
In terms of ports, it’s got two Thunderbolt 4 connections and one USB Type-A, plus a headphone jack. That’s not a lot of options, but considering it’s a fairly thin and light convertible, it could be worse. The inclusion of USB Type-A at least means you can plug in a flash drive or peripheral without needing an adapter. You get a fingerprint reader by default, with the option to upgrade to an ultrasonic fingerprint reader on Shadow Black models, plus you get a Lenovo Active Pen in the box, and it can easily be stored in the laptop itself.
As for the rest of the design, it’s mostly a standard deal, except if you opt for the Shadow Black color option. This one adds a leather cover to the lid, which helps the laptop feel much more special. Aside from this color, the laptop is available in Mica, and that’s the only option available if you choose a Core i5 processor.
If you use your laptop often to stream movies and shows and you appreciate the versatility of a convertible, it’s hard to go wrong with the Yoga 9i. And it’s still going to be great just for most day-to-day tasks too.
Best business laptop: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
We’re back to talking about the Lenovo ThinkPad lineup, but frankly, what else could we pick for the best business laptop? The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the longest-running family in the ThinkPad lineup, and very few laptops are as recognizable as this one. If you need a lightweight and capable business laptop, you shouldn’t need to look any further, and you can see why we say that in our review of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Starting with performance, we’re looking at 11th-generation Intel Core processors up to an Intel Core i7-1185G7 with vPro technology. In addition to being one of Intel’s fastest 15W CPUs, it also includes Iris Xe graphics so you can feasibly run some GPU-focused workloads. Additionally, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 comes with up to 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, and that amount of RAM should guarantee you’ll never be wishing for more memory, be it for video or photo editing, complex coding projects, and working with large databases.
Moving on to the display, it’s a 14 inch panel that comes in a 16:10 aspect ratio. This taller format gives you more vertical space to work with compared to a typical 16:9 display (albeit slightly less than a 3:2 display would get you). Depending on your choices, this display can be fantastic, too. The base configuration here is fairly simple, with a Full HD+ panel (1920 x 1200) and not much more that’s noteworthy. However, you can add a touchscreen, a privacy guard (which makes the screen invisible to people around you), or skip all of that and get an Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) display with HDR support, giving you the best image quality possible. That pixel density and taller display mean you’ll be able to see even more text and UI elements since you have more scaling options.
If you opt for the Ultra HD+ display, you’ll also automatically get an IR camera for Windows Hello, in addition to the fingerprint reader that’s included across the board. You also get a woven carbon fiber design for the lid, which helps the laptop stick out a bit more than its typical flat black color, which is the only color available. The overall design is fairly standard for a ThinkPad, and it’s 14.7mm thin while weighing 2.49lbs for its base configuration, so it’s easy to carry around anywhere.
In terms of ports, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is no slouch either. It has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A, HDMI 2.0, and a headphone jack. Just like most other ThinkPads, you still get signature features like the pointing stick. For mobile workers, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon also includes cellular connectivity, and you get the choice of either LTE Cat12, provided by a Quectel modem, or 5G, provided by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55.
One last thing to mention is if you’re not a fan of Windows, you can get the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Linux instead. This and many other configuration options are only available on Lenovo’s website, but you can also buy the laptop below.
Best gaming laptop: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Just because Lenovo is mostly well-known for its business laptops, it doesn’t mean the company can’t make a stellar gaming laptop too. The Lenovo 5 Pro is a powerful gaming rig with all the performance you’d expect, and it’s a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to play games while also having the portability of a laptop. We’ve reviewed the Legion 5 Pro, and found it to be a great laptop that can handle both gaming and productivity tasks very well.
Starting with performance, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is the first laptop on this list to feature an AMD processor instead of an Intel one, and it comes with a Ryzen 7 5800H. That’s a 7nm processor with eight cores and 16 threads, which is going to be great for both gaming and productivity workloads like video rendering. You can pair that with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 for an incredibly powerful setup that can handle pretty much any modern game without a problem. You can also add up to 32GB of RAM — more than enough for most modern games — and up to 2TB of storage with two SSDs. Modern games can fill that up somewhat quickly if you play a lot of them, but this is still a lot.
The display is also up to snuff if you’re into gaming, but also for some productivity work. It’s got a 16:10 aspect ratio and the only resolution it comes in is Quad HD+, or 2560 x 1600. That’s more than sharp enough for a display of this size, plus you also get a 165Hz refresh rate, so you’re going to be making the most out of the powerful specs inside this thing. It also supports Dolby Vision, it’s certified for DisplayHDR 400, and it has 500 nits of brightness, so you’re getting a really great experience here. And while it’s mostly a gaming laptop, the inclusion of a 16:10 display means it’s also good for productivity, since you can fit that much more content on the display.
A downside of this laptop is its webcam, which is only 720p and doesn’t include an IR camera for Windows Hello. In fact, you get no form of biometric authentication on this laptop, which is a bummer nowadays. On the bright side, those worried about privacy do get a switch that internally disconnects the webcam to turn it off entirely.
As for the rest of the design, it’s a fairly standard affair for a gaming laptop. You do get plenty of ports, including a two USB Type-C ports – without Thunderbolt, since this is an AMD laptop – four USB Type-A ports, HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, a headphone jack, and a proprietary barrel charger. The laptop itself is somewhat heavy, starting at 5.4lbs, and not exactly slim, measuring 28.85mm in thickness. However, that’s to be expected with a powerful machine like this, as it helps keep things cool.
Overall, this is a great laptop for anyone interested in gaming, not just at home, but also anywhere they go. It’s not the most portable — be it because of its weight or battery life — but if you need performance, the Legion 5 Pro has it.
Best laptop for creators: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4
High performance can be useful for gaming, but it can also be used for professionals, specifically content creators. If you’re more interested in that, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is the way to go, as it blends together incredible performance with the customizability and business features typical of the ThinkPad family.
Let’s start with performance, as that is the focus of this laptop. The fourth-generation ThinkPad X1 Extreme comes with 11th-generation Intel Core H-series processors — the 45W models — and you can get it with up to an Intel Core i9-11950H vPro CPU. Yes, that’s an eight core, 16 thread CPU capable of boosting up to 5GHz, so you can rest assured that pretty much anything you might want to do, you can do. Even demanding video editing tasks aren’t going to be a big issue with this one. But that’s not all, you can also add up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. While this isn’t not a gaming-oriented laptop, it could certainly handle it if needed.
If that’s not impressive enough, you can get up to a maximum of 64GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage. That’s an insane amount of RAM, so whether you’re working with complex coding projects, large databases, and just about anything else, you won’t have any issues. On the matter of storage, it’s worth noting that it is divided into two slots, and one of those slots is removed if you get a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU or higher, so you’ll be limited to 2TB of storage that way. That’s still a lot, though.
You can choose a few different options for the display, and all of them are great. First off, this is a 16:10 panel, and as we’ve mentioned already, that taller aspect ratio is great for productivity. You can see more text, more webpage content, and more UI elements in some apps. The base configuration is a Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) panel, which is already more than sharp enough for a laptop display, even a large one like this. If you need even more pixels, you can upgrade to an Ultra HD+ display (3840 x 2400), which increases the brightness level to 600 nits (from 400), and adds support for Dolby Vision and DisplayHDR 400 certification. You can also add a touchscreen to the higher-end panel, and it’s unfortunate you don’t get that option with the Quad HD+ model.
The ThinkPad X1 continues to cover all bases with its ports, which include two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A ports, an SD card reader, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a proprietary charging port. You’ll be ready to connect to just about anything out of the box. Plus, this is one of the few laptops on this list (and in general) to have a 1080p webcam, instead of 720p, and it includes an IR camera for Windows Hello too.
For on-the-go connectivity, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme also gives you the option to add cellular network support. Or at least, it will at some point as the option doesn’t seem to be available yet. Only 5G will be available, but you’ll also be limited by the GPU you choose, as a GeForce RTX 3060 or higher will take up the space needed for the modem. Still, if you need cellular connectivity and top-tier performance on the go, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is one of the best options you can find.
With all of these powerful specs, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is heavier than most laptops on this list, starting at 3.99lbs. However, it could be worse, and it’s still very impressive that it’s under 18mm thin. It’s just an impressive laptop overall, packing a lot of power into a relatively slim chassis. You’ll find all the configurations options on Lenovo’s website, but you can also find the laptop below.
Best AMD convertible: Lenovo Yoga 6
It’s not often that a company puts actual effort into designing an AMD-powered laptop, but the Lenovo Yoga 6 is a great convertible if you’re an AMD fan. It’s lightweight and comes with a unique look that’s bound to catch some eyes and feel great in your hands.
Let’s talk about that performance first. The Lenovo Yoga 6 comes with AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000 series processors, up to a Ryzen 5 5700U. It’s a bit disappointing not to see the more modern and slightly more powerful Zen 3-based models like the Ryzen 5 5800U, but this is far from a bad processor. It’s still an eight core, 16 thread CPU, which is double what you’ll find on any of Intel’s 15W CPUs. Plus, you get solid integrated graphics with AMD Radeon. The rest of the specs are rounded out with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, and that’s a recipe for a very good experience overall.
The display on the Yoga 6 is also going to give you a solid experience for most use cases. It’s a Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel, and you don’t get any upgrade options, but considering it’s a 13.3 inch display, this isn’t a big downside at all. Plus, it’s an IPS panel, and as with any convertible, it’s also a touch screen. Above the display, there’s a 720p webcam, and unfortunately it doesn’t include an IR camera for Windows Hello. That’s a bit more acceptable considering the relatively affordable price tag of this model, though. For sound, you get two stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.
While you miss out on facial recognition, the Yoga 6 does give you a fingerprint reader, so you’re not completely out of options if you want a more convenient way to unlock your PC. As you’d expect, it’s mounted on the side so you can easily access it regardless of whether you’re using the device as a laptop or a tablet. Also around the sides, you’ll find two USB Type-A ports, and two USB Type-C ports, both capable of connecting to a display, although only one can charge the device. There’s no Thunderbolt support since this is an AMD-based laptop, as expected. You also get a headphone jack, so you get a decent mix of ports, albeit not a stellar one.
The most unique aspect of the Lenovo Yoga 6 is arguably its design. It’s a convertible, of course, and comes in a single color called Abyss Blue. While the entire laptop is blue, the lid is covered in fabric rather than cold metal, which gives it a nicer feel to the touch and a distinctive look you won’t find almost anywhere else. The entire lid is covered in fabric, and it even wraps around the corners — it looks really nice. This is also a relatively thin and light convertible, measuring 18.2mm at its thickest point and weighing in at around 2.91lbs.
If you’re more of an AMD fan but you still want a laptop with a unique premium design while also being easy to carry, the Lenovo Yoga 6 is an easy choice. You can buy it below or check out other configurations on Lenovo’s website.
Best budget laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (AMD)
Looking for something affordable that covers the basics? The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is a great laptop you can get for a reasonable price, and it’s still going to give you enough performance for day-to-day usage, whether you’re an occasional user at home or a student.
There are a few variants of the IdeaPad 3 out there, but we’re specifically talking about the AMD-powered version with a 14 inch display. This one can be a bit hard to find in the wild, but it’s definitely a great affordable option. It’s packing an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor, which has six cores and 12 threads and is capable of boosting up to 4GHz. That’s going to give you great all-round performance, especially if you’re using it for tasks that make use of multiple threads, like video editing. Additionally, you get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage, so you should be able to do some mild multi-tasking and also have a decent amount of space for your files.
You could also have the potential to upgrade the laptop to some extent. Part of the RAM is soldered, but half of it is a 4GB SO-DIMM stick, so you could replace it with a higher capacity module if you need to. As for the SSD, it uses an M.2 2242 form factor, which you may also be able to upgrade later down the line.
You also get a solid display experience out of the box with the IdeaPad 3. This is a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 14 inch panel, so while it’s not the sharpest out there, it’s about what you’d expect for a laptop in this price range. That’s an IPS panel with 300 nits of brightness, which should be easily visible indoors, although you may struggle under direct sunlight. For audio, there are two 1.5W stereo speakers. Above that, you get a 720p camera, which isn’t ideal, but also not unexpected at this price. You do get a shutter for the webcam, so if you have any privacy concerns, you can easily block the camera physically.
Moving on to ports, you get a very decent range of connectivity here. You get two USB Type-A ports (one USB 2.0, one USB 3.2 Gen 1), one USB Type-C (3.2 Gen 1), HDMI, an SD card reader, and a headphone jack. This ensures you can connect most types of peripherals, and if you’re buying a laptop in this price range, you’re probably not looking for anything much fancier than what you get here.
While it isn’t meant to be a premium laptop, it still manages to come in at just under 20mm in thickness, so it’s decently portable and it should fit in just about any bag or backpack. It’s not particularly light, weighing 3.1lbs, but it’s not overly heavy either, and you should be able to carry it around without too much of an issue. While other countries offer three different colors, only Abyss Blue is available officially in the US. You can buy the IdeaPad 3 using the link below.
Best Chromebook: Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook
Finally, for those who might prefer Chrome OS to Windows, we have the IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook. This is one of the best Chromebooks Lenovo makes, and unless you’re looking to spend a pretty penny on the business-oriented Chromebooks, it’s likely your best option.
For starters, it’s running on Intel’s 11th-generation Core processors, specifically the Intel Core i3-1115G4. This is a dual-core, four thread CPU, and while that’s not exactly impressive, it’s better than the Celeron processors you’ll find in many other Chromebooks. Many of these devices use low-power or older hardware, so getting the latest Intel Core i3 is going to give you a better experience than most other Chrome OS laptops.
Along with that, you get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Again, this isn’t amazing, but considering the use case of most Chromebooks, you’ll probably be just fine. Many applications for these laptops are web-based, so you likely don’t need a lot of storage space on the device. And the amount of RAM here should be enough for some basic multi-tasking, too.
The display on the IdeaPad Flex 5i is also pretty good. It’s a 13.3 inch panel, and at that size, the Full HD (1920 x 1020) resolution of the display should be sharp enough to look great in almost any situation. Of course, since this is a convertible, the screen supports touch, as well as pen input. As for sound, you get a pair of stereo speakers with 2W of power each, enough for a solid media experience.
The IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook offers a decent range of connectivity. You get two USB Type-C ports with display out and power delivery, one USB Type-A port, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. Not having a more traditional display output like HDMI is a bummer, but overall, this is a solid mix of ports. Also missing is a fingerprint reader or IR-based facial recognition (which isn’t supported by Chrome OS), but the webcam does have a privacy shutter to alleviate any concerns you may have. That webcam is just 720p, but that’s not unexpected at this price point.
The rest of the design is fairly standard for a convertible. The IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook uses a mix of aluminum for the top portion and plastic for the bottom half. That allows it to be relatively light at 2.98lbs, and it’s also very thin, measuring just 16.95mm in thickness. That also helps justify the absence of ports like HDMI.
If you’re looking for a new Chromebook for school or occasional use, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i is a great choice with solid all-around performance. You can buy it below.
These are our picks for the best Lenovo laptops you can buy today. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga takes the best overall spot because it’s an interesting blend of materials that come together to form an impressively thin lightweight convertible, while also offering solid performance with the latest Intel processors. Plus, it also blends modern features — like a 3:2 display with Quad HD resolution and cellular network support — with long-running ThinkPad staples like the pointing stick.
There’s something for everyone though, and if that’s not your style, you can choose from the other great devices on this list. If Lenovo isn’t what you’re looking for, why not check out the best laptops from other brands? We have lists of the best Dell laptops, as well one for HP laptops. These are also incredibly popular brands, and you can’t go wrong with them either.