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Best Lenovo Laptops in 2020

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The best Lenovo laptops consistently rank near the top of our overall best laptops rankings. From the excellent ThinkPad business laptops to the sleek Yoga notebook and affordable Ideapad laptops, Lenovo offers something for all types of users. 

On the horizon is the exciting Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, the first PC with a flexible, foldable display. If you're looking for something more traditional, the new ThinkPad X13 promises a sleek 13.3-inch chassis with loads of power. That laptop, alongside an entire fleet of business notebooks, will also run on AMD's new Ryzen Pro 4000 chips. Oh, and we'll give you a bit of insider news: a pair of X1 Carbons with Intel 10th Gen vPro chips are heading to our door, so expect a full review soon.

Still not sure which Lenovo business laptop to buy? Check out our best Lenovo ThinkPad guide that compares the top models. And to maximize productivity at work, make sure you buy the right ThinkPad accessories. If you're a business user and aren't sold on buying a ThinkPad, check out the best Dell Latitude and Precision laptops

What are the best Lenovo laptops?

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon isn't just the best Lenovo laptop, it's one of the best laptops on the market. Great for business users but also students or everyday users who want a lightweight machine, the X1 Carbon weighs just over 2 pounds yet delivers fast performance in a military-tested chassis. The only subset of consumers the X1 Carbon doesn't suit are those on a budget and gamers. 

If you're looking to save some money, the ThinkBook 13s is another great option. It has fast speeds, a comfortable keyboard and decent battery life. For gamers, the Legion Y740 and Legion Y7000 are both great options that, depending on your configuration, can play the latest AAA games. And if you're on a very tight budget, the Chromebook Duet is a fantastic detachable 2-in-1 that sells for just $279.

The best Lenovo laptops you can buy today

1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen)
2. Lenovo ThinkBook 13s
3. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (4th Gen)
4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet
6. Lenovo ThinkPad P1
7. Lenovo Yoga C940
8. Lenovo Legion Y7000
9. Lenovo Legion Y740 (15-inch)
10. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best overall Lenovo laptop thanks to its featherweight chassis and fast performance.

1. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen)

The best overall laptop

CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD | Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds

Attractive, lightweight chassis
Best-in-class keyboard
Long battery life (on 1080p model)
No microSD card slot
4K model has short battery life

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen) is a an excellent laptop for anyone on the go, not just business users. In fact, the X1 Carbon isn't just the best Lenovo laptop, it is also one of the best laptops of 2020 and the best overall business laptop. This extremely-light yet durable laptop lasts nearly 10 hours on a charge and has one of the best keyboards you'll find on any device. 

An optional 4K display is absolutely stunning, but takes a toll on battery life. This 14-inch Ultrabook also packs a powerful, Intel 8th Gen Core series CPU and the latest model has seriously improved speakers and some nifty security features, like a webcam cover.  

See our Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen) review.

If you want a value pick, the ThinkBook 13s is the best Lenovo laptop for under $1,000. 

If you want a value pick, the ThinkBook 13s is the best Lenovo laptop for under $1,000.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

2. Lenovo ThinkBook 13s

The best laptop for under $1,000

CPU: Intel Core i5, i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 512GB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p | Size: 12.1 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

Above-average SSD speeds
Good performance
Comfortable keyboard
Solid battery life
Lacks Thunderbolt 3

A Lenovo business laptop for under $1,000? It's time to have a chat with your IT manager. The budget-friendly ThinkBook 13S combines some of the best elements of the ThinkPad line and consumer-friendly IdeaPad series. 

That includes a portable, minimalist chassis, long battery life and a comfortable keyboard. You even get several durability features. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon remains the best Lenovo laptop if you can afford one, but the ThinkBook 13S is an excellent, low-price alternative. 

See our full Lenovo ThinkBook 13S review

Artists and writers who prefer to write/draw by hand will appreciate the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the best 2-in-1 laptop. 

Artists and writers who prefer to write/draw by hand will appreciate the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the best 2-in-1 laptop.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

3. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (4th Gen)

The best 2-in-1 laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p | Size: 12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

Bright, vivid 1080p display
Slim, durable aluminum chassis
Best-in-class keyboard
Long battery life
Not available in carbon fiber

Lenovo took a chance with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the first metal ThinkPad, and it paid off. While we still love the signature matte-black carbon-fiber found on most ThinkPads, the aluminum and magnesium ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a gorgeous change of pace. Not only does it have a slim design, but this convertible 2-in-1 flaunts a bright display and offers a best-in-class keyboard and long battery life. These combine to make the best Lenovo laptop for anyone who those looking for a convertible. 

You also get loads of extra goodies, like a built-in stylus slot and webcam cover. We still love the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for its super-lightweight chassis, but you should definitely get the Yoga instead if you want to use a stylus. Curious about the OLED option? See our ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED review

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (4th Gen, 2019) review.

Take the X1 Carbon, make it bigger and add power and you get the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, Lenovo's best 15-inch laptop. 

Take the X1 Carbon, make it bigger and add power and you get the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, Lenovo's best 15-inch laptop.  (Image credit: Future)

4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 2)

The best 15-inch laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-9850H CPU | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch, 4K HDR | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.8 pounds

Attractive, lightweight chassis
Gorgeous 4K HDR anti-glare display
World-class keyboard
Poor battery life (on 4K HDR model)
Pricey

Lenovo's high-end consumer business laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Gen 2) has a jaw-dropping 15.6-inch 4K HDR display and blazingly fast performance thanks to its 9th Gen Core i7 CPU and quick SSD. A luxurious and durable design combined with an excellent keyboard makes the ThinkPad X1 Extreme one impressive piece of hardware. 

The X1 Extreme delivers more power than the X1 Carbon or X1 Yoga thanks to its six-core H-series processors. It also has a larger screen and more ports, making it a better laptop for productivity. And yet, at 3.8 pounds, this machine is still very portable. Just be aware of the limited battery life on the 4K model. 

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 review.

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Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 tablet is the best detachable Lenovo laptop. 

5. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

The best detachable 2-in-1 laptop

CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13-inch, 3000 x 2000 | Size: 12 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Gorgeous design
Durable, MIL-STD 810G tested
Great keyboard and stylus
Impressive webcams
Below-average battery life
Poorly designed pen slot

This detachable 2-in-1 has a beautiful soft-touch chassis, a bright and colorful 13-inch display and very strong performance. At 2.8 pounds and featuring an excellent keyboard and stylus support, the X1 Tablet is a great travel companion. That's especially true considering its rated to 12 military-grade durability tests. 

You won't get the best battery life with the X1 Tablet, so keep that in mind if you want to bring it on a long trip. Still, the combination of a gorgeous display and flexible chassis makes it a great choice for artists, designers or anyone who prefers to write by hand. 

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review.

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Power users should go with the ThinkPad P1, the best Lenovo workstation and a surprisingly portable one. 

6. Lenovo ThinkPad P1

The best workstation

CPU: Up to Intel Xeon E-2176M | GPU: Nvidia Quadro P2000 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4 pounds

Outstanding performance
Slim, lightweight chassis
Vivid Dolby Vision 4K display
Poor battery life
Runs warm

Graphics professionals and 3D modelers who need a laptop that can handle demanding programs should opt for the Lenovo ThinkPad P1. This sleek 15.6-inch workstation is a desktop replacement in every sense of the phrase. With a Xeon CPU and Quadro graphics, the beastly P1 offers excellent performance. Not to mention, the vivid 4K display and comfortable keyboard are some of the best we've ever seen. 

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad P1 review.

Lenovo's Yoga C940 (14-inch) refines a proven formula, making it one of the best Lenovo laptops around. 

Lenovo's Yoga C940 (14-inch) refines a proven formula, making it one of the best Lenovo laptops around.  (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

7. Lenovo Yoga C940

The best 2-in-1 consumer laptop

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-1065G7 | GPU: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: Up to 16GB | Storage: Up to 2TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds

Slim, premium design
Beautiful 4K display
Fast performance
Crisp, dynamic speakers
Below-average battery life (on 4K model)

With the Yoga C940, Lenovo took a proven formula and refined it. Subtle design improvements, longer battery life (up to 11:46) and refreshed 10th Gen Intel processors make the Yoga C940 a worthy successor to last year's excellent Yoga C930. 

As you'd expect from a Yoga-series laptop, the C940 has a premium, ultra-portable chassis and a unique hinge that doubles as a soundbar speaker. As a 2-in-1, that hinge can rotate 360-degrees to convert the Yoga C940 into a proper tablet. When it comes to viewing content, the Yoga C940's 1080p and 4K displays are crisp, vibrant and bright -- just beware, the UHD display drains the battery. 

For all the basics it gets right, my favorite things about the Yoga C940 are its extra features. Those include a webcam cover (no more need to buy tape), a slot for the included stylus and a fingerprint sensor. 

See our Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch) review.

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Lenovo even has something for gamers. The Legion Y7000 is the best laptop for gamers on a budget. 

8. Lenovo Legion Y7000

The best affordable gaming laptop

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 14.2 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds

Sleek, sports car design
Colorful display
Comfortable keyboard
Poor audio
Nose cam

The Legion Y7000 is a nearly perfect laptop for gamers on a budget. For a relatively affordable $1,100, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060-equipped Y7000 offers strong graphics performance in a sleek, stylish chassis. Whether you're outlasting enemies in Fortnite or taking notes in a study hall, owners of this machine will appreciate its comfortable keyboard and above-average battery life. 

See our full Lenovo Legion Y7000 review.

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If you want to run the latest games at the highest graphics settings, get the Legion Y740, Lenovo's best premium gaming laptop. 

9. Lenovo Legion Y740 (15-inch)

The best premium gaming laptop

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 14.2 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds

Strong performance and graphics
Smooth 144Hz display
Comfy RGB keyboard
Below-average battery life
Has a "nosecam"

If you want the best graphics performance, go with an GeForce RTX-equipped laptop like the Legion Y740. Available in both 15-inch and 17-inch models, the Y740 is Lenovo's premium gaming machine. As such, it can play even the latest games, like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Battlefield V, at high graphics settings thanks to its Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. Those games move smoothly on the laptop's 1080p, 144Hz display, and you'll enjoy clicking away on the Y740's comfortable RGB-backlit keyboard.  

See our full Lenovo Legion Y740 (15-inch) review.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Whether you're a student or just love Chrome, the Chromebook Duet is the best Lenovo Chromebook.  (Image credit: Future)

10. Lenovo Chromebook Duet

The best Chromebook

CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T | GPU: ARM G72 MP3 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Display: 10.1-inch, 1920x1200 | Size: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 2 pounds

Lasts long on a charge
Comes with keyboard/kickstand
Colorful display
Decent performance
Cramped keyboard

The Chromebook Duet is one of the cheapest computing devices on the market and yet it delivers in so many areas. First and foremost, battery life. This detachable 2-in-1 tablet lasted for nearly 13 hours on our battery test, making it one of the longest-lasting Chromebooks on the market. 

What really makes this device such an incredible value is that for $279, you get an 10.1-inch tablet with a kickstand plus the accompanying keyboard. And that panel is somewhat both sharp and vivid despite the incredibly low cost of the Chromebook Duet. No, it won't break any speed records, but for those who want to spend the least amount of money, the Chromebook Duet is the best choice.

See our full Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.

How to pick a Lenovo Laptop

Lenovo's our top-rated laptop brand for good reason. The company offers an extensive product lineup with some of the best notebooks you can get from any manufacturer. Lenovo makes laptops for just about every type of user, from children in school to gamers and business executives.

We've listed our favorite current Lenovo laptops above, but if you're doing research, it helps to know the difference between the company's major product lines.

  • ThinkPad: Lenovo's business laptops have some of the best keyboards in the world and many have extremely long battery life. They're a great choice, even if you're not planning to use them for work.
  • Yoga: These premium 2-in-1s have great designs, colorful screens and strong battery life.
  • Legion: The gaming line offers solid performance at reasonable prices.
  • Flex: A line of 2-in-1s that is less expensive than Yoga, but still full-featured.
  • IdeaPad: These mainstream consumer laptops range in price from low-end budget systems to more premium Ultrabooks.

How we test Lenovo laptops

We put each Lenovo laptop through extensive benchmark testing — both synthetic and real-world — before they end up in the hands of our reviewers. We evaluate each aspect of the laptop, including its performance, battery life, display, speakers and heat management.

In our benchmark testing, we use a Klein K10 colorimeter to detect the brightness and sRGB color gamut of the laptop's display. For performance testing, we run the laptop through a gauntlet of benchmarks, including Geekbench 4.3 and 5.0 and 3DMark professional graphics tests. 

To determine real-world performance, we task the laptop to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution and to duplicate a 4.97GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Dirt 3 benchmark with medium settings at 1080p resolution. 

We also run heat tests by playing a 15-minute full-screen video and measuring temperatures in different areas of the laptop. Last but not least, our battery test consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. For MacBooks and premium Windows 10 laptops, a runtime of over 9 hours is considered a good result whereas gaming laptops and workstations that can stay powered for longer than 5 hours deserve praise. 

These tests are complemented with extensive hands-on testing from our reviewers who critique everything from the laptop's materials to the feel of its touchpad.