Best Lenovo laptops in February 2024

The best Lenovo laptops consistently rank near the top of our overall best laptops rankings and as we start 2024 that is unchanged. Whether you are considering a ThinkPad business laptop, a sleek Yoga notebook, or an affordable IdeaPad laptop, Lenovo offers something for every user. 

From the best business laptops to the best 2-in-1 laptops, Lenovo is a consistent presence among them all. It comes as no surprise that Lenovo makes some of our favorite laptops, from the business-focused ThinkPads to the gaming-centric Legion laptops. While Lenovo unleashed a torrent of new laptops at CES 2024 last month, we are just starting to see some of those models arrive now and more will be coming throughout the year.

Business customers can peruse our best Lenovo ThinkPad guide for the top models geared toward professionals. However, for the full spectrum of Lenovo laptops for consumers and beyond, just scroll down for a closer look at our favorites across every category.

Quick List

Best overall Lenovo laptop

Lenovo's Yoga 9i refines a proven formula, making it the best Lenovo laptop around.  (Image credit: Future)

1. Lenovo Yoga 9i

The best overall Lenovo laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1360P
GPU: Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
Storage: 512GB
Display: 14-inch, OLED, 2880 x 1880-pixel touchscreen at 90Hz
Battery life: 10:10
Size: 12.5 x 9.1 x .6 inches
Weight: 3.09 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Breathtaking 2.8K OLED display
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Great productivity performance
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Blisteringly fast SSD
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Loud and impactful audio
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Decent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Display could be brighter

The Yoga 9i is a superb 2-in-1 laptop that quickly soared up in the ranks as one of Laptop Mag's most beloved laptops of the year for 2023. Our reviewer, Momo Tabari, considers it her favorite laptop she has ever reviewed. High praise indeed with dozens of laptops having crossed her desk.

Its balance between a gorgeous 2,880 x 1,880-pixel OLED touchscreen, phenomenal productivity performance with its Intel Core i7-1360P processor, excellent aluminum build, and great speakers make the ideal system for those picky about their experience using a laptop. When lifting the lid on the Yoga 9i and going to town on studying, working, or watching films/TV, it never feels as if the experience is lesser.

If you're a gamer, on a tight budget, or just one something unique, you may need to look further down this list, but for the average user, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 is the best of the best, and don't worry about the rest.

See our Lenovo Yoga 9i (Gen 8) review

Best Lenovo laptop under $500

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2. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus

The best laptop for under $500

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i3-1315U
GPU: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
RAM: 128GB eMMC
Storage: 256GB
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p
Size: 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Speedy AI-infused performance
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Great keyboard
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Sturdy hinges
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Attractive

Reasons to avoid

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The display could be brighter

A Lenovo laptop for under $500? No, this isn't a trick, the budget-friendly IdeaPad Flex 5i with an Intel i3-1315U processor delivers some of the best elements of the IdeaPad lineup at a much lower price than we're used to. 

Some of those features include excellent battery life at nearly 10 hours of longevity, a lightweight 14-inch build that comes in at 3.57 pounds, and surprisingly good performance for this price range. You can also expect the potency of Google's AI-enhanced ChromeOS to pack a great performance boost.

There are much more powerful laptops on this list, but when it comes to value the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i is hard to beat.

See our full Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook Plus review

Best Lenovo gaming laptop

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3. Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

Best Lenovo gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7745HX
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display: 16-inch, 2560 x 1600, IPS, 165Hz
Size: 14.3 x 10.25 x 0.86-1.05
Weight: 5.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional performance
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Decent color and brightness
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Sturdy chassis and hinge
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Perfect keyboard
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Highly affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Subpar battery life
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Grainy webcam

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is the best mid-range gaming laptop out there and it's no contest. Boasting superb RTX 4070 performance that outperforms its many competitors without a sweat, alongside excellent productivity scores to satisfy your needs in everyday tasks.

The Legion 5 Pro also has a personal favorite keyboard, and I even went as far to call it my keyboard soulmate earlier this year. By giving the arrow keys its own little nook, featuring its own touchpad, and having a wonderful feeling 1.5mm of key travel, it stands out and excels as one of the best.

And while the Legion 5 Pro doesn't have the best display, it is surprisingly high quality for a laptop at this price point. Managing a DCI-P3 score of 82.4% and 319 nits of brightness at this cost is often unprecedented. It even has a surprisingly powerful audio system.

With a AMD Ryzen 7 7745HX, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, this laptop excels with a Geekbench 6 score of 13,063, alongside only taking 4 minutes and 5 seconds to convert a 4K video into 1080p resolution through the HandBrake app. And with the final cherry on top being 2,150 megabytes per second transfer rate, every aspect of its performance is unbelievable.

See our full Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review

Best ultraportable Lenovo laptop

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The best ultraportable

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U
GPU: Radeon graphics
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB
Display: 13-inch, 2.8K
Size: 11.59 x 7.86 x 0.55 inches
Weight: 2.78 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous, premium build quality
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Super small and lightweight
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Decent AMD Ryzen performance
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Impressive battery life
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Ergonomic keyboard (and Trackpoint)

Reasons to avoid

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Just two USB-C ports
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Slow SSD speed
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Tinny speakers
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Pretty mid display

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 is easily the most gorgeous ThinkPad I’ve ever seen. It’s almost as if the ThinkPad just went through a hot girl summer — hitting the beach and putting a lot of other laptops to shame with its sleek size and ultra luxurious aesthetic.

However, this thing isn’t just about looks. The battery life is insane, the ergonomics of that keyboard are oh-so-sweet, and the performance under the hood is surprisingly good for conquering your workload.

Sure, there are compromises in the lack of ports, that touchpad, and the average IPS display. But if you’re always on the go and you require something that suits your lifestyle, this is up there as one of the best options.

See our full Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 review

Best dual-screen Lenovo laptop

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a fantastic all around laptop (Image credit: Lenovo)
Best Lenovo dual-screen laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-12500H
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 17.3-inch, 3,072 x 1440-pixel, touchscreen
Second display: 8-inch, 1,280 x 800-pixel, touchscreen
Size : 16.1 x 9.0 x 0.6~0.7 inches
Weight: 4.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Rival-beating performance
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Extremely useful second display
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Innovative, smart design

Reasons to avoid

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Buggy, slow second screen
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Mushy keyboard

The Lenovo Thinkbook Plus Gen 3 is the first laptop of 2023 to actually wow us. Dreary-gray clamshell notebooks, lame-o Chromebooks, and black business workstations have been boring us to tears, and Lenovo has hit the scene with this invigorating dual-screen laptop.

The Thinkbook Plus Gen 3 has a beautiful main 17.3-inch, 3K display. It’s ultra-wide AF with a dazzling 21:10 aspect ratio. (I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a laptop with a 21:10 aspect ratio!) And the secondary display is a sight to behold — it looks like someone shoved the keyboard to the left, cut a rectangle into the deck, and dropped in an 8-inch tablet for maximum productivity. 

As someone who’s constantly cross-referencing different documents on Google Docs and Sheets, this dual-display setup has boosted my workflow beyond my wildest expectations.

See our full Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 review

Best Lenovo business laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11

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Business time

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1355U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 14-inch, 1200
Size: 12.4 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Shocklingly lightweight
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Fast SSD
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Great battery life
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Excellent keyboard
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Bright display

Reasons to avoid

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Disappointing webcam
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Display could be more vivid

When it's time to get down to business, no one does it better than Lenovo. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 reclaimed the venerable laptop lines top spot on our best business laptops list last year. What had managed to unseat it you ask? Why another Lenovo ThinkPad of course.

The X1 Carbon reclaims its spot on the Carbon throne thanks to a combination of features that make it the perfect fit for most business users. That includes nearly 14 hours of battery life, a host of security features including a fingerprint reader, an optional Windows Hello-compatible IR camera and a TPM 2.0 chip. It's also MIL-SPEC tested to ensure that an accidental spill of the liquid or drop variety won't have you immediately in the market for a replacement.

At just 2.6 pounds and 0.6-inches thick commuters and frequent travelers are going to love that the X1 Carbon Gen 11 doesn't weigh down a laptop bag. Speaking of not cluttering your laptop bag, the pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, pair of USB 3.2 Type-A ports, HDMI port, Kensington lock slot, and headset jack mean you shouldn't need to toss a USB-C hub in there either. 

I haven't even gotten to the excellent keyboard or its bright 14-inch display. Our only knocks against this excellent laptop are the weak webcam (consider one of the best webcams) and the display could be more vivid. On that last point, it's not washed out, it just doesn't hold up to more entertainment-focused premium laptops, but the shading on your spreadsheets will still look great.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 review

How to pick a Lenovo laptop

Lenovo's often been 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 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 25GB multimedia file. Our real-world graphics test is the Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm 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. 

Why Trust Laptop Mag

Laptop Mag reviews over a hundred different laptops every year, from paperweight ultralights to everyday workhorses to lumbering gaming notebooks that scorch the frame rates of even the hottest AAA games. We're not just experts in the laptop field, as we go one step further by meticulously testing smartphones, tablets, headphones, PC accessories, software, and even the latest in gaming. 

We are 100% independent and have decades of experience to help you buy with confidence. In fact, Laptop Mag has been testing and reviewing products for three decades, and we continue to deliver trustworthy reviews you can rely on. 

Our experienced team of writers and editors scour the available information about the laptop and put it through its paces to determine which is best for you. But before they start, the testing team subjects each system to a rigorous regimen of synthetic and real-world tests to see how a system handles the type of work and games you’re most likely to throw at it. 

Our editorial trustworthiness is enforced by one of the world's largest technology publishers, Future Publishing. As a company, we have unrivaled experience across every tech sector — and we're the group's specialist for all things mobile tech.

Sean Riley

Sean Riley has been covering tech professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelancer covering varied topics including phones, wearables, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, AR, VR, mobile payments, fintech, and more.  Sean is the resident mobile expert at Laptop Mag, specializing in phones and wearables, you'll find plenty of news, reviews, how-to, and opinion pieces on these subjects from him here. But Laptop Mag has also proven a perfect fit for that broad range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games, and computer accessories along with coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity and more. 

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