Best Lenovo Laptops 2018

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Best Overall

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)

Editor's Choice

Though it's buillt for business, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) is a great choice for anyone who needs to be productive on the go. This extremely-light, 2.49-pound laptop lasts over 11 hours on a charge and packs one of the best keyboards you'll find on any device. An optional HDR screen reproduces an eye-popping 199 percent of the sRGB gamut, making every image and photo look more rich.

This 14-inch ultrabook packs a powerful, Intel 8th Gen Core series CPU and a speedy PCIe-NVMe SSD. It also finds room for all the key ports, including Thunderbolt 3 and multiple USB 3.0 connections.

Best Lenovo Laptops 2018
Product: Use Case: Rating:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) Best Overall 5 out of 5
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Longest Battery Life 4 out of 5
Lenovo Flex 6 11 Best Value 4 out of 5
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Best Business 2-in-1 4 out of 5
Lenovo Yoga 920 Best 2-in-1 4.5 out of 5
Lenovo Ideapad 530S Under $1,000 4 out of 5
Lenovo Legion Y530 Best Gaming Laptop 3.5 out of 5
Lenovo ThinkPad P71 Best Workstation 4 out of 5
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Best Chromebook 3.5 out of 5
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Best 15-inch Laptop 4 out of 5
  • Longest Battery Life

    Lenovo ThinkPad T480

    Editor's Choice

    With its extended battery on board, the ThinkPad T480 lasts over 17 hours on a charge, making it the longest lasting current-generation laptop. This 14-inch system also packs a responsive keyboard, durable design and up to a 2K display. You can also configure it with optional Nvidia MX150 graphics.

    The T480 has every port you could possibly want, including an SD card reader, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a full-size Ethernet connection, multiple USB Type-A ports and HDMI out. This laptop is also one of the few that lets you swap its battery out so, if 17 hours isn't enough for you, you can bring a spare.

    Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Review

  • Best Value

    Lenovo Flex 6 11

    Editor's Choice

    For just $329, Lenovo offers more than 9 hours of battery life, a sleek 2-in-1 design, decent performance with an Intel Celeron processor and a comfortable keyboard. I teven ahs a USB Type-C port, which we don't see on many budget machines. The display isn't great, but you hav eto give something up at this price point. 

    Lenovo Flex 6 11 Review

  • Best Business 2-in-1

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

    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. 

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review

  • Best 2-in-1

    Lenovo Yoga 920

    This 13.9-inch convertible is both beauty and the beast. A speedy, quad-core 8th Gen Core i7 CPU gives this 3-pound laptop really strong performance while its bronze-colored chassis and slim screen bezel are a joy to behold. Best of all, the Yoga 920 offers over 12 hours of battery life and a pressure-sensitive stylus for drawing.

    Lenovo Yoga 920 Review

  • Under $1,000

    Lenovo Ideapad 530S

    An excellent option for students or as an alternative to the aging MacBook Air, the Lenovo Ideapad 530S offers good performance and a gorgeous design at a reasonable price. The two-tone silver-and-gray aluminum chassis is slim and lightweight, making it portable enough for frequent travelers. Add a bezel-less screen and decent battery life, and it's easy to recommend the Ideapad 530S above other mid-range devices, despite the laptop's rather dull display. 

  • Best Gaming Laptop

    Lenovo Legion Y530

    You don't need to empty your wallet to buy a laptop that can play the latest games. For $899, the Legion Y530 packs a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD with a secondary 128GB SSD. The Y530 has a stylish, low-profile design and its nearly bezel-less display offers a captivating viewing experience. Strong CPU performance and a useful selection of ports round out this budget gaming laptop.

    Lenovo Legion Y530 Review

  • Best Workstation

    Lenovo ThinkPad P71

    Graphics professionals, engineers and 3D modelers will get the kind of performance they need from Lenovo's ThinkPad P71 workstation. This 17.3-inch desktop replacement is available with powerful components such as an Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro P5000 CPU. The 4K display is extremely vibrant and a built-in color calibrator keeps it accurate. Since this is a ThinkPad, you also get a best-in-class keyboard and strong build quality.

    Lenovo ThinkPad P71 Review

  • Best Chromebook

    Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook

    Lenovo's Flex 11 Chromebook is an durable education notebook for students. It can survive drops from 2.4 feet and has a spill-proof keyboard. It's also a 2-in-1, for when you want to use it like a tablet for Android apps. It offers strong performance for the price, as long as you're willing to work within Google's ecosystem.

  • Best 15-inch Laptop

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

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

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.

For more help picking the right model, check out our Which ThinkPad is Right for You article.

News and Updates

Lenovo recently issued a recall for ThinkPad X1 Carbons that were manufactured between January and November 2017. The company also just began selling its 8th Gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, X380 Yoga and X280 laptop.