The best Lenovo laptops you can buy

Lenovo is well-known for its lineup of no-nonsense laptops. Productivity fiends are instantly enamored with the ThinkPad brand, and minus a few missteps, it has delivered. Here you'll find a healthy mix of consumer-friendly convertible laptops, heavy-duty work machines, and even a dash of high-performance gaming.

Article updated January 2016

Lenovo Yoga 900

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The Yoga 900 is Lenovo's replacement for the old, slightly underpowered Yoga 3 Pro. The Core M has been ditched for the new model, instead offering up full-blooded Intel Skylake i5 and i7 processors instead. And as this is a Yoga the party piece is the 3200x1800 resolution display, which folds all the way around until you're left with something resembling a Windows 10 tablet. The other most noticeable thing is Lenovo's now trademark watchband hinge. It's a real treat to use.

Elsewhere it's packing what you'd want from a high-end laptop. You can get 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage and for future proofing somewhat, a USB-C port with video out capabilities. If that gorgeous display isn't quite enough for you. It starts at $1199 but it can also seriously undercut a comparable Surface Book on price.

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Yoga 900 at Lenovo U.S.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The X1 Carbon is a familiar name atop Lenovo's notebook lineup and its latest iteration is certainly the best yet. For 2016 you can get this 14-inch Ultrabook with either a 1080p Full HD or QHD 2560x1440 display, but both are now non-touch. That's new for the latest version, with those looking for a touch option steered towards the Thinkpad X1 Yoga, instead.

Everything else about the X1 Carbon screams quality. There's still a fingerprint scanner but now you don't need to swipe over it, and it'll go great with Windows Hello in Windows 10. Lenovo's signature red pointer is still around, as is the excellent keyboard. It's slim, light, solid as a rock and has an LTE SIM card slot for the ultimate in mobile connectivity. A perfect companion to the road warriors out there. The 2016 model will be on sale until February 2016 with prices starting at $1299.

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Thinkpad X1 Carbon at Lenovo US

Lenovo Yoga 700

If you like the idea of the Yoga 900 but you're not so keen on the price, the cheaper, less powerful Yoga 700 could be for you. Where the Yoga 900 starts at $1199 the Yoga 700 tops out at $999. For the most part the experience is the same. You still have the screen that folds all the way around or any position in between but you're looking at a Full HD 1080p touch display and options ending at 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.

You are still offered the latest generation Skylake processors from Intel, available in i5 or i7 form but you lose out on the fancy looking watchband hinge for something a little more traditional. There's a great keyboard, some loud and proud speakers and also up to 7 hours of battery life. A similar experience to its more expensive sibling but without the added price.


Yoga 700 at Lenovo U.S.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700

If you like to game then the Y700 will be right up your street. Strictly speaking that's how it's being marketed, but it's also not as garish as many gaming laptops, nor is it as massive. You get a 15.6-inch notebook that forgoes the DVD drive still popular on a lot of gaming machines to keep it a little slimmer. It's no lightweight, but with Intel Skylake or AMD processors, Full HD or 4K displays, 16GB of RAM, massive storage options and NVIDIA 960M or AMD R9 graphics, the Y700 packs plenty of heat.

The Y700 doesn't have to be expensive, either. As is so often the case with gaming notebooks. The base model clocks in at $899 with Intel or $999 if you go for AMD. But it's got plenty to offer whatever your preference.

Ideapad Y700 at Lenovo U.S.

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260

Another Yoga! Lenovo is one of the pioneers of the convertible notebook and its no surprise that it continues to put out some of the best you can find. The Thinkpad Yoga 260 will soon be usurped by the X1 Yoga (which isn't available for a few months yet) but right now, it's a great choice for someone looking for a premium laptop with benefits. And it's less than 13-inches in size, too.

That latest hardware includes Intel's new Skylake CPUs, an optional NVIDIA 940M graphics card, Full HD display and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. You also get a rechargeable pen included in the box, perfect for using with Lenovo's WRITEit software. It should also be good for around 10 hours of battery life, which is non too shabby. Prices start at $949.

Thinkpad Yoga 260 at Lenovo U.S.

That's a sampling of our top picks from Lenovo's lineup, but which of their laptops is your favorite? Sing out in the comments.

Richard Devine
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