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The best Lenovo laptops 2021

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You’re likely to find one of the best Lenovo laptops of 2021 that’s the perfect fit.

The best Lenovo laptops are known for packing in a lot of value, regardless of the price. Whether that or the fact that most of them are actually affordable for most is the greatest thing about them isn’t worth debating. Either way, getting a notebook from Lenovo means you’re getting a lot for your money.

It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for. Whether you want a gaming laptop or a reasonably priced Chromebook, Lenovo is up for the challenge. The company has a wide range of notebooks spanning many types, forms, and prices. Even if you’re looking for a business laptop, you’ll find the best Lenovo laptops worthy of consideration. They’re typically well-built, sleek-looking, feature-filled and just as powerful as their pricier rivals.

So, we’ve collected the best Lenovo notebooks here to help you find your ideal match. It doesn’t matter if you need a productivity machine to help you work from home, a gaming laptop for the newest AAA adventures, or an affordable portable for students, consider one of these portables for your next purchase. Be sure to check out the included price comparison tool as well so you can score the best laptop deal.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 from the front against a white background

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 packs a lot of power in its stylish package. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Lenovo improves upon a classic

Specifications
CPU : 11th gen Intel Core i5 - i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 8GB - 32GB
Screen: 14-inch, 16:10 (1920 x 1200p) - (3840 x 2400), touchscreen
Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredible performance+Fantastic battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Integrated graphics struggle with creative workloads

The Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9 is an amazing laptop. Not only is it a fantastic ultrabook, but it’s also a quality business laptop. And, just like all the previous generations, this laptop seems to do everything right. It’s a fully-featured and powerful machine that’s also slim, lightweight, and stylish. 

It also comes with the kind of battery life that will get you through a full workday and more. And, though it isn’t ideal for creative projects, it handles productivity tasks like a pro, thanks to that 11th gen Intel Core CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics, not to mention at least 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB). On top of that, it’s Evo-certified so you know it’s a quality machine, not to mention brimming with security features.

Read the full review: Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 9

Lenovo Yoga 9i partially closed and at an angle against a white background

The Lenovo Yoga 9i comes in a stylish chassis. (Image credit: Lenovo)

A powerful, stylish 2-in-1

Specifications
CPU: Up to 11th Generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: Up to 16GB LPDDR4X 4267MHz
Screen: up to 14” UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, touchscreen, VESA HDR400, 500 nits
Storage: up to 1TB PCIe SSD
Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Camera: 720p HD
Reasons to buy
+Phenomenal performance+Outstanding battery life+Garaged stylus
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-16:9 screen ratio

The Lenovo Yoga 9i comes with a pretty stylish chassis matched by pretty impressive specs. And, by “pretty,” we actually mean “truly.” Nothing less would be worthy of our coveted five-star review rating. That Intel Evo certification alone makes it worth checking out, and when you do, you’ll appreciate its powerful 11th-gen processor, Iris Xe integrated graphics, a fast RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD of storage. It also comes with an Lenovo Active Pen so you can fully utilize that 2-in-1 design, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and a fingerprint reader for easy login.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 9i

Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6) against a white background

The RGB lighting is just one of the many features the premium Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6) offers. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Premium gaming laptop with unrivalled performance

Specifications
CPU: Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080
RAM: Up to 32 GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen: 16" WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS 165Hz 500 nits
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Connectivity: WiFi 6 802.11AX, Bluetooth 5.1, RJ45
Camera: 720p with E-Shutter
Reasons to buy
+Superb performance+Sleek design with plenty of ports
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life is lacking

If you’re on the hunt for a gaming laptop and money is no object, you’ll want to take a look at the Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6). This behemoth of a gaming laptop is among Lenovo’s best, delivering an unrivalled gaming performance alongside a design decked out with spectacular RGB lighting and plenty of ports – much more than you’d expect from any laptop. There are three USBs, three USB-C, an HDMI 2.1 and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports so you’ll never run out. It isn’t perfect. Its battery life is only around three hours and its asking price is steep. However, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

Read the full review: Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6)

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook from the side on a coffee table

The Lenovo Duet Chromebook delivers two form factors in one. (Image credit: Future)

Everything that netbooks should have been

Specifications
CPU: MediaTek Helio P60T Processor
Graphics: ARM G72 MP3 800GHz
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X
Screen: 10.1" FHD (1920 x 1200) IPS, glossy, touchscreen, 400 nits
Storage: 64 GB eMMC
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and portable+Long battery life+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Tiny keyboard and finicky trackpad-Charger and headphones share a single port

Is it a Chromebook or is it a tablet? Well, luckily, you won’t have to decide. True to its name, this Lenovo Chromebook delivers two form factors in one, while utilizing the versatility of the Chrome OS and setting you back much less than many of the top Windows tablets out there. Of course, true to its Chromebook nature, its battery packs an incredibly long life of almost 22 hours – you could pull an all-nighter, work through the day and mid-afternoon, and you’ll still pass out before it runs out of juice. For this price, sacrifices have to be made, naturally – the keyboard is tiny, the trackpad isn’t as reliable, and the charger and headphones share one port. However, if budget is your top priority, this is definitely among the best Lenovo laptops in 2020.

Read the full review: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro at an angle against a white background

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is a near perfect gaming laptop. (Image credit: Lenovo)

Nearly perfect

Specifications
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3070
RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen: 16-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS 500 nits, 165Hz
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredible gaming performance+Fantastic QHD display+Excellent hardware controls
Reasons to avoid
-On the heavy side-Fairly generic design

Lenovo isn’t just known for its productivity portables. Some of the best Lenovo laptops sit in the gaming territory as well. Take the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, the nearly perfect gaming laptop whose incredible performance is matched only by that gorgeous QHD IPS screen with up to 500 nits of brightness, Dolby Vision, and up to a 165Hz refresh rate. It also boasts excellent hardware controls, admirable battery life, and a full-sized keyboard. This laptop isn’t just among the best in its class. True to the brand, it’s reasonably-priced as well, making it a much better value than the competition.

Read the full review: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 from the front against a white background

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 is a stellar machine that will keep up with just about any user. (Image credit: Lenovo)

The perfect 2-in-1 Lenovo laptop

Specifications
CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7
Graphics: Intel Xe Plus
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 14-inch, 1920 x 1200p, IPS touchscreen, 400 nit
Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic 16:10 display+Excellent battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Rather plain design

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 might be expensive but it’s well worth the price of entry. It’s a feature-rich 2-in-1 machine with a fantastic 16:10 screen, a garaged stylus, and a number of security-related add-ons. And, thanks to the latest generation Intel processors, Intel Xe graphics, and Evo certification, it’s a powerhouse as well. It might not be the most gorgeous portable out there and an SD card slot would have been appreciated, but the X1 is an otherwise stellar machine that will keep up with just about any user.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6

Lenovo Yoga Book C930 on a desk at an angle

The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is thin and light, and has a stunning display (Image credit: TechRadar)

An even more innovative 2-in-1

Specifications
CPU: 7th-generation Intel Core i5
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 10.8-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Flexible E Ink Mobius touchscreen – 10.8-inch QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen with pen support
Storage: 256GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11 AC (2 x 2) + Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: 2MP HD camera
Reasons to buy
+Very thin and light+Gorgeous main display+E Ink screen works well
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive-Low on RAM-Aging processor

Much like the Lenovo Yoga C930, there’s a lot to love about the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. We appreciate its light and thin design, that main display that’s a total stunner, and that innovative E Ink secondary screen, which you can utilize as a keyboard and for note-taking, among other things. Those who require a lot of internal power might not be satisfied with that this device has to offer, however, with an aging processor. However, if you only need a laptop for surfing the Internet, ticking off light productivity tasks, watching movies, reading e-books and sketching on, you’ve got a winner in this. It’s one of the best Lenovo laptops for you.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book C930

Michelle Rae Uy

Michelle Rae Uy is a Los Angeles-based editor, writer and photographer with a bad case of wanderlust. She is a regular contributor for Thrillist, TravelAge West, HuffPo Travel, Paste Magazine, and Travel Pulse. She has written for publications like Nylon, Fodor's and SmarterTravel, and is also the contributing editor for MiniTime.com.