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Best Lenovo Laptops for Business 2017

Best Lenovo Laptops for Business 2017

Lenovo's business laptops are world-class, with strong build quality, solid security and extensive manageability options. But with so many models to choose from, picking the right laptop from Lenovo's ThinkPad line isn't easy.

To help you wade through your options, we've rounded up our top picks for different needs and budgets. Read on to see our recommendations. Below that, you'll find advice of a more general variety about shopping for a Lenovo laptop.

Best All-Around Laptop
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  • Price
    (starts at $919)
  • CPU
    2.3GHz i5-6200U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    14 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    17:25
  • Size
    13.25 x 9.15 x 0.79 inches
  • Weight
    3.48 pounds
Best for World Travelers
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  • Price
    (starts at $1,329)
  • CPU
    3.1GHz i5-7200U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    14 inches, 1920 x 1080
  • Battery Life Tested
    12:21
  • Size
    12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight
    2.49 pounds
Best Battery Life
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  • Price
    $1,286 (starts at $809)
  • CPU
    Intel Core i5-6300U CPU
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    21:03
  • Size
    14.98 x 10.16 x 0.88 inches
  • Weight
    4.8 pounds
Best for Work & Play
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  • Price
    (Starts at $1,049.99)
  • CPU
    2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.9 inches
  • Battery Life Tested
    10:36
  • Size
    12.72 x 8.84 x 0.56 inches
  • Weight
    3.04 pounds
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  • Price
    (starts at $699.99)
  • CPU
    Intel Celeron 3865U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    9:08
  • Size
    12.69 x 8.77 x 0.78 inches
  • Weight
    3.17 pounds

To make shopping for a new Lenovo a little simpler, we've highlighted our five favorite models from 2017 and made recommendations with different needs in mind. At Business News Daily, we understand that different industries and work styles require different tools; that's why we've made the laptop purchasing process a little more personal. Define your work style and find the best match machine for you.

[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 

You travel sometimes, but you also have a home base like an office, storefront or even industrial factory space. Long workdays in diverse settings call for an extended battery life, and your constant multitasking means your machine can't be light in the processing department either. Meet the Lenovo ThinkPad T470, our top choice for best all-around work laptop. An updated version of the T460, the T470 boasts an incredible battery life of more than 17 hours (when you include the optional six-cell unit). Business-class features such as the biometric fingerprint unlock and ultra-responsive comfort keyboard round out the T470 and make it a pleasure to work on. 

Read an in-depth review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

If you feel at home on the road, chances are laptop portability, internet connectivity and battery life are all important to you. You need a high-powered machine with a low profile, security is a concern due to international travel, and you hate getting caught without internet access. Enter the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, a slim and stylish Ultrabook that's ideal for business owners who are constantly on the go.  Designed to take a beating, the X1 Carbon can stand up to even the most enthusiastic baggage handler, and the worldwide warranty (valid in 160 countries) takes some worry out of traveling with it. The X1 Carbon can even be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE, a fantastic add-on that makes it possible to jump online even if you're nowhere near a Wi-Fi hotspot. The only downside to the X1 Carbon is the price tag, but sometimes first class is worth it. 

Read an in-depth review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Lenovo Yoga 910

When you're running a small operation, sometimes it's not pragmatic to have a separate home and work computer. If you want to use the same machine for filing invoices as you do for binge-streaming your favorite shows, the Yoga 910 from Lenovo is a great choice. Some 2-in-1 laptops are a good fit for small business owners who want the flexibility to seamlessly switch between a tent-style setup, a classic workstation setup and a touch-controlled tablet. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is our favorite 2-in-1 from Lenovo, and if you appreciate a gorgeous display and a powerful processor (Intel Core i7), it might just be the machine you've been looking for. The Yoga 910 starts at a reasonable $1,049.99 and can easily be customized to meet your exact specifications. 

Read an in-depth review of the Lenovo Yoga 910 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Lenovo ThinkPad T560

 

 If battery life is your chief concern, this is your laptop. The ThinkPad T560 lasted longer on our battery-life test than any other laptop we've ever tested. Plus, you get fast performance and a really comfortable keyboard. Commuters might want to look elsewhere, though, since competing 15-inch notebooks are more portable.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 13

This might be the perfect productivity companion for budget-minded business users. The ThinkPad 13 is a steal, giving you a best-in-class keyboard, a crisp 13-inch display and long battery life. Plus, it has better durability and security credentials (thanks to built-in hardware encryption) than any other laptop in its price range.

For the price, Lenovo's ThinkPad 13 is a nearly perfect productivity companion for small business owners. It offers a best-in-class-keyboard, long battery life, and better security and durability credentials than you'll find on most other systems in its price range. A sharp 13-inch display and a lightweight design don't hurt, either.

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Every laptop on this list has been fully reviewed on this site. We use precise, repeatable testing procedures to evaluate products, so we can help our readers make informed buying decisions. Our methods include industry-standard synthetic benchmark tests, including the Geekbench 3 performance test and the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test. We also use a variety of in-house tests to assess each laptop's battery life, file-transfer speed and more.

For more information on how we evaluate laptops, check out our testing guide.

You'll find similar durability, security and manageability features across all of Lenovo's business-class laptops. Here's an overview of what to expect from the brand.

Security

You'll find a variety of security features on ThinkPad laptops. Here's a breakdown.

  • Encryption: Every ThinkPad is outfitted with a Trusted Platform Module, which enables hardware-based encryption.
  • Biometric security: Many models support biometric authentication, which lets you unlock your laptop using your own body (fingerprint or facial recognition).
  • Lock slot: A special lock slot, called a Kensington lock, is available on ThinkPads. The slot lets you thwart thieves by physically chaining your system to your desk with a cable.

Manageability

Many of Lenovo's business laptops offer special manageability tools.

  • vPro: Many ThinkPad models come with secure management capabilities enabled by vPro technology. This management platform is baked into higher-end Intel processors, providing access to notebooks at the hardware level. From there, it's possible to run group policy and even software updates, even after a system has been powered down. That functionality can also help you locate, lock or wipe a lost or stolen laptop.
  • BIOS management: You get Lenovo's custom BIOS Windows Management Instrumentation on all ThinkPad laptops. The tool makes it simple to manage BIOS settings including passwords, boot order and hardware settings.

Durability

ThinkPad laptops come with tough designs.

  • MIL-SPEC: Most ThinkPads meet MIL-SPEC durability standards, which means they're tested to withstand dings, pressure, extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and vibrations.
  • Spill resistance: A spill-resistant keyboard is available on some ThinkPad models. The feature can safely route small amounts of liquid away from the laptop's circuitry to avoid permanent damage.

Reliability

Lenovo provides a range of services to ensure the reliability of your company's ThinkPad PCs.

  • Warranties: ThinkPads come with a one-year depot warranty that's good for repairs. This warranty includes free shipping as a bonus. Additionally, extended warranties (for up to five years) are available.
  • On-site servicing: Lenovo's on-site servicing options include laptop configuration and customization, transferal of data and user settings to new devices, and physical system deployment and removal.
  • Tech support: If you sign up for Lenovo's Priority Technical Support plan, you get quick access to a variety of support options. That includes priority routing to customer service technicians on the phone, support for third-party software, and escalation management for large or complex issues.

Add-ons and accessories

A few key add-ons can give your ThinkPad a boost.

  • Docking: Lenovo sells several docking stations that will add extra ports when you're at your desk. The low end includes the pluggable OneLink dock. Additionally, snap-on 90W docking stations (which let you dock your laptop just by setting it down) are available for about twice the price.
  • Extended batteries: If you're not satisfied with your ThinkPad's battery, you can pick up an extended battery for a range of models. Some ThinkPads also come with PowerBridge functionality, which has a secondary internal battery, so you can hot swap your dead main battery for a freshly charged one.

Software

Most ThinkPad laptops come with a variety of software preloaded, including some utilities and a bit of bloatware.

  • Operating system: You can opt for either Windows 7 Professional or Windows 10 at checkout on the majority of ThinkPad laptops.
  • Utilities: Most ThinkPads also ship with some Lenovo utilities that vary in usefulness. The Lenovo Companion app, for example, makes it easier to access Lenovo support and run hardware scans. Then there's the Lenovo Settings app that lets you quickly adjust wireless, battery and display settings.
  • Bloatware: You also usually get a bunch of unwanted apps (often called "bloatware") on Lenovo laptops. Typical bloatware includes games such as Candy Crush and social media apps like Twitter.

Design

ThinkPads are secure and reliable, and come with seriously comfortable keyboards, but they're not known for their memorable designs. Most have a boxy, matte-black shell without many design flourishes. A design that doesn't draw attention to itself isn't necessarily a bad thing in a work laptop, though.

 

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.