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Best Lenovo Laptops for Business 2018

Best Lenovo Laptops for Business 2018

Editor’s Note: Lenovo and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a recall of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, listed here as one of our top picks. The recall affects 78,000 laptops, made between December 2016 and October 2017. It was prompted because the X1 Carbon could pose a fire hazard, although no reports of fire have been reported yet. Check Lenovo's website to find out if your laptop is affected. 

Lenovo's business laptops are world-class, with strong build quality, solid security and extensive manageability options. The company was named the best laptop brand by our sister site Laptop Mag, for the second year in a row. The rating comes in part from the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon, which was the only laptop in the last year to earn itself a perfect 5-star review. 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 for 2018. Below that, you'll find advice of a more general variety about shopping for a Lenovo laptop.

Best Lenovo Laptop Overall
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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
Best Value
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  • Price
    $149.99
  • CPU
    Intel Celeron N3350
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    11.6 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    7:43
Best 2-in-1
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  • Price
    Starts at $1,299
  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-8550U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.9 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    12:22
Best UltraBook
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  • Price
    $1,789
  • CPU
    3.1GHz i5-7200U
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    14-inch, 1920 x 1080
  • Battery Life Tested
    11:01

Once again, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 tops our list for Lenovo business users. The extended battery life (more than 17 hours, with the optional six-cell unit) is perfect for frequent travelers, as is the durable chassis, which was designed to pass extreme durability tests involving shocks, vibrations, drops, bumps and even extreme temperatures. Additionally, the best-in-class keyboard is comfortable enough for heavy use, and the starting price of $881 is SMB-friendly.

The only downside to this all-around great machine is, as with many business laptops, the unimpressive resolution (1366 x 768 pixels). If you opt for this laptop we recommend upgrading to an FHD display (1920 x 1080 pixels).

Read a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

 

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 120S offers budget conscious business users decent processing power and a reliable battery life. While this machine's Intel Celeron processor can't compete with higher end Lenovo laptops, the $149 starting price makes it worthy of consideration.

The understated chassis on this inexpensive Lenovo doesn't betray the price tag. In fact, the overall feel of this machine is more mid-range than bargain basement. Business users will especially appreciate Lenovo's inclusion of a microSD slot and three USB ports, including a USB Type-C. Plus, the modest weight (2.53 pounds) makes the IdeaPad 120S a viable choice for desk workers and travelers alike. If the 11.6-inch model feels a bit too small for comfortable all-day typing sessions, the 14.1-inch version may be purchased for a reasonable $279 starting price.

Read a full review of the Lenovo IdeaPad 120S on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

 

 

 

The Yoga 920 is Lenovo's best 2-in-1, and while it may not have been built with business-users specifically in mind, it's a versatile option for workers who want a machine that can do it all. The eighth generation Intel Core i7 processor is speedy enough for running simultaneous cloud applications and the array of ports (including 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB 3.0 and a headphone jack) is impressive for a laptop this slim. The bright display has better resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) than most work-worthy machines, which makes this 2-in-1 ideal for work and play. The only real downside to this laptop is the keyboard, which is a bit shallow, but for many users, the flexibility, versatility and optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 ($69.99) make up for the lackluster keyboard depth.

Read a full review of the Lenovo Yoga 920 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

 

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If you require more power and typing comfort than a typical 2-in-1 machine can provide, and you want a Lenovo, the fifth generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is an excellent choice. This ultrabook is a slim, lightweight laptop that's built for business users who need portability and functionality in a tidy package. It sports the signature Lenovo business chassis, but unlike other laptops on this list it weighs in at an incredibly light 2.49 pounds and measures just 0.62 inches thick. Under the hood you'll find an eighth generation, quad core CPU (the entry level model comes with an i5, but it can be upgraded to an i7), and 8GB onboard RAM.

The real value of this laptop is in the upgradable customization options, but small business owners should be aware that such upgrades are not cheap. The entry level model of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1,789, and if you upgrade to an Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, and a higher resolution screen (2560 x 1440) you'll pay around $2,269.

Read a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com 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.