Best Lenovo laptops 2023: Best overall, best battery life, and more (2024)


From Chromebooks to convertibles, we've got the best Lenovo laptops available today.

By Sam Singleton and Ashley Biancuzzo

PCWorldMay 10, 2023 9:00 am PDT

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Whether you’re looking for powerful hardware or an awesome keyboard, Lenovo laptops are highly rated and extremely reliable. At PCWorld, we’ve been personally using and testing Lenovo laptops for years, from ThinkPads to Yogas and everything in between.

In a crowded field, there’s one laptop that really stands out from the rest—the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon Gen 9. It earns our top spot because of its large display, excellent keyboard, and surprisingly quiet operation. But Lenovo has plenty of other noteworthy models to meet a variety of personal and professional needs.

Read on to learn more about our recommendations for the best Lenovo laptops, and be sure to visit our guide to the best laptops overall if you want to see our picks across all laptop makers.

Updated 05/01/2023: To include the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 as our choice for best 2-in-1 Lenovo laptop. Read our summary below for more info on this great convertible.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 – Best Lenovo laptop overall

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  • Roomy 16:10 display
  • Thin and light yet rugged
  • Stellar keyboard
  • Quiet operation
  • Booming audio
  • Two Thunderbolt 4 ports


  • Webcam limited to 720p
  • Display color is a bit cool

ThinkPads are generally hailed as being awesome business laptops because of their comfortable keyboards and silent operation. With its quiet keyboard, security features, and booming audio, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is one such laptop. It’s packing a quad-core Core i7-1185G7, 16GB of RAM, and integrated Iris Xe graphics. That means it’s well-equipped to handle “Office and other productivity apps” and “a variety of multitasking scenarios.” The real star of the show is the 16:10 display, though, as it gives you plenty of room to work with. If you consider yourself a business professional, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 review

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 – Best 2-in-1 Lenovo laptop

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  • Attractive, thin design
  • Excellent OLED display
  • All USB-C ports support display, power
  • Touchscreen with bundled active pen


  • Underwhelming graphics performance
  • Only one USB-A port
  • More expensive than 2022 model

Best Prices Today:$1399.99 at Best Buy

The Lenovo Yoga laptops have always been top-tier performers, but the latest Gen 8 version is truly something to behold. Lenovo’s new Yoga 9i not only remains a great 2-in-1, but manages to surpass the high bar set by previous versions. It comes with some great performance under the hood, too, with a 13th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. All of this is neatly fit into a sleekly designed svelte laptop just over half an inch thick and weighing about 3 pounds. There are some great extras too, such as the 1080p webcam and a—insert chef’s kiss—2880x1880p OLED touchscreen display.

It’s a bit more expensive than previous Yoga versions, but the great performance and features make it good value for the money. For anyone looking to purchase a 2-in-1, the Yoga 9i should be at the top of their list.

Read our full Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 20UN000EUS – Most portable Lenovo laptop

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  • Perfect balance of performance and battery life
  • Premium keyboard
  • Facial recognition and presence detection
  • Weighs less than 2 pounds


  • Only two ports (Thunderbolt 4, at least)
  • No touchscreen on this particular SKU

If you’re looking for all-day battery life, you’ve come to the right place. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano lasted about sixteen hours during our battery test, in which we looped 4K video. That’s pretty impressive for a 48-Watt-hour battery. And, weighing just shy of two pounds, the Nano is also shockingly lightweight. In our review, the tester “loved toting it around” from room to room. If you’re looking for a portable laptop with fantastic battery life, the Nano is a great option.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 20UN000EUS review

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming – Best Lenovo Chromebook for gaming

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  • Large, bright 2560×1600 display
  • Ideal wireless and wired connectivity
  • Good display, strong speakers


  • Unimpressive design
  • Mediocre keyboard and touchpad
  • Lackluster webcam and microphone

Best Prices Today:€699 at Lenovo

It’s been a rough year for gaming Chromebooks, but Lenovo is keeping the hope alive with the IdeaPad 5 Gaming. It sports good performance with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also comes with a bright 16-inch 2560×1600 display and surprisingly good speakers—a rarity for any laptop.

You typically can’t play modern computer games on a Chromebook due to the games not being supported by ChromeOS. So you’ll likely need to do most, if not all, of your gaming through a cloud gaming service. But with a good internet connection, the IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook is more than capable of streaming games from the cloud at high resolutions and up to 120Hz. You’ll need to pay the monthly fee for a cloud gaming service to make it work, but once you do, this Lenovo Chromebook will have you gaming with the best of them.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming Chromebook review

Lenovo Slim 9i – Best display

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  • Beautifully designed and thin chassis
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Strong application and multimedia performance
  • Impressive audio output


  • High price
  • Merely average battery life
  • Limited ports require the inclusion of an adapter

The Lenovo Slim 9i brings a ton of great features, but its 4K OLED really stands out. It is one of the most impressive laptop displays we have ever seen and it’s on an ultraportable no less. The Slim 9i also packs some seriously strong performance with the latest Intel Core i7 processor, an ample 32GB of RAM, and a decently sized 1TB PCIe SSD. That is plenty to get just about anything you need done while on the go. Additionally, it has a few sneaky features that impressed our reviewer, such as a robust audio system and a 1080p webcam.

For all of these features however, you should expect to pay a premium, and the Lenovo Slim 9i is no exception. But if you have the money to afford it, you will be rewarded with not only a fantastic screen, but also great performance.

Read our full Lenovo Slim 9i (2022) review

Lenovo Flex 5G – Best battery life

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  • Blisteringly fast 5G data speeds
  • Bright FHD display
  • Incredibly long battery life
  • IR facial recognition and fingerprint reader


  • Middling productivity performance
  • Limited Verizon 5G coverage
  • No USB Type-A ports
  • Shallow keyboard

Best Prices Today:$1399.99 at Verizon

When it comes to the Lenovo Flex 5G laptop, there’s a lot to love. It has blazingly fast 5G data speeds, a bright FHD display, and super long battery life. What more can you ask for? When we put the Flex 5G through our battery test, which simulates real-world use, it lasted a whopping 27 hours. While that’s all well and good, the laptop weighs around three pounds, as it needs more space to house the massive 60 Watt-hour battery. That means it’s won’t weigh down your backpack, but it’s not the lightest ultraportable laptop around. The Arm-based Qualcomm Snapdragon processor also can run into some software compatibility problems with applications that don’t come from the Microsoft Store in Windows. That said, if you stick mostly to browser and Office-type work and prioritize all day battery life with on-the-go mobile connectivity, the Flex 5G is a great laptop.

Read our full Lenovo Flex 5G review

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2022) – Best connectivity

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  • Attractive, durable design
  • Pleasant keyboard and touchpad
  • Plenty of wired and wireless connectivity
  • Excellent game performance
  • Competitive pricing


  • Processor performance is midpack
  • Display is bright, but lacking in color performance
  • Speakers can sound muddy

Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro delivers impressive game performance with a 12th-gen Intel processor and an RTX 3070 Ti GPU. But where this laptop really shines is its astounding array of ports. It somehow finds room for a Thunderbolt 4/USB-C 4 port, two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, an ethernet port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The display does have a rather flat color profile, which means it can oftentimes lack vividness and contrast. However, with the terrific price-to-performance and outstanding connectivity features, the Legion 5 Pro makes for a great option.

Read our full Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2022) review

Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X – Best Lenovo ultraportable for gaming

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  • Attractive, robust design
  • Thin profile, low weight
  • Enjoyable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent processor performance


  • No Thunderbolt 4, Ethernet, or dedicated video-out
  • Display is sharp, but falls behind OLED alternatives
  • Battery life is slightly behind the pack

The Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X provides excellent portable performance at an alluring price. It comes with a Ryzen 6900HS, RTX 3050, an ample 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. Given these specs you will find it hits a sweet spot, especially for prosumers who want the best of both worlds with a do-it-all laptop for productivity and light gaming.

It does have a few flaws such as rather weak connectivity with no Thunderbolt 4, ethernet, or a dedicated video-out port. Its screen, while fine for the average user, also doesn’t compare to the other options from Lenovo that have OLED displays. But ultimately, these issues are minor and can be overlooked given the impressive overall performance and flexibility of the Slim 7 Pro X.

Read our full Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X review

How we tested

The PCWorld team puts each and every Windows laptop through a series of benchmarks that test GPU and CPU performance, battery life, and so on. The idea is to push the laptop to its limits and then compare it against others we’ve tested. Chromebooks, on the other hand, go through a series of web-based tests. It wouldn’t be fair or possible to run the same kinds of tests on a Chromebook, as they’re Chrome OS-based machines. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of each test and the reasons why we run them.

Windows laptops

  • PCMark 10: PCMark 10 is how we determine how well the laptop handles lighter tasks like web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, and so on.
  • HandBrake: HandBrake is more intensive than PCMark 10. It basically measures how long a laptop’s CPU takes to encode a beefy 30GB file.
  • Cinebench: Cinebench is a brief stress test of the CPU cores. It does this by rendering a 2D scene over a short period of time.
  • 3DMark: 3DMark checks if 3D performance remains consistent over time by running graphic-intensive clips.
  • Video rundown test: To gauge battery life, we loop a 4K video using Windows 10’s Movies & TV app until the laptop dies.


  • CrXPRT 2: The CrXPRT 2 benchmark tests a Chromebook’s battery life.
  • Speedometer 2.0: This test determines a Chromebook’s web browser performance. It simulates this by adding, completing, and removing a to-do list.
  • Basemark Web 3.0: This benchmark gauges how well a Chromebook can handle web-based applications.
  • Kraken 1.1: Kraken 1.1 is a JavaScript performance benchmark.
  • Jetstream 2: Jetstream 2 is a combination of WebAssembly and JavaScript benchmarks. This is a way to gauge how well a Chromebook runs advanced workloads.

What kind of laptop should you get?

Ah, here we are at the billion dollar question. Do you spring for a basic Chromebook or go for a Windows laptop with more features? Well, it really depends on your personal lifestyle and what you plan on using your laptop for. For example, Chromebooks are a great low cost option for those who just want the basics. I use a Chromebook as my primary work laptop, as it has everything I need for both editing and writing. If you travel a bunch for work, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a laptop with solid battery life. If you’re still unsure, don’t sweat it. I’ve put together a list of quick tips below.

  • Laptop type: The first question you should ask yourself is what kind of laptop you’re looking for. There’s traditional clamshells, 2-in-1’s, Chromebooks, and much more. The displays on convertible laptops (aka 2-in-1’s), for example, can swing around 360 degrees. This allows you to use the laptop like a tablet. They can also be propped up like a tent for viewing movies or participating in video calls. Chromebooks, on the other hand, exclusively run Google’s web-focused Chrome OS and are generally used for everyday tasks. All you need is a Gmail account and boom, you’re in. There are pros and cons to each of them. Chromebooks are affordable and generally have good battery life whereas convertibles are normally lightweight and portable.
  • CPU: If it’s CPU power you’re looking for, look for processors with higher numerical names. A Core i7 is more suited to gaming and more intense work than everyday tasks. Intel processors are available in Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. The higher the number, the more powerful the CPU. If you don’t need a ton of power, Intel Core i5 processors are your best bet, as they offer good performance at a decent price. Basic office and web work gets along just fine on a Core i3. As for AMD options, the Ryzen 3 is good for basic productivity and web browsing, while Ryzen 5 chips rival Intel’s Core i5 as solid all-arounders. If you need more power, the Ryzen 7 chip is well suited for content creation like video editing. Finally, if you’re dealing with 4K video, spring for a Ryzen 9.
  • Graphics: You’ll want a discrete graphics card for hardcore gaming or editing videos. It’s separate from the processor, so you can expect higher performance out of it. Integrated graphics, on the other hand, are attached to the CPU and uses less power as a result. This is perfectly fine for everyday tasks, especially if you’re not doing anything that’s graphics-intensive.
  • RAM: 8GB of RAM is zippy enough for general use. If you’ve got a gaming laptop, 16GB of RAM is the way to go, and content creators will want even more.
  • Display size: If you’re a video editor or someone who does a lot of multimedia work, you’ll want a display that’s anywhere from 15- to 17-inches. The sweet spot is really anywhere from 13- to 14-inches, though. The bigger the display, the heavier your laptop is going to be. A 13- or 14-inch display is the best in terms of portability and value.
  • Battery life: If you plan on taking your laptop anywhere with you, aim for something that can last 10 to 12 hours on a single charge. That’s more than a full work day, so it should theoretically get you through long flights or a day of classes. Obviously, more is always better. Just know that the bigger the battery, the heavier the laptop. Read our round-up of the best laptop chargers.
  • Price: The price really depends on your budget. If you’re strapped for cash (been there, trust me), go for a Chromebook or an entry-level business laptop. These laptops are good choices for students or young professionals. If you can afford to spend more, the versatility of a 2-in-1 laptop is really worth it.
  • Ports: A wide array of ports is always a plus in my book, as it eliminates the need for an adapter. I’d recommend a laptop that has both USB-C and USB-A. An HDMI port is good, too. This is especially useful for when you want to hook up to an external monitor.



Can you also game on a Lenovo laptop?

It mainly depends on the type of GPU your Lenovo laptop comes equipped with. Typically, Lenovo laptops are aimed more for the professional business and work crowd, so they don’t tend to focus on GPU performance. They favor productivity operations and therefore focus on optimizing CPU performance, durability, and versatility of use in their design.

Most likely, your Lenovo laptop will come equipped with some form of integrated graphics rather than the more robust discrete graphics needed for gaming. This doesn’t mean you can’t do some gaming on them, but it isn’t their intended use and if gaming is a priority, it might be best to look elsewhere.


Can integrated graphics be used for gaming?

Yes, some of the latest processors with integrated graphics can run modern PC games at decent settings. For example, Intel’s latest Iris Xe line of processors with integrated graphics have been shown to run some of the latest games at 1080p and 30 fps. Luckily, it seems that Lenovo favors the Iris Xe, and we have seen many new models come equipped with these new line of integrated graphics. Be careful, however, as not all integrated graphics are up to the task.

Intel—and even AMD’s—integrated graphics have made huge leaps in recent years with regard to gaming performance. So, if you’re in the market for a new Lenovo and you want to do some gaming on the side, with the latest integrated graphics you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. We recommend checking out Intel’s Core 12th-gen Iris Xe or AMD’s brand new Ryzen 6000 RDNA 2.


What size laptop is best?

This is really personal preference. If you intend to travel a lot with your Lenovo laptop then a smaller, more portable size in the neighborhood of 13 to 14 inches is recommended. If you want to also watch movies or need a large touchscreen on a Lenovo laptop, then you should look for something in the 15 to 17 inch range. Also, keep in mind the weight of the laptop before you buy it. Ultra thin models or 2-in-1s can weigh a featherlight 2 pounds while durable high-processing machines top the scales at three or four times that.

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Lenovo Laptops

Lenovo is a well-known brand that offers a wide range of laptops, including Chromebooks, convertibles, and traditional clamshell laptops. Lenovo laptops are highly rated for their reliability and performance. Some popular models mentioned in the article include the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon Gen 9, Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming, Lenovo Slim 9i, Lenovo Flex 5G, Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, and Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is considered the best Lenovo laptop overall. It features a roomy 16:10 display, a thin and light yet rugged design, a stellar keyboard, and quiet operation. It is equipped with a quad-core Core i7-1185G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and integrated Iris Xe graphics. The laptop is well-suited for business professionals due to its security features and excellent performance.

Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8

The Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 is considered the best 2-in-1 Lenovo laptop. It features an attractive, thin design and an excellent OLED display. The laptop is powered by a 13th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. It offers great performance and is suitable for both productivity tasks and light gaming.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 20UN000EUS

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano 20UN000EUS is highlighted as the most portable Lenovo laptop. It offers a perfect balance of performance and battery life. The laptop weighs less than 2 pounds and features a premium keyboard, facial recognition, and presence detection. It is known for its impressive battery life, lasting about sixteen hours during a battery test. It is a great option for those seeking a portable laptop with long battery life.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming

The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Gaming is mentioned as the best Lenovo Chromebook for gaming. It features a large, bright 2560x1600 display and offers ideal wireless and wired connectivity. The laptop is equipped with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It is capable of streaming games from cloud gaming services at high resolutions and up to 120Hz.

Lenovo Slim 9i

The Lenovo Slim 9i is highlighted for having the best display. It features a beautifully designed and thin chassis and a gorgeous 4K OLED display. The laptop offers strong application and multimedia performance, impressive audio output, and a robust audio system. It is powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. The Slim 9i is known for its premium features, but it comes at a high price.

Lenovo Flex 5G

The Lenovo Flex 5G is recognized for having the best battery life. It offers blisteringly fast 5G data speeds, a bright FHD display, and incredibly long battery life. The laptop lasts around 27 hours during a battery test and features IR facial recognition and a fingerprint reader. It is a great option for those who prioritize all-day battery life and on-the-go mobile connectivity.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2022)

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2022) is highlighted for its connectivity features. It features an attractive and durable design, a pleasant keyboard and touchpad, and plenty of wired and wireless connectivity options. The laptop delivers excellent game performance with a 12th-gen Intel processor and an RTX 3070 Ti GPU. It stands out for its impressive array of ports, including Thunderbolt 4/USB-C 4, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, USB-A, HDMI 2.1, ethernet, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X

The Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X is recognized as the best Lenovo ultraportable for gaming. It features an attractive and robust design, a thin profile, and low weight. The laptop offers an enjoyable keyboard and touchpad and excellent processor performance. It is equipped with a Ryzen 6900HS, RTX 3050, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The Slim 7 Pro X is a versatile laptop suitable for productivity tasks and light gaming.

These are the main concepts discussed in the article about the best Lenovo laptops. If you have any specific questions or need more information about a particular laptop model, feel free to ask!

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