Best Lenovo Laptop 2023: All our top picks

Lenovo is well known for its vast range of laptops, but with so many options to choose from it can be quite a tall order to find the one that’s right for you. Thankfully, we’re here to help.

Our team of experts have reviewed countless laptops over the years, ranging from premium content creation devices all the way to budget laptops built for students and office work. In and amongst those choices are a wide array of Lenovo devices and we’re here to show you our favourite offerings. 

We know that not every laptop will work for everyone, which is why we’ve ensured to include as much variety in this list as possible. We’ve got Chromebooks, lightweight laptops and two-in-one devices featured here, so you shouldn’t have to worry about finding a device that best fits your needs and budget.

In the same vein as every laptop we review, these Lenovo devices have been put through rigorous testing for at least two weeks. We use industry-standard benchmarks like Geekbench and PCMark 10 to test performance and a colourimeter to see how the screen stacks up. This is all complemented by anecdotal evidence from our experience using each laptop during day-to-day work. 

We’re also keen to focus on the aspects of a laptop that you will care about most. We check if it’s usable for any Netflix binging sessions you want to dive into, whether the processor handles productivity tasks well and if the battery life can get you through the day. 

If you’re willing to broaden your scope, you can also check out other brands in our Best Huawei Laptop, Best Dell Laptop, Best Acer Laptop and Best Asus Laptop lists. We also cover more general use cases such as Best Laptop, Best Gaming Laptop, Best Ultrabook, Best Student Laptop and Best Budget Laptop. Don’t fret if this list doesn’t have anything that catches your eye, as we will be sure to update it whenever a new Lenovo laptop impresses us, so make sure you keep an eye out for what’s to come.

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Every laptop we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, performance, screen quality and battery life. 

These include formal synthetic benchmarks and scripted tests, plus a series of real world checks, such as how well it runs the most frequently used apps. 

We also make sure to use every laptop we review as our primary device for at least a week to ensure our review is as accurate as possible.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro

Best all-round Lenovo laptop

Pros

  • High-res 16:10 aspect screen
  • Good build quality, stylish design
  • Glass touchpad

Cons

  • Battery life doesn’t match that of AMD laptops

If you’re looking for an immense all-round portable, then the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro is the best Lenovo laptop that money can buy. We found it to excel when it came to build quality with little to no flex with its aluminium casing, and at 1.39kg, remains rather portable, as well as being strong, which makes it a marvellous choice for students looking for an all-conquering ultrabook-style offering.

The display on the Yoga Slim 7i Pro is also something to behold, with a 14-inch screen, complete with a taller 16:10 aspect ratio, that we found in testing to have a brightness of 388 nits. This meant that colours looked pretty rich for an LCD panel, and in the real world, will be plenty vibrant enough for indoor and indeed outdoor usage.

Inside, the 11th gen Intel Core i7 chips provided some brilliant performance in testing, with its benchmark figures coming close to that of the Dell XPS 13. If you want to use the Yoga Slim 7i Pro in pro-grade apps such as Photoshop, it should work a treat, with its integrated Iris Xe graphics also helping to give you moderate performance in games, albeit at a downscaled resolution. 

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro has even been approved by the Intel Evo initiative, which means the laptop meets Intel’s strict criteria to be labelled as one of the best Intel-powered laptops on the market. The battery life on offer here we found will get you through a working day with a little bit of juice to spare, even if the 19-hour figure Lenovo quotes is a little optimistic. 

All in all, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro is a great all-round Lenovo laptop with a superb construction, complete with a good 16:10 display with admirable performance from its Intel combo of CPU and integrated graphics. 

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro review

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Best Lenovo Chromebook

Pros

  • Very affordable price
  • Bundled keyboard offers versatility
  • Superb screen for video content
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Lack of headphone jack
  • Poor speaker quality
  • Keyboard is uncomfortably small

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has been a mainstay on our list of the best Chromebooks for a good while now, and it’s for good reason, given it offers arguably one of the most accessible and convenient computing experiences money can buy.

We found it to be extremely portable, weighing in at just 450g, making it a great choice for those on the go. This is quite the versatile device too, given you can use it as either a touchscreen device, or a more traditional laptop with the keyboard cover.

Its 10-inch touchscreen features some great colours, which we found to be great for day-to-day usage, whether you’re enjoying episodes of Rick and Morty or BoJack Horseman, or even some cloud gaming with the likes of The Witcher 3. It struggled a little with darker scenes during testing, but on the whole, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet’s display performed admirably.

The MediaTek Helio P60T octa-core processor, also served up a nippy performance for web browsing during our tests, even if its benchmark scores may not indicate otherwise. ChromeOS is a great operating system for those who need a system to do the basics well, and we found the Lenovo Chromebook Duet worked pretty well for just that.

In testing the Chromebook Duet for a day’s work, and in running our battery benchmark, we found its battery life to be stellar, with a total of 13 or so hours before it eventually conked out. This puts it in the upper frame of Chromebooks.

Make no bones about it, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a brilliant Chromebook, especially if you’re after the convenience of a touchscreen and a tablet-style arrangement. If you want a more traditional laptop-based Chromebook experience then we’d say to head for the likes of the Acer Chromebook 314 which offers comparable performance in a laptop-style chassis.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Lenovo Chromebook Duet review

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon

Best lightweight laptop

Pros

  • Very light at under 1kg
  • Decent 9-10 hour battery life
  • Practical, high-res matt screen

Cons

  • Maximum display brightness is not stellar
  • Lower performance than similarly specced laptops
  • Short-travel keyboard doesn’t offer comfortable typing

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is one of the very best Lenovo laptop options, especially if you have been hunting for something lightweight that will be very portable.

It weighs under 1kg and is comprised of both carbon fibre and a magnesium alloy, which we found to be incredibly sturdy with no real flex on the chassis to speak of. Lenovo’s own testing has also found the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon to be properly military-grade too, thanks to nine tests that include a 76cm drop.

Its matte-finished display looks great, as we found during testing where our trusty colourimeter measured a 99.8% sRGB colour space coverage and 84.5% of DCI-P3. In the real world, this translated to sharp colours, which is also helped along by the 2560×1660 panel and its taller 16:10 aspect ratio that we found to be marvellous for modern workflows.

The Yoga Slim 7i Carbon’s internals also means it represents immense value for money compared to the likes of the Surface Laptop 4. We found Lenovo’s ultrabook to offer superb performance, powering through productivity tasks, but do note its slimline chassis did lead to some processor throttling and fan noise. This suggests that while you could use this laptop for more intense tasks, it may not be the best option. For that, you may want to spend a little bit more and go for an M1 MacBook Air, that has no fan noise under load, given there isn’t one inside.

As for battery life, we found the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon lasted around ten hours during testing, making it a good all-round choice for day-to-day working. Even when we cracked the brightness to maximum, it only lost 17% charge in around 90 minutes, meaning you could use this comfortably for just shy of nine hours before it conks out.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon review

Lenovo Yoga 6

Best 2-in-1 laptop

Pros

  • Decent keyboard with more travel than many
  • Long battery life
  • Good CPU performance

Cons

  • Intel laptops are better for gaming
  • Plastic lower shell
  • Screen isn’t particularly bright
  • Zero-bass speakers

For those after a 2-in-1 offering, the Lenovo Yoga 6 should certainly serve you well. It features a 360-degree screen hinge, and we found it to be sturdy with no unnecessary wobbling. In addition, its fabric and plastic construction looks great. 

The 13.3-inch FHD display looks to offer some brilliant contrast. It isn’t the brightest screen, so you may be better off using it indoors. Bezels here look to be nice and thin around the edges, which helps along with the Yoga 6’s modern aesthetics, and at 1.3kg, this isn’t too heavy of a laptop. We found that this made it nicely portable, lending this to also be one of the best student laptops too.

Inside, the Yoga 6 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor, which offers up some smashing performance, especially in multi-core areas, offering up better benchmark results than more expensive ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13 OLED. Its integrated graphics will offer you some okay gaming performance, although if gaming is a top priority, then a certified best gaming laptop will serve you better.

When it comes to battery life, the Yoga 6 excels with 14 hours measured in the benchmarks, putting this up there with the very best, and even beating off more premium ultrabooks in the process. It rivals Chromebooks such as the Acer Chromebook Spin 713’s runtime, although this Lenovo laptop has the added functionality of being a Windows laptop with more power behind it.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Lenovo Yoga 6 review

Lenovo Legion 5 (Advantage Edition)

Best gaming laptop

Pros

  • Marvellously powerful
  • Sleek and suave looks
  • Immense port selection
  • Superb battery life for gaming laptop

Cons

  • FHD display is a little lacklustre
  • Heavy design
  • A little noisy

If you’re after an affordable gaming laptop that still packs a pretty good punch, the Lenovo Legion 5 (Advantage Edition) is a decent choice.

Inside, it packs an all-AMD core, which helps it along to some good performance in games. During testing, we found that on the highest settings you can expect to get around 60fps in the latest AAA titles, with older, or more casual games expected to be significantly higher. The likes of Dirt Rally for instance touched the 120fps mark, which is very impressive. 

Its looks are pleasing too, with the Legion 5 (Advantage Edition) featuring more of a muted aesthetic akin to more premium gaming ultrabooks such as the Razer Blade 14 rather than all-out gaming behemoths. Being a larger laptop at 2.4kg in weight though does mean this has a great port selection, including a handful of USB-As and USB-Cs, as well as Ethernet and HDMI. In testing, we found this to be more than enough for a day’s work, with the HDMI and Ethernet proving to be especially useful.

The Legion 5 (Advantage Edition)’s display is a large 15.6-inch panel that gives you good screen real estate for working and gaming alike. We found it to offer good colours, and 300-nits of brightness ensured nothing looked washed out. A 165Hz refresh rate was handy for gaming given the smooth outputs it offered. Do note though this is only a 1080p panel, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, some of the competition offers higher resolutions such as the HP Omen 16 (2021) with its 2K panel.

The battery life on offer here isn’t bad, with it lasting for around eight hours during office duties, and just under three hours when being used for gaming, running at full brightness. Its office-based benchmarks mean this is a pretty good all-rounder, although for games, you may want to use it plugged in, as is the case with the majority of gaming laptops out there.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Lenovo Legion 5 (Advantage Edition) review

FAQs

Is Dell better or Lenovo laptop?

It really depends on the laptop, although the Dell XPS 13 OLED is currently ranked as our favourite laptop.

Is Lenovo a Chinese company?

Yes, Lenovo is a Chinese company.

Which Lenovo model laptop is best?

It depends on what kind of laptop you’re after. IdeaPad are great budget options, Yoga models have 2-in-1 convertible hinges, while Legion is the name of the gaming laptop range.

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