Best Lenovo notebooks

Lenovo’s notebooks have long been praised for their high-quality keyboards and durability, but the brand has a lot more going for it than that. The company ranked second in our annual Best and Worst Notebook Brands report, thanks in large part to the company’s sheer innovation. This year we’ve been particularly impressed with the IdeaPad Yoga, whose screen can flip around 360 degrees, and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which is fantastically thin and light given its 14-inch display.

These are our picks for the very best Lenovo laptops.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (starting at $1,249) is the best business Ultrabook, boasting a 3-pound design that offers long LENOVO FRU 92P1182 Laptop Battery life and a bright 14-inch screen with a high resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Add in a shockingly fast charging time, silky smooth touchpad, comfy keyboard and high-quality webcam, and you have a road warriors’ dream machine. Want a touch screen for Windows 8? You can get it for $250 more.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

The Yoga is as flexible as it name. You can fold this Ultrabook into a variety of positions, from laptop and tablet to tent and stand modes. Earning 4 stars and an Editors’ Choice award, the $999 IdeaPad Yoga flaunts a sharp, colorful display, solid performance and graphics, and a comfortable keyboard and touchpad. Plus, this machine offers better Hp Presario cq45 Battery Life than other Windows 8 convertibles.

Lenovo ThinkPad X230

The marathon runner of business notebooks, the ThinkPad X230 (starting at $806) lasts more than 20 hours if you equip it with both the 9-cell battery and sheet battery. With the 9-cell battery alone you’ll get just over 12 hours of unplugged computing time. The X230 shines in other ways, pairing a new backlit keyboard with a fast third-generation Core processor and surprisingly good audio. We’re not fans of the short palm rest, but otherwise the X230 is a winner.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

Although it doesn’t look like much, the 15-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 delivers fast performance and plenty of graphical oomph for gamers along with a mesmerizing 1080p display. It starts at $1,039, and comes loaded with an Ivy Bridge processor and Nvidia GTX graphics. We also liked this notebook’s comfortable well-lit keyboard, good battery life and loud, rich audio, earning the Y580 4 stars.

Lenovo IdeaPad U410

This handsome 14-inch Ultrabook comes with a brilliant red aluminum chassis that starts at $743 and combines a Core i5 processor with discrete Nvidia graphics. You also get Lenovo’s AccuType keyboard and Dolby-powered stereo speakers. Although the display is dimmer than some competitors, the U410 runs cool and offers longer battery life than many competing Ultrabooks.
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