Lenovo creates a lot of machines, but few of them are more well known that their Thinkpad line. The laptops, which come in various forms, are some of the most useful and interesting models out on today's market.
If you're looking for a new device for work or relaxation, there are plenty of options available to you in the Thinkpad line, and they all range in performance and price.
The following sections will go over three of the best ones to show what makes the Lenovo Thinkpad so special.
- Processor: Intel i7-8650U Quad Core Processor (8MB SmartCache, 1.9-4.2GHz) 15W
- RAM: 16GB DDR3 2133MHz | Hard Drive: 1TB NVMe Solid State Drive
- Graphics Card: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | Display: 14" QHD IPS Display (2560 x 1440)
Each Lenovo Thinkpad has different specialties. The first in this guide, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon, is a business machine built with relaxation in mind.
This device, which is equipped with a sleek design, strong battery life, and 8th generation, quad-core CPU, excels on all fronts and brings you a user experience that few devices can match.
A Well-Packaged Design
The first thing to note about the X1 carbon is its sharp design. The laptop is one of the sleekest 14-inch laptops on the market.
Not only does it come with a soft-touch lid, but you get a soft touch deck as well. That makes gripping it easy and provides a comfortable place to rest your wrists as you type.
The laptop, despite its screen size, is also portable due to its slim dimensions (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches) and its easy-to-carry 2.5-pound weight. You can toss this in a bag or throw it in your backpack and not worry about it weighing you down.
Durable and Secure
Another great bonus of the X1 carbon is its durable shell and strong inner security. Laptops are pricey investments, and it always helps to buy one that helps protect that investment as much as possible.
This machine is created from a special blend of carbon fiber and magnesium. That special material makes it both light and tough enough to handle any potential accidents. This is one device that won't succumb to the bumps and scrapes that comes from daily life.
That dependability is further backed by excellent security.
The X1 Carbon is filled with numerous measures that help ensure your data stays safe and secure from any unwanted outsiders. The laptop supports dTPM encryption in addition to optional Intel vPro manageability.
It is also equipped with a Match-in-Sensor fingerprint reader that performs both storage and analysis on the same chip. That keeps everything in one place rather than sending it to other parts of the computer, which then makes it much harder to hack.
You can also purchase an optional infrared camera, which will enable you to use Windows Hello facial recognition.
However, even without that upgrade the standard webcam is equipped with Thinkshutter, a cover that helps you ensure your lens is closed and no can peer through it.
Everything in Stunning Color
Regardless of function, it always helps to get a computer that looks good. The X1 Carbon matches that with a great 1920 x 1080 touch screen panel that does not have a glossy cover over the glass.
That means the touch technology is in the same layer as the LED screen, making it much more responsive and accurate.
The colors also pop off this Lenovo Thinkpad's screen. This is an additional bonus that enhances the machine. Everything on it – from internet searches to movies to spreadsheets – looks good.
Easy to Operate
The X1 Carbon is a fantastic business laptop, but it is chock full of extra features that make using it a breeze.
Beyond the above attributes, it is also equipped with a great keyboard and comfortable touchpad.
The keyboard, as with all Lenovo Thinkpads, is excellent in terms of both feel and use. It has a great tactical feedback combined with a special touch deck that keeps your wrists relaxed during typing.
It also comes with Lenovo's standard red TrackPoint between the G and H keys. Though some people may prefer using a traditional mouse, this is a wonderful addition for those who want a bit more control.
- Intel i7-6500U (2C, 2.5 / 3.1GHz, 4MB, 1866MHz); 8GB Memory , 512GB SSD
- 14" WQHD (2560x1440) IPS w/ Intel HD Graphics 520
- Bluetooth 4.1, Thinkpad pen pro, fingerprint reader, 4-cell (52Wh), 3xUSB3.0, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Onelink+ connector
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga is a wonderful business Thinkpad, but it is not the only one in its line. The X1 Yoga is another amazing option for both the office and home.
This 2-in- notebook comes with a gorgeous 14-inch 2K HDR display, as well as a durable design that helps it both look and feel good through repeated use.
Take those features and combine them with the laptop's incredible performance and you get a complete machine that can handle any task.
Tough and Attractive
As with the X1 Carbon, the Yoga is a tough machine.
The Lenovo Thinkpad comes outfitted with a black carbon-fiber hybrid material, light enough to carry around, but strong enough that it won't break on the first bump.
If black isn't your thing, the company also offers a metallic silver model.
While this does not have the same soft-touch finish as the black option, it is a good choice for people who want another look.
Continuing with aesthetics, the Yoga enhances the Thinkpad's classic look with a few choice touches. First, it has a subtle X1 logo on the back. That, combined with the blacked-out ThinkPad logo, gives it a modern, eye-catching appearance.
Of course, the biggest draw to the Yoga over other models is its 2-in-1 capabilities.
The ability to switch between laptop and tablet mode is nothing new, but it is a great feature to have access to.
The two modes enable you to use the laptop for work on a tabletop and then recline or relax in tablet mode when you want to lie back and take in your favorite show.
The hinge also works well and the transition is overall a smooth process.
Ports and Portability
Another aspect to consider when analyzing this Lenovo Thinkpad over other similar models is its ample port options.
Being able to plug in to your device is always handy, and the Yoga ensures you'll never be left wanting.
The left side of the machine has a USB 3.0 port and two additional Thunderbolt 3 ports. Then, on the right it has the dock for the Thinkpad Pen Pro, a headphone jack, a mini-Ethernet port, a second USB 3.0, and a security lock slot.
Those features simply give you more options and work to make sure can always use the devices you want.
On top of that, the Yoga is incredibly thin and easy to move around. The machine weighs a mere 3.1 pounds and measures just 7 inches thick. This allows you to carry it around to different places without much worry.
The tablet mode makes it a great choice for the train as well.
Keeping Information Safe
There are quite a few stark differences between the Thinkpad X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga, but there are some similarities as well.
One such similarity is security.
The device is equipped with Lenovo's great protection features to make sure only you have access to your data.
This Thinkpad has a fingerprint reader with a Match-in Sensor in addition to dTPM 2.0 chip to fully secure all of your information. Some versions even come with Interl's vPro remote connection technology so that IT pros can use the notebook while out working.
Looks and Sounds Great
The machine also as a stunning display that can be further upgraded to an optional HDR LTPS LCD. This gives the screen an extra dimension and makes the graphics on it come through with a stunning, ultra-clear look.
Of course, video is nothing without good audio.
To match the screen, the Yoga has great speakers that can easily fill up a room with their sound.
The music setting keeps your tunes coming through, while the other modes (including movie and game) help immerse you in your favorite media.
- Processor: Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8 GHz). With Intel UHD Graphics 620.
- Memory: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM.
- Storage: 256GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive.
The final Levnovo Thinkpad on our list is the T480.
While not part of the X1 line, this machine is still packed with plenty of exciting and useful features. You not only get a great Intel Core, but this also comes with numerous customization options and various modes of use.
Being able to fully customize your hardware is important because it means you can always alter it to fit your life. While the machine is primarily for business, a few tweaks will make it a perfect recreational option as well.
Tough to Crack
If you can't tell by now, Lenovo Thinkpads are incredibly secure devices, which is one of their main pulls. Not only do you get ThinkShutter for the webcam, but you also get the TPM 2.0 module and a Kensington lock.
In addition, there is an NFC, an optional SmartCard reader, and the fingerprint reader that is present across all Lenovo devices. Windows Hello can also be added on as well.
Beyond the Computer
No laptop exists on its own, and that is the case with the T480.
This Thinkpad comes with an external (secondary battery) as well as a 65-watt AC adapter. A cut-down 45-watt power supply is also available.
If you want, you can get numerous accessories on Lenovo's website. Though they cost extra, being able to purchase external batteries or extra docking stations helps you create the machine you want.
All those additions work with the customization to provide you with more options and ensure your purchase matches your life.
Great for Typing
The list of great features for this Lenovo Thinkpad continues with the excellent keyboard.
The chiclet-style keys are similar to what is in other models, which means they are at the top of the industry. They are easy to push and have a long travel distance that is perfect for people who get a lot of use from their computer.
The keys are quiet. That allows you to type hard without creating too much noise. You can get louder clacks from the larger Enter and Space keys, but for the most part they won't bother you.
Typists will also appreciate the responsiveness and actuation points. Though the multiple markings may take a bit to get used to, once you understand them the whole process runs smoothly.
As an added bonus, the keyboard has a backlight complete with two different brightness levels as well.
A Touchpad you can Trust
That outer package finishes with a 10 X 7cm touchpad, which can be used for clicking in the lower areas.
As with the keyboard, the clicking sounds are not very loud and sound muted for a quiet performance.
The touchpad's surface also feels soft and enables easy finger-gliding without any of the stickiness or resistance you might find in other models. It also has high quality construction to make sure nothing creaks as time goes on.
Everything is responsive and the gestures work well. This device will not confuse your movements or think you're using three fingers when you're using two.
Unmatched Battery Life
Though all of the above features make the Lenovo Thinkpad T480 what it is, without a doubt, the most impressive part of this device is its stellar battery life.
Everyone wants a laptop they can take around. They are made for portability, and it is always a hassle when you're tied to an outlet.
The T480 ensures you'll never have to deal with that through its six-cell, 72 watt-hour battery attachment. That addition makes the device last over 17 hours on a single charge, which is more than enough time you'll ever need.
That mark is far beyond any other ThinkPad, and it blows past all other laptops on the market.
Machines for Every Life Style
The Lenovo Thinkpad, in all of its different forms, is one of the most exciting lines out there.
All of the above models are great for anyone looking for a new laptop.
And there are even more to explore.
Whether you want a tablet, a business computer, or a leisure machine, Lenovo's Thinkpads will have something for you.