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Lenovo ThinkPad: what model should you buy?

For professional laptop users, the ThinkPad has been recognized as one of the best and most reliable lines for decades. Since Lenovo's acquisition of the personal computing division from IBM in 2005, the ThinkPad line has continued to evolve in new and attractive ways. Be it the X series, the T series or the E series, there are many portable models to choose from. But that can make it difficult to find the best Lenovo Thinkpad for you.

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To help you choose your next ThinkPad, we have developed this guide with the different options available. Get informed and invest smartly in your next laptop.

The X Series

Lenovo ThinkPad x Series KeyboardRich Shibley / Digital Trends

At the top of the ThinkPad line is the X series. These are the best ThinkPad lightweight laptops, which offer a long-lasting battery, robust security features, as well as the classic ThinkPad TrackPoint keyboard on the keyboard. They are also designed to be tough, with Lenovo proudly claiming that the X-Series Thinkpads have been around the world (and crucially, survived), even to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and even to space. outside, at the International Space Station and at Mir.

If you like the X series, the best option is the ThinkPad X390. All ThinkPad X series laptops come with up to eighth generation Intel processors, fast solid state drives, and RAM options between 4 and 32 GB.

Lenovo Thinkpad X390:

Yoga

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga notebook fully open on a white tableMatt Smith / Digital Trends

Lenovo also offers Yoga versions of X-series devices, including the X390 Yoga. The Yoga versions of the X series ThinkPads feature a touch screen and are fully convertible thanks to a 360 degree hinge. That means it can be changed to four modes of use: laptop, support, tablet or store mode.

Some versions of Yoga also have integrated pens, such as the X390 Yoga, that allow you to print digitally on the screen and mark your PDF files and other documents.

X390 Yoga:

ThinkPad X1 Series: Carbon, Yoga, Extreme

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on a table oyster screen and a black cup aside

You should not confuse the X series with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga and X1 Extreme notebooks. These are premium devices, with higher price tags.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad notebook, it also has a long-lasting battery. Although it is not convertible, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers robust security features as a slider ?ThinkShutter?To hide the webcam when it is not in use, and a fingerprint reader.

We reviewed a version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon in 2019. We discovered that it is a well-built and good-performance laptop that competes well with other premium shell-type laptops.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme is one of the most expensive options, but it also comes with the highest specifications, especially the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2. Starting at around $ 1,700 dollars, it includes options for a 4K AMOLED touch screen powered by a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics chip. It also offers up to 64 GB of RAM and a ninth-generation Intel Core i7 high-end processor. This gives you powerful capabilities when it comes to productivity tasks such as video presentation, but it's also not bad for games outside working hours.

When we reviewed the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, we became big fans of its excellent keyboard, 4K AMOLED screen with HDR and CPU performance.

If you like 2-in-1 capabilities, you can also consider the Yoga version of the ThinkPad X1. In our review, we appreciate its display, productivity performance and a new all-aluminum chassis.

ThinkPad X1 Extreme:

The T Series

Lenovo Thinkpad T480s fully open front

Under the X series is the T series. These are the traditional ThinkPad portable type shell computers, focused more towards professionals or companies. Some may also see these devices as alternatives to MacBooks. Current T-series models include the 14-inch ThinkPad T490, the ThinkPad T480 and the 15-inch ThinkPad T580. The 15-inch versions come with a numeric keypad next to the main keyboard. Some 14-inch T-series laptops also feature a long-lasting battery, with Lenovo promising that the T490 can last 20 hours on a single charge.

The T-Series ThinkPads also have options for touch screens and a wide range of connectivity, including the USB-C and USB-A ports. This makes them an excellent choice if you are always away from home or not ready to adopt the dongle lifestyle.

If you want a ThinkPad of the T series, we recommend the T480. When we reviewed it, we liked its versatile connectivity options, battery life, touch panel and keyboard, all for an excellent price.

ThinkPad T490 14 inch:

ThinkPad T480:

ThinkPad T580:

The E Series

Part of a Lenovo ThinkPad T480Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

You don't have to be ruined to get a great ThinkPad; There are also some affordable entry-level options, namely the E series. Prices start around $ 550 dollars and most offer excellent hardware and the usual ThinkPad build quality, but sacrifice weight and portability. For example, the ThinkPad E590 has a large 8th generation Intel processor and can be obtained for less than $ 600 dollars, but weighs 4.68 pounds. The cheaper E-series models also feature lower resolution screens of 1,366 x 768, and there is no option for touch screens anywhere in the line.

However, the ThinkPad E490s, which starts at $ 750 dollars, comes with a fully metallic chassis and has a slim and elegant shape, as well as security features such as the ThinkShutter webcam and a fingerprint reader. All E-series devices come with options for Intel's eighth generation processors, but for those with a smaller budget, there are also options for AMD Ryzen processors.

ThinkPad E590:

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