Whether you’re working from home or starting your first semester of school, a Lenovo Yoga laptop is the right tool for the job. They’re built with quality and function in mind over how fancy they look, which means there aren’t any corners cut just to make your laptop a nanometer thinner.
What to Look for in a Laptop
Any electronic device is a large investment in your future, a laptop doubly so. You should really make sure you know what you’re looking for before picking out the one that looks the coolest. You don’t want to wait until you receive the product to realize that it isn’t a good fit.
- RAM and Processor: In today’s world, every computer needs a minimum of AT LEAST 4 gigabytes of RAM to run modern programs at a reasonable speed. It’s usually recommended though that you have double or quadruple that. The processor your computer comes with will also make a load of difference in the speed of different kinds of operations. Intel and AMD both make top-quality processors that should give you the speed boost you’re looking for.
- Storage: There are two main things to consider when looking at storage: Capacity and Drive Type. Hard drives are becoming less and less common as SSDs are taking the computing world by storm. SSDs allow your computer to boot up at insane speeds and they laugh at hard drive data transfer rates. However, there is one benefit of a hard drive over an SSD, they are much cheaper at high storage capacities. A 1-TB hard drive can be as cheap as a 256GB SSD. So before purchasing your laptop, you should consider whether speed or storage capacity is more important.
- Display: Modern displays have come a long way since the age of CRT. You’ll likely want at least a 1920×1080 resolution (which is the starting point for HD screens), but anyone who works with images or videos often will want to invest in an even higher quality display.
- Compatibility: Many laptop companies these days have a habit of removing important ports on their computers. So you need to be extra careful when picking out a computer if you need it to support USB, Ethernet, headphone jacks, etc. Luckily, Lenovo is one of the least egregious companies about this, so you shouldn’t need to worry as much when looking into the Yoga or IdeaPad.
Here are the choices we have picked out for you to consider.
Best for Most People: Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1
This laptop is an upgraded version of a previous model of the Yoga laptop with more RAM and better storage. The RAM has been bumped up to 12 GB of DDR4 cards, combined with the Intel Core i5 processor this should be more than enough for even most heavy lifting programs. The storage has also been upgraded to a 512 GB SSD, meaning fast loading speeds and enough space to store all your photos and videos.
It comes equipped with a 15.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display that folds up, turning your laptop into a powerful tablet. The Yoga also has a headphone jack, two USB C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a fingerprint reader, and an HD webcam, which means you should have everything you need all in one easy-to-use package.
2020 Lenovo Yoga C740 2-in-1 14" FHD Touchscreen Laptop Computer, 10th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-10210U up to 4.2GHz (Beats i7-7500U), 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, Mica, Windows 10, BROAGE Mouse Pad
This two-in-one has upgraded parts that should be enough for even the power users.
Best Budget: Lenovo Flex
If you’re looking for a computer on a budget and don’t want to settle for a Chromebook, Lenovo’s Flex line of laptops is the best bang for your buck. They may not be as good as the Yoga line, but they share a lot of similarities. The touch screen display has a resolution of 1920×1080 (meaning it’s a full HD) and it comes with a compatible pen that lets you draw and take notes easily. The battery can last for up to 10 hours, which should last you a long time on the go. It might not be the most powerful laptop on this list, but the Flex will still get the job done.
Lenovo Flex 14 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop, 14 Inch FHD Touchscreen Display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, Windows 10, 81SS000DUS, Black, Pen Included
If you're on a budget but still need a laptop for work or school, the Flex is a great option that doesn't put the same limitations on you that a Chromebook will.
Best for Professionals: Lenovo Yoga C740 (Current Model)
This is another upgraded Yoga laptop but of the most current model on the market. It has 12 GB of DDR4 RAM and an i5 processor which should be enough for casual games, image editing, and any type of office work that you would need to do. It comes with a backlit keyboard, a folding HD 15.6″ touchscreen, a fingerprint reader, and an HD webcam. There are also two USB 3.0 ports and two USB C ports which should be enough for all the devices you need. If you’re looking for a powerful laptop to get work done on, this Yoga model is a great choice at a reasonable price.
2021 Lenovo Yoga C740 2-in-1 14" FHD Touchscreen Laptop Computer, Intel Core i5-10210U, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Intel UHD Graphics, Windows 10, Mica, 32GB SnowBell USB Card
If you need something that can handle heavy processing, this upgraded laptop will get the job done with 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, and an HD folding touch screen.