There are many different laptop brands on the market, but few are as well-known as Lenovo.
If you’re looking for a new computer you’ve probably seen at least one of their laptops in an electronics store or online – they’re everywhere!
And that’s because they offer so many great options to consumers – but which are also generally in the budget category.
But how good is Lenovo really when it comes to the quality of their laptops? We’ll find out by taking a closer look at them and what people who have used them have to say about them (as well as my own, personal experience with the brand).
Is Lenovo a good brand for laptops?
Yes, Lenovo makes high-quality laptops that are fairly priced. They focus mostly on low-priced and mid-priced laptop models, so if you need very high spec and modern devices, you might have to look elsewhere.
But otherwise, Lenovo laptops are durable, offer good price/quality ratios, and can be considered on the cheap side (which is always a bonus in my books).
Overview of Lenovo
First of all, you need to know that Lenovo is a Chinese company and one of the biggest in the world. They started out as a computer manufacturer and they’ve been around since the 1980’s (yup, really surprising!).
They even managed to purchase IBM’s Personal Computing Division back in 2006. And IBM was at some point the 3rd largest technology company in the world (behind Apple and Microsoft).
So if Lenovo got their hands on them – that can’t be a bad thing, right? Well… it depends. The fact that they purchased IBM’s Personal Computing Division probably means they’ve been able to inherit some of its knowledge and expertise, which would explain why many people appreciate Lenovo laptops.
Another brand that I wrote about (although not as popular as Lenovo) is iBUYPOWER. Make sure to read about them too!
However, since Lenovo seems to address mainly to the low price market (and maybe mid-range too) there are many consumers who say that the quality of their laptops isn’t as good as it should be.
But before we jump into those negatives, let’s take a look at all the positive things people have to say about Lenovo!
Pros and Cons of Lenovo Laptops
There certainly seem to be more reasons for you to pick up a Lenovo laptop than there are not – which is why I’m going to list them in the form of pros and cons.
1. The design/style: Lenovo laptops have a nice, modern look with slim designs that are hard not to appreciate!
2. The price: Lenovo is known as an affordable laptop brand and you can usually find Lenovo-made laptops with similar specs to other brands, but cheaper.
3. The specs/performance: the performance of Lenovo laptops offers good value for the money. Considering prices of other models, you could even find better specs in a Lenovo laptop when comparing with a similarly priced one from a different brand
4. The durability: Lenovo laptops are made with quality materials that will not only look nice for a while but also provide you with protection against bumps and scratches.
Make sure to read here more about the expected lifespan of various laptop brands.
1. Their customer service isn’t the best I’ve seen. In fact, overall it’s been reported that Lenovo offers the worst customer service of all laptop brands.
2. There have been complaints from consumers who say they were called by telemarketers after registering their product to be fixed! Yeah… not cool (although I never experienced this, so it might not be true – take it with a pinch of salt!)
3. Their warranty/return policy is also a bit confusing and inflexible. I’ve seen mixed feedback from people who say this brand is great with their warranty and returns – to others saying it was a nightmare when trying to get something fixed or replaced.
4. Their laptops are a bit bulkier and heavier and their design also sometimes feels a bit outdated (this is a personal preference, though).
5. Even though extremely durable in most cases, sometimes they might break or stop working sooner than other laptops.
I’ve had, with various models, minimal problems related to the display – but it was never too bad (as in requiring me to replace the model or even send it in for repairs).
Also, sometimes the laptop would simply refuse to turn on (but I have a fix for that here).
So overall, Lenovo laptops are not perfect, but they’re still decent machines that offer good value for the money you’ll be paying.
However, I would recommend you to carefully read customer reviews before making a purchase – just so you know what issues might concern other customers too as some of their models might be better than others!
With all this being said, Lenovo seems to be a good choice if you’re shopping on a budget. I personally used Lenovo laptops for a long time now and even though I usually go to other brands if I need a gaming laptop, for a regular, casual user, a Lenovo-made laptop is absolutely fine.
The different types of Lenovo Laptops You Can Get
There are many different models on the market – so no matter what your budget is, you should be able to find one that fits it!
Generally speaking, there are three main series: Ideapads, ThinkPads and the Lenovo Yoga Series (as well as a more high spec one: Lenovo Legion).
So let’s see now how good (or bad) each of these series are!
The Ideapads are Lenovo’s most affordable line and they’re considerably cheaper than the ThinkPads (we’ll talk about those in a bit).
They also offer good specs for their price, but this means that some models might not be as durable or efficient as they should be (in my opinion).
As their name suggests, these laptops are made with business users in mind.
ThinkPads offer very good value for the money you’ll spend on them and most of them come with long-lasting batteries that last anywhere between six to twelve hours!
They’re also more durable than the Ideapads, which is why they are often used in workplaces.
It’s worth mentioning that ThinkPads started to be manufactured by Lenovo after the purchase of the IBM division, so it makes sense for them to be of better quality.
Lenovo Yoga Laptops
The Lenovo Yogas are their line of convertible laptops that can be turned into tablets or even a tent when you need to use them with touch gestures (and watch Netflix while lying on your bed).
They usually use the Chrome OS, but there are some models that run Windows.
Lenovo Legion Laptops
These are the high-end laptops on the market, usually meant for gamers or professionals who need to work with graphic design software.
They have some of the best specs on the market and also come at a premium price! I personally never played on a Lenovo Legion, so I can’t talk as much about this brand. I always preferred, for more demanding tasks, to go for other established brands, mainly because I usually am able to find better overall specs.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the cheaper Lenovo Legion series is not great for gamers or those who need more power from their device.
In conclusion, Lenovo is a good brand that offers laptops with great specs for the price you’ll be paying.
However, I would recommend you to carefully read consumer reviews before purchasing one – just so you know what issues might concern other customers too as some of their models might have issues that are not generally present.
What do you think? Is Lenovo a good brand for laptops? Did you have any experiences with this brand? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!