It’s been more than a decade since IBM stopped making ThinkPad laptops, yet you’re still likely to see them in the halls of industry, thanks to Lenovo. The company formerly known as Legend Computers of Beijing, China, still produces the well-regarded laptop line, with its beloved AccuType keyboard, but it’s not content to rest on its laurels. Rather, it continues to innovate with radical designs like the Yoga line, which has influenced other PC manufacturers (like Dell, HP, and Toshiba) to adopt its basic mechanism in their 2-in-1 convertible 2-in-1 convertible laptop designs.
Most of Lenovo’s laptops are centered on two main model lines: ThinkPads and IdeaPads. ThinkPads are the classically styled, business-oriented laptops, with a range of features (such as touch screens) but usually colored in classic, basic black. IdeaPads, on the other hand, are aimed mainly at consumers, though design-forward business people may gravitate toward using an IdeaPad as a primary PC. You’ll find some preloaded apps on many IdeaPad systems, particularly those bought from big box stores. Look for Microsoft Store– or Microsoft Signature–prepped systems to avoid preinstalled bloatware.