Lenovo’s early Black Friday sale: The best laptop deals available now
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Hoping to get your hands on a new laptop for a great price? Lenovo got a jump on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is already offering incredible savings on a bunch of our favorite laptops. This week, a model from the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 line is deeply discounted, along with a configuration from the previous X1 Carbon Gen 7 series. Two-in-one convertible tablet-laptops are also seeing big price cuts, including the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. And you can score a budget-friendly 13-inch ThinkPad X390 business laptop along with a seriously affordable gaming laptop.
You’ll need discount codes for these pre-Black Friday deals. We’ve listed all the discount codes below, but they should appear on the Lenovo page, too. With that small caveat noted, let’s dive into the deals and find a new Lenovo laptop.
You can save nearly $1,000 on Lenovo’s flagship ThinkPad with code THINKXANDT. It features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. The 14-inch display offers full HD resolution and 400 nits of brightness. This model is customizable, and I suggest doubling the RAM to 16GB and the SSD to 512GB. Those upgrades raise the price to $1,450, but also bumps the savings up to $1,186 off with the above code.
It’s not quite as thin and light as the flagship X1 Carbon, and its display is a smidge smaller, but the 13-inch ThinkPad X390 is a rugged laptop built for business. This configuration features the component lineup as the ThinkPad T490 above: eighth-gen Core i5, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch display features a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 300 nits of brightness. You can get it for $900 with code THINKYAY.
Our favorite two-in-one laptop for the business set, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga boasts an abundance of hardware options and security features all wrapped up in a thin, light aluminum frame. And with the code THINKYAY, you can get it for only $950. This model features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It also includes the ThinkPad Pen Pro. The 14-inch display has a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 400 nits of brightness.
Lenovo isn’t likely the first name you think of when it comes to gaming laptops, but this midrange gaming machine delivers excellent bang for the buck at its current sale price. You can save $530 with code NOVDEALS on a Legion 7i gaming laptop that features a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. The RTX 2060 is the budget card in Nvidia’s RTX lineup and offers excellent performance at this price, along with ray tracing, which reproduces how light behaves in the real world to give games a more photorealistic look. The laptop also supplies a roomy 1TB SSD for storage. The 15.6-inch display features a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and a speedy 144Hz refresh rate, and is rated for an impressive 500 nits of brightness.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad T series is second only to the company’s flagship X1 Carbon line in the ThinkPad pecking order. With code THINKYAY, you can knock a huge hole in the price of this model that features a 14-inch display powered by a eighth-gen Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It’s not as sleek at the above X1 Carbon but offers the same CPU and double the RAM and storage space for the same price. The display features a 1,920×1,080 resolution and 400 nits of brightness.
The ThinkPad T490S is a slimmer version of the ThinkPad T490 but not quite as thin as the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This configuration is marked down to $1,200 with code THINKYAY and features a eighth-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 14-inch display has a 2K (2,560×1,440-pixel) resolution and 500 nits of brightness. The CPU is two generations old but should have no trouble with general office tasks, especially with an ample 16GB of memory. And that’s a lot of storage capacity and a crisp, bright display for the money.
Originally published earlier this year. Updated with current deals.