Lenovo ThinkPads & ThinkBooks in a large overview

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Lenovo Thinkpad

There are countless notebooks from Lenovo, various categories and brands and many more abbreviations that describe certain extras. We have made it our business to shed light on the darkness. In this part of the large Lenovo overview, we introduce you to the two business brands “ThinkPad” and “ThinkBook”.

A short foreword

Probably everyone has seen a model of the famous ThinkPad’s: These are the iconic black office notebooks with a red button on the keyboard. The very similar ThinkBooks are intended for the professional consumer. They are office devices in a stylish and slim aluminum housing.

In addition, certain abbreviations have crept into Lenovo that each describe a feature or a construction. These are attached to the brand name. Over the years, more and more abbreviations and appendages have been collected and the meaning is not always that clear. So these abbreviations are the confusing part of all Lenovo notebooks.


This brand actually comes from IBM and was acquired by Lenovo in 2005. Most of you have probably seen a thick black ThinkPad with a red button on the keyboard. These devices have been around since 1992 and have split up a bit since then. The current T series is the great-grandchild of these famous notebooks. Let’s start with the best models and then look at the different types of games.

Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop

The X1 series are ultra-light and powerful ThinkPads at a premium price. They are the best Lenovo has to offer right now. The abbreviations here describe the particular focus of a model. With “Carbon” there is a particularly light device made of carbon fiber and a screen angle of up to 180 degrees. “Yoga” models can be used as convertibles, so the display can be folded over 360 degrees. “Nano” models are particularly small and compact.

Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop

“Extreme” offers top hardware and “Titanium” has a robust display lid made of titanium. With the “Fold” there is even a foldable convertible notebook. My colleague Clemens recently had a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold in the test laboratory.

As a small sub-game there is the X-series, here the “1” is missing. The business subnotebooks are small 13-inch Thinkpads. There is a “normal” and a “yoga” variant.

The T series are the classic business Thinkpads and have a long tradition. They are currently available as T15 and T14. The number describes the display size: 15- and 14-inch. There is also the abbreviation “g” which stands for graphics and for Thinkpads with special displays. “P” stands for performance and particularly powerful hardware. The identifier “s” stands for slim or particularly compact devices.

The P series are ISV certified mobile workstations. They have a particularly high computing power and CAD-certified graphics cards (Nvidia Quadro). The number in the name describes the screen size. The identifier “s” stands for slim / compact. “V” stands for a slightly cheaper variant.

The E and L series are Thinkspads for beginners. So you have slightly scaled-down functions compared to the T series, but are cheaper. In fact, the inside of the E and L series are often similar, only the outside is slightly different. The E series – formerly the Edge series – usually performs a little better due to a slightly better cooling.

Usually there is still a “gene” at the end of the name, as these series have existed for several generations and are constantly being revised. It is worth taking a look at the prices of the last generation, as these are usually available for significantly less money.


Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop

ThinkBooks are a notebook family that inherits many of the strengths and design elements of the ThinkPads, but packs them in an elegant aluminum case. Such devices are intended for university or office work. ThinkBooks are built robustly and offer decent performance.

As always, the number in the name reveals the display size. An “s” stands for a particularly compact device. A “p” stands for more performance and a “plus” comes with an additional external display in black and white or with e-ink technology. Here, too, there is a “gene” as an appendage for the generation. Most of the models are currently in the second generation.

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