While Labor Day isn’t traditionally thought of as host to big sales on tech, there are some great deals to be found, such as these from Lenovo. This may seem like a consolation prize if you didn’t pick something up during Prime Day, but the truth is there are some great Lenovo laptops and desktops out there, especially if you don’t want to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday and gamble on the deals then. Instead of waiting, these deals on desktops, gaming laptops, and 2-in-1s from Lenovo will likely fit your needs at a reasonable price!
When it comes to small and compact, this surprisingly portable 2-in-1 is a great option at a somewhat budget price. What makes the whole thing pop is the Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, a processor that packs a punch while also keeping the cost down and ensuring that you can do most of your productivity work just fine. The screen is a 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a peak brightness of 300 nits — just about enough to handle daytime use, but not direct sunlight. The 8GB of RAM is just about perfect for this price range and size, and the 512GB SSD is also likely to be more than you’re ever going to reasonably need, especially given that smaller laptops and 2-in-1s tend to work best for streamed content. Speaking of streaming, it comes with Wi-Fi 6, which will provide you with a stable connection, assuming you connect to a compatible router.
While the steep discount might make this laptop seem incredibly amazing, the truth is that it’s a pretty common tactic with Lenovo to have massive discounts on their older products to make them more competitive. That’s not to say that the Thinkpad T14s or the discount isn’t good, because they are, and in fact, you get an 11th-gen Intel i5-1135G7 CPU with the ThinkPad, a mid-tier CPU that should easily handle most productivity tasks and some light editing tasks as well. The 14-inch Full HD screen has great resolution, and the laptop is smaller and easier to carry around, which we appreciate. The 720p webcam will also come in very handy for video calls. It also comes with 16GB of RAM, not something we often see in this price bracket, and the 512GB of SSD storage means you won’t constantly be reaching for an external hard drive. That being said, if you want something a little different but in the same price range, there are some other great laptop deals you can take a look at.
While Lenovo may be traditionally known for its laptops, it also offers great pre-built gaming desktops, like the Legion Tower 7i. As the name suggests, it comes with an RTX 3070 graphics card, and should easily handle running games at a 1440p resolution and 144Hz, even at higher graphical settings. There are quite a few great gaming monitor deals that can hit that resolution and speed if you want to upgrade that as well, and with the ray tracing capabilities that come with the RTX, it’s going to be gorgeous. The Legion Tower 7i also comes with an 11th-gen Intel i7-11700K, a higher-tier CPU that won’t cause any bottlenecks with the GPU, and will also provide you with enough power to deal with simulation and strategy games, as well as productivity and editing software. The 16GB of RAM is about what we’d expect for a mid- to high-end system, and you also get a 1TB SSD to work with, which should be fine if you don’t play a lot of huge games like Warzone. The power supply is on the lower side at 600 watts, so it doesn’t give you a ton of room to expand, but given the specs, you probably won’t want to anyway, except maybe adding another SSD, in which case it should be just fine.
While the ThinkPad T14s is great, it doesn’t have a discrete GPU that allows you to game, whereas the Legion Slim 7i does. In fact, it comes with a surprisingly powerful RTX 2060, although it is the MAX-Q version, meaning its performance is throttled to keep the heat under control. Even so, given that it runs a 1080p screen at a 144Hz refresh rate, we wouldn’t be surprised if it could handle most modern games at medium or even high settings, especially since the screen resolution or refresh rate isn’t taxing the GPU. Along with the RTX 2060, you also get the 10th-gen Intel i7-10875H CPU, which pairs nicely and is considered a mid-to-high tier CPU, although you can’t overclock it, which may not be a dealbreaker for most folks. Finally, you get 16GB of RAM, more than enough to let you play games while also having a few browser tabs and apps open, as well as a massive 1TB SSD, giving you both great speeds and lots of storage to work with.
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