We are pleased to confirm that there is a 10% Lenovo student discount. To get it, go to this special page on lenovo.com, follow the instructions and your student discount will be automatically applied. You need an email address at your university, college and school.

There are more ways for students to save at Lenovo on your laptop, PC or tablet purchase including:

  • Up to 28% in the Black Friday sale
  • Sign up to the newsletter for exclusive discounts

Overview

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has hit the mainstream in the UK in recent years with their range of reasonably-priced laptops and tablets putting up some serious competition to more well-known brands. Operating in over 60 countries and selling products in over 180 countries, Lenovo produces computers for personal and business use, smartphones, smart televisions, tech wearables and smart home tech devices.

You may have heard of Lenovo previously referred to by the name ‘Legend’. This was the anglicised version of the Chinese name, but proved too difficult to trademark and register elsewhere in the world as it was too broad a term. As a result, in 2003, the name Lenovo was announced with a large marketing campaign. A combination of the ‘Le-‘ from Legend and ‘novo’, the Latin for ‘new’, it simplifies in Chinese as meaning ‘association of ideas’, or more simply, ‘connected thinking’.

Top Student Buy: Lenovo Thinkpad, price dependent on model and retailer

Lenovo Thinkpads are one of the best rated rugged laptops on the mainstream market and come in numerous different models. They’re designed primarily for heavy business use, but there are also custom-made ranges for the likes of the military, NASA and other heavy-duty professions. Cased in steel frames with high-quality HDD, RAM and screens, many companies opt to provide their employees with Thinkpads as they last a long time and are durable and strong with even the most clumsy of staff! Even with lengthy daily usage, you can expect a Thinkpad to last 5yrs+, so it’ll see you through your degree and onward.

Top Student Buy: Lenovo Ideapad, price dependent on model and retailer

The Lenovo Ideapad is a slimline laptop designed more for personal use than business. Not dissimilar in looks to Apple products, Ideapads are considerably cheaper than their counterparts and are usually used with PC OS; so they’re easier for most to use. The latest in the Lenovo Ideapad range at time of writing is the X1 Extreme, a hard-wearing but great-looking laptop.

Top Student Buy: Lenovo Yoga, price dependent on model and retailer

Lenovo Yoga is a range of ‘bendy’ laptops and tablets named around their hinged screens that allow the products to take on different forms (get it? Yoga!). Favoured by those in creative fields or who need to travel with their device a lot, the Yoga range is dynamic and easy to use and are found a lot in open-plan offices and meetings where ideas need to be shared around a lot. The Yoga range tends not to use processors and internal computing as quick or as new at the Ideapads or Thinkpads, but make for great value for money and are solid competitors for other, considerably more expensive, branded laptops.

History

Lenovo was founded back in 1984 by Liu Chuanzhi along with 10 engineers, and, as was required at the time, the Chinese government approved the company’s incorporation immediately. A year later, the corporate structure began to take shape properly and the business included departments for tech, engineering, admin and general operation. Initially Lenovo began to import televisions and to sell digital watches, but failed with both. It wasn’t until 1990 that its first computer was manufactured and sold.

In 1994, the company (then Legend) were publicly traded on the Hong Kong stock market to an optimistic start. Its strong trading allowed for the funding of offices across Europe, North America and Australia. Two years later, Lenovo was the market leader in China for home computers and sold over a million a year. By 1998, it had manufactured a laptop known as Tianxi, which had a single button to instantly connect users to an internet connection and open a web browser. Co-branded with state ChinaTelecom, it was hugely popular and became the best-selling computer in the country’s history!

In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business and took on the likes of the Thinkpad products. This acquisition was hugely strategic in terms of market share and of global presence and set the path for the firm to continue on a competitive streak of collaborations, partnerships and business acquisitions.

Today, Lenovo is one of the world’s most prestigious computing brands and remains at the forefront of both consumer and B2B computing tech; often moving ahead of the curve undercutting competitors whilst still beating them on tech-y traits!

Fun Facts

Do you own a Lenovo device already? Even if you do and you think you know a bit about the company… did you know these fun facts?

  • Lenovo Thinkpad laptops are truly out of this world… they’re used in space! They’re the model of computer used on the ISS (International Space Station) and have been used on every NASA Space Shuttle launch since 1995.
  • In 1988, the company QUADRUPLED its staff with a single recruitment advert; a true demonstration of not just their popularity with prospective employees but also their potential for rapid growth
  • Although you probably missed it (to be fair, you were likely very young!), Lenovo spent a whopping $3million on their name rebrand in 2003 – and people still don’t realise Legend and Lenovo aren’t two separate firms!
  • In 1997, Lenovo signed a partnership deal with Microsoft that, at the time, was the most lucrative business deal of any Chinese company ever. They’ve been involved in several collaborations and acquisitions since
  • Lenovo is responsible for almost 20% of all computer sales worldwide. It’s China’s largest computer manufacturer and the third largest worldwide
  • Lenovo was the only Chinese company that was a major sponsor of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and continues to be a major sponsor for Formula 1
  • A trusted Chinese brand, Lenovo remains more popular in China than Apple, and its senior staff have had no reservations in commenting on this to the press there – even having stated that Apple didn’t ‘care’ about the Chinese market!

Summary

To come.

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