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For more than a year, offices have sat nearly empty. Meanwhile, many workers built their own productivity bubbles at home, carving out space at kitchen tables and trying to find the perfect backdrop for video conferencing. Now, as a return to business in person approaches, employers and employees alike will be rediscovering ways to fit their work styles back together without added friction or decreased productivity.
Fortunately, with the right technology, that transition can be made seamless no matter how you roll at work. From those who need privacy to your classic walk-and-talker, here’s a lineup of laptops and other tools that’ll have you feeling right at home at the office.
Thinkpad P14s Gen 2 Workstation
For the roamers
Whether it’s shaking up their surroundings to get the creative juices flowing or desk-hopping to share ideas and collaborate with coworkers, some people need to be constantly in motion to make their office time productive. The ThinkPad P14s Gen 2 Workstation is built for them. At a mere 3.24 pounds, it’s built to be on the move. That doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice power, however, thanks to its NVIDIA-driven graphics and Intel-drive processor power. Its slim profile also comes with a variety of ports and a display capable of delivering true-to-life images and video in any lighting conditions.
ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 2
For those who think with their hands
Interacting with coworkers on a flat screen has meant getting your hands into things a lot less, so the return to work will be a boon to those who need to touch, trace, click and drag in order to make the mental gears move. With its performance, responsiveness, and innovative design, the ThinkPad X13 Yoga Gen 2 is the right mobile computing platform for workers who want to go hands-on with their work. Its four configurations (laptop, tablet, tent and stand) mean it can be quickly and easily flexed to fit any circumstances. Its wider touchpad and improved ergonomics make working in laptop-mode easy on the joints, and even the fingerprint-reading power button is touch-driven.
ThinkPad X1 Presenter Mouse
For the power presenter
Thanks to the work-from-home era, we’ve all perfected the art of giving presentations via video chat and shared screens. Now, however, the time for offering up ideas to a room full of living, breathing people is returning, and those looking to make their slideshow sing can get an assist from the ThinkPad X1 Presenter Mouse. With LED-lit presentation controls and a built-in laser pointer, it’s made for those who thrive in front of an audience and know how to make big ideas shine.
ThinkPad X1 Active Noise Cancellation Headphones
For the private types
One of the things a return to office life brings is the chance to interact and innovate with one’s coworkers in a way that’s only possible when you’re all occupying the same space — but some just work better when they have the chance to tune out their surroundings and focus on the task at hand. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Active Noise Cancellation Headphones tune out the hustle and bustle and offer crystal-clear audio fidelity in a comfortable package that’ll deliver performance for however long you’ll need to deal with what’s directly in front of you.
For the hybrid commuter
As they return to their offices, many companies are banking on a blend of remote work with on-site desk time. This hybrid model will require a greater degree of mobility than has been required before, and those bouncing back and forth between home and office will need more than a laptop case to carry the necessary gear. Thankfully, Lenovo’s Commuter Backpack provides sturdy design and a stylish look, making it both protective of your possessions and sleek enough to impress your coworkers. Its lightweight and weather-proof build makes it the perfect carrying solution for a workforce that’ll be consistently on the go.
ThinkVision M14t Mobile Monitor
For the visual thinker
Each generation of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices comes with increasingly eye-popping displays, but for those who think visually, more and bigger screen space is a necessity. The ThinkVision M14t Mobile Monitor delivers by offering up 14 inches of full-HD screen real estate that’s also touch-capable and comes packaged with a pressure-sensitive active pen. Now, dragging and dropping documents and designs will be easier than ever, allowing for a clearer presentation of ideas, no matter whether a presentation is taking place in a conference room or a coffee shop.
Titanium Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop
For the video conference pro on the go
When the pandemic struck and remote learning became the norm, video conferencing’s moment arrived. Even though some are looking forward to being able to work with collaborators face-to-face, again, remote collaboration will remain a daily part of some work lives. Fortunately, tools like the Titanium Yoga 2-in-1 Laptop should ensure that being out and about won’t make connecting with coworkers both near and far a challenge. Easy convertibility between tablet and laptop mode make it a fit for any environment, and onboard features like four 360-degree onboard mics and a high-definition camera ensure that you’ll be seen and heard loud and clear, no matter where you’re connecting.
ThinkPad P15 Workstation
For the constant customizer
One of the benefits of working from home has been the ability to fully personalize one’s own work space. While that might not be quite as possible in a group setting, those who love the opportunity to shape their work life to suit their needs will find the right fit in the ThinkPad P15 Workstation. Harnessing the power of Intel Xeon or Core i processors, the P15 delivers the kind of capability required for all manner of CPU-crunching work, and Lenovo has offered power users the opportunity to craft the laptop of their dreams by mixing and matching processors and graphics cards for the utmost peak performance required to get the job done. If tinkering with your tools is your thing, this is the laptop for you.
ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 Laptop
For the travelers
In-office attendance isn’t the only part of the working world that the pandemic put on hold — business travel also took a hit. Now, with work trips returning, frequent fliers will need to gear up with the right laptop. Enter the ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 Laptop, a portable workhorse perfect for those returning to the friendly skies. With up to 16 hours of battery life, it’s built for long trips away from available power, and its durable construction will keep it running, no matter what the local conditions. And since all work and no play makes any trip tedious, the brilliant display and Dolby Audio speaker system make for great in-flight viewing on the way home from nailing that big pitch.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Laptop
For the office power users
Maybe you’re as mobile as the office environment allows. Maybe you need real processing power to crunch massive amounts of data. Maybe you need to stay connected to coworkers wherever they may be. Or, maybe you need it all. If that’s the case, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Laptop has you covered. It combines powerhouse portability with top-of-its-class performance and responsiveness. The 16:10 display shines whether you’re video conferencing or displaying media, and the feature-rich audio system delivers clear sound both in and out, making remote collaboration easy and interruption-free. Whatever the challenge the new working world throws at you, this go-anywhere PC can take it on.
For more of the technology that can make back-to-work work for you, visit Lenovo.com.
This article was paid for by Lenovo and created by RYOT Studio. The Yahoo Life editorial staff did not participate in the creation of this content.