[Comparisons] Lenovo IdeaPad Creator 5 (16″) vs IdeaPad Creator 5 (15″) – what are the differences?

Lenovo surprised everyone last year with the release of the Ideapad Creator 5. It was a semi-affordable device for professionals, as it had a spectacular screen and great performance. The device used the body of the Ideapad Gaming 3 and it suited the device very well, as the angular design, albeit made from plastic, was a fresh breath of air amidst all the rounded-ness in the market with laptops such as the MacBook Air, among others. Now, Lenovo has thought of a new design, which uses premium materials, to house the greatness ad the spirit of the IdeaPad Creator 5. With that, of course, the price will also jump up, so will this still be a great option on the lower end, or will aspiring artists have to look elsewhere. Today we are comparing the new IdeaPad Creator 5 (16″) against its predecessor, the IdeaPad Creator 5 (15″).

The design is very different. While the old device used the same body as the IdeaPad Gaming 3, the new one has a metal unibody, which is as premium as it can get. The new design shares the same approach to branding, with minimal Lenovo branding that can only be found on the edge of the lid and the base. Also, the new device has improved ergonomics, due to the lower weight and height, which sit at 1.92 kg and 18.4 mm, nearly 300 grams lighter, and more than half a centimeter thinner, which is a lot.

The display was one of the key features of the IdeaPad 5. It was a spectacular 15.6-inch IPS panel with 100% coverage of the sRGB color gamut. The new one improves on the already amazing display by utilizing a bigger 16-inch QHD+ screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The new panel is way better for multitasking, as you can fit more apps on your screen, improving your workflow. The display also has the same 100% sRGB coverage and a maximum brightness of 350 nits.

The specs are very different, but still on par for 2021. The previous generation used the Comet Lake-H processors from Intel, the Core i5-10300H, and the Core i7-10750H. As for the new one, it switched to AMD hardware and comes powered by the Ryzen 5000-series processors. The Ryzen 5 5600H and the Ryzen 7 5800H are already kicking ass and taking names whenever they enter the room and Lenovo has shown that they can extract every inch of performance from their laptops, judging from their Legion devices, which go as far as to implement a vapor chamber. The GPU choices are the same, but the newer device has an ace up its sleeve in the face of the available RTX 3050 Max-Q, which makes its first appearance in this device. You can expect great performance as the GTX 1650 is a proven beast and even if the 3050 Max-Q has only half the power of the 3060 Max-Q, it will still perform decently in 1440p gaming as well as productivity.


All Lenovo IdeaPad Creator 5 (16″) configurations:

All Lenovo IdeaPad Creator 5 (15″) configurations:

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