A lot of manufacturers have tried to go the Creator/Gaming way, creating notebooks that can do both. We have the Victus 16 from HP, along with the Legion 5 Pro from Lenovo, which have both proven themselves to offer reliable performance for both gaming and rendering.
Today we will take a look at another such device, once again coming from Lenovo, which sways more towards content creation rather than gaming, but we are sure it can handle both at a more than a decent level, combining a slim exterior with powerful AMD and NVIDIA hardware.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro (16″, AMD).
4 reasons to BUY the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro (16″, AMD)
1. Design and build quality
The whole device is made of aluminum, allowing it to reach a weight and a profile of 1.90 kg and 18.4 mm while being structurally sound and rigid all around. In typical Lenovo fashion, we have a small Lenovo wordmark on the corner of the lid and the base. It is honestly one of the best-built laptops that we have tested when you consider the dimensions.
What the laptop doesn’t bring in quantity, it does so in quality, bringing two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, a single USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, an HDMI 1.4b connector, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and an SD card reader.
3. Display quality
The 16-inch IPS panel has a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is becoming the norm with Creator notebooks. The panel has excellent viewing angles, a max brightness of 367 nits in the middle of the screen and 361 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 9%. The contrast ratio is pretty high – 1470:1.
The laptop covers 89% of the sRGB color gamut.
In terms of color accuracy, the panel is pretty off with the stock settings (left) but improves a lot when we apply our Design and Gaming profile (right), which brings the dE value down to 1.7. Below you can see the results of our test.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
4. Battery life
Being equipped with a 75Wh unit, the device lasts for 13 hours of Web browsing or nearly 9 hours of video playback, which is amazing considering it is powering a Ryzen 7 5800H. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
1 reason NOT to buy the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro (16″, AMD)
The laptop comes with all of its RAM soldered onto the motherboard, with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Storage-wise, you get a single M.2 PCIe x4 drive.
Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access the battery, cooling, and the single SSD slot.