Lenovo has unveiled two exciting devices for video and gaming enthusiasts – the IdeaPad 5 Pro and IdeaPad 5i Pro. The two laptops are designed for higher performance with more powerful display options when compared with the IdeaPad set of Lenovo laptops. The naming of both devices followed the trend that has been observed in the last couple of years, as the Pro is attached to the base names from the previous models.
The IdeaPad 5 Pro is powered by AMD Ryzen processors, while the more premium IdeaPad 5i Pro uses Intel Core processors. The AMD and Intel versions both have either a 14-inch or 16-inch model, with most of the exciting features being replicated in both variants, albeit, one has a larger screen than the other. But there are some areas of fundamental differences between the 14-inch and 16-inch versions of the devices. One major difference is the choice of processors between Intel and AMD.
Both models share a lot of similar features and capabilities. However, Lenovo uses the thermal headroom in the 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro to pair next-generation Ryzen and RTX chips. Users have the option of switching between 60 Hz (or 90 Hz) (14-inch) and 120 Hz (16-inch) refresh rates on these 16:10 (2560 x 1600) displays available.
The RAM and GPU options have a maximum of 16 GB and the Nvidia MX450 respectively in the Intel models and the smaller AMD model. However, users can configure the 16-inch 5 Pro with up to 32 GB RAM and a next-generation GeForce RTX graphics card, probably an RTX 30 card (mobile Ampere). In addition, the larger Intel unit supports Thunderbolt 4.
There is an observed overlap between these new models and their predecessors, especially the IdeaPad Gaming 3, which was an entry-level gaming laptop using a Ryzen 5 or Core i5 and GTX 1650 Ti card. It could be possible that the new model may serve as a substitute or replacement for Gaming 3, which had been out of stock on the company’s US website. Therefore, it’s not unthinkable to assume that the much larger IdeaPad 5 Pro could be replacing the Gaming 3.
The displays now have a multi-use 16:10 aspect ratio at 2.5K (1560 x 1600) resolution. For gaming enthusiasts desirous of having faster refresh rates, they can choose the 90 Hz on the 14-inch panel or 120 Hz on the 16-inch panel. The new Fn+R hotkey is used for performance switching and Q-Control (Fn +Q) for switching between the display’s max refresh rate and 60 Hz when battery saving is most important.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro and 5i Pro are available from April 2021 at 829 Euro (US$1020) and 899 Euro (US$1100) respectively.
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