Lenovo is the world’s biggest PC maker, and its laptop designers never seem to take a break. Its latest offerings include a laptop designed to topple Dell’s XPS 15 as the content creator’s model of choice and a Chromebook for users who want something bigger and beefier than the regular budget fare. Gordon Ung takes us on a tour of both models in PCWorld’s latest YouTube video.
With a dual-finish aluminum-wrapped body on the outside and the latest offerings from AMD and Nvidia on the inside, the ThinkBook 16p is built to appeal to content creators on the go. Now in its third generation, the full-size design offers Ryzen 6000 CPU options all the way up to Series 9, along with a discrete 90-watt GeForce RTX 3060 from Nvidia with 6GB of video RAM. That’s a stark combination to fit into a relatively slim design. 16GB soldered memory and 512GB storage round out the main specs.
The laptop’s graphics prowess is tested with a 16-inch 2560×1600 IPS display, which Lenovo says covers 100% of the sRGB space. This makes it great for photographers and videographers. Gamers can certainly use the laptop, but its 60Hz isn’t ideal for the latest titles. That large screen also makes room for a full-size 10-key keyboard and plenty of ports, including an SDXC card reader, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, two USB-C ports (one of which is USB4), and medium size with up to 8K output.
The IdeaPad 5i has the same 16-inch screen size, but that’s where the similarities between these two laptops end. This is a Chromebook and a huge one compared to the rest of the market, but otherwise it’s largely within the standard budget of ChromeOS machines. The base model uses a Pentium processor (one of the latter) and a 1080p display, but the updated version Gordon is playing with features a Core i3 Alder Lake CPU, 2.5K display, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. storage. The camera is a full-HD model that outperforms most Chromebooks and has two USB-C and USB-A ports with a MicroSD card slot.
The ThinkBook 16p gen 3 doesn’t come cheap: it starts at €1,999. The Chromebook IdeaPad 5i launches this month in Europe starting at €549. A US release hasn’t been announced for either model, but we’d be very surprised if they don’t arrive here eventually. For more hands-on laptop coverage, subscribe to PCWorld on YouTube.