Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Review – An all-round Performer

The Ideapad 5 Pro 16 inch Laptop from Lenovo features an Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake H Series Processor and an Nvidia MX450 Graphics Card. An all-around performer for both Business and Casual Gaming Scenarios!

The Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake H Series Processors are mainly reserved for Gaming Laptops and Performance enthusiasts in general. Until recently, Lenovo started making additions to their Ideapad series by introducing the all-new Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 (16IHU6) which is powered by the Intel Core i5 H Series Processor and Nvidia GeForce MX450 Graphics. Another key highlight of the laptop is the inclusion of a 16-inch display rather than the traditional 15.6-inch display that we have seen in the previous generation of Ideapad Laptops. Lenovo is on a launch spree with new models getting released now and then. For example, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro Laptop powered by the mighty AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX to keep up with the other competitors like HP Pavilion 15.

So should I buy the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro? Let’s check it out then!

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Specs

Here are the all-new Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Specifications.

ProcessorIntel Core i5-11300H 4 x 3.1 – 4.4 GHz, 64 W PL2
Graphics adapterNVIDIA GeForce MX450 – 2048 MB, Core: 1575 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, 25 W TDP, GDDR6, 30.0.14.7141, Optimus
Memory16384 MB, DDR4-3200, dual-channel mode, on-board, no memory slots
Display16.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 189 PP, IPS, 120 Hz
StorageSamsung SSD 512 GB M2.2280 (NVMe)
SoundcardRealtek ALC3287
Connections1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: combined headset port, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, TPM 2.0
NetworkingIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX20 & Bluetooth 5
Sizeheight x width x depth (in mm): 18.4 x 356 x 251 ( = 0.72 x 14.02 x 9.88 in)
Battery75 Wh, 4883 mAh Lithium-Ion
ChargingFast charging / Quickcharge
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
CameraWebcam: HD/ Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional featuresSpeakers: stereo, Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), Microsoft 365 (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight1.9 kg ( = 67.02 oz / 4.19 pounds), Power Supply: 426 g ( = 15.03 oz / 0.94 pounds)

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro price

The all-new Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Laptops will be priced at 999 Euros but it’s right now not available in the United States. It will be available shortly with various Online shopping websites like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and other tech eCommerce websites.

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Lenovo Ideapad 5 16IHU6 Design and Build Quality

The all-new Lenovo Ideapad 5 16IHU6 has an aluminum build quality and it comes in a silver matte finish. Lenovo calls this color the Cloud Gray. The build quality is really good and it feels great whenever you are carrying it. The matte finish would give you a really good grip rather than the glossy finished ones and is also resistant to fingerprints. The metallic glossy Lenovo branding is engraved on the top right corner of the laptop lid. The battery comes preinstalled on the Ideapad 5 Pro 16 laptop.

The 16 inches Ideapad 5 Laptop from Lenovo has an excellent build quality with proper gap dimensions on either side of the keyboard on the laptop deck and as well and the 16-inch display does flex a bit but that is completely fine. Lenovo deliberately allows this wobble effect on their laptops to withstand the shocks while you are on the go. The Ideapad 5 Pro 16 left no room for criticism when it comes to rigidity, stability, and durability. The Lenovo Ideapad Pro 16 laptop features an evenly distributed base weight which would enable you to open the laptop with just one hand.
Although the laptop weighs around 1.9kgs which is slightly higher as compared to its competitions.


Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Display

The all-new Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 laptop features a 16-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1600. The new 16:10 display format is achieved by shrinking the bezels present on the bottom of the display. The display on the Lenovo Ideapad Pro is also equipped with a fast and fluid 120hz refresh rate panel with no PWM flickering detected. The Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro laptop also comes with a decent brightness level of 322 nits and with a contrast ratio of 1319:1.

The other display metrics are as follows:

  • sRGB Coverage – 98.7%
  • Display P3 Coverage – 74%
  • AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage – 74.5%
  • Response Time GTG – 13ms

The display shows a Delta E color compression of 2.4 which is considered good if the metric stays below 3. The sRGB covers almost 99% which means this laptop is best suited for Content Creators. As the laptop is equipped with an Nvidia MX450 2GB GPU, it means that you will be able to do all your video and photo editing and rendering on this laptop. And then the color accuracy of the display would help you to do color grading which is essential mostly in video editing. It would be great for a laptop for Content creators and photographers who use software like Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and some amount of Video editings like Premiere Pro and Da Vinci Resolve. Not only that the 120hz display would matter a lot in Gaming as this laptop would be able to handle most of the Esports titles at ease.

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Display

Lenovo 5 Pro Keyboard and Trackpad

Keyboard

The keyboard featured on this laptop is a backlit chiclet-type keyboard with a number pad. The keys are flat and smooth with transparent alphabets. The keys have very short key travel but it makes up with its clear stroke. The keyboard feels really sturdy when typing. There is also a two-stage keyboard backlit controlled by the function button. The Numpad addition to this laptop is a great feature for users who will be primarily using the laptop’s keyboard for everyday use.

Trackpad

The touchpad on the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Laptop is roughly around 12 x 7.5cm in size and it provides a very smooth surface which makes it very easier for the fingers to glide on. The trackpad also has the dedicated left and right button keys beneath the touchpad. The laptop has multi-touch features that respond well to gestures like drag-drop, two-finger scrolling, etc.

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Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Connectivity and Ports

Taking about the ports. On the left side of the port, we get a USB 2.0 Type C for Power Delivery, an HDMI Port, Thunderbolt 4 which acts like a Display port, and as well as power delivery. The Headphone microphone is also present on the left side of the laptop.
On the right side of the laptop, you will get one Memory Card Reader, 2x USB 3.2Gen 1 USB Ports.

For the Connectivity side of things this Intel Wi-Fi chip supports the 802.11 WiFi6 Standards and provides the all-new Bluetooth 5.1 for seamless file transfers and audio playback.

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 connectivity

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Laptop – Battery, Webcam and Speakers

The Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 features a whopping 75W/hr Battery which is much better compared to its competitors. The battery-saving features also give a 30 min more runtime. In the Wifi test, the laptop ran for 9 hours approximately and more than 10 hours in a video test running in a loop. The wireless modules like the Wifi and the Bluetooth were disabled during the video test.

The 720p 0.9MP Webcam featured in this laptop can shoot and record videos at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. This Webcam is certainly not the best when gets the job done when it comes to video conferencing or online classes. If you want to know the Top 5 best HD Quality Webcams available for Video Conferences click this link.

The Speakers produce decent sound quality but you can hardly feel and punch and bass. Most of the laptops feature these kinds of speakers only so it’s nothing like the speaker is faulty here. Using a pair of good headphones would change your experience completely when listening to music or attending calls.

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 battery

Ideapad Pro 5 16 Laptop – Performance

This laptop is powered by the all-new Intel Core i5 11th Generation Tiger lake H Series Processor. This processor runs at a base clock of 3.1Ghz and boosts up to 4.4Ghz on one core or 4Ghz on all four cores. The Intel Core i5 11300H is a quad-core Processor with hyperthreading (4 Cores/8Threads). Mostly found on Gaming laptops as the Intel H Series Chips are meant for mostly Gaming laptops. The last generation Ideapad Laptops featured the Intel G Series or U Series Processors which were mainly undervolted. But this year Lenovo took a step forward and installed an Intel i5 H Series CPU on their new Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Laptop.

CPU TESTS

Cinebench R231431 (Single Core) / 6455 (Multi Core)
Cinebench R20548 (Single Core) / 2382 (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15176 (Single Core)  / 990 (Multi Core)
Blender 2.79 -BMW27 CPU542 Seconds

The all-new Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 also features the Geforce MX450 2GB, Graphics Card. The Nvidia Geforce MX450 is based on Turing architecture identical to the higher-end GTX 1650 Graphics Card for laptops. The Geforce MX450 Graphics Card ran at a speed ranging from 1395Mhz to 1575Mhz. The 2GB is a GDDR6 Type memory with a memory interface of 64bit. The last-gen MX450 GPUs were usually equipped with GDDR5 Memory which was much slower than the new GDDR6 ones. The laptop is also equipped with switchable graphics which means you can use the onboard Intel Iris Xe G7 Processor to run your basic tasks when you don’t have the charger with you.

3DMark 11 Performance9495
3D Mark Ice Storm Standard51935
3D Mark Cloud Gate 21040
3D Mark Fire Strike5190
3D Mark Time Spy Score2498

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GAMING TEST

GamesLowMediumHighUltra
The Witcher 3 136824324
GTA V1651546931
Dota 212311210495
Far Cry 594413533
Red Dead Redemption 26325  
Assassins Creed Valhalla5117137
Crysis Remastered10833179
Resident Evil Village43221914
Mass Effect Legendary Edition90  65
F1 2021944232 
Battlefield V100364232

The Ideapad 5 Pro 16 also comes equipped with a 512GB Samsung NVMe SSD which delivers an excellent transfer rate speed along with 16GB RAM running in dual-channel mode. The system doesn’t cause any problems. The Intel Core i5 11300H Processor is enough for Office and daily uses while the Nvidia Geforce MX450 Graphics core makes it easy to run computer games at decent framerates.

PERFORMANCE SCORES

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v24078 Points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v24971 Points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v24067 Points
PCMark 10 Score5333 Points
Source – Notebookcheck
Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 performance

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 Thermals

The laptop temperatures are taken care of by the two fans and the heat is surprisingly managed very well. The Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 hardly heats up in daily everyday uses. However when under full load, the temperatures managed to hit 50 degrees Celcius and might be as high as 60 degrees. This is because of the High-Performance cooling profile present on the laptop. The average temperature of the laptop stays within the safe zone and hence it doesn’t suffer from any thermal throttling issues.

Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16 internal

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Ideapad 5 Pro 16IHU6 : FAQ

How much Warranty does Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro have?

Lenovo carries a two-year Warranty on the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro.

Can I upgrade Yoga Slim 7 internals?

The Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro internals can be accessed by using a screwdriver and removing all the screws from the back. Yes, you can upgrade the M.2 SSD slots, but you cannot upgrade the RAM as it is soldered on the Motherboard.


Should I buy a Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16?

A short answer is yes. Definitely. It is an all-rounder. It is one of those laptops which has almost everything that an average laptop user would desire. The i5 11300H Processor and the Geforce MX450 Graphics Card constantly perform at their best under full load hence delivering excellent performance out of the box. The 16-inch 2560×1600 IPS display is a boon for coders and programmers who would love to have an extra space at the bottom of the display. Lenovo did a lot of right things in this laptop including the inclusion of the Thunderbolt 4.0 port. The Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro also shines when it comes to Graphic Designing, Video Editing, and other Content Creation activities with its color-calibrated display. The laptop is powerful enough to run games and the 120hz display makes it smoother and more enjoyable.

That’s all for now
Until next time.


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