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Looking for a well made laptop that won’t break the bank? The Lenovo Ideapad 5 is a great option! It has good battery life and should hold up and take a beating. But more important is that it has the power and I/O that a lot of users are going to like.
FHD, Non Touch, matte and about 250nits brightness. THis means it will do just fine under direct sunlight weather that’s in an office or on a college campus. It’s an IPS panel which means it has great viewing angles for watching movies with others. It’s a basic panel, but a good one.
“Dolby Audio” – so they stink. They are loud enough for a podcast, and they dont distort. They have decent highs but no mids or lows. They are clear and ok for vocals, could be used for a pinch to watch a movie, but don’t expect any good music listening experiences.
Keyboard / Trackpad
The keyboard is accurate, with little flex, supple to type on and is responsive. Heavy typists will find a nice home with this keyboard and its one of the best Lenovo has used. It’s also equipped with full size keys, a numpad, and a backlight for those lingering in the dark.
Trackpad could due to be a little bigger, but it’s precise enough with a good “click”. We feel manufacturers should start concentrating a little heavier on nicer trackpads instead of parts bins ones.
- 1x USB-C
- 2x USB Super Speed
- Full Size SD Card
- Audio Auxillary Jack
It’s solid I/O but we feel they could have slipped a Thunderbolt 4 in for the price.
7-8 hours of practical battery life, which we feel in 2022 could be a lot better. Considering other manufacturers are finding ways to blast out 14+ hours Lenovo could due to up their game here. That said, the materials feel good in the hand, the lid is aluminum and the rest of the body is made of good quality plastics. We feel the machine could hold up to some solid abuse from a traveler or student.
Webcam with a shutter, USB-C charging, quick charge, Hello Finger Printer Reader, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5 and a backlight on the keyboard. What is it missing? Maybe a better display. Feature wise it has mostly what you’d want or need with some exceptions. It has good features, but notthing stand out or stellar.
Who is it for?
Photographers, CAD students, podcasters, audio editors, light gaming, students, and accountants.