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Lenovo ThinkPad vs Lenovo IdeaPad | Pros and Cons 2024 Review

Updated: Jan 13

Lenovo Thinkpad on left, Lenovo Ideapad on right

When it comes to deciding between the Lenovo ThinkPad vs IdeaPad, I think the answer's simple. The ThinkPad is by far the superior computer, and an easy choice if you're a student, software engineer or business professional. The IdeaPad is built more like a mid-range budget laptop, and it's a great one for casual internet surfers. I have hands-on experience with both of these laptops and I'll break down the pros and cons of each.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 is the best overall ThinkPad to choose. But, in general, whichever ThinkPad you go with, you're going to get better build quality and materials, more support options, and relatively long product life cycles—which is nice whenever you need

some first-party replacement parts. There are also smaller reasons for choosing the ThinkPad over the IdeaPad, in particular, the ThinkPad has one of the best keyboards found on laptops, TrackPoint, and mechanical docking options.

The IdeaPad, instead of for business or studying like the ThinkPad, is geared toward much lighter use. It's slim and ultra-portable, with a decent battery life, making it great for a casual budget laptop you can bring on the go. Plus, for everyday use, this laptop runs Windows 11 Pro like a charm, and can even handle some light gaming (though the ThinkPad would still be your better option overall for more intense gamers). So, if you are looking for something cheap and reliable, I'd probably go with the IdeaPad models instead.


Lenovo Ideapad

Lenovo Thinkpad

Screen Size

15.6 Inches

16 Inches

Screen Resolution

1920 x 1080 Pixels

1920 x 1200 Pixels


2.4 GHz Intel Core i5

4.5 GHz AMD Ryzen 7


36 GB DDR4

40 GB DDR4




Graphics Coprocessor

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

AMD Radeon Graphics

Operating System

Windows 11 Pro

Windows 11 Pro


To sum it all up, the Lenovo Ideapad and Lenovo Thinkpad, while I think are similar in several aspects, exhibit distinct differences. The Ideapad features a 15.6-inch display and runs on a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, making it a solid choice for those seeking a balance of performance and portability. With 36 GB of DDR4 RAM and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, it is well-suited for everyday multitasking and moderate graphical work.

On the other hand, the Thinkpad steps up the game with a slightly larger 16-inch screen and a more powerful 4.5 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 processor, appealing to users who require more robust performance for demanding applications.

It has a bit more memory with 40 GB of DDR4 RAM and AMD Radeon Graphics, offering a slight edge in not just RAM but also your graphic processing. Both laptops offer a 1 TB SSD and run on Windows 11 Pro, which is plenty of storage, and working in the 11 Pro OS I've consistently found to be a smooth operating experience. The choice between these two would ultimately depend on your needs when it comes down to processing power, display size, and graphical needs for a PC.

If you have a different angle on this debate between IdeaPad vs Thinkpad, or think there's anything I missed on either of these 2 popular Lenovo products, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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