Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15” (Intel) vs Apple Macbook Air (M1, 2020)

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CPU Apple M1


Evaluation of Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15” (Intel) and Apple Macbook Air (M1, 2020) important characteristics
System and application performance
Performance in popular 3D games
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Design, materials, durability and usability

Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15” (Intel)
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Thinner bezels and 2% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a bigger (~14%) battery – 57 against 49.9 watt-hours
  • User-upgradable RAM (up to 16GB) and an SSD
Advantages of the Apple Macbook Air (M1, 2020)
  • Around 3.1x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 410 grams less (around 0.9 lbs)
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 2 versus 1
  • 61% sharper screen – 227 versus 141 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Much smaller footprint: 22% more compact case (100.1 vs 129.1 square inches)
  • Provides 33% higher max. screen brightness: 400 vs 300 nits
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 1.7 kg (3.75 lbs) 1.29 kg (2.84 lbs)
Dimensions 357.4 x 233.1 x 19.9 mm
14.07 x 9.18 x 0.78 inches
304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1 mm
11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches
Area 833 cm2 (129.2 inches2) 646 cm2 (100.1 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80.6% ~79.4%
Side bezels 6 mm 8.8 mm
Colors Gray Silver, Gold, Gray
Transformer No No
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Passive
Vapor chamber No Yes
Number of fans 1 -


Size 15.6 inches 13.3 inches
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 141 ppi 227 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 2560 x 1600 pixels
HDR support No Yes, HDR10
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast - 1069:1
sRGB color space 56% 99.8%
Adobe RGB profile 35% -
Response time - 35 ms
Max. brightness


Voltage - 11.4 V
Full charging time - 2:23 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left Left
Charge power 65 W 30 W
Cable length - 2 meters
Weigh of AC adapter - 172 gramm


CPU name
Base frequency 1.7-3.0 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 2 8
Threads 4 8
L3 Cache 6 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G4 Apple M1 GPU
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm


Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP - 15 W
Type Dedicated Integrated
Fabrication process 12 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 720-1395 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 930-1575 MHz 1278 MHz
Memory size 2 GB System Shared
Memory type GDDR6 LPDDR4X
Memory bus 64 bit 128 bit
Memory speed ~8-10 Gbps 4.27 Gbps
Shading units 896 1024
DirectX support 12 -
GPU performance
2.822 TFLOPS


RAM size
Channels 1x8 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 3200 MHz 4266 MHz
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 2 2
Max. ram size 16 GB -


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 1 -
NVMe Yes Yes


Speakers 2.0 2.0
Power 2x2W -
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness - 79.6 dB
Microphones 2 3


Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5.1 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 No
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.2 2x USB 3.1
Thunderbolt No Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1x HDMI 1.4 No
DisplayPort No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes No


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel - 1 mm
Size 10.5 x 7.0 cm 12.1 x 8.1 cm
Surface Plastic Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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Write your opinion about the comparison of Apple Macbook Air (M1, 2020) and Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15” (Intel) or ask any questions
Soheil 27 October 2021 14:19
If u want a wider port selection, more ram to do things, a device that can run some games from time to time, go with the Lenovo Ideapad 5 with 11th gen i7. Apparently, you can't upgrade the RAM so choose wisely! If you want a better screen, more battery life, light, and compact device which has a great body design, go with the M1 MacBook Air (but consider buying some Anker or Satechi dongle!). Also, 8GB of RAM is enough for most people, but if you want to sell this in like 4 years, go with the 16GB model! Thank you NanoReview!
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