Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 vs Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

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Evaluation of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) 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
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Easier to carry: weighs 220 grams less (around 0.49 lbs)
  • Around 40% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • User-upgradable RAM (up to 64GB) and an SSD
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 2
  • Thinner bezels and 6% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a bigger (~11%) battery – 100 against 90 watt-hours
  • 79% sharper screen – 254 versus 142 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 1.88 kg (4.15 lbs) 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)
Dimensions 359.5 x 253.8 x 17.9 mm
14.15 x 9.99 x 0.7 inches
355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
Area 912 cm2 (141.4 inches2) 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~81.4% ~86.2%
Side bezels 7.4 mm 3.4 mm
Colors Black Silver, Gray
Material Top: Carbon fiber
Middle: Aluminum
Bottom: Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle 180° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Liquid metal No -
Number of fans 2 2
Noise level (max. load) 45.5 dB 37.4 dB


Size 16 inches 16.2 inches
Refresh rate 60 Hz 120 Hz
PPI 142 ppi 254 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 3456 x 2234 pixels
HDR support No Yes, Dolby Vision
Sync technology No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Glossy (Antireflective)
Ambient light sensor No Yes
Screen space comparison
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
16.2″ (16:10 ratio) = 118 in2
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5
16″ (16:10 ratio) = 115.1 in2
~2% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 1200:1 25700:1
sRGB color space 100% 100%
Adobe RGB profile - 88%
DCI-P3 color gamut - 99.1%
Response time - 67 ms
Max. brightness


Full charging time 1:40 hr 1:25 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left Left, Right
Charge power 135 / 170 / 230 W 140 W
Cable length - 2 meters
Weight of AC adapter 878 grams 353 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.7 GHz -
Cores 14 (6P + 8E) 10 (8P + 2E)
Threads 20 10
L3 Cache 24 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics (96EU) Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core)
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm


Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 95 W 30 W
Nvidia Optimus MUX -
Type Dedicated Integrated
Fabrication process 8 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 1463 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 1695 MHz 1296 MHz
Memory size 4 GB System Shared
Memory type GDDR6 LPDDR5
Memory bus 128 bit 256 bit
Memory speed 12 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2560 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 80 128
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 48 64
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 4x4 GB
Clock 4800 MHz 6400 MHz
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 2 -
Max. ram size 64 GB -


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 2 -
NVMe Yes Yes


Audio chip Realtek ALC3306 -
Speakers 2.0 4.2 (4 tweeters and 2 woofers)
Power 2x2W -
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness ~81.4 dB ~84.7 dB
Microphones 2 3


Wi-Fi standard v6E v6
Bluetooth v5.2 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Infrared sensor Optional No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 No
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 3x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.5 mm 1 mm
Size 11.5 x 6.7 cm 15.5 x 9.9 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
Further details
Notes on ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5:
    - The RTX 3060/3070 Ti/3080 Ti models have a single M.2 SSD slot supporting up to 4TB, whereas the more budget-friendly RTX 3050 Ti model features two such slots.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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