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Lenovo ThinkPad vs IdeaPad

By Anton

Certified Awkward Tech Guy™

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You may have considered one of the two main Lenovo laptop series as your preferred choice for gaming but are unsure which is the best for you. In this analysis, the 25PC crew breaks down the difference between the Lenovo ThinkPad and the Lenovo IdeaPad and which is best for different types of users. Also check out our analysis on the best laptops for gaming.

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  • Intel Core i7-6560U Processor (3.2GHz Turbo, 2.2GHz Base)
  • 13.3" Full HD (1920x1080) IPS Infinity Edge Display
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8GB RAM / Backlit Keyboard

What's Great About the Lenovo ThinkPad

The ThinkPad is the Iron Man of laptops.he IdeaPads are purely a Lenovo product, as opposed to the ThinkPads which were originally from IBM, which was later acquired by Lenovo. The following table shows the different IdeaPads currently available.Lenovo tests ThinkPads against 12 military grade requirements and 200 quality checks to ensure they are able to function in any condition. Clearly, when it comes to gaming, you probably do not need a computer that can weather the elements. It is why the ThinkPads better serve as laptops for businesses with many people, where computers may be passed down to new employees.

#1st Rated

Lenovo ThinkPad X1

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  • Display Screen Technology: In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Screen...
  • Front Camera/Webcam: Yes, Finger Print Reader: Yes, HDMI: Yes, Total Number of...

Top-of-the-Line ThinkPad

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#2nd Rated

Lenovo ThinkPad E480

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  • THIN AND LIGHT: This small laptop is 13% lighter and 8% thinner than the...
  • MAXIMUM CONNECTIVITY: Extensive I/O ports such as USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and HDMI...
  • LONG LASTING BATTERY: Lenovo ThinkPad laptop has 12 hours of life in its...

Best ThinkPad for gaming

#3rd Rated

Lenovo ThinkPad E570

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  • Intel 7th gen Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz processor, Turbo up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB DDR4...
  • 15.6" HD 1366 x 768 Energy-efficient LED backlight Display, Intel HD Graphics...
  • Next-Gen Intel Wireless-AC 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, 10/100/1000Mbps LAN,...
  • 720p resolution HD webcam with 2 microphones, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0. 1x HDMI,...

Great for extensive office use and moderate gaming

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Lenovo ThinkPad E575

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  • THINKPAD KEYBOARD: The legendary ThinkPad keyboard includes two pointing options...
  • BUSINESS READY: The Lenovo ThinkPad laptop features HDMI and USB ports to make...

Great for employees and extensive home office use


What's Great About the Lenovo IdeaPad

The Lenovo IdeaPad series are better for home use, and yes, gaming. The IdeaPads are better for multimedia. You can stream, watch and game on these laptops. It's not to say you cannot do those things on the ThinkPads, but we would recommend going with the IdeaPads if you're sole purpose is for gaming. The IdeaPads aren't nearly as robust or durable as the ThinkPads, which are meant for work environments where your computer may exchange hands a few times. The IdeaPads are great for students and people on the move. Students can fit their laptops easily in their bags to transport between classes, and then use it to game back in their dorm. We'd also recommend the IdeaPad for children, if you are looking to buy a gaming computer for a child.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 110

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  • Intel Pentium 4405U (2M Cache, 2.10 GHz), 2 cores, 4 threads
  • 4GB DDR4 of Memory, 500GB Hard Drive
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, Intel HD Graphics 510, Built-in media...

Great for kids and light gaming

#2nd Rated

Lenovo IdeaPad 210

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  • Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-Core processor, 1.10 GHz Base up to 2.0 GHz, 2GB RAM,...
  • Stereo Speakers, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Webcam, Media Reader
  • 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x...

Great for kids and light gaming

#3rd Rated

Lenovo IdeaPad 320

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  • 15.6" HD 1366 x 768 LED Backlight, Anti-Glare Display, Intel HD Graphics 500
  • Intel Celeron N3350 Dual-Core processor, 1.10GHz (with Max Turbo Speed of...
  • 1 x DC-in port, 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack,...

Great for school, home office and light gaming

#4th Rated

Lenovo IdeaPad 710

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  • Intel Core i7-6560U Processor (3.2GHz Turbo, 2.2GHz Base)
  • 13.3" Full HD (1920x1080) IPS Infinity Edge Display
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8GB RAM / Backlit Keyboard

Great for school, professional use, heavier gaming

About the author

Anton is the founder of 25pc. He is a huge gaming tech nerd and loves helping people save money. To find out more about him read his about me page.

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