HP Pavilion 15 vs Lenovo Ideapad 5 (Intel): Which One is Better for Productivity?

This is the comparison of HP Pavilion 15 Intel version and Lenovo Ideapad 5 Intel version laptops. Both these laptops has the latest 11th gen processor. We will see which one is better as a budget productivity laptop.

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PROSPROS
It has a dedicated graphics card.
Performance is good with the latest gen processor.
High system performance.
It can be used for low-end gaming.
Good battery life.
CONSCONS
The display could be better.Low color gamut of the display.

SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLAYHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Type15.6″ diagonal, HD, micro-edge, BrightView, 250 nits display,
15.6″ diagonal, HD , multitouch-enabled, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge, 250 nits display,
15.6″ diagonal FHD, IPS, micro-edge, WLED-backlit, multitouch-enabled, edge-to-edge glass, 250 nits display,
15.6″ diagonal FHD, IPS, anti-glare, micro-edge, WLED-backlit, 300 nits display
15.6″ FHD IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits display
Resolution1366 x 768, 1920 x 10801920 x 1080
LCD Backlight TechnologyLED, WLEDLED
Monitor Features250 nits, 300 nitsUp to 300 nits
PROCESSORHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
CPUIntel Core i7-1165G711th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor
Clock SpeedUp to 4.7 GHzUp to 4.7 GHz
Cache12 MB L3 Cache12 MB Cache
MEMORYHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Speed3200MHz3200MHz
TechnologyDDR4 SDRAMDDR4 SDRAM
Size8GB, 12GB, 16GB8GB
HARD DRIVEHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Storage256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB + 16GB, 32GB512 GB
Spindle SpeedPCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, Intel Optane memoryPCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
AUDIO & VIDEOHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Graphic ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce MX450 (2 GB), Intel Iris Xe GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics
SoundAudio by B&O, Dual speakers, HP Audio Boost2 x 2W user-facing speakers with Dolby Audio
CameraHP Wide Vision 720p HD camera with integrated dual array digital microphones
OPERATING SYSTEMHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
TypeWindows 10 Home,
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
CONNECTIONSHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Ports1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C 10Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge);
2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate;
1 HDMI 2.0;
1 headphone / microphone combo
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1,
USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (power delivery, display port),
HDMI 1.4b,
SD card reader,
Headphone / mic combo
Memory cardMulti-format SD media card readerSD card reader
COMMUNICATIONSHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Wireless ProtocolRealtek Wi-Fi 5 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5 Combo (MU-MIMO supported), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 201 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5 combo (Supporting Gigabit file transfer speeds)Intel Wi-Fi 802.11AX (2 x 2) Bluetooth 5.1
Wired Protocol
BATTERYHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Capacity41 WHr 57 WHr
Cells3 Cell 3 cell
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
Width14.18 in14.07 in
Depth9.21 in9.18 in
Height0.70 in0.78 in
Weight3.86 lbs3.66 lbs
MISCELLANEOUSHP PAVILION 15LENOVO IDEAPAD 5
ColorNatural Silver, Forest Teal, Warm GoldGraphite Grey
KeyboardFull-size, backlit or without backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
AVAILABLE OPTIONSOption-1
Option-2
Option-3
Option-4
Option-1
Option-2

INTRODUCTION:

HP Pavilion 15

This is the HP Pavilion 15-inch laptop. Now, this does have the 11th gen Intel processor. This is aimed at being a budget-conscious laptop that can do a little bit of everything.

Lenovo Ideapad 5

There are several reasons why this is a great laptop for students and work purposes. One of them is the price and another thing is that this thing gives you a very concentrating experience without any distraction.

HP-Pavilion-15

DESIGN & BUILD:

HP Pavilion 15

It’s a budget laptop, so we’re not looking at something that’s designed to be fancy. It’s just designed to get the job done and that’s reflected in the overall build. While the build is in the natural silver and feels like it’s a metal build for the most part, you’re quickly reminded that it is not an ultra-premium machine.

The keyboard generally is pretty solid. Also, the trackpad is fairly large so if that’s a concern of yours how large is the trackpad going to be, HP’s got your back here that is something that they’ve made sure of with the Pavilion line now.

Lenovo Ideapad 5

Design is not only something that affects the outside look, the appearance, the style but it’s something that directly affects your laptop using behavior. For example, if your laptop is made of aluminum, you’ll be more likely to be more gentle with it to handle it with more care. When you have a product made of plastic, then that’d be easier to carry around. Plastics are less prone to scratching and denting and with something that has a complete matte finish and cuffed corners, it’s simply a joy to use. The Ideapad is all curved up together with a super thick matte finish, so it feels very sturdy and durable. This is probably the thickest matte finish that I’ve seen, it’s very nice on the touch but because of this, it sucks in a good amount of sweats and fingerprints. So, it’s definitely a big minus for those of you with sweaty hands.

The external design is also very simple. With only the Lenovo logo at the corner and this premium matte finish with a simplistic solid design together with the same matte finish all around and the monochromatic gray, it’s one of the things that make for the distractionless experience. The frame is also very sturdy, I can comfortably throw this thing around. The long hinge is also solid, allowing you to open the machine easily by one hand, partly because of the protruding part where the webcam sits that gives you a ledge to put your finger underneath. Overall, this is a very simple design, nothing flashy or glamorous.

Another thing that would help you concentrate when using this machine is the keyboard. Lenovo’s keyboards always have one thing that I like that is the large and curved keycaps. It somehow always feels very reliable together with the familiar layout. So, it’s very hard to mistype on this. However, compared to the more premium Lenovo devices, the typing feel is not as satisfying. Key travel is a bit short, the keycap is plastic even though it has a nice smooth finish. So overall, I think this is a good typing experience in this price range with the familiar layout, large keycaps that wrap around your fingers. This keyboard will help you focus on your work because you don’t have to worry about getting used to a new keyboard or mistyping. There is also a numpad if you need it. The touchpad underneath has a decent size, comfortable tracking feel. You definitely can use this without a mouse.

DISPLAY QUALITY:

HP Pavilion 15

The display is not a high-resolution one, we are not even looking at a full HD display. There are a lot of people out there that on a budget are still going to be interested in this regardless of the display’s resolution and 250 nits brightness because its internal components are still fairly solid.

This is a fairly low-res display, viewing angles are not great that’s to be expected but when it comes to gaming that’s the interesting part about these more budget-friendly machines with Intel’s 11th gen is that gaming should be a little bit more practical on it, especially since you won’t be downscaling from 4K or full HD.

Lenovo Ideapad 5

There’s only one thing that I’m not so sure about this machine which is the full HD TN panel. Now, if this sounds like a complete deal-breaker for you, the Ideapad 5 also comes with an IPS display option and it’s also touch-able. If you’ve used a good IPS panel before, then it’s really hard to go back toward TN, it has pretty poor color accuracy and limited viewing angles. I almost always recommend an IPS panel but from a student’s point of view, if the display is not the most important thing for you while the price is, then the TN panel is a good budget option. In return, you’d have nice and thin bezels around it. For the 15 inch size, this is a very portable machine at only 1.38 kilograms.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15

FEATURES:

HP Pavilion 15

In terms of what else is under the hood besides that, Core i7 1165G7 with the Iris Xe graphics, we’ve got 16 GB of DDR4 RAM as well as a 512 GB NVMe drive and beyond that, it does not have Wi-Fi 6 but you do get it as an option. It’s got a three-cell battery and it has thunderbolt 3 on board. We do have an SD card reader, fingerprint scanner, Windows Hello, I believe it’s capable of with that IR camera.

We have a Type-A port, your power port as well as what appears to be a Kensington lock, nothing on the back except the Pavilion branding. On the left side of the machine that’s where we have HDMI out, another Type-A port which is marked to look like it’s thunderbolt 3, a micro SD card slot, and then a headphone microphone combo jack.

If I had one nitpick with this machine is its IPS panel just not even being full HD but I will reiterate this is about being cost-effective not a high-end bleeding-edge machine and between its processor and the amount of RAM, this is the type of PC that if you need it for college or work purposes. This machine is great for anyone who is just looking for an affordable current system means with the latest hardware at least when it comes to processing power.

Lenovo Ideapad 5

Eight GB of RAM is soldered on. So, if you do things like coding with virtual machines and stuff, then you should maybe opt for the 16 GB option. Other than that, it has a replaceable M.2 SSD slot which is preoccupied with 512 GB in this model. 

If you want to use your own gears then this Ideapad 5 also has a very adequate range of ports. You have an SD card slot, USB-A, HDMI for extracting images, and you also have USB-C but unfortunately, it’s not Thunderbolt 3.

On the upper bezel is the webcam and there’s also a slider to cover it if you’re concerned about privacy. This one also has a one-touch fingerprint sensor hidden underneath the power button. It does its job well, logging you in quickly and accurately.

The speakers in this model are brought up to the top of the base panel above the keyboard. Sound quality is okay, just loud enough, good enough for most normal users.

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PERFORMANCE:

HP Pavilion 15

This particular laptop has an Intel 11th gen core i7 processor, that’s the 1165G7, and then it’s complemented by Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics. This HP Pavilion series is specially made for office works and productivity works. In this latest Pavilion 15 laptop, you can also do some light gaming as it has dedicated NVIDIA MX450 graphics. 

For the performance, the processor coupled with integrated or dedicated graphics works really well. The CPU-intensive works will be done properly. So, you can do all your office and productivity works on this laptop smoothly. The thermal temperature is also on control level as its design is like that and considering its size is 15 inches.

Lenovo Ideapad 5

Performance is something that students especially seem to care a whole lot about and the performance level of this Ideapad 5 is very suitable for most students’ demands. It uses the 10th gen Ice-lake Intel core i5 1035G1, a very popular CPU for office and student laptops this year. I’d also recommend that you’re only getting the i5 version because, with an office laptop like this, the i7 option will just cost you more money and not much difference in terms of performance. In practice, the performance of this i5 model allows me to multitask very well with multiple chrome tabs, a few hundred megabytes excel file to lightroom and photoshop, everything runs smoothly in my workload. In the whole working process, I found the machine to run very quietly, another plus for concentration and productivity.

BATTERY:

HP Pavilion 15

This latest-gen Pavilion 15 has a 3 cell 41 watt-hour lithium-ion battery inside it. It also comes with a 65 watt AC power adapter for charging the laptop. This laptop supports HP’s fast-charge system, so it will charge 50% battery in only 30 minutes.

Lenovo Ideapad 5

The 57-watt hour battery gives about 7 hours of regular mix-use which is pretty good.

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15

WHICH TO BUY?

The Pavilion 15 is really a budget-conscious purchase, this is not the high performer. It’s more about getting exactly what you pay for which is a functional machine. This is for those of you who are not looking for something flashy but are just looking for something for your money literally. This is going to be one of your least expensive ways to get access to an 11th gen core i7 Intel processor. It’s a laptop without anything showy or flashy. It’s a laptop that simply does not fuss, it doesn’t mess around. Everything from the material, the design, the keyboard, or the stability in performance, all work towards one purpose giving you the highest level of concentration and productivity. The biggest minus point is probably the display but if you have the actual box then the choice is entirely yours to upgrade to an IPS panel.

Both the Pavilion and Ideapad are working well and good to buy. So, the decision is in your hands that which one is more attractive in your perspective considering all the features and functions.