Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ACH with Ryzen 5000: Mid-range laptop almost reaches high-end level
OLED displays, CNC-machined aluminum cases, quad-speaker systems, 4K resolution, high-end GPUs - premium laptops can offer any number of features that cheaper laptops can't. However, premium laptops all have one inherent disadvantage: They are expensive - sometimes so expensive that many potential buyers might be discouraged.
This makes upper mid-range devices that offer individual functions and features of higher tiers for less money all the more interesting. In this way, buyers might not get quality in all respects, but they do in certain areas.
An example: The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ACH. Its price ranges from 800 Euros (~$947) for the entry-level model to around 1,550 Euros (~$1,835) for the top-of-the-line configuration. This is a laptop for multimedia applications, and all variants of the IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ACH share two features: Ryzen 5000H CPUs as well as a large 16-inch display in the 16:10 format.
As we saw in our detailed review: AMD processors make sure that the CPU performance is always top-notch. And the matte display, which has a resolution of 2560 x1600 in all models and also offers a high refresh rate of 120 Hz in our test device, looks like it could easily be found in a genuine premium laptop.
Granted, there are compromises, but they are probably hard to avoid at a starting price of 800 Euros (~$947). One regrettable example are the internal speakers, which are unfortunately poor in this case.