Lenovo ThinkPad Vs IdeaPad [Comparison Guide 2023]

Lenovo is a famous brand in laptop manufacturing. It is a Hong Kong (China) based company known among laptop users due to its famous products. Lenovo ThinkPad vs IdeaPad is the two most popular product lines of Lenovo laptops.

Lenovo ThinkPad Vs IdeaPad

Lenovo Thinkpad

The name “ThinkPad” is very historical in computer manufacturing. First, this name was used by the world-famous and first computer company IBM (International Business Machines). ThinkPad product was originally launched in 1992 by IBM, but later, Lenovo purchased this product in 2005.

From that time till today, ThinkPad has been manufactured by Lenovo and has reached new levels of popularity among laptop users. ThinkPad is a business-oriented product line of Lenovo.

To understand the quality of ThinkPad laptops, it is enough that Lenovo ThinkPad is the only laptop used in space and the only laptop approved by ISS (International Space.

Lenovo IdeaPad

IdeaPad originally belonged to Lenovo from the starting day of its manufacturing. Lenovo started manufacturing this product line in 2008. As far as its use is concerned, after the business-line product ‘ThinkPad’, Lenovo Company gave its consumer-line product with the brand name ‘IdeaPad’.

Now it is very clear that we will compare two different product lines of Lenovo not only in terms of their specifications but also in terms of their user segments.

Series of ThinkPad

Following is a glimpse of the ThinkPad series, provided for every type of user. These all are different in hardware configurations as well as performance.

Series of IdeaPad

The Ideapad series of laptops is a collection of versatile laptops which is an ideal choice for performing daily routine computational work.

These are high-performing machines for beginners to get their best computer experience and casual gaming. Following is the list of IdeaPad series, which highlights their working and functional area.

Body and Design

The design of ThinkPad laptops is simple but very attractive. The laptops of this series are mostly black in colour body, but it is not any fixed colour. Some silver-grey laptops are also available in this series.

The chassis of ThinkPad laptops are mostly metallic, including magnesium and titanium, but stiff plastic is also used to make this laptop’s casing.

As far as the design and body of IdeaPad are concerned, it is less durable than ThinkPad but is not less in quality compared to the same range of laptops of other companies. The body of low-priced IdeaPad laptops is plastic, while high-end laptops have a metallic casing.


When we use the term performance for a laptop, its means we are talking about the processing speed of that laptop along with installed RAM and storage type. The performance of ThinkPad is very high because it is a highly-recommended business laptop.

High-end laptops of the ThinkPad series are loaded with the latest generation CPUs of the Intel family, including Core-i7 and Core-i5. For AMD lovers, Ryzen processors are also part of these laptops. Installed RAM also enough high-speed to back up ultra-speed processors.

In the case of storage, the highest-speed PCIe NVMe storage is also available, along with other M.2 and traditional SSD storage.

Lenovo IdeaPad is also not less in performance in the range of consumer laptops. These laptops also have the latest CPUs of the Intel family, including Core-i3, Core-i5, and even Core-i7, along with famous models of AMD processors in parallel.

Installed RAM ranges from 4GB to 8GB mostly, while traditional mechanical hard disks are also used as storage along with other high-speed non-mechanical card storage.


Top-rated ThinkPad series laptops, including ThinkPad P713, ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad T480ThinkPad E590, and ThinkPad P52s, along with others, have different sizes of a screen display in the range of 17.3 inches to 14 inches, whichever is convenient for a user according to its need.

Both types of GPUs are also available in this series. If a dedicated GPU is required, NVIDIA Quadro M620M is available, and if the integrated type of GPU is the requirement, then Intel UHD 620 is available. FHD display screens with IPS and other latest technologies are placed on the body of these laptops.

As we know that IdeaPad is a consumer laptop series, that’s why all screen sizes are available on these laptops ranging from 17.3 inches to 11.6 inches.

These series include some of the best gaming laptops like IdeaPad L340. That’s why NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards are also available in this series of laptops, along with integrated UHD Graphics 620. Display these laptops in High Definition (HD).

Keyboard and TrackPoint

TrackPoint is part of ThinkPad laptops only, and it is missing in IdeaPad machines. Keyboards with backlit and fingerprint sensor is also available in this series.

Keyboard quality is relatively better in the IdeaPad series. Lenovo gives attractive and lightened keyboards in the laptops of the IdeaPad series to make them more attractive for users as consumer-laptop.

Final Words

It is much clearer in the whole discussion that both series are for different target customers. ThinkPad is built especially for professionals and business users who need performance and largely do not think about the price.

On the other side, IdeaPad is a series for other users, including students and other general-purpose users who need a fully functional multimedia machine.

Still, the budget is also in their consideration. So you can go for any of these laptops according to these two categories. I was hoping you could stay connected with me through your comments.

Hi... I am Junaid Khan (Telecom Engineer) and professional blogger. I have 8 years experience in tech department and publishing lot of technology based articles on different top websites. Here I will solve your tech related issues and will share my experience with research based content.

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