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Updated January 10, 2024·

To select between the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) and the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro, consider their primary usage. The MacBook Pro is slim, offers longer battery life, and is well-suited for general use, video editing, and productivity tasks within the Apple ecosystem. In contrast, the Legion 5i Pro, while heavier and with shorter battery life, provides substantially better performance for gaming, 3D rendering, and demanding engineering software due to its high-end graphics card and faster processor. The Lenovo is ideal if performance is your priority and you need a machine that can handle intensive tasks, but the MacBook Pro is preferable for portability and everyday use. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Very good portability
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

6.3
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
8.1
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is very good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.2
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
8.4
5.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
8.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) is good.

Screen Quality

7.6
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
8.1
13.3in
SIZE
16.0in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
491.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
368.0 nits
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i has a better screen than the Apple MacBook Pro 13 for gaming and AI.

Battery

20.0 Hours
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
3.5 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 has 20 hours of battery life. The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i has 3.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
Fair
13.3in
SIZE
16.0in
3.0 lbs
WEIGHT
5.6 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) has very good portability, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
7.4
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) has best in class build quality, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.7
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
7.5
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
491.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
368.0 nits
20.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
3.5 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
8.9/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.6/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) and Lenovo Legion Pro 5i are both good for general use.

Content Creation

7.7
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
7.7
5.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
8.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) and Lenovo Legion Pro 5i are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.6
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
7.6
5.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
8.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) and Lenovo Legion Pro 5i are both good for software development.

Cost

$1,249
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)
Legion Pro 5i
$1,264
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$1,200

$1,400

$1,600

$1,800

$2,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) has a price of $1,249 and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i costs $1,264.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020) and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020)Lenovo Legion Pro 5i
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020)Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

GENERAL

Price
$1,249
$1,264
Release Date
October 1, 2020March 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.4'' x 0.61''14.3'' x 10.3'' x 0.97''
Weight
3 lbs5.6 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M1Intel i7-13700HX
Graphics
M1 (8C) RTX 4060 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
8 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
20 Hours3.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
58.2 Wh80 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.3"16"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
60Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
491 nits368 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/107.4/10
Portability Score
8.9/106.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
10/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/108.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.5/107/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
04
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
13
Thunderbolt Version
3N/A

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020)

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Andreas Osthoff | June 2022
"The MacBook Pro 13 is still a very good subnotebook. The 2022 MacBook Pro 13 might look like recycling at first, because the device is completely identical to the old model expect for the new M2 SoC. We have to admit that we were surprised to see another iteration of the MBP 13 as well. The laptop is obviously familiar, but this does not change the fact that it is still a very good subnotebook. You get an excellent chassis with good stability, a very good display, good input devices and the new M2 chip is very powerful and efficient."

Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

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Brian Westover | August 2023
"The midpriced Lenovo Legion Pro 5i Gen 8 follows some of our favorite gaming machines, including last year's model and the higher-end Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 tested earlier this year. But pedigree doesn't count for much in the computer world, and gaming laptops require a certain level of power and graphics performance to justify their prices. The Pro 5i Gen 8 just doesn't do that, offering middling CPU and GPU performance rather than the sort of muscle that would make it a great value."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and one of the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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