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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" is less expensive and offers twice the storage space of the MSI GF63 Thin, making it a more budget-friendly option. It also has a touch screen and a longer battery life, which are beneficial for general use. However, the MSI GF63 Thin, while more expensive and having less storage, comes with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card, which is better suited for 3D rendering, machine learning and gaming, despite its shorter battery life. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15"
  • Good for general use
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation
  • Good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Very good keyboard
Advantages of the MSI GF63 Thin
  • The MSI GF63 Thin has no clear advantages over the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15".

Key differences

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General Use

7.4
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.0
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
341.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
249.0 nits
11.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.2 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.8/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" is good for general use, while the MSI GF63 Thin is only fair.

Engineering and Design

6.8
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.0
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.2/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.6/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" and MSI GF63 Thin are both only fair for engineering and design, though the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" is somewhat better.

Content Creation

7.2
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.0
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.2/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" is good for content creation, while the MSI GF63 Thin is only fair.

Software Development

7.2
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.0
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.2/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" is good for software development, while the MSI GF63 Thin is only fair.

Screen Quality

6.5
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.1
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
341.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
249.0 nits
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" has a better screen than the MSI GF63 Thin for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

11.0 Hours
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
4.2 Hours
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" has 11 hours of battery life. The MSI GF63 Thin has 4.3 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

7.6
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.5
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" has good build quality, while the MSI GF63 Thin has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

6.3
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
6.0
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.6/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.0/10
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" and MSI GF63 Thin are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Portability

Good
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.0 lbs
WEIGHT
4.1 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" and MSI GF63 Thin both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$599
IdeaPad 5 15"
GF63 Thin
$599
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The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" has a price of $599 and the MSI GF63 Thin costs $599.

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How the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" and the MSI GF63 Thin compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15"MSI GF63 Thin
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15"MSI GF63 Thin

GENERAL

Price
$599
$599
Release Date
August 1, 2022May 1, 2019
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.2'' x 0.67''14.1'' x 10'' x 0.85''
Weight
4.08 lbs4.1 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5825UIntel i5-10300H
Graphics
Vega 8 GTX 1650 Max-Q
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
8 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
11 Hours4.25 Hours
Battery Capacity
57 Wh51 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
341 nits249 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.6/106.5/10
Portability Score
7.8/107.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
7.5/108/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRed
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.5/106.8/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
21
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
31
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15"

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Marcus Schwarten | August 2021
"The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 is convincing due to its long battery life. The device scores points especially with its large battery and long battery runtimes combined with its low consumption. The CPU and GPU perform in the test as one would expect, and in line with what was familiar from the somewhat smaller 14-inch sister model, the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14."

MSI GF63 Thin

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Florian Glaser | January 2020
"If you leave aside the meagre port selection (no card reader, no DisplayPort, no Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 Gen2), the fan control that could be improved (idle mode!) and the relatively dark and slow display, the MSI GF63 Thin 9SC does not have any major weaknesses. The 15-inch gamer is compact, has a low weight and offers a good price-to-performance ratio, which should please gamers that are looking for both a portable and an affordable gaming notebook. Input devices, battery life, case quality and performance are all appropriate for this purchase price."

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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.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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