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Laptop Best Buy Guide XL – Laptop voor content creation of gaming

For the heavier work, such as gaming or content creation, you still prefer a laptop with a processor that ends in -H. That is the sign for a higher tdp at both Intel and AMD: where ‘normal’ laptop processors are only allowed to consume 15W or 25W for prolonged calculations, the H series extends to 45W, provided the laptop manufacturer has the cooling and power supply in order. In practice, this means that long calculation tasks can run much faster. Many laptops with a 45W processor also have a separate video card, which is much more powerful than the one integrated into the processor. This is of course very important for gaming, but there is also other software that can benefit greatly from it.

The budget of 2000 euros that we have taken as a starting point for this category sounds like a lot of money. You can easily spend a lot more on a workstation or high-end business laptop, such as the Dell XPS 15. Apple’s fastest laptops also cost more, as we saw on the previous page.

For this LBBG category, we are looking for a device with a 45W AMD Ryzen CPU of the fifth or sixth generation, or an Intel copy of the 12th generation. There must be an Nvidia RTX video card and also a good screen that can also be nice and large and measures at least 15.6 “. We have made sure that the system is still easy to carry. We are raising the bar for that. a weight of up to 2.5kg.We hope for good autonomy by selecting a battery with a capacity of at least 70Wh.Many gaming laptops fall short on the last two points.

The best all-rounder

The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ACH6 meets all our requirements and its price is well within the budget of 2000 euros. There are even cheaper configurations available with less memory or no separate video card, some of which cost less than a thousand euros. Azerty variants are also readily available. Keep in mind that the working memory is soldered to this laptop, if you have a cheaper model in mind.

An attractive feature of the IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ACH6 is the thin housing that is light for a 16″ laptop; this model weighs 1.9 kg. Nevertheless, Lenovo has crammed in a 75 Wh battery, so that the battery life is excellent for a laptop in this The exterior is largely made of metal and feels solid. The screen is good; it has a high resolution (2560×1600), fine aspect ratio, high brightness and good image quality, with a refresh rate of 120Hz, like a gaming laptop The keyboard could have had more travel, but the feedback is clear.The infrared camera for facial recognition is nice.

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While the specs of the linked variant are worth it – a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, RTX 3050 video card, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD – the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16ACH6 isn’t the fastest laptop you can buy for fifteen hundred euros. There are models with a faster video card and the processor performance we have seen higher with other Ryzen 5000H laptops. The machine also makes a lot of noise when it is put to full use. The number of connections could also have been better: we only count one USB-C connection and an outdated HDMI1.4 port.

Score: 0(0 reviews)

Fastest hardware, mediocre image

HP Omen 16-b1890nd

For 1900 euros (or 2000 euros, in the case of the azerty version), with the HP Omen 16-b1890nd you get a model with a brand new Intel Core i7-12700H plus an Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 video card. Its system performance is therefore very good. Models with an (on paper) even faster RTX3080 that cost less than 2000 euros are rare, and the Omen 16 delivers higher 3D performance than RTX 3070 laptops we previously tested. That may have to do with the new processor, which also turns out to be powerful.

HP has incorporated the hardware in a partly metal housing that ensures that the laptop is not too heavy at 2.3 kg. The corners are rather sharp and the whole thing doesn’t feel that solid. The laptop makes a creaking sound when bending and the hinge makes itself heard when adjusting the screen. The keyboard is nice and HP has plenty of connections, with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, a Mini Displayport, gigabit ethernet and a full-size SD card reader.

As the name suggests, the Omen 16 has a 16″ screen with a nice high resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, which also refreshes at a speed of no less than 165Hz. Perfect for gaming, but the image quality could have been better, because the image is even visibly too green to the naked eye Despite the large 83Wh battery, the battery life for a gaming laptop is not above average.

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Excellent screen, but short battery life

Gigabyte Aero 5 KE4-72EE614SH

The Gigabyte Aero 5 KE4-72EE614SH, of which unfortunately no AZERTY variant seems to exist, is equipped with a 4K OLED screen with excellent image quality. The screen has a high image sharpness and brightness, perfect contrast and wide color range, making HDR images look beautiful. Gigabyte provides a color profile so that Windows can match the colors of SDR content to the panel, which does not always go well.

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Inside the housing, which appears to be largely made of plastic and weighs 2.3kg including hardware, is the same fast Core i7-12700H as in the HP laptop, plus an RTX 3060 video card. In addition to HDMI 2.1, Thunderbolt 4 and a Mini Displayport, there is a 2.5Gbit Ethernet port. It is a pity that the connections are placed impractically at the front, so that cables can get in the way of an external mouse. The Aero 5 is also not a good choice for video conferencing, with its camera located at the very bottom of the screen.

Gigabyte has given the Aero 5 a battery of no less than 99Wh, the largest capacity you will encounter in a laptop. Nevertheless, the battery life is not so good. This is probably a result of the beautiful OLED screen, which is at a disadvantage in our test with many white pages.

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Looking at the tests, it can be seen that Intel is back in the high-end segment with the twelfth processor generation. Not only with ultrabooks, but also in this category of heavier machines, AMD had the upper hand when it comes to processing power for a long time.

  • Cinebench 23 – Multi
  • Cinebench 23 – Single
  • PCMark 10 Digital Content Creation

With their Core i7-12700H CPU, the HP Omen and Gigabyte Aero laptops score 25 percent higher in Cinebench 23 when we assess the performance of a single computing core. Multithreaded, the difference drops to about 15 percent. Although the Core i7-12700H has fourteen cores, compared to the eight cores of the Ryzen 9 5900HX, there are only six fast cores. Finally, with PCMark 10 Digital Content Creation, we look at the performance for video editing and rendering, and then the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro appears to give in a bit on other reviewed laptops with Ryzen 5000H CPUs. Both Intel laptops score the best again, this time with HP followed by Gigabyte.

Good peak performance is nice and nice, but what if you start calculating for a while? We assess this with Blender, by repeatedly rendering an image and noting the time after each render. With the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro, the second render is significantly slower than the first, only to fall back to about the same level as the first. The Gigabyte Aero 5 is almost as fast as the HP laptop on its first render. The endurance performance is lower, but remains pretty constant from the second render. The Omen laptop offers the best long-term performance; they only decrease slightly as the system warms up.

  • 3DMark Time Spy
  • 3DMark Time Spy – Graphics
  • 3DMark Time Spy – CPU

The HP Omen 16 also offers the best performance in 3DMark Time Spy in the tested configuration, although that is of course also because it has the fastest video card on board. As mentioned, the score is higher than with previously tested RTX 3070 laptops, and goes towards models with an economical RTX 3080. The Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro 16ACH6, in particular, makes a significant sacrifice in this test. That means this model doesn’t lend itself well to gaming, although a smooth 60fps isn’t out of reach in lighter titles or when using lower settings and resolutions.

  • Brightness white
  • Contrast
  • Average Grayscale Error
  • sRGB coverage
  • DCI-P3-dekking

The Gigabyte Aero 5 is the only one that uses an OLED screen, which also has the highest resolution and pixel density. Brightness and contrast are also the best of the trio, with the color range being wider. The average grayscale error turns out to be slightly higher than with the laptop from Lenovo, which has a very good color adjustment. The Ideapad 5 Pro also has a nice 16:10 aspect ratio and also the largest screen surface. The Omen 16 offers the highest refresh rate and also a high wqhd resolution, but the color adjustment is downright disappointing. The screen is much too green and the gamma value too low. Compared to the cheaper Victus series, at least the full sRGB gamut is covered, so that the colors are not rendered too faded.

In terms of battery life, the Lenovo Ideapad 5 Pro is the clear winner, at least in our browsing test. Under that circumstance, the image only goes black after ten hours, which is a comparable battery life to that of the average ultrabook. The battery life of a device with these specifications is often a lot shorter, as is also apparent from the rest of the test field in the graph. Despite the large battery, the HP laptop does not rise above the average. The Gigabyte Aero 5 has the shortest working time with its large 99Wh battery. This is probably due to the OLED screen, which is at a disadvantage when displaying the white web pages that make up our browsing test.

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