Core Ultra Showdown: Why ThinkBook 16+ Beats Xiaoxin Pro16

In the recent past, I recommended the Xiaoxin Pro 16 to everyone, and received a reply from a netizen asking: “Wouldn’t it be a better deal to buy a ThinkBook 16+ at this price?” After comparing them, it seems to make sense. With the launch of the new products, the Xiaoxin Pro 16 and the ThinkBook 16+ have entered a showdown featuring Intel Core Ultra processors. So, which one suits you better? Today, I stand on the side of the ThinkBook 16+; this product seems to be superior.

Let’s start with the basics. The starting price for the ThinkBook 16+ is 5499 RMB, while the Xiaoxin Pro 16 starts at 5799 RMB. Indeed, both products are quite similar; they both use Intel Core Ultra 5-125H processors and have 16GB of memory. However, the ThinkBook 16+ comes with a 512GB SSD, whereas the Xiaoxin Pro 16 comes with a standard 1TB SSD, and there is also an option for a 32GB+1TB configuration.

In terms of the display, both feature a 16-inch 2560×1600 high-resolution screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB color gamut, 350 nits brightness, and even a 91% screen-to-body ratio. Therefore, in terms of configuration, the ThinkBook 16+ is 300 RMB cheaper, which can be mainly attributed to the difference between a 512GB SSD and a 1TB SSD.

However, when it comes to more detailed comparisons, things are not as straightforward. In terms of performance, the Xiaoxin Pro 16 can reach up to 65W of power release, while the ThinkBook 16+ can reach up to 80W. If you need more extreme performance, then the latter is indeed a better choice.

Additionally, the Xiaoxin Pro 16 uses onboard LPDDR5X memory, offering various configurations to choose from. On the other hand, the ThinkBook 16+ utilizes a traditional DDR5 memory with dual slots for upgrades, making its upgrade capability stronger. As for SSD upgrades, both models support the M.2 2280 specification with no significant difference.

Regarding expansion ports, the ThinkBook 16+ features the same 2A2C+HDMI ports as the Xiaoxin Pro 16, along with a Thunderbolt 4 port, an SD card reader, and a unique graphics expansion dock interface, which may not be commonly used. However, it also includes an Ethernet port and, for convenience, a hidden USB 2.0 port for connecting a mouse receiver.

As for the battery, both models are quite similar. The Xiaoxin Pro 16 has an 84Wh battery, while the ThinkBook 16+ has an 85Wh battery, both supporting fast charging. Due to their similar configurations, their everyday battery performance does not differ significantly.

Overall, why is the ThinkBook 16+ better than the Xiaoxin Pro 16? Firstly, it offers better CPU performance when needed, although it may not be noticeable during regular use. Secondly, its memory is upgradeable to your desired capacity. Lastly, it provides a richer variety of ports. Considering the similar price range, indeed the ThinkBook 16+ seems more worthy of consideration.

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