Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 – Ryzen 7 Laptop Review

In recent years, the brands that weren’t into gaming initially, have started taking interest in the concept of high-end portable gaming solutions. As result brands like Lenovo, Dell, HP who were mostly focused on consumer and business-oriented laptops, have introduced the Premium Gaming line of laptops.

So today we will be checking out the Ideapad Gaming 3 from Lenovo. This budget-oriented Gaming laptop is a brother to Lenovo’s higher-end Legion series.

Specifications

The Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 4000H Series CPUs.
PROCESSOR: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
RAM: 8GB DDR4
STORAGE : 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
GRAPHICS: Nvidia GTX 1650Ti 4GB GDDR6
DISPLAY: 15.6″ FHD IPS Display
BATTERY: 45W/hr Battery
COLOR: Black
WEBCAM: Yes 720P with Privacy Shutter Lock
PRICE RANGE: Rs.78000

Build Quality

The body is made out of plastic but its well built and quite sturdy. The quality is good with a little bit of flex but that’s very much nominal and usual. The build quality is far better than the Nitro Series from Acer.

The Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 is around 2.2Kgs weight only for the laptop and along with the other accessories and the 135W charger, it comes to a total of around 2.6Kgs.

Display

The Ideapad 3 Gaming features a full HD 1080P display with a 60Hz IPS Panel. The colors are vibrant and are perfect for both entertainment and gaming purposes. Boasting a 15.6″ Anti-Glare Display along with 6mm thin bezels, this laptop a great choice for all demographics. The brightness nears at around 260nits-300nits at 100%.

Trackpad and Keyboard

Trackpad

The trackpad is made of plastic. It’s fairly smooth with no dedicated clickable left or right buttons but that isn’t much of an issue. Although it’s a dust and fingerprints magnet, it can easily be cleaned with a microfiber cloth. Otherwise, all the multi-touch gestures work as smoothly as described with the Microsoft Precision Technology.

Keyboard

The Keyboard is a full-sized gaming keyboard. With the inclusion of wider spaced keys with 1.5mm travel and a concave design, it’s fairly easy to type and play games on it. The keyboard is blue backlit and can be used in any lighting conditions.

Speakers

This laptop features two 1.5W speakers which are placed on the side of the laptop so there isn’t any muffling. The speakers are Dolby certified and according to the brand, the speakers are loud enough for everyday use.

Connectivity

On the connectivity side, Lenovo brings a lot on to the table. Starting from right side of the laptop, we get to see the exhaust cooling vent with one USB 3.2 port. Coming on to the left side we get to see the Charging port, the RJ45 Ethernet port, an HDMI port for the display output, another USB 3.2 Port, a Type C port with a headphone and microphone combo jack.

On the wireless side of things, this laptop features WiFi6 Technology for more stable and faster internet access. A special feature worth mentioning is the Rapid Charge technology, which brings up 80% of the battery life with an hour charge.

Battery Life

The battery life on this laptop is quite decent. Youtube playback gives more or less 5-6 hours of battery life which is better considering the last year’s L340 Gaming. This laptop is powered by a 3 cell 45W/hr battery.

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Performance

On the performance side of things, this laptop is equipped with Ryzen 7 4800H paired with 8GB 3200Mhz RAM. We tried out a few games using the Standard Performance Settings and these were the results. (based on average results)
3D Mark FireStrike – 9534
Battle Field V (Ultra Preset) – 56FPS
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Ultra Preset) – 43FPS
Shadow Of Tomb Raider (Ultra Preset) – 64FPS
Witcher 3 (Ultra Preset) – 49FPS
Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor (Ultra Preset) – 79FPS
Far Cry 5 (Ultra Preset) – 58FPS

Thermals

This laptop boasts two fans side by side in the middle rather than the traditional way of putting both fans at two ends. This facilitates maximum air inflow into the Laptop chassis through the vents provided underneath. For the exhaust, there are cooling vents beneath the display behind the idea pad branding and on the right side of the laptop, another exhaust vent is provided. The cooling is phenomenal for the price and the laptop temperatures don’t go past 80-85 degrees at full load. Obviously, with the time you do have to maintain it by cleaning the fans but the coolers do a fantastic job in keeping the components cool.

Software

Lenovo has its own software called the Lenovo Vantage. The Lenovo vantage allows you to update the drivers, check for the errors, request support and lets you find newer apps.

Conclusion

The Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 is a fantastic laptop for the price. The Ryzen 7 4800 performance does give Intel a run for their money. The performance is incredible and the price is way too less for such a powerful unit. It also comes with a Microsoft Office package so you will not be losing out on anything. Be it for office uses or for gaming and productivity purposes, the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 will overcome any obstacle and barrier you throw at it.

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Thats all folks!

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