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Updated January 12, 2024·

If you prioritize performance for tasks like intensive engineering or 3D work, the HP 14" Laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 is a strong choice, although its higher price reflects this capability. It has a compact 14-inch display, which contributes to portability but could be less ideal if you prefer a larger screen. On the other hand, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" boasts a 15.6-inch display that could be more comfortable for general use and multitasking, but it has a lower-resolution screen and less powerful Intel i3 processor. It's heavier, making it less portable than the HP, but it's also usually less expensive. Consider battery life too; the HP will generally last longer on a charge than the Lenovo, a significant advantage if you're often on the move. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the HP 14" Laptop
  • Very good portability
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15"
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" has no clear advantages over the HP 14" Laptop.

Key differences

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Content Creation

6.9
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
6.2
4.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.1/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
The HP 14" Laptop and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" are both only fair for content creation, though the HP 14" Laptop is somewhat better.

Screen Quality

6.3
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
5.2
14.0in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
265.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
220.0 nits
The HP 14" Laptop has a better screen than the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

8.5 Hours
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
5.0 Hours
The HP 14" Laptop has 8.5 hours of battery life. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" has 5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
Good
14.0in
SIZE
15.6in
3.2 lbs
WEIGHT
3.7 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The HP 14" Laptop has very good portability, while the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

6.0
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
6.5
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" and HP 14" Laptop both have only fair build quality, though the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" has somewhat better build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

6.7
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
6.2
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN
265.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
220.0 nits
8.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
5.0 Hours
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.5/10
8.3/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.5/10
The HP 14" Laptop and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" are both only fair for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.0
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
6.0
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
9.5/10
The HP 14" Laptop and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

6.1
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
5.8
4.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.1/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers HP 14" Laptop to be only fair for engineering and design, while the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" is poor.

Software Development

6.6
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
6.2
4.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.1/10
8.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1366 x 768
6.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.5/10
The HP 14" Laptop and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" are both only fair for software development.

Cost

$336
14" Laptop
IdeaPad 3 15"
$327
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The HP 14" Laptop has a price of $336 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" costs $327.

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How the HP 14" Laptop and the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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HP 14" LaptopLenovo IdeaPad 3 15"
HP 14" LaptopLenovo IdeaPad 3 15"

GENERAL

Price
$336
$327
Release Date
October 1, 2021October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
12.8'' x 8.9'' x 0.7''14.3'' x 10'' x 0.78''
Weight
3.22 lbs3.75 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 5500UIntel i3-1115G4
Graphics
Vega 7 UHD Xe G4
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
8 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.5 Hours5 Hours
Battery Capacity
41 Wh35 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSTN
Resolution
1920 x 10801366 x 768
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
265 nits220 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
6/106.5/10
Portability Score
8.3/107.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
8.8/109.5/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6/106.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.5/106.5/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
NoNo
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
10
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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HP 14" Laptop

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Consumer Reports

Nicholas De Leon | October 2022
"This feels like an ideal laptop for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on a laptop and isn’t too bothered by things like build quality or construction. It’s a laptop that will be used to pay bills, keep track of expenses, do some online shopping, and will be tucked away in a spare bedroom/home office. It’s an appliance designed to do a job without fuss. It’s not a premium experience—the materials do feel a little cheap, the display won’t exactly wow you, and the battery life is nothing to write home about, especially if you’ve used more expensive devices. But overall it’s not too shabby, especially for the price."

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15"

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Sascha Mölck | February 2023
"The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is an enduring office notebook with a powerful Ryzen APU. Lenovo's office all-rounder easily handles office and internet applications as well as modest games - the Ryzen 5 5625U APU and 16 GB of RAM make this possible. The CPU and GPU can work at consistently high clock rates. The emission values are okay, but the noise emissions should be lower under medium to full load. The relatively light notebook (approx. 1.6 kg) achieves practical battery runtimes of about 10 to 11 hours."

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About HP

HP, also known as Hewlett-Packard, is an American technology company that develops personal computers and computer peripherals. In the laptop industry, HP is known for its entry level Essential series laptops, its mid-range Pavilion, Envy, and Victus series, and high-end Omen and Spectre series, in addition to its business-oriented EliteBook, ProBook, and Dragonfly series laptops. HP laptops generally undercut other mainstream competitors in terms of price, placing itself as the value-oriented mainstream brand.

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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