Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.9
GENERAL USE: Fair6.9/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.0/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.2/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Fair6.9/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.0/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.2/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.4/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Fair6.1/10
SIZE: 14"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Decent battery life for typical use
  • Portable and lightweight design
  • Backlit keyboard for low-light usage
  • Includes fingerprint reader for security
Cons
  • Average build quality
  • Mediocre screen colors and brightness
  • Room for improved speaker quality
  • Modest performance for engineering tasks

Ratings by Category

Operating Noise:
4.9
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Portability:
4.5
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use:
4.0
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" is fair for general use because it offers a mid-range processor suited for everyday tasks and sufficient RAM, alongside a decent-quality screen which is important for usability and visual clarity. However, you may find the battery life to be just enough for day-to-day use without the need for frequent charging, balanced with a lightweight design that aids in portability, making it a reasonable option for mobile users who prioritize ease of movement.
Software Development:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
3.6
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Keyboard Quality:
3.5
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
3.2
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Gaming & AI:
3.1
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" is fair for gaming and 3D tasks because it uses an integrated GPU, which is less powerful than dedicated gaming GPUs, and the screen's refresh rate is standard at 60Hz, which is fine for casual gaming but not optimal for fast-paced games that benefit from higher refresh rates.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$435
Release Date
October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
12.8'' x 8.5'' x 0.78''
Weight
3.1 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
Graphics
Vega 7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours
Battery Capacity
45 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
313 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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6.5/10
Portability Score
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8.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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9.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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6.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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6/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Marvin Gollor | February 2023
"The low-priced IdeaPad 3 14 delivers on core functionality. Lenovo's IdeaPad 3 14 meets all the basic requirements for an inexpensive office laptop. The matte IPS display is bright enough, the performance is high for the class, and the input devices are rock solid. In addition, the mostly quiet operation including the useful performance modes, cool surface temperatures, easy maintainability as well as expandable working and mass storage all contribute to the IdeaPad 3 14's value proposition."

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