Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15"

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15"

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15"

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.9
GENERAL USE: Fair6.2/10
GAMING/AI: Poor5.8/10
ENG/DESIGN: Poor5.8/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Fair6.3/10
CONTENT CREATION: Fair6.3/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.5/10
BATTERY: Fair6.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Poor5.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Poor5.8/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" is a budget-friendly laptop suitable for general use, featuring an Intel i3 processor, integrated Intel UHD graphics, and 8 GB of RAM. It comes with 256 GB of storage and a 15.6-inch TN display with a resolution that is lower than Full HD. While it does have a touchscreen, the visual experience may not be as sharp or vibrant compared to laptops with higher resolution or IPS panels. This laptop is not designed for intensive gaming, 3D rendering, or engineering work, as its GPU and CPU are more modest. The IdeaPad has a decent array of ports but lacks USB-C or Thunderbolt connectivity. It has a numeric keypad but no backlit keyboard. With a weight of around 3.75 pounds and a stated battery life for typical use, it offers moderate portability. If your usage mainly involves web browsing, office applications, and media consumption, this could be a practical option, especially if you're looking for a machine at a lower price point. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Affordable price point
  • Touchscreen feature included
  • Has a number pad on keyboard
  • Good portability with light weight
  • Decent fan noise management
Cons
  • Low screen resolution
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Limited performance for gaming, machine learning
  • Poor engineering performance

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:
4.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
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.
Software Development:
3.4
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:
3.4
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:
3.3
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" is equipped with basic components suitable for everyday tasks such as browsing and office applications, but its screen resolution and battery life are limited, making it less ideal for extensive multimedia use or long periods away from a power source. With modest CPU and RAM, it adequately handles routine activities despite its limitations in screen quality and endurance, defining its fair assessment for general use.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$330
Release Date
October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 10'' x 0.78''
Weight
3.75 lbs
Width
14.26"
Depth
9.98"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i3-1115G4
RAM
8 GB
DDR Memory Version
4
RAM Slots
1
Storage
256 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
5 Hours
Battery Capacity
35 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
TN
Resolution
1366 x 768
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
220 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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6.5/10
Portability Score
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7.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Premium Business Laptop
No
Fan Noise Score
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9.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

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

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
0
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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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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