Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

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BEST RATING
Keyboard Quality:
4.4
GENERAL USE: Fair6.9/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.4/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.7/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Fair6.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Fair6.6/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.0/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.7/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.0/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is designed for gaming enthusiasts on a lower-midrange budget. It pairs an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, delivering solid performance for gaming and other demanding tasks. The device sports a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a refresh rate that suits fast-paced games, and is not touchscreen. Expect a decent color output but not top-of-the-line, with moderate screen brightness and color space coverage. Storage and memory are on the lower end, but with available slots for upgrades. The laptop comes with a numeric keypad, a backlit keyboard, and supports hardware ray tracing as well as DLSS, enhancing gaming visuals. It doesn't excel in portability due to its nearly 5-pound weight and average battery life, but it includes a good array of ports, including Ethernet and USB-C. With Windows 11 Home installed, it's a capable machine for gaming and engineering applications, but its weight and battery life make it less ideal for on-the-go use. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • Solid performance for gaming
  • High refresh rate screen
  • Backlit keyboard with number pad
  • Good build and heat management
  • Ample ports including Ethernet
Cons
  • Limited battery life
  • Moderate storage capacity
  • No thunderbolt or USB4 support
  • Not very lightweight or compact

Ratings by Category

Keyboard Quality:
4.4
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Build Quality:
4.1
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.
Battery Life:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.0
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.0
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.
Operating Noise:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
General Use:
3.9
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Engineering & Design:
3.8
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.
Content Creation:
3.7
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.
Gaming & AI:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
Software Development:
3.5
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.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$850
Release Date
October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 9.9'' x 0.96''
Weight
4.95 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
Graphics
RTX 3050 Ti (90 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours
Battery Capacity
45 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Display Brightness
292 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.2/10
Portability Score
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7/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8/10
Speaker Quality Score
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6.8/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

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

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Florian Glaser | October 2022
"The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is one of the most powerful RTX 3050 Ti laptops. If you disregard the mediocre quality of the case in terms of the material and workmanship, Lenovo has created a successful budget gaming laptop with the IdeaPad Gaming. Thanks to high TDPs and constant performance development, the Core i5-12500H and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti are able to show their full power, while in contrast, the (mostly slower) competitors deliver a better battery life. However, hardly any of the alternative laptops are able to reach the image quality of the Gaming 3. Most of the competitors are left behind in terms of the color space and brightness."

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