Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.9
GENERAL USE: Good7.0/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.0/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.2/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.0/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.1/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.9/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.4/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Poor5.6/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 offers a balance between affordability and functionality, packing moderate performance with its AMD Ryzen 3 processor capable of handling everyday tasks smoothly. It comes with a sizeable 512GB storage and 8GB of RAM, ensuring ample space for applications and multitasking. While not designed for high-end gaming or intensive engineering software, its integrated Vega 6 graphics can support casual gaming and less demanding graphics tasks. Its large 15.6-inch IPS display provides a crisp and vivid full HD resolution but isn't suited for specialized color work due to moderate color coverage. The IdeaPad Slim 3 comes with a range of ports, including USB-C, and has reasonable battery life for typical use, but it may not be ideal for long periods away from a power outlet. Weighing over 3.5 pounds with a thickness of 0.7 inches, it offers moderate portability. The keyboard quality is good and it features a number pad, which is convenient for data entry, but the laptop isn't backlit, which could be a drawback in low-light conditions. It's a suitable choice for general use like web browsing, document editing, and media consumption, particularly for those on a budget. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • Affordable price point
  • Touchscreen functionality
  • Good battery life
  • Decent keyboard quality
  • Webcam quality is very good
Cons
  • Modest processor performance
  • Average build quality
  • Limited ports selection
  • No advanced graphics features

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.
Battery Life:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.4
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Content Creation:
4.1
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:
4.0
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.
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.
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
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3's performance for engineering and design use is limited by its AMD Ryzen 3 CPU and Vega 6 GPU, which may struggle with highly demanding tasks, and its RAM, which at 8 GB could be insufficient for complex software commonly used in these fields. Additionally, although the screen offers a decent resolution and IPS display, the color coverage is lower than what professionals might prefer for precise design work.
Gaming & AI:
3.1
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.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$455
Release Date
March 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 9.3'' x 0.7''
Weight
3.52 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 3 7330U
Graphics
Vega 6
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours
Battery Capacity
47 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
281 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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6.5/10
Portability Score
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7.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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9.5/10
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
No
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Olivier Martin, Ryan Lim, and John Peroramas | May 2023
"The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i is decent for use as a workstation. Its Intel CPU and integrated graphics can only handle light productivity tasks, not demanding workloads like video editing or 3D graphics. You also can't do any color-critical work because the available displays have a narrow color gamut. It has a good port selection, but its USB-C lacks Thunderbolt 4 support. On the upside, it has a comfortable keyboard and doesn't get hot or loud under load."

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