The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 review, elevates your game and leveled the playing field, with smooth, crystal-clear visuals and seamless gameplay, developed with AMD RyzenTM 5000 H-Series processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, DDR4 memory, and PCIe SSD storage options. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 stays cool with a re-engineered high-performance thermal system that keeps you comfortable while you play.
Enjoy the crisp 1080p FHD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate for tear-free gaming, and the lightning-fast NVIDIA® GeForce GTXTM 1650 GPU to supercharge today’s most popular games, including modern titles. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 looks beautiful whether it is on or off, thanks to its sleek Shadow Black exterior, which is ideal for any environment, from the classroom to the dorm room.
Play your favorite PC gaming titles on the spacious, high-quality gaming keyboard with white backlighting and 1.5 mm of key travel, and a one-piece PTP Gaming TouchPad measuring 120 x 70 mm. Stay connected with the 720p HD webcam and microphone array with privacy shutter, 2×2 WiFi 802.11 ax, and Bluetooth 5.0. This slim laptop offers 8 hours* of battery life and a Rapid Charge Pro for quick charging at home or on the go.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 Review
The IdeaPad Gaming 3 is faster and cooler than previous generations thanks to a raised thermal ceiling that dissipates 41% more heat (120W), plus its cutting-edge thermals more than double airflow, with twice as much air outlets and up to four heat pipes.
Uncompromised Battery Life
On the same laptop, high performance and long battery life can not be combined. They argue that a performance gaming laptop has to be big, bulky, and heavy. They’re wrong. With the AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series Mobile Processors, you can now enjoy elite gaming on a thin and light laptop with impressive battery life.
Top Tier Gaming Visuals
Pro-level gameplay and visuals with up to 120Hz FHD (1920×1080) IPS display. Enjoy AAA PC game titles at their highest resolution settings with smooth, tear-free frame rates. You can play games as intended on a screen that is nearly bezel-less.
As long as you turn the settings a bit lower, this laptop has a 1080p, 120hz matte screen that provides silky-smooth gaming. 120hz is not as high as 144hz, but it’s more than double the standard 60hz. The matte finish handles bright conditions quite well: the difference between the maximum and minimum brightness is approximately 2-4 watts, and the screen will automatically turn off at the lowest brightness using the brightness adjusting hotkey.
The brightness media keys do not support the press and hold (you must lift then press for each notch to make large brightness adjustments), but the volume keys do support press and hold.
The back panel can be removed with a screwdriver and prying tool to expose an additional M.2 SSD port, as well as pins for a hard drive, and to access the RAM, lift the side of the metal RAM cover and shift it to remove: there is one unused RAM slot.
As a side note, I dropped mine from a height of 3 inches, screen first, and scratched the paint (it was my fault). There was no functional damage, although the lid was scratched on the outside, so consider this a data point in an accidental drop test.
There are two points that I should put in this review which are as follows:
- The first is to improve the RAM, first of all because a single module only uses one channel. But my recommendation is to replace the laptop’s original ram module as AMD processors are very sensitive to memory latency and rank. However, the single side/dual rank (1Rx16) Samsung memory came by default. When you look up how experts at Youtube channel (like Linus Tech Tips or Jarrod’s Tech) rate this memory, the speed can increase by up to 20%. I choose this pair of T-Force modules because they are the cheapest and so perfectly work like other more expensive memories at the moment.
- The second factor I recommend is the hard drive. The laptop came with a WD 256gb PCIe 3.0 disc, which is somewhat slow (1900-950 Mb/s) but tiny (2242). The motherboard supports up to PCIe 4.0, so you can buy a disc up to 7000 Mb/s. For the second 2280 slot, I went with a 2TB Inland disc, which is a lot faster (3500-3000 Mb/s), but is a lot less expensive than a PCIe 4.0 disc. The laptop comes with adapters and enclosure for a standard 2.5 SATA (mechanical or SSD ) disc. However, there is no convenient way (or a clean way) to connect all three discs simultaneously. It can be done in a dirty fashion if anyone figures it out. I tested the three discs at the same time with the laptop open and they worked, but after you close the laptop, there is no room for the three discs at the same time.
The laptop has Mediocre battery life but it is Good for Gaming, Can be upgraded, has solid performance and best suit your budget under 700$.
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