Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (14-inch) has a keyboard made for work and enough power for some fun, but the IdeaPad 3 is let down by a poor screen and relatively short battery life

Pros

  • Good performance for the price
  • Deep keyboard
  • Tries to avoid the typical style-free zone of cheap laptops

Cons

  • Low-quality screen
  • No USB-C
  • Lacks “all day” battery life

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £429.99
  • 14in 1920 x 1080 TN LCD screen
  • Intel Core i3-1005G1
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Dimensions: 327 x 241 x 19.9 mm
  • Weight: From 1.6 kg

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 (14-inch) is an ease PC that may be solid match for understudies, or families who needn’t bother with pivotal force.
It runs Windows 10 S, which means you’re limited to Windows Store applications except if you change it to full Windows 10. You can do this for nothing very quickly, in spite of the fact that will see some presentation settles.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 has an Intel Core-arrangement processor, one more remarkable than the common Windows 10 S PC. So for what reason is Windows 10 S even here? The PC has restricted RAM and capacity, and the confined programming is a heads-up of who it’s intended for.
It plays out the essentials fine and dandy, on account of a bizarrely profound and responsive console and close quiet running. Notwithstanding, the screen is poor and its battery doesn’t get very close enough to the entire day use. In any case, is it still a decent worth PC?

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Design – Imposter aluminum

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is out to pull pranks on us. Its console plate and top have a genuinely persuading brushed metal impact to their completion, yet the two sections are plastic with a slight metallic sheen.
This plastic is additionally smooth, which feels tackier on your palms than either anodised aluminum or finished plastic. In any case, very much done Lenovo, you had us briefly. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s underside is the common harsh finished plastic of a reasonable PC.
Assemble quality is reasonable, if no greater than the standard. The console encompass will flex a little under the pressing factor of hard composing, if adequately not to destroy the experience, and within the IdeaPad 3 looks excessively a very remarkable mixed bag.
You have the metal-impact plastic base, mid-dark console keys, a finished plastic pivot and a modest looking screen. Lenovo has made some extraordinary looking mid-value workstations throughout the long term, however this less expensive one will not persuade such a large number of eyes – it’s definitely not a spending model close-up. That metal impact figment works best from a good ways.
All things considered, the screen part is genuinely firm and it’s light enough to treat as a compact PC. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 weighs 1.6kg and is 20mm thick. It’s a long way from being really slender and light, however we are discussing a £430 PC.
Consider connecting a mouse for home use, however all you right-handers should do as such on “some unacceptable” side of the PC on the grounds that the Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s USB ports are altogether on the left. There is the typical triplet: one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0s, yet I’d hope to see the more slow one on the correct hand-side of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3.

You don’t get a USB-C port either, which appears to be a head-scratcher .

The retro association line-up is finished by a full-size SD card space and a full-size HDMI. Truth be told, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 has all that I utilize everyday, except the absence of a USB-C is astounding.
There are only a couple different focuses to specify. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s speakers are, you may gave speculated, pretty poor. They have the slim, without bass sound common of your normal spending PC.
The webcam is ghastly as well, and uses an inferior quality VGA sensor. Lenovo has added a little protection slider to the cam for those stressed over security. It truly impedes the sensor, so you can be certain no applications are keeping an eye on you.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Keyboard – Deep-dish plastic

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 console additionally propose this PC is implied more for work than play. While there’s a sure empty sound to key presses ringing through the plastic shell, on the off chance that you type hard, this is really a stunning console for long-structure composing.
Key activity is bizarrely high, bringing about a lot further feel than pretty much every top-value PC. Each push down accompanies a stout clonk as opposed to a meager snap. It’s a delight to type on, especially considering the Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s cost.
You don’t, notwithstanding, get any polished additional items. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 doesn’t have a console backdrop illumination and there’s no unique finger impression sensor for fast logins.
Its trackpad isn’t just about as amazing as the console. It’s an adjusted square shape of plastic and there’s a little wobble to its clicker. While the console can be somewhat peaceful in the event that you assault it with light fingers, the touchpad has a genuinely uproarious and meager clicker sound.
In the event that Lenovo disposed of the IdeaPad 3’s pre-click wobble I’d be cheerful – you can’t expect a glass touchpad at £400.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Display – Pale and wan

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s phony metal plates aren’t actually motivation to be put off this PC yet its screen may be.
On paper it sounds extraordinary: a 14-inch Full HD show with an enemy of glare covering to make working outside practical. It is anything but a touchscreen yet the pivot allows it to overlay back by 180 degrees. Nonetheless, it’s a TN (curved nematic) board.
TN screens quite often offer drastically more regrettable picture quality than an IPS LCD, the sort utilized by practically all pricier PCs and most of telephones and tables. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s shading immersion is feeble, contrast is low and the impacts of the board’s difference shift are self-evident.
Need the numbers? My SpyderX Pro says it covers only 55.4% of sRGB, 38.2% of Adobe RGB and 39.3% of DCI P3, which implies it offers terribly helpless shading exactness. Most extreme brilliance is likewise path underneath the normal at 223 nits, bringing about a poor 706:1 difference.
Slant the screen back and its character changes as well, making what’s on screen undeniably less understood. There’s no dressing this one up: it’s an awful screen. Here’s the impact of TN contrast shift in real life:
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is definitely not an incredible PC for film watching or fundamental gaming. While this PC can actually play Skyrim – more on that later – the restricted shading multiplication doesn’t distantly show that dreamland at its best.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s matte completion implies it can really be utilized outside on a bright day reasonably comfortably. Watching a reserved Netflix film will not be a lot of fun, yet word processing look OK, on account of the great difference included. Indeed, it’ll look faint, however you can make the content out.
The screen is serenely the most exceedingly awful piece of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3. I don’t anticipate an especially great screen at the cost, yet wound nematic boards are difficult to stomach in 2020. An IPS show, even a terrible one, would improve this a much PC for video and gaming.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Performance – Perfect for the fundamentals

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 has an Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD drive.
This line-up made them can’t help thinking about why the IdeaPad 3 accompanies Windows 10 S rather than full Windows. A Core i3-1005G1 is significantly more remarkable than the sort of Intel Pentium Gold processor that typically gets the chopped down OS. As could be, there’s nothing amiss with a Core i3.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Surface Go 2 Honor MagicBook 14
Geekbench 5 single-core 1080 427 792
Geekbench 5 multi-core 2078 970 3035
PCMark 10 3004 1888 3301

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But does the limited 4GB RAM hold you back?

For the basic stuff it does not. Doing my usual day-to-day work the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is clearly much faster and smoother than the base-spec Microsoft Surface Go 2, which has an Intel Pentium CPU. It’s about as nippy as any £1000 laptop for undemanding jobs. The SSD probably helps. Its 1780MB/s read and 839MB/s write speeds are respectable.

How about Photoshop? It will run OK for the basics, but 4GB RAM is not enough if you want to start working on big layered images. Photoshop is a RAM hog, and when it runs out you will start to see significant slow-down and potentially some crashes.

Spend a bit more and you can get an 8GB laptop with a Core i5 CPU, which is the norm for £1000+ laptops. Still, at around £400 the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is one of the more powerful options around. It can do more than the majority of Chromebooks.

You don’t get a graphics card, just the integrated graphics that is part of the Core i3 processor. There was little point in subjecting the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 to our usual gaming tests, but I did try out Skyrim to see if it would run.

You’ll be stuck at “low” graphics, which uses lower-res textures and features obvious pop-in for shadows and other elements. However, its frame rate runs in the mid-30s at 900p resolution, which is perfectly playable. Use the native 1080p res and the resulting mid-20s frame rates are a little choppy looking.

Lenovo says its IdeaPad laptops are made for “thin and light” portable use. But it hasn’t followed this up with a particularly large battery.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 has a 35Wh battery, a fairly low capacity for a laptop you might want to take out to work somewhere far from a power socket. And, guess what, its longevity is not particularly good.

According to PC Mark 10’s battery tests,  it lasts for five hours and 28 minutes of basic office productivity work. Using it to write a document outdoors, which all but mandates maximum display brightness, and it lasts around six hours. That may seem impressive until you remember the screen itself is pretty dim.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 won’t last through a full day of work but if you just need it to hang on through an afternoon working in a cafe, no problem.

This laptop uses a standard cylindrical plug to charge, which is obvious when you remember there aren’t even any USB-Cs here. A charge takes around two hours, and it goes from flat to 30% in 30 minutes.

I would be happy doing 90% of my work on the Lenovo Ideapad 3 were it not for one thing: the low-quality screen.

Its TN panel lets down what is otherwise a very capable laptop, one with a solid processor among budget models and a nice deep-action keyboard. The faux-metallic panels will likely trick a few people into thinking you spent more too.

Dig deep and do just that and you can get the IdeaPad Flex 5i instead. It has an IPS touchscreen with flexi hinge, which will look much better. Or if you only need a laptop for basic work and entertainment, don’t forget a Chromebook. You can spend less on one of those and get a better display than the Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s.

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