Based on the country where your home is, the Ideapad 3 (15) is probably the more affordable devices that you can buy. As such, don’t be prepared to be impressed by great performance, or by good construction. In fact, you should certainly narrow down your entire expectations. Of course, this doesn’t make these devices bad, it just signifies that to be able to have the perfect notebook computer for a minimal budget – some corners need to be cut.
Usually, the essential thing that falls with the price may be the display. Even though, Lenovo continues to be offering this boy with a complete HD IPS option (although we were only in a position to get our practical the TN model). Additionally, almost all of the budget notebooks have sluggish processors, just like the Pentium or Celeron series, yet somehow, this is simply not the case here. Now, give consideration – this notebook computer will come in four different iterations. Almost all of the features are shared between every one of them, but why is them distinct will be the CPU options. The unit come with a group of letters and numbers behind and we’ll assist you to set them apart – 15IIL05 (Ice Lake processors), 15IML05 (Comet Lake), 15ADA05 (Ryzen 3000U), 15ARE05 (Ryzen 4000U).
Undoubtedly, the latter will supply the best performance. However, we got the Ice Lake edition of the Ideapad 3 (15), and likewise to the potent integrated graphics solutions, you can aquire it with the GeForce MX330 and MX350. Well, not everything is fun and games here – come and see.
Design and construction
It can often be that budget-oriented laptops offer wider customization than their more premium cousins. Well, this can be a case here, aswell, as you can choose the laptop computer in a number of different colors, including White, Gold (Almond), Blue, and Black. Our unit specifically is blue and honestly – it looks stunning. Both base and the lid have this distinctive smooth finish with a brushed look. However, the material useful is, expectedly, plastic. And dare we say a cheapish one. These devices is twisty, but on the bright side it really is light (starting at 1.85 kg), and pretty thin – 19.9mm.
With regards to the lid, you won’t have the ability to open it with an individual hand. Thankfully, the display section looks good in 2020 using its narrow side bezels, and the most notable one features an HD camera with a privacy shutter. Here, the problem is comparable to the chassis, and it twists and bends constantly. Additionally, you can view extreme ghosting when you twist it, which looks bad but shouldn’t cause a damaged display.
So, the rather poor construction could be most prominently seen on the bottom. Wherever you press – in the center of the keyboard or about the touchpad you will observe just how much does it bend. Moreover, the material is a neodymium fingerprint magnet.
By the keyboard – it has good travel, clicky feedback, and incredibly large keycaps, thus rendering it comfortable for long typing sessions. Additionally, accountants will enjoy a the NumberPad section, but sadly, there is absolutely no backlight. And similarly frustrating may be the touchpad. Yes, it works great, but when it oils up, from your own fingers, it starts sticking around, disturbing the gliding experience. Indeed, you can wipe the hands with vodka, every 5 minutes, but we also prefer drinking it, instead of wasting it in this manner.
Lastly, on underneath side, you can observe the ventilation grill and the speaker cutouts, whereas the heat escapes from among the bottom and the lid.
Almost all of the ports listed below are on the left – there you can observe the energy plug, an HDMI 1.4b connector, and three USB Type-A ports (one 2.0 and two 3.1 (Gen. 1)). This leaves the proper side only home to the Sdcard reader and the music jack – overall pretty modest I/O selection.
For starters, you should take away the bottom panel. To carry out so, there are 10 Phillips-head screws, that require to be undone, and only then you can certainly start prying the panel away. This technique is fairly easy, nevertheless, you have to protect the plastic, and that means you should preferably use a plastic tool or a guitar pick.
This is one way the cooling appears like on a model, built with a built-in graphics card only. You will find a single heat pipe, which is bigger than the average, in addition to a heat sink and a fan. Pretty standard.
On the bright side, you can view one RAM SODIMM slot, that according to Lenovo can fit up to 8GB of DDR4 memory. However, there are 4GB of RAM soldered to the motherboard. Additionally, you can discover a single M.2 slot, which supports PCIe x4 drives with lengths of 42mm and 80mm. Not just that, but you will find a 2.5″ SATA drive bay, although, we didn’t discover a cable nor a bracket in the box.
Our unit came built with a 35Wh battery, but you will find a 45Wh option, aswell.
Lenovo Ideapad 3 (15) has a complete HD TN panel with a model number Innolux N156HGA-EA3 (CMN15F5). Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are considering a pixel density of – 142 ppi, and a pitch of 0.18 х 0.18 mm. The screen becomes Retina when viewed at distance add up to or higher than 60cm (24″) (out of this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, in fact it is normal for looking at a laptop).
Needlessly to say from a TN panel – the viewing angles are terrible. You can expect images at 45° to judge image quality.
The measured maximum brightness of 233 nits in the center of the screen and 218 nits as the average for your area, with a maximum deviation of 11%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 6230K – slightly warmer compared to the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K, which isn’t bad.
In the illustration below you can view the way the display performs from a uniformity perspective. Put simply, the leakage of light from the