The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is an affordable everyday laptop that comes with a an AMD Ryzen 5 and an excellent 14-inch display. It is ready to handle almost day to day tasks. This is a suitable notebook for basic home, office, or college tasks and chores with a tight budget. With the price of $449.99 when we wrote this, Lenovo IdeaPad 3 could be one of the affordable laptop for students as well as the best choice for you who are looking for a laptop.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 81W0003QUS features an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, a mid-range processor for the mainstream-class laptop computers. This is a quad-core processor that has eight threads, clock rates between 2100 – 3700 MHz, 4 MB Level 3 Cache, 15W TDP, and integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8. The system memory is an 8GB DDR4 RAM while the storage space is a 256GB Solid State Drive.
With an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U inside, this affordable everyday laptop will easily handle day to day computing tasks and also can smoothly run multiple apps at the same time. Some more demanding tasks like basic photo and video editing can run as well. Gaming is also possible. Though not as fast as a dedicated graphics card, the integrated Vega 8 is able to provide a decent gaming experience. Yes, this processor can be a low-cost budget solution for gaming.
The display panel is a 15.6-inch Full HD one that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is a bit dim for me due to its brightness only 250 nits. But, this screen can provide sharp images, thanks to its Full HD resolution. Since this is not an IPS panel so the images will a bit distorted when viewed from the sides.
The port selection on this affordable laptop is not a lot but adequate for daily activities. On the left side, you can find two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI 1.4 port, while on the other side locates an SD card slot and a headphone/mic jack.
It doesn’t have USB Type-C port and RJ-45 LAN port, so the network connection only uses the wireless option, ie Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.1.
This budget everyday laptop has a 3-cell Lithium-ion battery inside but no further information related to battery life. However, with an energy-efficient processor inside, you can expect the battery can last up to 7-8 hours. Of course, it depends on the setting and usage of the laptop.
This budget everyday laptop is also a nice and comfortable device to carry everywhere. It doesn’t need much space in your bag since the dimensions is only 12.88 x 9.49 x 0.78 inches and won’t make you feel heavy due to it is just 3.3 lbs. This is a slim and light laptop, isn’t it?
Based on the specs above, we can see that the affordable everyday laptop, Lenovo IdeaPad 3 81W0003QUS, is really a great laptop. Comes with a powerful engine inside, this laptop will easily handle day to day tasks. It has also an array of useful ports, durable battery, and nice portability. And yes, there are some deficiencies like a bit dim screen but those are reasonable considering it is a budget laptop.