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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is amongst the most sold-out budget gaming laptop in the year 2021. This laptop has power, design, Capable to do Performing tasks.
It is just not a gaming laptop that its name suggests but a complete package for any user. The clean design allows you to carry it at your workplace as well.
And the best part is that it is available in different budget segments. So, You can pick any IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop as per your need and budget.
It comes in both Intel and AMD versions. So, Both the CPU fans out there can pick this laptop with their preferred processor.
In addition, You’ll get Lenovo’s trust and support with your device as well. Here, We review Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 Intel version laptop with RTX 3050 GPU.
So without further ado let’s jump into the review section.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3
- 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H | Speed: 3.1 GHz (Base) – 4.4 GHz (Max) | 4 Cores | 8MB Cache
- 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) | Brightness: 250 nits | Anti-Glare | IPS Technology | 120 Hz Refresh Rate
- 8GB RAM DDR4-3200, Upgradable up to 16GB | 512 GB SSD Storage
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 Dedicated Graphics | 2.2 Kg
- Battery Life: Up to 4 hours
- Clean design and Superb build quality
- Excellent CPU & GPU Performance
- Good display quality and viewing angles
- Cooling management is good
- Keyboard and Trackpad is solid and responsive enough
- Average battery life
- Loud fan noise under stress
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 Full Review & Details
Design and Build Quality
The IdeaPad Gaming 3 Laptop is known for its superb build quality and classic clean look design. It is a multipurpose laptop that you can use anywhere.
The chassis is made up of hard plastic and there is no metallic build association here. However, Plastic is solid and provide a durable and solid build.
The top lid is simple and clean in a black matte finish. There is Lenovo branding on the right corner of the lid.
The top lid has a superb build quality and you’ll not see any flex here. The top lid is heavy and feels premium and classy in design.
Inside, you’ll also get a black matte finish. The hinge quality is superb and allows you to open your laptop with ease.
The hinge is solid and durable for long term usage. You’ll see IdeaPad Gaming written on that. The only place you’ll see the name of the laptop is both inside and outside of the hinge.
The bottom lid is also made up of hard plastic in a black matte finish. The chassis has enough space to fit a full-sized keyboard and a large trackpad.
Above the keyboard area, you’ll see a dotted pattern that looks like a speaker grill. However, this is neither a speaker grill nor an exhaust vent.
Bottom side of the bottom lid, you’ll see a line of hexagon shape of air vents and a little bit about model name, numbers and rubberized feet etc.
The weight is around 2.25 kg of this IdeaPad Gaming 3 With the 170-watt power brick and cables for charging the total rises to just under 3 kg.
The laptop comes with a two-sided port design. On the left side, you’ll find the USB-C port, the HDMI port, an RJ45 LAN port with Gigabit support and the power input socket and air outlet.
On the right side, you’ll find an air outlet, 2 USB 3.2 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 Display
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 comes with a 15.6″ IPS display. You’ll get two refresh rates either 60 Hz or 120 Hz models here.
The one we review here has a 120 Hz refresh rate. If you are planning to buy this for gaming purposes then go for a 120 Hz refresh rate display.
The display is sharp and offers good viewing angles. The 250 nits brightness is also sufficient for indoor usage.
However, You’ll face a little bit of difficulty while using it outdoor in a sunny bright light. However, Most laptop in this price range offers similar displays.
So, there is no major issue in display quality. The panel comes with 45% NTSC, 62.7% sRGB and a FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
The rates are good for office working, watching movies and playing games. However, If you do colour related work like photo/video editing then go for 100% sRGB display laptops.
The top bezel isn’t too thin, so plenty of room to fit the camera. The 720p camera is about average, it looks OK but still a bit blurry, and the microphone.
However, The privacy shutter is the best thing to do by Lenovo. It is essential nowadays to save you and your children in this online world.
Overall, IdeaPad Gaming 3 has a great display with a few issues like less brightness and colour accuracy that is common in this price range.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 Performance
The hardware inside the laptop clearly identifies it as a gaming laptop. However, You can use it in your workspace as well due to its classy design.
It is powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H processor with a base clock of 3.11 GHz that can boost up to 4.4 GHz.
The bootup time is pretty fast and applications are loaded quickly and run smoothly. Multitasking is also fast and smooth. The SSD comes from Samsung and is really fast.
To further enhance your performance you’ll also get a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU with (75 + 15 dynamic) watt TGP.
All this combines to offer a decent 1080p gaming experience across all kinds of gaming titles in medium/high settings.
If you find the power lacking, you can overclock the GPU a bit from the Lenovo Vantage app. This does increase the frame rates and the in-game graphic performance, but the difference is not very drastic.
The app you earlier saw on Legion series laptops. This Lenovo Vantage software has different modes to adjust the power to give you maximum output.
However, If you still find a lack of frame rates during games then upgrading your RAM to 16 GB is a viable option for you.
Keyboard and TrackPad
The laptop comes with a full-sized backlit keyboard. The backlit colour is white and has two brightness settings.
You can turn on/off backlit using shortcut keys “Fn + Spacebar”.
The keyboard layout is spacious and offers good key travel as well. There is a little bit of flex on the middle part of the keyboard.
However, this is not such an issue when you type on the keyboard due to flex. The key travel and response are pretty good and provide a comfortable typing experience.
I liked typing with the keyboard and didn’t have any problems using it, it worked well for me. The power button is in the middle above the keyboard layout.
It is even space and has bigger arrow keys that are quite comfy and increase your work productivity as well.
Below the keyboard, you’ll find a large one-piece trackpad that comes with a Windows precision driver. The trackpad does not split into parts for buttons that make it easily usable.
In addition, You’ll also get right and left click buttons on it. The trackpad performs well and offers good precision as well.
Overall, there is no major concern here in both the keyboard and trackpad. For gaming, A gaming Mouse is recommended because the trackpad is not meant for that.
The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system. You will also get the 1-month McAfee trial version inside here.
Windows 11 is also available pre-installed in some of the newer models. The review model also asks for Windows 11 upgrade when the boot first time.
If you’re lucky enough you can upgrade it for 1 year at just a price of Rs. 199. In this way, your new laptop gets the protection of a full 1-year.
Lenovo Vantage, on the other hand, is a useful program that allows you to keep your system up to date with little effort.
It also gives you access to check other things like the model name, number and warranty status of your laptop.
The best part of this software is that You can upgrade your warranty from here with ease. In addition, You’ll also get a one month free Xbox game pass as well.
It has two speakers on the front left and right corners. They sound above average and seems powerful enough in a slight noisy area as well.
The bass is good and seems to get loud enough at max volume with music playing. Overall, the speakers are decent and do their job effectively.
IdeaPad Gaming 3 comes with a 45 watt-hour battery. However, it’s still a very short battery life I’m getting around 3-4 hours of battery life.
I’ve tested it with the screen brightness at 80%, background apps enabled, and all backlit off.
While just watching YouTube videos it lasted for 4 hours and 27 minutes, a good result for this test, and it was using the Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics.
So, Overall below-average battery life compares to other gaming laptops available in this price range. However, Rapid charge technology did not let you wait much to use it again.
Noise & Temperature levels
In normal day-to-day work, you will rarely hear the sound from Ideapad Gaming 3. The fan is not starting up in the normal work.
However, IdeaPad Gaming 3 make a lot of fan noise in the load test. This fan noise is pretty loud and noticeable but needed to keep your device cool.
The fan noise and fan speed are high so that your laptop cool quickly after the stress.
In IdeaPad Gaming 3 air comes through the vents on the bottom and is exhausted out the vents on the back, and there are two more exhausts on either side up the back for a total of three exhausts.
In terms of heat pipes, there are two shares between the processor and graphics. Although, it makes a lot of fan noise but dissipate heat very effectively.
I’ve tested with both the default settings and with the turbo profile. The turbo mode will max out the fans, increase the power limit of the CPU and overclock the graphics.
The cooling system is pretty efficient and maintained an average temperature level of around 72 degrees.
Thermal testing was completed at an ambient room temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, so expect different results in different environments.
Overall I am very impressed with the thermal performance of the IdeaPad Gaming 3. Although, It is not like Legion laptop but quite efficient and do their work.
To Upgrade your Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 is simple and not a hard task. You just have to loosen ten screws on the bottom.
After that just lift the plate from the hinges. To release it from its anchoring, it is enough to slowly walk around the device with your fingernails or a plastic card and carefully pull the plate up.
Inside you have access to all important parts. The SSD is right in front of you. In addition, You’ll also get an additional free M.2 slot for SSD.
You’ll also get additional screws and cable to add a 2.5″ HDD/SSD to this laptop as well. It supports up to 4 TB storage maximum.
In the memory section, you’ll get an onboard 8 GB DDR4 RAM. To upgrade memory you’ll get an additional slot that can support up to 8 GB.
Overall, You’ll get the support of up to 16 GB RAM memory with dual-channel support inside it.
You can also change the battery if you feel like it. Thankfully it is only screwed and not glued. So Lenovo does everything right here.
Should You Buy the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3?
The new Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop is a very impressive machine at this price point. It exceeded my expectations in pretty much every aspect.
The GPU overclocking with the help of the Vantage app makes it easy to get more performance without much technical knowledge.
Game performance with turbo mode was excellent, thanks to the boosted fan speed, raised CPU power limit, and GPU overclock.
Gaming laptops around this price range usually cheap out on the screen, but even colour gamut and brightness were pretty decent here with good viewing angles.
The battery life was average for a gaming laptop, the keyboard and touchpad worked well, and in my opinion, overall it just looks good for both office and gaming.
The only downside for me is the single RAM slot which is not ideal inside a gaming laptop. A gaming laptop with dual-channel RAM gives you better performance.
Overall the build quality of the machine was good, and it’s a comfortable choice for any kind of user whether students, working professionals, or programmers.
Outside of these minor issues, this is a very impressive machine for the money and based on my testing here I can easily recommend this Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptop.