As an introduction to this analysis
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Lenovo Ideapad 3 to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
Ideapad 3 the right choice for surfing the internet?
Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Ideapad 3 from Lenovo seems to be.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. No touch screen available on this model. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this Ideapad 3 if you have to work on the road.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. After all Lenovo, has accustomed us to design quality products, just like this model, which will serve you for a long time to come.
The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Intel Core i5-10210U. Lenovo basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. Having 8 Gb of RAM, Ideapad 3 is a laptop in the average. If needed you can add more, thanks to the extra slots inside.
Of all the computers available at the moment, this one is the laptop with the largest hard drive. Even with 512 Gb, you can be sure that many video and audio files are continuously stored. Here, Lenovo provides with this Ideapad 3 a laptop that will allow you to watch all your films locally for a long time.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 7 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Ideapad 3 for videos?
The Ideapad 3 will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
The computer proposed by Lenovois of average size. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.6 kg) when you have to carry it.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the Ideapad 3 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This Ideapad 3, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-10210U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
With NVidia GeForce MX130, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 4 ports. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. You have 7 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
The Ideapad 3- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. We therefore analysed this Ideapad 3 from the point of view of nomadic use. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Ideapad 3 of 1.6 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
Unfortunately, it is not Ideapad 3 equipped with a touch screen as standard models. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
The energy consumed by the processor Intel Core i5-10210U is in the average currently.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Lenovo must be reduced. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 7 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Ideapad 3 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
With this model, Lenovo definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
The connector part is very interesting, with 4 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
In conclusion, it can be considered that this Ideapad 3 can be used for travel purposes.
The Ideapad 3 to make audio or video editing.
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Ideapad 3, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 Home system.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Intel Core i5-10210U makes it possible. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 512 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
In terms of autonomy,the Lenovokept it simple. The available battery life is of 7 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
For the connector part, the Ideapad 3has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It Ideapad 3 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.
The Ideapad 3 for online or local games.
Considering that today’s games involve a lot of fast movements, with thousands of calculations per second and requiring a lot of resources, this laptop can be made for that. For a long time, laptops were not powerful enough to be used to play games. Lenovo has installed the components that make it a formidable tool for gaming, with fluidity of the image and excellent display speed.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The graphics NVidia GeForce MX130 card and processor Intel Core i5-10210U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Intel Core i5-10210U and the board NVidia GeForce MX130 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
For the vast majority of users, this brings a result perfectly adapted to most of the games of the moment.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
Even though online games today do not require disk space, the one installed on this model is one of the largest. With 512 Gb, you’ll be able to store some games locally and add movies as needed.
A better access to wifi on this Ideapad 3 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.6 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
By offering 7 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this Ideapad 3 is an excellent choice for video game use. Cheaper than many other less powerful laptops. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
The Ideapad 3 for office automation.
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. This Ideapad 3 is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Lenovo has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Home that’s running it.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. Average weight, with 1.6 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 512 Gb.You may never fill it out, especially if you are just browsing the Internet, word processing and making spreadsheets.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The Ideapad 3 – in summary
This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. It performs well in almost everything, the Ideapad 3 remains reasonable in terms of price.
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks