LENOVO IdeaPad 3 3500U RYZEN-5
The IdeaPad 3 looks like any other ordinary laptop. By that, I mean it doesn’t have any unique design features that set it apart from a typical note book, maybe the signature Abyss Blue color that’s not very common. It’s a rectangle with rounded corners, and has a Lenovo logo in one corner. The IdeaPad’s chassis isn’t thick, nor thin, and the laptop’s lid and undercarriage are made of hard plastic.
Port selection is a bit limited, but you don’t miss the very basic ports. It doesn’t have a USB Type-C port, but you get a pair USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot, HDMI 1.4 port and a headphone/mic jack. One other thing is a physical shutter for the webcam so that you can have your privacy in confidence. Wireless connectivity comes in way of Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.1.
It’s hard not to criticize such an inexpensive laptop for having a not-so bright display. However, we do appreciate the 1080p (1920 x 1080) panel, which provides a much sharper image than the Lenovo 330’s 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display.
Despite the screen’s fairly dim, it isn’t worse like it would on a 720p display. With a peak brightness of 250 nits, the display is brighter than those on the Aspire E5 (227 nits), Acer Swift 1 (208 nits) and the average budget laptop (208 nits).
Keyboard And Touchpad
While it’s not ThinkPad good, you’ll still enjoy the Lenovo IdeaPad 3’s keyboard. The well curved chiclet-style keys are well sized and quite clicky. There’s some good weight on the keys, which is likely from their 70 grams of actuation force. The 1.4 key travel is short of our average 1.5mm preference, but is still much better than the keyboards on competing devices. I do wish the keyboard had backlighting, but that’s far from being a standard feature on budget laptops.
The 4.1 x 2.6-inch touchpad on the Lenovo 81W0003QUS is pretty responsive, and I didn’t have any problems executing Windows 10 gestures, like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipes when switching windows.
Lenovo offers the IdeaPad 3 with a solid feature set designed for reliable day-to-day performance. Under the hood, it packs AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500U processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics. This is enough to run the pre-installed Windows 10, and can keep you powered throughout the day on basic tasks without slowing down.
For the most part, the IdeaPad 3 will perform in line with its CPU, coming in the same level with some other laptops with outfitted with Intel’s Core i5 processor, like the Asus F510UA-AH51. Also, the Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576-392H) does come behind the IdeaPad 330, however.
Stay near an outlet if you plan on using the IdeaPad for long hours away from home. With a runtime of 7 hours 31 minutes, the IdeaPad powers down a few hours before the Aspire E5 (8.46) and Swift 1 (10:12). The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 does outlast the budget laptop average (7:10), and that’s quite interesting for a budget laptop.
Operating System: Windows 10
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad Core Processor
Display: 15.6″ FHD IPS LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display
Internal Storage: 256GB
Graphics: Integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
Battery Life: Up to 6 Hours
Audio: 2 x 2W Speakers with Dolby Audio
Wireless: 2 x 2 802.11AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 Combo
Webcam: 0.3MP Camera with Privacy Shutter and Dual Array Microphones
Product Weight: 4.84 lbs