Lenovo Ideapad 3 Laptop Review (2020) || AMD Ryzen 5-4500U
Finally, starting to see AMD is 3rd gen rise and mobile processor available for laptops. So in this in depth, review we’re going to go over the features, specs benchmarks and also do a teardown off this laptop, so please sit back, relax and enjoy the review. Also, please subscribe to the channel hit the bell icon for notifications for future videos. So let’s do a quick unboxing in the box we have a Lenovo IdeaPad 3 laptop 65 watt power, adapter Quick, Start Guide and warranty information. Now let’s look at the specs. The laptop is powered by AMD risin, 5, 4, 5, 0, 0, u6, core processor, 8gb, ddr4, Ram 15.6 inch, full HD display 1 terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive, vega, 6, integrated graphics, 8 or 2.11 AAC Wi Fi, bluetooth, 5.0, Microsoft, Windows, 10, Home Edition and weighs only 4.8 pounds now let’s look at the ports on one side. We have SD card reader, headphone and microphone jack and a reset button, and on the other side we have two USB 3 ports, one USB 2 port HDMI port and a power input. Lenovo IdeaPad 3 comes with 0.3 megapixel resolution camera with microphone and following is a video quality from the webcam. The cameras picture quality is one of the worst I have seen in a long time, but enough for video calls. The camera also has privacy shutter, unless you close the webcam when not in use overall idea pen has a design that is simple and clean and smooth body hides fingerprints very well.
When it comes to upgradability, alona will allows you to upgrade some of the components you can access the lap time of the board by removing the screws from the back cover. You need to be careful while removing the back cover with proper tool, but process is very simple: you can replace existing 5400 rpm hard drive, but I would highly recommend it because it will extremely benefit the system performance. You also have an nvme SSD open slot. So if you choose, I will recommend getting nvme SSD use it as an OS drive and keep the 5400 rpm hard drive for storage. The ram is also upgradable, but one sodium slot it’s, solid motherboard and second sodam – can be replaced with bigger random and it will benefit your system performance but make sure you buy the same type of RAM for compatibility. But you can office configure more ram from the factory during your system. Configuration at Lenovo comm, but good thing is RAM, is running a dual channel, so you get good performance benefit. The laptop comes with eight or 2.11 AC Wi Fi five card, but you can upgrade it as well with the aftermarket a2, 2.11 XY four six card. If you want faster, Wi Fi in the CPU calling we have a single copper heat pipe with heatsink and single fan, you can hear the fan during general usage, but temperature never cross 62 degree Celsius during our test, which means cooling is sufficient enough to keep the Laptop temperature under control during CPU intensive workloads, now let’s, look at the design and build quality starting at just four point: three pounds: the IdeaPad three laptop is light enough to carry around school or college campus.
The laptop offers Queen and modern look while laptops build materials. All plastic – and it is understandable, considering its price point first impression from visual standpoint – are good when compared to any the laptop in this price category there’s no flex in the body and IdeaPad three was built with a great level of attention to detail with smooth feel On the surface, providing good comfort to the touch overall, I do pad three construction does not feel cheap and the body will be able to stand general day to date, usage. The IdeaPad feed display has thin bezels, and every unit came with 15.6 inch. Full HD screen an LED backlight provide thinner and more energy efficient screen. The screen needs it’ll help. From the other hand, when opened the lid up, the IdeaPad three visuals are handled by integrated AMD, Radeon, graphics, watching YouTube or Netflix. Content looks ok, but not so great, and this display works very well in low light conditions. As for the brightness, it comes in around 220 nits, which is on the very low side means laptop screen is only good for indoor usage. Also, viewing angles are bad, not so great as well, which is kind of disappointing. The laptops keyboard is good for longer. Typing experience: the pressure point is noticeable and feedback of the keys a little bit stiff. On the other hand, the key size and range meant are good and there’s no keyboard backlight option. As far as the touchpad is concerned, it is a regular sized touchpad and feels good during general usage and makes a good, solid, clicking sound now, let’s, look at the performance and run some benchmarks in the performance.
Over IdeaPad 3 is equipped with AMD risin. 5. 4. 5. 0. 0. You processor, the processor, is based on AMD’s latest rising 7, an ohmmeter technology with 6 cores and 6 threads with base clock, speed of 2.3 gigahertz and a maximum clock speed of 4 gigahertz. This processor used in budget laptops mainstream in 2 in 1. Laptops this performance is sufficient for everyday general usage office tasks and some gaming. It can also handle very well some more demanding stuff such as video editing following is a 4k video clip sample at high bitrate and laptop, was able to run a flawlessly without any lag or problem. During our video editing test in Adobe pro, we were able to load 4k video clips and, while scrubbing around, it was able to handle without any problem, and we were able to finish 4k clip and coding to h.265 format with decent speed compared to its Intel counterpart. Cpus AMD Rason v 4500, you 6 core processors, core 2077 points in Cinebench, multi thread, cpu performance, benchmark running at 2.3, 8 gigahertz and compared against AMD risin, 7. 4. 7. 0. 0. U 8 core processor, which scored two thousand six hundred sixty one point: send a batch running at two gigahertz. This is great multi core performance by AMD later cpu in completely destroying intel counterparts, instant bench multi thread, CP performance and in CPUC benchmark cpu, score 2667 points in multi thread and 489 points, a single thread again great job by AMD next in Geekbench, cpu benchmark AMD Rison v cpu score 1099 points in single core and four thousand five hundred fifty seven points and multi core, also in Geekbench GPU, benchmark AMD radeon, GPU score 9899 points, which is also great for integrated GPU.
Next, we ran 3d mark sky diver benchmark and laptop score. 1537 points in cpu score and eight thousand nine hundred fifty seven points in graphics, core and combined score of eight thousand seven hundred. Seventy five points and 3d mark overall score of nine thousand one and forty one points in 3d marks graphic gaming test. One integrated AMD, Radeon graphics was able to achieve close to forty three frames per second and in graphics test. It was able to achieve ‘ frame per second making. This laptop a good low budget gaming machine just don’t, expect dedicated graphics like performance, but I’m really impressed with the AMD Radeon Vegas 6 graphics performance. It is a big upgrade from the as generation Vega graphics and provides a very decent gaming experience in many of the popular gaming titles. In the storage solution, Lenovo IdeaPad 3 offers one of the world’s read on wide rates and hard drive is the weakest link up this set up our unit score 125 megabytes per second read and 123 megabytes per second write in SSD benchmark. I will highly recommend replacing 5400 rpm hard drive with SSD. If you buy this laptop, it will make a tremendous difference in system performance and responsiveness. The laptop comes with 8 or 2.11 AC Wi Fi five wireless card, which supports about 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gr. Dual band with the max speed of 866 megabits per second, but you have an option to replace its Wi Fi 6 card for faster speeds in the audio.
The IdeaPad 3 is equipped with 21.5 watt speakers with Dolby audio facing downwards. They get loud enough to fill a small room, but the sound the output is hollow and lifeless and following is a audio sample. Applause Music during our stress test, the IdeaPad straight remarkably cool during over testing the hottest location on the laptop is the underside reach. 61 degrees Celsius during our cpu z, stress test. This is well below over 95 degrees Celsius, comfort threshold and clearly shows AMD’s new processor are generating less seed as compared to its counterparts and have good CPU cooling solution by lenovo in the battery life Department. Ideapad 3 has 35 watt our battery unit, the 35 watt. Our battery can provide up to 5 to 7 hour of runtime, but lenovo claims battery should last up to 7 hours of runtime. This is more than enough for students for on campus projects or taking notes during classes. The laptop comes with 65 watt power adapter and it is small enough and light enough to carry around the backpack overall. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 laptop is a good machine. The latest 3rd gen AMD rise and fire processor is input. The latest 3rd gen AMD rise and 5 processor in particular, offers better CPU and GPU performance and destroys its Intel counterparts in most categories. It is also a great, but your friendly gaming machine for casual, gamers and powerful enough to handle 4k video editing as well. From my standpoint, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is a good buy 450 and our unit price was 425 top.
But there are some concerns with the laptop starting with the screen. The overall great performance by AMD processor is plagued by the quality of the screen with low brightness and bad viewing angles. The screen is very bad. In short, screen is not best in the market. Also over you know, came with 5400 rpm hard drive which hosted one of the worst hard drive scores and holding back the performance of the system. But again, don’t forget the laptop price point, which is 420, but the good thing is: you have an MT nvme slot and using an nvme SSD. It will give the laptop much needed boost and exponentially improve this overall performance. Also, you can easily swap the Wi Fi. 5 card with the new Wi Fi 6 card and increase your Wi Fi speeds something to keep in mind for future upgrades. Also, you can upgrade your RAM in the future, which is a big plus point with available sodium slot, and the second sodium slot is solid to the motherboard. But that has been a new trend by most of the manufacturers. Even some of the lenovo laptops, including IdeaPad 5, comes with all ram soldered to the motherboard provides limited options to upgrade most of the laptop components. Having said that, I can recommend Lenovo IdeaPad 3 for anyone who’s in the market, for budget friendly machine at around 400 and if they can overcome the screen quality and are willing to spend extra on hard drive upgrade.
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