The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is a simple Windows notebook with processors from the AMD Ryzen 5000 series. It feels well-made despite being mostly plastic and is easy to carry around thanks to its thin and light design. Battery life is good, lasting over 9 hours during normal productivity and almost 8 hours during video playback.
The display is bright enough in most environments, but the narrow color gamut makes most content appear washed out, so it’s not ideal for work that requires perfect image accuracy. The webcam’s video quality is decent, the touchpad handles reasonably well, and the keyboard has well-spaced keys but can be tiring to type on over time.
The Ryzen 5-5300U CPU keeps things running smoothly for light tasks like text formatting, spreadsheets, and web browsing, and it can handle some 3D rendering tasks as long as the material isn’t overly complex. However, the integrated GPU is not powerful enough for graphically demanding tasks like AAA gaming or video editing of high-resolution footage.
Our Lenovo IdeaPad 3 has an AMD Ryzen 5 5300U CPU, AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 integrated graphics, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of SSD storage. If you do a lot of multitasking or need to run a lot of multithreaded applications, you can upgrade the CPU to an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U. Unfortunately, there are no dedicated GPU options.
Memory is configurable, but we recommend at least 8 GB for most users, as the base 4 GB option can cause slowdowns or judder. We also recommend a model with an SSD for most users, as the models with a physical 2.5-inch HDD or the option to add one have a smaller 38 Wh battery. The IdeaPad 3 is an everyday device. However, it can be equipped with the quite powerful Ryzen 7 5825U. It is worth noting that Lenovo decided not to integrate AMD’s latest Ryzen 6000U processors. Perhaps the main reason for this is the cost factor.
In fact, the new series of CPUs has amazing integrated graphics cards that are part of the RDNA2 architecture. Unfortunately, Lenovo thought it would go bankrupt if it used this processor for the IdeaPad 3, so it opted for the recently updated Ryzen 5000U series. Yes, we may be critical of this, but we have to keep one thing in mind. Nowadays, it is very easy to find a good gaming notebook.