|Series||IdeaPad 3 14"|
|Item Height||0.78 inches|
|Item Width||9.49 inches|
|Standing screen display size||14 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 Pixels|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Maximum Memory Supported||8 GB|
|Hard Drive Size||256 GB|
|Hard Disk Description||Flash Memory Solid State|
|Hard Drive Interface||Serial ATA|
|Hard Disk Rotational Speed||7200 RPM|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Integrated Graphics|
|Graphics Card Description||Integrated|
|Graphics RAM Type||Shared|
|Graphics Card Interface||Integrated|
|Wireless communication technologies||Bluetooth|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of HDMI Ports||1|
|Are Batteries Included||Yes|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||45 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Packaging||Batteries contained in equipment|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.85 Grams|
|Number Of Lithium Ion Cells||3|
|Item model number||81W0003QUS|
|Product Dimensions||32.72 x 24.1 x 1.98 cm; 1.5 Kilograms|
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" Laptop, 14.0" FHD 1920 x 1080 Display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, Narrow Bezel, Windows 10, 81W0003QUS, Abyss Blue
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- AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics deliver powerful performance for everyday tasks
- Dopoundsy Audio delivers crystal-clear sound, while the 14-inch FHD screen and narrow side bezels give you more viewing area and less clutter
- Quick and quiet with Q-control – Effortlessly swap between fast & powerful performance and quiet battery saving mode
- Connect with ease using Bluetooth 4.1, up to 2x2 Wi-Fi 5, three USB ports, and HDMI
- Keep your privacy intact with a physical shutter for your webcam. You'll enjoy privacy right at your fingertips
- System RAM Type: DDR4 SDRAM
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With the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14-inch laptop, you'll enjoy powerful performance for all types of everyday tasks. Whether you're working from your home office, a student who needs a lightweight laptop for school, or just need a great entry-level Windows computer for entertainment, video chats, and other day-to-day uses, this practical notebook is engineered for long-lasting performance. Powered by the new Ryzen™ 5 3500U Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics, you'll get multi-core processing power to help you get more things done faster.
Expect more from your entertainment with the IdeaPad 3 laptop. The 14-inch full HD screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution delivers beautiful image clarity. Narrow bezels on both sides of the display eliminate clutter and help deliver a cleaner, more immersive visual experience. Plus, you'll enjoy crystal-clear sound through two speakers with Dolbsy Audio™ Take this handy, portable laptop with you everywhere to enjoy videos, streaming music, and much more. Q-Control lets you easily switch between "Max modes" for faster performance and "battery saving mode" for a quieter user experience.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is the perfect laptop with features that you can depend on. Powered with the new AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Series Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics, with multi-core processing power that offers incredible bandwidth for getting more done faster, on several applications at once.
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A narrow bezel on 2 sides makes for a clean design, and larger display giving you more viewing area and less clutter.
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All plastic shell
IdeaPad 3 14ADA05 81W0003QUS
Ryzen 5 3500u
3 USB-A ports, 1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0, there is no USB-C on this device. Do not use the answer from the representative as correct on this one. I even asked a more clarifying question and was told there is a USB-C, but you cannot charge over it.
The screen is a 1920x1080 TN panel, no touch screen
256GB NVME drive - no spinning HDD, so disregard the section that says 7200rpm on the description page
8gb of DDR4 ram at 2400mhz
3 cell battery - seems okay power saving options gives it roughly 8hrs depending on what you're doing and your tolerable screen brightness (but your mileage may vary)
There is no back lit keyboard. The keys feel textured and not smooth like some other laptops which, personally I prefer it.
This appears to be Lenovo's answer to the mid-grade $400-$600 laptop shortage. If I had to guess it seems like this is in the chaise of the S145 with a 3500u APU.
Compared to my wife's Lenovo IdeaPad FLEX-14API with the same processor, ram, and SSD - performance wise it matches, but that's not the end of it. Her computer has what feels to be an all metal design, the ability to flip into a tablet, backlit keyboard, touchscreen, and a much better IPS display (still 1920x1080) with better viewing angles. We purchased this for her last July, 2019 and the difference of final price was ~$75 higher. At the time of writing this the same laptop goes for $750 on Amazon for the "New" model and $699 for a used model.
If you need a sub $500 laptop right now, this is a solid purchase as long as you know what you're getting. If on the other hand you have the luxury of waiting a few months I would wait.
If the prices/stock stabilize you can get much more bang for your buck for nearly the same amount of money. More laptops with the Ryzen 5 4500u is going to be coming out over the summer with 20% more power and it's suppose to come in at a similar price point. Even if they come at a higher price point it will drive the price of the 3500u down.
To start off with the pros,
This laptop is very light, portable, fast, and powerful. I'm a college student going into I.T. and I edit videos a lot. The RAM, GPU, and CPU can easily handle that type of workload for 1080p video. The Ryzen 5 3500U with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics is more than capable of handling light gaming, 1080p editing, Unity/Unreal/Blender rendering, and absolutely blazes through everyday tasks.
The keyboard has a phenomenal feel to it. While it's definitely no Thinkpad keyboard, it feels much better than most laptop keyboards out there. The membranes give a nice, tactile, solid feel to each large key, providing a comfortable, solid, satisfying typing experience.
The 256GB NVMe SSD gives the laptop a very snappy speed, with a near-instant boot time. While the storage capacity is definitely not vast, it makes up for it in speed. The Ideapad 3 also includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, so an external SSD/HDD is definitely a viable option if you want more storage on the laptop. (it's what I did.)
The 1080p display is crisp, sharp , and beautiful (if you spend some time color adjusting the screen in the Radeon settings.) It's definitely more than viable for watching movies, streaming TV shows, or editing videos in 1080p.
Now for the cons,
The Ideapad 3's battery is definitely not a poor one, but it's far from great. On max performance mode, I rarely get more than 2 hours of battery life out of this computer on full brightness. However, running this on the "better battery" mode barely sacrifices any performance for me, and I've been able to get a significant 4-6 hours of battery life when running that mode.
The trackpad is a very smooth experience, yet moving your finger around on it produces a weird knocking sound occasionally, but I've found this to quiet down as the laptop is used more often. Minor gripe.
I know a lot of people have complained about the screen on this computer, but honestly, it's far from a bad display. Sure, it only goes up to 220 nits (from my testing) so it can't realistically be used outside on a sunny day, but for indoor use, even in a bright room, the display is easy to look at and is bright enough to be very clear. Now, keep in mind, the screen comes with all the downfalls of a TN panel, with viewing angles being rather lackluster, but while looking straight at the computer, there's few displays you can get that beats this one for a sub $500 laptop paired with this powerful hardware.
If you're looking for a good laptop for under $500 that doesn't look or feel cheap despite the (very solid in my opinion) plastic construction, this Lenovo is an absolute no-brainer. The Ryzen 5 and Vega 8 provides performance akin to laptops over double this one's price. If portability, power, and convenience are what you're keeping an eye out for, I can easily highly recommend this computer.
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