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IdeaPad Gaming 3i Review Rundown

LenovoPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Decent gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Mediocre display
  • Dim display

Summary

Lenovo's first attempt at a truly budget gaming laptop with the IdeaPad branding isn't half bad. For just $989, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i offers a strong Intel Core i7-10750H processor. The 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and is decently bright.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The IdeaPad Gaming 3i has a new Intel Core i7-10750H processor packed with 8GB of RAM. On the Geekbench 4.3 overall performance test, the machine scored 20,911, flying over the 16,756 budget gaming laptop average. It transcoded a 4K video to 1080p on the HandBrake benchmark in just 10 minutes and 41 seconds.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Solid performance
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid battery life
Cons[**]
  • Dull display

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 49%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Built-in Core i5 processor offers enough computing power for all common applications. The dedicated graphics core enables playing computer games. The system drive is an NVMe SSD (M.2 2242) from SK Hynix, which provides 512 GB of storage space. The laptop still has room for a 2.5-inch storage device and a second NVMe drive.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Full HD resolution
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 49%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The IdeaPad Gaming 3i starts strong with a sturdy and restrained build. The GTX 1650 is a fine entry-level GPU for cheaper machines, but at around $1,000, it begins to look less impressive. It's hard to recommend the 3i if you're primarily concerned with in-game frame rates.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Strong graphics performance
  • Strong battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 49%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
IdeaPad Gaming 3i has a modest 4GB of memory, 896 stream processors and no Ray-Tracing. Intel Core i5-10300H is a mid-range CPU with four multi-threaded cores and a Turbo peak of 4.5GHz. 256GB Toshiba BG4 SSD keeps the laptop responsive, but the drive isn't capacious and there's no secondary hard disk. There's 8GB of DDR4 memory, which is the bare minimum for a consumer laptop – so performance will be hindered.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Underwhelming single-channel performance
  • No Ray-Tracing

References

1. ^ Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (15-inch) review. laptopmag. 2020-07-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i Review. pcmag. 2020-07-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i review. techadvisor. 2020-08-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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