At the beginning of this Lenovo Ideapad 3i review, let it be known that it is about the budget-friendly and cheap Lenovo Ideapad 3i 15, essentially a consumer model, not to be confused with the high-priced Lenovo Ideapad gaming 3i. The clarification is essential to clear all doubts and set the right expectations about the laptop, which is no different from other economy models in that it ensures a satisfactory performance with the help of decent features. Nothing in it can excite users, except that this Lenovo Ideapad 3i can perfectly replace a desktop for routine tasks. For example, it has a 512 GB solid-state drive instead of the 256 GB skimpy storage and a 15.6-inch full-HD screen, and that’s all that is worth mentioning to help explain the modest laptop that delivers as expected.
Lenovo Ideapad 3i 15 – What’s inside
The entry-level laptop goes by another name Lenovo Ideapad slim 3i which underscores the slim design. Under the hood are the 10th Gen or 12th Gen cutting–edge Intel core processors that ensure speedy performance courtesy of the discrete graphics option. The laptop is supported by 8 GB DDR4 RAM and comes with Windows 11 Pro, not Win11 Home. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The laptop is an excellent multi-tasking device that assures a great entertainment experience. Several thoughtful and practical design features, like the physical webcam shutter and those that take care of the user’s well-being, like the reminders about breaks, posture, and distance from the screen, add value to the device.
To maintain parity with the price, the Lenovo Ideapad 3i has an ABS plastic body of Arctic Gray color weighing 3.6 pounds and measuring 14.1×9.3×0.78 inches (WDH). The dimensions are enough justification for the name Lenovo Ideapad slim 3i. Despite being lightweight and even lighter than the Acer Aspire 5, which weighs 3.88 pounds, you can never call the Lenovo Ideapad 3i an ultra-portable laptop. None of the 15-inches laptops comes under this category. Overall, the build quality is decent, but you could feel a fair amount of flex if you mash the keyboard or grasp the screen corners.
The thick bezels surround the non-touchscreen of 1920×1080 pixels, and the power button serves as a fingerprint reader. However, the webcam lacks the face-recognition feature.
The Lenovo Ideapad 3i laptop has two USB 3.2 ports (one is Type-A, and another is Type-C) on the left side, an audio jack, an HDMI monitor port, and a power plug. One USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot are on the right side. The webcam has a sliding shutter to prevent spying.
The webcam captures colorful and well-lit images without too much static. Still, the sound quality from the bottom-mounted speakers is disappointing because it is silenced with almost zero basses. Even the Dolby Audio software is unable to make any difference.
Although the Lenovo Ideapad 3i 15 supposedly has a 300-nits bright IPS display, in reality, the screen looks dimmer but is suitable for working comfortably.