Lenovo has made some hefty updates to its mid-range IdeaPad Gaming 3 lineup for 2022, which incorporates two Intel twelfth Gen- and two AMD Ryzen 6000-series-equipped fashions, every with a 15.6-inch and 16-inch possibility. Notably, the 16-inch possibility for both CPU you go for has a 16:10 side ratio show with the choice to go as much as 2560 x 1600, just like the Legion 5 Pro, which is extra fascinating as a result of it provides extra vertical house for looking, gaming, or anything you need to do on a PC. The one factor they’re not significantly nice for is watching motion pictures or TV exhibits, that are historically offered in 16:9 side ratio.
Regardless of every of those IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptops trying the identical throughout CPU choices, the specs differ in some methods internally. Beginning with the Intel-based choices, that are generally known as IdeaPad Gaming 3i, every helps as much as Intel’s Core i7-12700H processor and as much as Nvidia’s RTX 3060 (105W complete graphics energy) or Intel’s new Arc discrete graphics.
As for reminiscence, this mannequin helps as much as 32GB of DDR4 3,200MHz RAM and as much as 1TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 storage. It helps Thunderbolt 4 in all configurations, aside from the RTX 3060-equipped one, unusually. You will get the QHD (2560 x 1440) decision show with both dimension of the 3i, the smaller of which matches as much as 350 nits of brightness, whereas the 16-inch display screen can apparently go as much as 500 nits.
For the AMD-based laptops, these might be configured with as much as the Ryzen 7 6800H processor, together with Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti (85W complete graphics energy). So, the graphics are getting a bit much less consideration right here. The storage scenario is similar, although you’ll be able to stand up to 32GB of quicker DDR5 4,800MHz RAM on this one. As you might need anticipated, its USB-C port doesn’t help Thunderbolt 4. Shifting to shows, the 15.6-inch model helps as much as FHD, whereas the 16-inch mannequin can help WQHD with the identical show specs as I discussed above.
These variations apart, the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3 and 3i share an identical dimensions (21.8mm-thick, weighing about 5.2 kilos). The 16-inch fashions are a contact thinner at 20.9mm-thick and weigh about 5.5 kilos. The 15.6-inch fashions can be out there in a gray or white colorway, whereas the 16-inch possibility is simply in gray. Base fashions of the 15.6-inch mannequin embrace a 45Wh three-cell battery, with the choice to step as much as a 60Wh four-cell battery when you get extra power-hungry graphics. The 16-inch mannequin goes as much as a 71Wh four-cell battery.
With these specs in thoughts, any configuration that appeals to you looks like a giant step up from the 2020 model that I reviewed. Even in comparison with newer 2021 models, the newer mannequin sports activities extra delicate branding, a refined design, extra processor choices, higher graphics, and higher shows. A much bigger, taller show is a spec that I’m joyful to see trickle down from Lenovo’s pricier Legion 5 Pro series. But it surely all results in barely greater pricing.
The 15.6-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i with Intel begins at $989.99 and can launch in April. The beginning value for the 16-inch mannequin is about at $1,489.99, and Lenovo expects it to launch in June. As for the AMD-based fashions, the 15.6-inch mannequin begins at $929 and is predicted to launch in Might, whereas the 16-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3 will launch in June beginning at simply $1,139.99.