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Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop (81WE00NJCF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop (81WE00NJCF)

With a relatively large and low-resolution screen, this laptop could be especially interesting for someone who usually strains when reading on smaller screens and doesn't usually work with multiple documents at once.

The upgrades and maintenance process is well-documented, but having some memory soldered right on the main board could make things a bit trickier if you want to get the most out of this system's RAM.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Restricted Version of Windows. This Laptop runs Windows 10 in S mode which means that most software from the compatibility list below won't work out of the box.
It is possible to upgrade Windows 10 to its normal, insecure mode for free. Doing so allows running programs which are not on the Microsoft App Store. The process isn't too complicated, but in essence, it involves reinstalling Windows.
This evaluation assumes that you (or a helpful friend) plan to go through that process; otherwise, Value and Versatility scores would be much lower. Most archetypes defined on TekAdvisors also could not access the software they need without it. Free

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $720.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker
  • Audio Editor

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1366×768 (1366 × 768, 1MP), 100.45 PPI, Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1, 4 cores clocked from 1 to 3.6 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

12 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

35Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.22 × d25.34 × h2

Dimensions (in): w14.26 × d9.98 × h0.79

Weight (kg): 1.696

Weight (lbs.): 3.74

Features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: More complex than usual

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

Pricing and Current Offers

No Offers found in Canada.

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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