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

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

This model ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $725 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

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 $650.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck68th percentile
Versatility24th percentile
Power (General Purpose)73th percentile
Power (Graphical)63th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)77th percentile
Storage Space34th percentile
Portability56th percentile
Battery Autonomy47th percentile
Ease of Maintenance57th percentile
Longevity67th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck57th percentile
Versatility25th percentile
Power (General Purpose)62th percentile
Power (Graphical)55th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)73th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability67th percentile
Battery Autonomy41th percentile
Ease of Maintenance44th percentile
Longevity49th percentile

Specs

Screen

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

Operating System

Windows, 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 × d64.36 × h5.08

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
  • Windows S Edition
  • 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

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Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
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Versatility92th percentile
Power59th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability72th percentile
Battery Autonomy54th percentile

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CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

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Storage

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Asus Chromebook C204MA 11-inch Chromebook (C204MA-SS01-CB)

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ranked #2 among Laptops priced under $725

This Chromebook offers a cost-efficient way to stay connected away from your desk if you need a full-featured web browser and a built-in keyboard.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck61th percentile
Versatility99th percentile
Power10th percentile
Storage Space9th percentile
Portability83th percentile
Battery Autonomy60th percentile

Specs

Screen

12", 1366×768(1366 × 768 (1 MP))

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$219.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop (81WE00NJCF)

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

ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $725

With a relatively large and low-resolution screen, this laptop could be especially interesting for someone who usually strains when reading on smaller

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck57th percentile
Versatility25th percentile
Power61th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability67th percentile
Battery Autonomy41th percentile

Specs

Screen

15", 1366×768(1366 × 768 (1 MP)), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

12 GB

Storage

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

Pricing

Typically sells for C$849. You could save 18% right now.
Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C0Z8)

Acer Chromebook 311 (CB311-9H-C0Z8)

ranked #5 among Laptops priced under $725

Chromebooks excel as easy-to-carry travel companions for those of us who need to remain connected on the go with a focus on online resources and the c

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck44th percentile
Versatility89th percentile
Power10th percentile
Storage Space13th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy57th percentile

Specs

Screen

12", 1366×768(1366 × 768 (1 MP)), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader

Pricing

Typically sells for C$349.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (81WR000ECF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (81WR000ECF)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced under $725

This laptop makes a pretty good impression for a budget model. The monitor is relatively low-rez, making it better-suited for single-tasking and anyon

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck43th percentile
Versatility25th percentile
Power47th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability42th percentile
Battery Autonomy43th percentile

Specs

Screen

15", 1366×768(1366 × 768 (1 MP)), Multiple Monitor Support, Touch Screen

CPU

Intel Core i3-10110U

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast), Micro SD Storage Expansion

Pricing

Typically sells for C$699.
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ranked #7 among Laptops priced under $725

This Chromebook offers a pretty compelling solution if you're looking to handle everyday communication and connectivity away from your main rig.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck43th percentile
Versatility87th percentile
Power10th percentile
Storage Space13th percentile
Portability47th percentile
Battery Autonomy59th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768 (1 MP)), Multiple Monitor Support, VA or SVA Display

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, eMMC Storage (slow), Micro SD Storage Expansion

Pricing

Typically sells for C$360.