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Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (81WR000ECF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (81WR000ECF)

This model ranked #5 among Laptops priced $425-950 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

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 anyone tired of squinting at a screen.

Maintenance is well-documented, making upgrades relatively straightforward despite some memory being soldered to the board. Your first upgrade will likely be Windows itself, S-mode limiting where you can get your programs from. Thankfully, it's free and relatively painless.

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 $520.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck60th percentile
Versatility48th percentile
Power (General Purpose)40th percentile
Power (Graphical)62th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)68th percentile
Storage Space34th percentile
Portability8th percentile
Battery Autonomy50th percentile
Ease of Maintenance54th percentile
Longevity48th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck45th percentile
Versatility54th percentile
Power (General Purpose)32th percentile
Power (Graphical)53th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)62th percentile
Storage Space26th percentile
Portability44th percentile
Battery Autonomy47th percentile
Ease of Maintenance39th percentile
Longevity34th percentile

Specs

Screen

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

Operating System

Windows, S Edition

CPU

Intel Core i3-10110U, 2 cores clocked from 2.1 to 4.1 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

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

Battery

35Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.22 × d25.34 × h2

Dimensions (in): w14.26 × d64.36 × h5.08

Weight (kg): 4.069

Weight (lbs.): 8.97

Features

  • Paired Memory
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Micro SD Storage Expansion
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • Windows S Edition
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 2
  • USB 3
  • USB Type-A
  • 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

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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