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Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15ITL6 Laptop (82H801E9CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15ITL6 Laptop (82H801E9CF)

This model ranked #1 among Laptops priced $500-1000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This laptop is an attractive choice if you need a computer to handle productivity tasks efficiently with enough overhead to let you experiment beyond. Thanks to a capable CPU coupled with fast storage, memory, and Wi-Fi, you'll spend less time waiting and more time getting things done.

In the long term, maintenance is well-documented, and you have a few upgrade options available to you except for the RAM, which is soldered to the board. 8GB should be enough for most common tasks but could eventually be a little restrictive for some multitaskers and creatives.

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.

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+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $700.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck100th percentile
Versatility52th percentile
Power (General Purpose)76th percentile
Power (Graphical)80th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)76th percentile
Storage Space60th percentile
Portability28th percentile
Battery Autonomy57th percentile
Ease of Maintenance100th percentile
Longevity62th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck95th percentile
Versatility70th percentile
Power (General Purpose)55th percentile
Power (Graphical)64th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)63th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability53th percentile
Battery Autonomy57th percentile
Ease of Maintenance95th percentile
Longevity52th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i5-1135G7, 4 cores clocked from 2.4 to 4.2 GHz

GPU

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Memory

8 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

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

Battery

45Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.58 × d23.65 × h1.98

Dimensions (in): w14.4 × d60.07 × h5.03

Weight (kg): 1.65

Weight (lbs.): 3.64

Features

  • Paired Memory
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: Easy project for an enthusiast

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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