Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop model: 81WE00KWCF

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop

Quick Description

This cost-effective laptop is a pretty compelling solution for everyday productivity tasks, even featuring a fast drive to keep your loading times to a minimum. Its large screen isn't best suited for multitasking with its relatively low resolution, but that could come in handy if your eyes tend to strain on smaller screens.

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 $450.

Currently Exclusive to Best Buy for $430

Based on 48 days of observation, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop usually costs ~$550 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $429.99. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Best Buy or Best Buy at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15-inch Touchscreen Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability3/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage2/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

Large Laptops

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price0/5
Durability3/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability3/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance3/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage2/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of Maintenance2.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i3-1005G1
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 256.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(100.45ppi)
Dimensions: 36.20 × 25.30 × 2.00 cm
Weight: 1.851 kg

The features

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

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

Want more details concerning repairs and upgrades options for this products?

Official Support Page for this Product

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (8 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (9 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (4 / 9)

Music Production (4 / 11)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (5 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (26 / 60)

Video Games (8 / 11)

Triple-A Video Games (9 / 71)

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