Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 strikes the balance between budget and power

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What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the new IdeaPad Gaming 3 today.
  • This laptop sits at the bottom end of Lenovo's latest gaming PCs, but still packs a punch with Intel's latest H-series chips.
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is expected to launch in May starting at $730.

Lenovo's latest gaming laptops are all about bringing on the newest processors from Intel, and that extends all the way to the bottom of its lineup. The new IdeaPad Gaming 3 brings the chips on board, while rounding things out with some modest specs that should still manage to bring respectable framerates to most modern games.

On board, you'll find Core i5 an Core i7 chips from Intel's new H-series mobile processors, along with NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics. There's also 8GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of M.2 PCIe SSD storage. The display is a 1080p FHD panel at 15.6 inches and available in either 60Hz or 120Hz.

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OSWindows 10 Home
Processor10th Gen Intel H-series
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i7
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1650
Memory8GB DDR4
Two slots
StorageUp to 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Includes HDD bay and SATA cables
Display15.6 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
60Hz, 250 nits
120Hz, 250 nits
PortsTwo USB-A 3.1
USB-C 3.1
HDMI 2.0
3.5mm audio
KeyboardLenovo Advanced Gaming
Blue backlight
1.5mm travel
AudioDual 1.5W speakers
Dolby Audio
CameraFront-facing 720p
Privacy shutter
Wireless802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Bluetooth 5.0
BatteryUp to 9.6 hours
Dimensions14.1 x 9.8 x 0.98 inches
(359mm x 249.6mm x 24.9mm)
WeightFrom 4.85 pounds (2.2kg)
ColorOnyx Black
ABS chassis
PriceFrom $730
Expected releaseMay 2020

Because of its lower price tag, you'll miss out on a few things that made it to Lenovo's other gaming refreshes. While there's a new design with an angled back, Lenovo's TrueStrike keyboard isn't included here. However, the trackpad is now 30 percent larger, giving you much more space to work with.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is expected to go on sale in May alongside its Legion siblings, with prices starting at $730.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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