REVIEW: Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 Budget Laptop with AMD Ryzen 3 4300U Processor
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 it’s a brand new laptop Lenovo of which today we present your analysis or review. A small computer with a careful design for a reasonable price.
This neat laptop has the processor AMD Ryzen 3 4300U made in 7nm, a very interesting processor ideal for light use but that defends itself even with games as we will see. Inside this computer we have a disk M.2 NVMe, a generous battery and a RAM SODIMM module that we can expand. As is logical for the price we have some cuts that we will see in the analysis but for the price it can be an interesting product. Let’s see how this laptop behaves with this AMD APU and what the competition offers us.
The laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 It has a simple but elegant design, it has a metallic look finish but it is all plastic and the overall appearance is nice. On one side we have a headphone output and SD card reader, on the opposite side we have two USB 3.1 ports and another 2.0, HDMI 2.0 video output and round power connector. The keyboard and trackpad they offer us positive sensations and we don’t have much flexibility when pressing.
On the motherboard of this laptop we find the adapter M.2 Wi-Fi and 2 × 2 + BT 4.2 (Lenovo 01AX713) with two internal antennas. When opening we find the disk M.2 2242 NVMe Samsung installed (allows 2280 as well) and behind a plate the SODDIM DDR4 module to expand. We have a copper pipe and a blower fan that expels the air backwards. In the lower area we have the 4050 mAh battery and two small speakers.
- Networks: M.2 Wi-Fi and 2 × 2 + BT 4.2 (Lenovo 01AX713) with two internal antennas.
- Expansions: NVMe 2242/2280 disk / DDR4 SODIMM module.
Screen, Cameras, Speakers and Microphone
On the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 has a screen of 14 ″ inches with resolution FullHD, in this model specifically we have a panel IPS but we may only find it with panel TN (worse). The light output is not very high for exteriors but the angles and image quality are good.
We have a 480p camera, a camera that serves us only for basic videoconferencing and next to it we have a simple microphone also for sporadic use. The two speaker system speakers 1.5W It offers us a quite metallic sound and it is better to connect some headphones if we want acceptable sound.
- Camera and audio: Front 0.3 MP / 2x Speakers 1.5W / Top Microphone / Supports Dolby.
SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE
Environment and user experience
We started the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 that turns on automatically when the lid is opened and we see that as the specifications indicate we have Windows 10 Home 64bit correctly activated and with all its drivers installed. The environment moves very smoothly thanks to its APU in combination with the 8 GB of RAM and the disk NVMe and they allow us to load a large number of navigation tabs or editing projects. A valid computer for office automation, multimedia, games up to 1080p resolutions with medium / low settings and editing programs at a good level.
- System: Windows 10 Home 64bit / Few pre-installed Lenovo apps.
Network, storage, RAM and ports
On the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 we have an adapter Wi-Fi ac 2×2 + BT 4.2 (Lenovo 01AX713) integrated and a disk NVMe installed as standard, we also have 8 GB de RAM DDR4 3200 MHz which comes standard in configuration Dual Channel. We observe that these components behave normally reaching their maximum speed.
Performance, battery and thermals
On the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 we have a processor installed AMD Ryzen 3 4300U With four physical cores and four threads, the processing speed is between the 2.7 and 3.7 GHz, consumption is 15W TDP and is manufactured in 7nm. In the graphic section we have a GPU Radeon Vega 5 with a speed up to 1400 MHz. overall performance is very good for desktop use and is on the same level as the previous 3000 series AMD Ryzen 5 APUs.
- If you want to know some of the compared models You can read their detailed reviews in this link.
As we see in the performance tests of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 with AMD precessor Ryzen 3 4300U It is at a very good level and competes directly with the Intel Core i5 Gen10 processors. It should also be noted that the integrated GPU Radeon Vega 5 It totally leaves behind any Intel HD Graphics GPU where almost any game is directly unplayable.
Regarding the thermal section the system stays at a very good temperature in normal desktop use and the fan system is not annoying, 7nm they are quite efficient. If we start playing demanding titles, we do have an increase in temperature but we do not reach much less worrying highs.
- Thermal: Standby 47ºC / Basic use 56ºC / Maximum 65ºC / CPU 3.4 GHz max. / Maintains performance up to 100%.
- Performance in games: Fortnite 68ºC / CPU 3.2 GHz average.
- Noise: 32dBA Min – 48dBA Max / Quite quiet in general / Not configurable
We run our tests on games in the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 and his GPU Radeon Vega 5 It gives us good performance within the integrated GPUs when it comes to playing demanding titles. As we can see in the results it is possible to play some demanding games up to resolutions 1080p With the appropriate quality settings, the emulators they are also doable, but at most we stick with a few simple Wii titles.
- Adjustment: High quality / 1080p resolution / No VSync./ PUBG Lite configuration guide.
- On models with integrated low-end Intel HD GPU and 720p resolution.
Performance test in Fortnite, settings in medium / low quality and rendering at 100% with 1080p resolution. It is quite playable in general and we only have a critical drop in specific loading moments. It is clear that we cannot play powerful titles with all the options in ultra but it is a very good integrated solution.
VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST
In the video playback section the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 has the GPU Radeon Vega 5 which has one VPU which has hardware support for codecs HVEC Y VP9. In this processor we have support for video to 10bit color and we also have HDR compatibility, we have not found a problem to activate it directly with our external monitor. Performance with video formats is good in code and Windows serial player, KODI is usually better.
Video and audio test results
|h.264 / 1080i / 8bit||Correct|
|h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bit||Correct|
|h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)||Correct (SW)|
|h.265 / 1080p / 8bit||Correct|
|h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)||Correct|
|h.265 / [email protected] / 8bit||Correct|
|h.265 / [email protected]/60fps / 10bit HDR||Correct|
|VP9 P1 / 4K @ 24fps / 8bit||Correct|
|VP9 P2 / [email protected]/60fps / 10bit HDR||Correct|
|VP9 P2 / [email protected] / 10bit HDR||Frame jump|
|AV1 / 4K @ 24fps / 10bit||Frame Break (SW)|
|Max. Bitrate||100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s|
- The maximum bitrate depends on the port used to connect or the limitations of the SAMBA Networks.
- SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have a specific jump in very large files.
|Dolby||5.1 / Plus = OK || True HD / Atmos = Core|
|DTS||5.1 / MA = OK || HR / X = Core|
- PCM – Stereo only downmixing from DD or DTS.
- Core – Only the core of the format is reproduced with what we move to the Dolby / DTS base system, more info.
We put it to the test in the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 the performance of the most popular streaming services such as Youtube, Netflix, HBO, Movistar+, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video y DAZN with your native apps or using the most compatible browser. You can consult our guides where we explain in detail all the most popular streaming services, how to configure them and what requirements are necessary to view content in HD or 4K HDR quality.
CONCLUSIONS AND PURCHASE LINKS
How we have checked the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 It is a very interesting product in its price range. Processor Ryzen 3 4300U in combination with the disc NVMe installed and its 8GB of RAM offer us a good user experience. This little notebook has several expansion options that are always appreciated. We have been positively surprised by its performance thanks to the GPU Radeon Vega 5 and its fan is not annoying.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 it keeps temperatures at a good level in daily use thanks to its fan and in demanding games it is loud but not annoying. Regarding networks, the Wi-Fi aC adapter behaves well and we have a correct range. The keyboard and trackpad offer us a satisfactory answer for daily work although given its price we have cutbacks in webcam, speaker and microphone quality.
The new Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 child APU Ryzen 3 4300U how do we see a cheap laptop with good features And if we find it in stores, it is a very good option for those looking for something compact.