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Deal | This $430 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 1080p IPS touchscreen, 300-nit brightness, 11th gen Core i5, and 12 GB RAM is actually a solid deal

This $430 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 1080p IPS touchscreen, 300-nit brightness, 11th gen Core i5, and 12 GB RAM is actually a solid deal (Source: Best Buy)
This $430 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with 1080p IPS touchscreen, 300-nit brightness, 11th gen Core i5, and 12 GB RAM is actually a solid deal (Source: Best Buy)
If you only have about $400 for a new laptop, then it'll be hard to top this sale. The IdeaPad 3 comes with a lot of features typically found on laptops worth twice the price.
Allen Ngo,

Best Buy is currently offering the latest 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 3 laptop for $190 USD off the original launch price. This particular model is notable for carrying both the latest Intel 11th gen CPU and a spacious 12 GB of RAM whereas most other laptops in this same price range would typically come with slower CPUs and around half the RAM capacity instead.

Other notable features are the 300-nit 1080p IPS panel, backlit keyboard, USB-C port, and PCIe3 NVMe SSD. Such options are not common on budget solutions.

The main drawback here is that the IdeaPad 3 was designed to be a wallet-friendly laptop series. Thus, don't expect to get a super thin and sleek metal body or the best or most accurate colors out of this system. The configuration also comes pre-installed with Windows 10 S instead of regular Windows 10 Home, but this can be thankfully upgraded for free via the settings menu.

We've yet to review the 15.6-inch IdeaPad 3 and so we can't offer our personal take of the model.

  • Core i5-1135G7 CPU w/ integrated Iris Xe 80 EUs
  • 15.6-inch 1080p 300-nits IPS touchscreen
  • 12 GB DDR4-3200 RAM (4 GB soldered + 8 GB removable)
  • 256 GB M.2 2242 PCIe3 NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 5 w/ Bluetooth 5
  • 2x USB-A, USB-C, HDMI 1.4b, 3.5 mm combo audio
  • 3.64 lbs
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.
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Allen Ngo, 2021-11- 2 (Update: 2021-11- 2)