Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Review

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Review

Written by Ramsay, In Gadgets, Published On
March 4, 2023
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i is a cheap laptop that is perfect for students and people who work from home. The goal of the laptop is to be a good value for money while still being useful. Depending on where you buy it, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i starts at Rs 26,990 in India, while our variant costs a little less than Rs 34,990.  But does the new IdeaPad Slim 3i have what it takes to meet your productivity needs? Well, you’ll have to stay to find out.

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i Tech Specs

Processor12th Generation Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (E-cores up to 3.30 GHz P-cores up to 4.40 GHz)
Display39.62cms (15.6) FHD (1920×1080) TN 250nits Anti-glare
OSWindows 11 Home 64
Memory8 GB Soldered DDR4 3200
Ports1xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.2 Gen 1, 1xUSB-C 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI 1.4b, 1xCard reader, Headphone
Hard Drive512 GB M.2 2280 SSD
Battery3 cell, 45Wh, Upto 6 hours
Weight3 cell, 45Wh, Upto 6 hours

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Webcam

camera

For those who are worried about privacy, the webcam on the Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i has a physical cover. You just slide it into place, and your webcam is no longer able to see you. No more having to worry about software settings and whether or not apps can still spy on you. In fact, many laptops now come with a physical camera shutter. This may be because of the growing number of people who work from home, which has made video calling and video meeting apps popular and an important part of most workflows.

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Preformance

The Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor and 8GB RAM make this work. This combination will give you some room to do more than one thing at a time as you switch between web browser tabs, documents, spreadsheets, and maybe even streaming music. Still, what really sets this apart is that it doesn’t have a storage bottleneck that could slow down performance. An SSD makes it much faster to read and write data, as well as to access data. This speeds up the performance of every app you use.

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Design

Slim Look Lenovo ideapad

If you look at the name “IdeaPad Slim 3i,” you might think that this is a very slim laptop with a very high-end design. You wouldn’t be completely wrong if you believed that, but that’s not the whole truth. The  Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3ii isn’t as thin as the name makes it sound, but that doesn’t mean we’re going back to the days of big laptops. Because of how it is shaped and how the lines meet, the near end of the laptop feels thinner than the hinge where the screen is. It weighs 1.6 kg, but when you pick it up and move it around, it feels light and well-balanced. The lid and keyboard deck look like they are made of brushed metal, but the frame around the screen is black. All things considered, it looks better than its price tag would lead you to believe. Because of this, you wouldn’t know that the  Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3icosts around Rs 40,000 just by looking at it. There are plenty of ports as well. You get three USB ports, an HDMI out, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an SD card reader.

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Display

The 14-inch Full HD screen is about what you’d expect. It can be very bright if you turn up the brightness, it doesn’t reflect light, which is great for most people, and the colors look good enough. What you will keep noticing, though, is the screen’s large bezel. In fact, it’s just a little bit too thick at a time when every phone, tablet, and laptop maker is trying to make the bezels around the screen thinner.

Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i: Keyboard

keyboard

Even the size, shape, and spacing of the keys are similar to what we see on other Lenovo laptops. It’s easy to type on, and you’ll quickly get used to how it’s set up. This keyboard has a little more travel than I usually like, but most people won’t have any trouble with it. The large touchpad is also a plus because it gives you enough room to use swipe gestures.

Conclusion

The  Lenovo Ideapad Slim 3i is a cheap Windows 10 laptop that definitely performs better when an SSD is added to the mix. At the same time, the build and design are both very well done, and the reliable battery life makes it easier to plan your work. But if you have to do a lot of video calls and meetings, the 0.3-megapixel webcam just isn’t up to the task. Don’t forget that the HP Laptop 14s also has a built-in SIM slot for 3G/4G connectivity. This gives you more options.

FAQs

Battery life of Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i?

Lenovo says that the IdeaPad Slim 3i has a battery life of up to 7.5 hours, but that number seems a bit high, as it does with most companies’ claims. In real life, that number would be closer to five hours than to seven and a half hours.

Ports of Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i?

There are three USB ports on the laptop, as well as an HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The notebook also has an SD card reader, but there is no USB Type-C port. There is also no Ethernet port, but the Wi-Fi 6 connection is fast and stable. I/O is one of the IdeaPad Slim 3i’s best features, but we would have liked to see a USB Type-C port here.

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