2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 (15-inch) Review

2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 15-inch review - Powerful and easy on the pocket
Gaming laptops are generally misunderstood, people assume that gaming laptops are flashy, expensive and not that portable. Lenovo’s IdeaPad range aims to break these stereotypes. Lenovo’s 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 has been one of our go-to laptops for day-to-day office workflows and evening gaming sessions, while its subtle non-gamer aesthetic has helped it nestle among the MacBooks and other business laptops in the office , the long battery life and powerful internals ensured a smooth and hassle-free workflow. Meanwhile, at home, the IdeaPad easily handled most of the AAA titles we threw at it with ease. Clearly Lenovo has made a few compromises compared to the more expensive Legion series, but all the relevant stuff is there, which is what makes the IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 special. Read on for more information.

Design – 7/10

The IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 has been redesigned to resemble the Legion series, but Lenovo has used a lot of plastic to keep the price down. The back extends past the hinge and this design places the heat source slightly away from the keyboard. This design also frees up space on the back for ports and vents. The vents on the back also have nice blue-colored accents. The hinge placement is such that the lid can be opened with one hand without moving the device.

On top you get a 720P webcam with a privacy shutter, the webcam doesn’t support Windows Hello. The lid has a matte finish and the base is glossy and resistant to fingerprints and smudges, which we liked. Overall, the design is quite subtle and the 2022 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 will easily fit into work and college.

Keyboard and trackpad – 9/10

The 2022 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 comes with a large full size keyboard, the keys are huge and typing on this keyboard is a pleasure. The keys are well spaced too, and unrolling story after story was as easy as hitting the WASD keys while gaming. There is absolutely no flex in the keyboard, even if the case is plastic. Since this is a gaming laptop, the keyboard also has 4-zone RGB lighting. The light FX is quite limited, which is normal in this segment. The power button is on the top center and doesn’t have any biometrics here, but the power button has an LED light that tells you what performance mode you’re in. The trackpad is large, smooth, with no flex, and works well.

Placement of vents – 8/10

The 2022 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 gets a lot of vents, all vents get blue accents. The back panel gets two large vents, two on each side, and a large vent at the bottom. The vents keep the temperature under control.

I/O ports – 8/10

In 2022, we’ve seen most manufacturers cut back on ports to make the device thinner and lighter. However, the 2022 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 offers a generous number of ports. On the left side you get a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port and an audio jack. Next, you will find another USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port on the right side. However, most of the I/O is on the back. There you see an HDMI 2.0 connection, a LAN port, followed by a Thunderbolt 4 connection and a plug.

View – 7/10

The test model came with a FULL HD 1920×1080 IPS display with a refresh rate of 165 Hz. The quality of the display is good and it can get bright enough for indoor use at over 300 nits brightness. The panel supports 100% sRGB color space, which is also great for non-gaming use. Watching movies, creating content and gaming on the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i was an enjoyable experience.

Battery life – 6/10

In our daily use, we found the 2022 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 to return between 3 and 4 hours of battery, this is with around 10-12 Chrome tabs, Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop running most of the time. While gaming, the IdeaPad lasted about 2-3 hours. The 170W charger can charge the 45Whr battery quite quickly and we never ran out of power with the IdeaPad.

Connectivity – 7/10

Bluetooth 5.2 and Wifi 6 are supported along with a full-size RJ45 LAN port.

Performance – 7/10

This laptop comes with a choice of four processors: Core i5-12450H, Core i5-12500H, Core i7-12650H or Core i7-12700H. The test model came with the Intel Core i7-12700H processor. As for the GPU, this laptop is available with two options: Nvidia RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti, the review unit came with the 3050 Ti chipset inside. We tested the laptop with the latest Call of Duty MW2, Cyberpunk and Battlefield 2042, and the performance was comparable to the benchmarks achieved. The settings can be further customized using the Lenovo Vantage software. The thermals on the machine were excellent, with fans audible only under extreme load or after gaming for some time.

Verdict – 7/10

The 2022 15-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7 is a well-balanced machine, if you want a flashy gaming laptop then the IdeaPad isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for a gaming laptop that’s affordable and powerful, you should consider the IdeaPad. With prices starting at INR 76,539, the IdeaPad is short on some features like HDR, SD card slot and slightly larger battery, but the price-performance ratio here is irresistible.

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