Lenovo has made big updates to its mid-range IdeaPad Gaming 3 lineup for 2022, which includes two and two 12th Gen AMD Ryzen 6000 series models, each with a 15.6-inch and 16-inch option. Notably, the 16-inch option for your processor of choice has a 16:10 aspect ratio with the ability to scale up to 2560 x 1600, like Legion 5 Professional, which is more desirable because it gives you more vertical space for browsing, gaming, or whatever else you want to do on your PC. The only thing they don’t particularly like is watching movies or TV shows, which are traditionally presented in 16:9 aspect ratio.
Although the two IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptops are similar in processor options, the specifications differ in some respects internally. Of the Intel-based options called the IdeaPad Gaming 3i, each supports up to an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, up to Nvidia’s RTX 3060 (105W total graphics power), or the new Intel Arc discrete graphics.
As for memory, this model supports up to 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 storage. It supports Thunderbolt 4 on all configurations except the oddly equipped RTX 3060. You can get a QHD (2560 x 1440) display in any size starting at 3i, with the smallest having a brightness of 350 nits, while the 16-inch screen can hit 500 nits.
For AMD-based laptops, it can be configured with a Ryzen 7 6800H processor, as well as Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti (85W total graphics power). The graphics therefore receive a little less attention here. The storage mode is the same, although you can get up to 32GB of faster 4800MHz DDR5 RAM in this mode. As I expected, its USB-C port doesn’t support Thunderbolt 4. Moving on to displays, the 15.6-inch version supports up to FHD while the 16-inch model can support WQHD with the same screen specs I mentioned above.
Regardless of these differences, the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3 and 3i share identical dimensions (21.8mm thick and weigh around 5.2 pounds). The 16-inch models are thinner in contact at 20.9mm thick and weigh around 5.5 pounds. The 15.6-inch models will be available in gray or white, while the 16-inch option will be available in gray. Base 15.6-inch models include a 45Wh three-cell battery, with the option to upgrade the battery to a 60Wh four-cell battery if you get more graphics that draw more power. The 16-inch model comes with a 71 Wh four-cell battery.
With those specs in mind, any setup you like is a big step up. The 2020 model I reviewed. even compared to Latest models of 2021The latest model features more refined branding, improved design, more processor options, better graphics and better displays. A bigger, bigger screen is one of the specs I’m happy to see leaked Lenovo’s most affordable Legion 5 Pro series. But all this leads to slightly higher prices.
The 15.6-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3i with Intel starts at $989.99 and will launch in April. The 16-inch model is priced starting at $1,489.99 and Lenovo expects it to launch in June. As for the AMD-based models, the 15.6-inch model starts at $929 and is expected to launch in May, while the 16-inch IdeaPad Gaming 3 will launch in June starting at just $1,39.99.