2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 82SB0001US model review. Let us start this review by saying that this laptop is a good machine if you are looking for a 2022 affordable gaming laptop edition for intermediate gaming and school or office use. Read on, as we will list a few drawbacks of this laptop too.
And we would like to add, if this laptop is on sale, make a decision now. Purchase it, because the laptop is worth it.
|Product||Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 - 2022 - Everyday Gaming Laptop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Graphics - 15.6" FHD Display - 120 Hz - AMD Ryzen 5 6600H - 8GB DDR5 - 258GB SSD - Win 11 - Free 3-month Xbox GamePass|
|Screen||15.6 IPS display Full-HD 1080p with 120Hz refresh rate, Anti-Glare, FreeSync capable|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home Edition|
|Weight||5.1 lbs (2.3 Kg)|
14.16 x 10.49 x 0.86 inches
|Processor||3.3 – 4.5 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 6600H (6-Cores/12-Threads)|
|Memory||1x8GB 4800MHz DDR5|
|Graphics||85W TGP Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050|
|I/O & Other Features||1x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.4, PowerDelivery 3.0), and a 3.5mm Audio combo jack, a 720p HD Webcam, Webcam Privacy Shutter, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet port, White backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Strength & Weakness||VIEW|
Here are a few catches with this 82SB0001US gaming laptop.
As to be expected with a gaming laptop (the more power they have the more energy they use), this 82SB0001US’s battery life is not too great. It has around 2 hours of battery life with the maximum performance setting. With Power Safe mode, you can get more than 4 hours.
No Thunderbolt Port
The 2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 82SB0001US gaming laptop does not come with a Thunderbolt port. If this feature is a must-have for you, opt for this 3i version instead.
Now although our guy here doesn’t have the Thunderbolt-compatible port, it comes with a USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 2 that supports DisplayPort 1.4, fast data transfer, and Power Delivery 3.0 which also means, you can recharge your laptop with most USB Type-C chargers.
What We Like
We have mentioned the drawbacks of this laptop, and now let us also mention the good things we like about this 2022 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 gaming laptop;
We have looked around its competitors, like the entry-level MSI, TUF Dash model, and Acer Nitro 5. By far, for the specifications, our laptop here is the cheapest option in this price range, others are more than 800 bucks. So yes, once again, if you see that this laptop is on sale, get it as long as they are in stock.
Now, the shortage of chip delivery cause problems in electronic device stocks.
The other big plus in my book is the design of the Lenovo Ideapad 82SB0001US, it is simple, yet solid. The appearance does not scream “a gaming laptop“, which is great if you use it for school, college, and office.
When compared to its predecessor, the 2022 Lenovo IdeaPad 3 has improved rears to offer better temperature management (to keep the temperature low even if you push it to the limit), which is simply awesome for gamers.
2022’s R5 6600H
Released in 2022, the AMD Ryzen 5 6600H processor is a new processor, an update of the previous generation, the Ryzen 5 5600H. This CPU is shipped with 6-Cores and 12-Threads and has a 7% higher maximal Boost Clock frequency when compared to its predecessor. This simply means, although this CPU is not the most powerful in the market, it is a serious performer for your gaming session.
Combined with the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, it should be good for all the types of work and games you will be doing. The DLSS & Ray-Tracing features of the 3000-series GPU are great, bringing your video games’ graphics to life-like. There is also the predecessor of this unit that has a non-RTX Graphics card if that’s ok for you (older GPU).
You can play games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on this laptop with respectable framerates results. You’ll even get a significantly better game result if you upgrade the RAM (about a 30% performance increase).
There are 2x RAM slots (2x DO-DIMM DDR5) inside the 82SB0001US model, where the 8GB DDR5 4800MHz memory stick is pre-installed. This laptop is a dual-channel capable machine, so you can have up to 16GB maximum supported RAM. On this page, you can look for the RAM sticks that work with this laptop.
It is NOT recommended to upgrade a new device as you can loose the warranty. So please confirm with the manufacturer first.
Fluidity in Games
The 2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 82SB0001US with R5 6600H CPU features a 120Hz Full-HD. For this price, you can’t beat the 120 Hz display.
Even a few hundred dollars more will get you a competitor with a screen refresh rate of only 60Hz. Gameplay benefits from a higher refresh rate, as shown in the video below, which shows how 120 Hz may significantly improve the overall fluidity in games.
Furthermore, 82SB0001US ships with an HD 720p webcam with built-in Dual Array Microphones. There is also a Privacy Shutter for adding more security to your webcam’s privacy.
You can open or close the slider that sits directly above the webcam’s lens. If you see the red dot on the lens, that indicates the privacy shutter has been closed, so rendering your webcam is not operated. It’s a great feature.
We noted earlier that the 82SB0001US has a new and better rear design to improve its thermal management. Even for demanding games like Halo Infinite, this laptop’s temperature won’t rise over 75°c, yes, the thermal system is that good.
Good thermal management in a gaming laptop is crucial to squeeze more performance from the device to play your game. If you invest in a cooling pad, you will get even more from its performance from this sleek gaming laptop.
The 2022 Ryzen 5 6600H Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 has adequate connectivity options. It has 2x USB 3.2 Type-A ports, one on each side of the laptop. The rear panel has the HDMI, USB Type-C, RJ-45 Ethernet port, and power input. It’s a big plus to have the power input in the back of your laptop, so when you use a mouse, your wire isn’t in the way.
The Ethernet port is also crucial for gaming since it gives you internet stability than the wireless connection. The USB C is capable of fast data transfer, Power Delivery 3.0, and DisplayPort 1.4.
Backlit Keyboard – Yay!
As with its siblings, like Legion models, the keyboard is pretty nice, even nicer than any laptop brands I have had, it’s a full keyboard with the Numpad. The backlit feature is a bonus for me, as you can see the illuminated keys better whenever you are in lower-light environments.
The trackpad is not the best, but it is smooth and features Windows precision drivers, meaning your laptop’s trackpad is capable of more tablet or mobile phone-like gestures, like scrolling, dragging, etc. This is helpful for your school or work productivity. Moreover, you can adjust its setting to your liking.
This gamer laptop is pretty impressive. You don’t have to spend a thousand dollars on a gaming laptop to play the latest titles, as this one proves it.
This 2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 82SB0001US is a good choice for anyone who is looking for a starter gaming setup that is also suitable for college and office work, as well as gaming at an affordable price.