Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i vs Lenovo Ideapad L340 (2020)

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i vs Lenovo Ideapad L340 (2020)

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i vs Lenovo Ideapad L340 Comparison (2020)

We reviewed and compared the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i versus Lenovo Ideapad L340 in terms of Design, Display Quality, Performance, Battery Life, and more.

Below you can see the comparison list and results of the two laptops. And also you will find an in-depth review of each laptop.

Winner

Runner up

Model

Ideapad Gaming 3i

Ideapad L340

Test Result

4.5/5
4/5

Manufacturer

Lenovo

Lenovo

RAM

8 GB

8 GB

CPU

Intel Core i7-10300H

Intel Core i7-9750HF

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

Storage Capacity

1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD

1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD

Battery Time

4/5
3.5/5

Value for Money

4.5/5
4.5/5

Weight

2.2 Kg

2.19 Kg

Pros

  • Top-Notch Performance

  • New 16550Ti GPU here

  • Quick Charge Support

  • Beautiful display with 180-degree hinge

  • 1650 GPU for Good Gaming

  • HDD + SSD Storage is Good Choice

Cons

Battery Life could be better

Extra RAM Slot missing

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Winner: Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i
Pros
  • Good design and Build Quality
  • Top-Notch Performance
  • Good Anti-glare display
  • Good Keyboard for Gaming and Typing
  • Fast Charge Support
Cons
  • Audio is low
  • Webcam is OK

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i Solid Gaming Laptop and some called it upgraded and refined version of last year’s Ideapad L340.

The New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti gives you the power to play your favorite games smoothly with High FPS.

Ideapad Gaming 3i is a very good combination of power and presence. It leaves a very good overall impression on the test.

Let’s dig into deep and check all the technical details and review of Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i.

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i Design

The Ideapad Gaming 3i design is not like a typical Gaming Laptop. It has a clean and aesthetic design so that you can carry it to your workplace and meeting also.

This design gives plenty of space for webcam placement. So, Lenovo place webcam in the upper frame. You can cover the camera with Lenovo TrueBlock Privacy shutter easily here so that nobody watching you.

The case is made up mostly of plastic. However, The plastic does not look cheap and provides solid build quality with little bit flex.

The Keyboard design is very neat and spacious so that you’ll get the best Typing and Gaming experience. The keyboard comes with a Numpad and gives you a blue backlight.

The Gaming 3i offers a 30% larger one-piece trackpad with Windows precision driver. This delivers precise pointing experience during gameplay.

Port Selections

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i

The laptop comes with a two-sided port design.  On the left side, you’ll find the 3.5 mm jack, the USB-C (1st Gen) port, a 3.1 USB Port, the HDMI port, an ethernet port, and the power input socket.

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i

On the right side, you’ll get only a USB 3.1 port. However, the SD card reader is missing here.

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i Display Quality

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i

The display shows some weakness here. It is a 15.6-inch 3-sided narrow bezel touchscreen IPS display with Full HD resolution.

The Ideapad Gaming 3i can’t offer a high score in terms of color coverage. With 64% sRGB, 47% NTSC and 48% AdobeRGB.

The rates are good for office working and watching movies. However, the score in test results placed it to the lower end of the Gaming Laptop database.

The Ideapad Gaming 3i also shows some weakness in the brightness aspect as well. The display gives a maximum of 293.7 cd/m2 luminous intensity. The brightness with the value of 300 cd/m2 is considered good by me.

This is sufficient for indoor use but not for outdoor use where direct light falls into it. The contrast is low with 753:1. It is not outstanding, but not very dull overall.

Although, Lenovo offers a good display but not enough which you’ll usually see in this price range often.

Performance Of Ideapad Gaming 3i

The hardware inside the laptop is powerful enough and offers you plenty of power during both work and gameplay.

The bootup time is pretty fast and applications are loaded quickly and run smoothly. Multitasking is also fast and smooth.

Like the Legion series, You’ll also find the “Q Control” function that allows you to quickly swap between “Balance”, “Quiet” and “Performance” mode.

Starting with Lenovo’s Balance Mode, Testing the CPU and GPU together, CPU draw power about 32W and clock speed around 2.1 GHz. Temperature levels are at about 75 degrees for CPU and around 70 degrees for GPU.

There’s absolutely no Thermal throttling with both CPU and GPU at Full Load. However, Keep in mind that the CPU runs on less power and less speed.

In Performance Mode, Testing the CPU and GPU together, CPU draw power about 39W and clock speed around 2.5 GHz.

Temperature levels are at about 75 degrees for CPU and around 70 degrees for GPU. No thermal throttling here also with higher clock speed.

The 8 GB RAM with the frequency of 2933 MHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti deliver enough power to perform any task pretty smoothly.

However, For Graphic design and Editing work, 8 GB RAM is not sufficient. So, Do your work speedy and efficiently memory upgradation recommended.

Also Read: Best DDR4 RAM for Laptop in 2020

The Performance during gameplay seems pretty smooth and no major issue here. However, Some heat issues occur while doing continuous gaming sessions.

To avoid this heat issue place your laptop on an even surface or buying a cooling pad also might help you.

GameLowMediumHighUltra
The Witcher 3(2015)1821206538fps
Dota 2 Reborn(2015)134122113107fps
Far Cry 5(2018)95676258fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider(2018)99655546fps
Metro Exodus(2019)98473525fps
COD Modern Warfare(2019)101675245fps
Red Dead Redemption 2(2019)95533522fps
Need for speed Heat (2019)74585347fps

Battery Life

Lenovo officially states that the battery life of Gaming 3i is up to 8 hours. However, this value is theoretical and does not show real value.

It didn’t quite last Six and half hours at full brightness with just under 200 cd/m². If you turn the brightness down, you’ll get more battery time of course.

The 45W battery in the Gaming Laptop is relatively small but the GTX GPU is energy efficient and does not pull the power like RTX Graphic cards.

The Laptop comes with a 135W AC Adapter with Fast charge support. It’ll Fully charge your laptop for around 1 hour.

Sound

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The Ideapad Gaming 3i has down-firing 1.5W speakers with little too sharp and less bass than other brand laptops in this price range.

The Laptop comes with the Dolby Audio software with some presets according to Movie, Music, Games, and Voice.

Dolby Audio software helps to make sound louder and brighter. However, you can’t adjust the preset settings.

You can customize the audio via an equalizer, but that won’t easy and need a lot of work from you unless you have knowledge about it very well.

Noise & Temperature levels

In normal day-to-day work, you will rarely hear the sound from the Gaming 3i even the fans start-up you will notice very little noise.

However, Under load, the sound will come up and we register sound pressure levels of around 50.3 dB(A) stress test.

We checked the laptop in two different scenarios, One with Power cord plugged-in and in other without the power cord.

In the overall test, the processor clock speed stick between 4.2-to-3.5 GHz and warms up moderately with the temperature around 55 degrees celsius.

5th generation thermal engineering with inbuilt dual heat vents and dual-action fans improved the thermal efficiency and stay cool during stress.

Upgradability

Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i

To Upgrade and maintenance, your Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i is simple and not a hard task. You just have to loosen ten screws on the bottom.

After that just lift the plate from the hinges. To release it from its anchoring, it is enough to slowly walk around the device with your fingernails or a plastic card and carefully pull the plate up.

Inside you have access to all important parts. The battery is firmly built into the device.

The RAM slots are just above the battery. One slot is occupied with an 8 GB RAM stick. On another slot, you can put max. 8 GB RAM.

The max. memory supported by the laptop is 16 GB. Other than RAM you can also upgrade HDD and SSD as well.

Conclusion

The Lenovo does a pretty good job in this Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i. It’s robust, solid build with high-quality workmanship and Lenovo do enough justice in both hardware and software part.

The major downside noticed by me is a little bit weaker display quality and average battery life.

Other than that most of the specs are pretty good and offer a Top-notch performance during every task.

Latest 10th Gen CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU brings more power and energy efficiency without any compromise in the performance section.


Runner Up: Lenovo Ideapad L340

Lenovo Ideapad L340
Pros
  • Good Build Quality
  • Speedy operation and performance
  • Good display quality with a 180-degree hinge
  • HDD + SSD storage combination
  • Value for Money
Cons
  • Trackpad has some flex
  • No G-sync

Lenovo Ideapad L340 is a good build and clean design laptop. The built quality and hardware inside offers enough power to perform everyday task smoothly.

The HDD and SSD storage combination is mostly preferred by users nowadays. This combination will give you plenty of space and speedy operation during work as well.

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is a very good combination of power and presence. It leaves a very good overall impression on the test.

Let’s dig into deep and check all the technical details and review of Lenovo Ideapad L340.

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Design

The Ideapad L340 design looks similar to old fashioned design. The display bezels look a bit old fashioned, as they are relatively wide from the upper side.

However, 3 other sides of the screen bezel are thin relatively. This design gives plenty of space for webcam placement. So, Lenovo place webcam in the upper frame.

You can cover the camera with Lenovo TrueBlock Privacy shutter easily here so that nobody watching you.

The plastic lid on the upper part has a silver finish with a subtle blue Lenovo logo towards the side.

While the interior has the same material and smooth texture. There are no sharp corners and edges anywhere.

However, Considering the plastic build, it didn’t come off as a cheap feeling. The Ideapad L340 Keyboard has the same blue backlighting as Ideapad Gaming 3i.

Lenovo Ideapad L340

The brightness of the keyboard backlight can be controlled in two different levels or turned off completely by pressing the “Fn” + “Space bar” keys.

The only downside for me is smaller arrow keys here. However, I did like typing on the keyboard.

Although it is a plastic build there’s no major flex and you’ll get a sturdy keyboard.

The Touchpad uses ELAN drivers, was smooth, and worked well enough. It clicks down anywhere with left and right clicks down the bottom.

However, The Touchpad felt a little loose. When you tap it, it sort of moves a little and makes the noise which isn’t the actual click.

Port Selections

Lenovo Ideapad L340

Unlike Ideapad Gaming 3i Lenovo Ideapad L340 comes with a one-sided port design.  On the left side, you’ll find the power input, gigabit ethernet, HDMI 2.0 output, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, 3.5 mm audio jack, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port (No thunderbolt here).

Lenovo Ideapad L340

On the right side there’s no I/O at all, so no possibility of cables getting in the way of your mouse hand if you’re right-handed. Only the Kensington lock at the back here.

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Display Quality

Lenovo Ideapad L340

The Laptop comes with a 15.6 inch Full HD 60Hz IPS panel. The screen has a matte finish, good viewing angles but no G-sync present here.

The Laptop has a 3-sided narrow bezel display with 1 side(upper side) with a relatively broader bezel. Here you’ll find a 720p webcam mounted.

The color gamut measured by the spyder 5 pro gives the results returned 64% sRGB, 46% NTSC, and 49% AdobeRGB.

At 100% brightness in the center, I measured 274 nits with a 940:1 contrast ratio. So, overall lower brightness and color gamut compared to most other gaming laptops at this price point.

Also Read: Best Laptop Under 1 Lakh in India (2020)

It looked alright to me, a little dim but otherwise ok for gaming and watching movies and TV shows. There’s also no major backlight bleed on this panel.

However, there’s more screen flex than expected considering the thickness of the panel. The hinge runs along the most of the width of the body.

Performance of Ideapad L340

Lenovo showed Ideapad L340 as a budget gaming laptop. while that is true with this model used in comparison but not for all the models in the series.

The HDD + SSD combination which is preferred by most of the user nowadays give speedy bootup time and plenty of storage options as well.

It is powered by the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750HF processor. It runs on a speed of 2.6 GHz with the Turbo boost up to 4.5 GHz.

The processor paired with 8 GB DDR4 RAM provides smooth operation on daily computing tasks.

The laptop delivers stable performance on daily tasks including worksheets, spreadsheet processing, and light media creation among other projects.

The power of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 gives you the freedom to enjoy all the modern games with high fps.

However, GPU thermal throttling and limited CPU power restrict the GPU to give it out its full potential. But after that also you’ll have enough power to do gaming smoothly and efficiently.

GameLowMediumHighUltra
The Witcher 3(2015)167996233fps
Dota 2 Reborn(2015)115957872fps
Far Cry 5(2018)88635752fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider(2018)94625043fps
Metro Exodus(2019)91433022fps
COD Modern Warfare(2019)97614639fps
Red Dead Redemption 2(2019)88473019fps
Need for speed Heat (2019)72555144fps

Battery Life

Battery life is one area where Lenovo Ideapad L340 pulls away from most of the other gaming laptops.

Lenovo officially states that the battery life of Ideapad L340 is up to 9 hours. However, this value is theoretical and does not show real value.

It didn’t quite last 5 hours at the full brightness. However, If you turn the brightness down, you’ll get more battery time of course.

Lenovo includes 135-watt power brick that seemed to be adequate for these specs. It takes around 2 hrs to fully charge the battery.

Sound

The Ideapad L340 speakers are towards the front left and right corners. They sounded OK and give a similar kind of quality as Gaming 3i.

The sound quality is good and balanced. However, at max. the volume they didn’t get that loud and the latency mon results aren’t looking good.

The speakers during gameplay offer low volume and fairly a balanced sound but without much bass.

In a quiet environment, speakers are enough for occasional playback and watching videos, but external headphones are recommended during gameplay.

Also Read: Best Headphones Under 2000 in India

Noise & Temperature levels

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is very silent during day-to-day use and under little load as well just as Gaming 3i.

However, during heavy stress fans are become audible and reach a noise level of up to 40.2 dB(A).

The fan is producing constant noise that can be blended out easily. However, other laptops in this class show a similarly quiet operation.

The L340 reaches a surface temperature of up to ~29 degrees Celsius and a maximum of ~59 degrees Celsius under load.

The warmest point of the laptop is located on the rear bottom left near the power input supply connector.

During continuous use under stress, the core temperature of the CPU rises up to ~82 degrees celsius.

However, there is no restriction or sloppiness in performance due to the temperatures being too high.

Upgradability

Lenovo Ideapad L340

To upgrade the Ideapad L340 is simple just as Gaming 3i. Here You just have to loosen 11 Philips head screws on the bottom.

After that just lift the plate from the hinges. To release it from its anchoring, it is enough to slowly walk around the device with your fingernails or a plastic card and carefully pull the plate up.

The L340 has 2 RAM slots. One slot is occupied by the 8 GB RAM. On the other slot, you can put max. 8 GB RAM additionally.

The laptop also comes up with both HDD and SSD storage. So you can upgrade both of them as well easily.

You can also upgrade your Wi-Fi card from Wi-Fi 5 to Wi-Fi 6 for better connectivity. You just have to loosen the screw and then replace the card with the new one.

Conclusion

The Lenovo does a pretty good job in this Lenovo Ideapad L340. It is a solid build, matte finish with clean and aesthetic design. Lenovo does enough justice in both the hardware and software parts.

The only major issue is flex in trackpad other than most of the parts have a decent build quality and finish.

Other than that most of the specs are pretty good and offer a Top-notch performance during every task.

The design and build quality are good so that you can carry this gaming laptop to your work and meeting as well.


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