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Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14", AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (8C/16T), FHD IPS, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD $854.10 Shipped @ Lenovo Education Store

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Specifications from Lenovo website:

Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 7 5700U (8C / 16T, 1.8 / 4.3GHz, 4MB L2 / 8MB L3)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type:14.0" FHD (1920x1080) WVA 300nits Anti-glare, 45% NTSC
Memory: 4GB Soldered DDR4-3200 + 8GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200
Hard Drive: 512GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe
Warranty: 1 Year Depot
AC Adapter:65W Round Tip Wall-mount
Graphics: Integrated AMD Radeon™ Graphics
Second Hard Drive: N/A
Battery: Integrated 38Wh
Camera: 720p with Privacy Shutter
Fingerprint Reader: Touch Style
Keyboard: Backlit, English
Wireless: 11ac, 2x2
Integrated Mobile Broadband
No Wireless WAN

Ships in 2 business days according to Lenovo

Performance of the AMD Ryzen 5700U CPU can be found at Passmark

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Comments

  • +13 votes

    Integrated 38Wh seems quite bad, min is usually 50 these days

    • +9 votes

      does not seem quite bad, it is quite bad. Lenovo and their cost cutting. Batteries and screens smh…

  • +1 vote

    Does the 4+8 memory configuration mean that it doesn’t run in dual channel memeory?

    • +3 votes

      The first 8gb (4 from the soldered and 4 from 8gb) is dual channel, the remaining 4gb is single.

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    Thanks for sharing. does it need an .edu.au email for puchasing

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      Yes, a verified educational email account basically.

  • +2 votes

    45% NTSC, bad screen

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      and 38Wh battery

  • +1 vote

    Ok already some bad comments about this laptop though good price though dont yous think for what you get? Or there's more better laptops out there for around the same price?

    • +1 vote

      Yes other than screen and battery for those that care, you are not going to get a competiting laptop at this price point. Intel CPUs are inferior to this CPU at 15w TDP.

      • +1 vote

        other than screen and battery for those that care

        Easily the majority of users right there

        • +6 votes

          Many Australian consumers are clueless when it comes to nits and colour gamut, half the retail staff don't even have those info available for enquiry, that's why manufacturers can get away sending the worst available screens available on their spec sheet to our market. They don't do that to the American. Something needs to be done.

          • +1 vote

            @deliriouss: People willing to spend only $800 don't care about that.

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    Is there any quick / free way into the Edu store wwithout being a student?

    • +4 votes

      Yes, ask an ozbargsiner to send you link from studentbeans

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        Does anyone have a link from student beans?

        cheers in advance

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        Anyone able to send me a link from student beans?

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        Could I get a link too? Thanks

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        could i get a link from studentbeans pls

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      Can someone send me a link please? Thanks

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      Would love to get a link too please. Thanks :)

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      would love a link to student beans please

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    Any cashback for this?

    • +1 vote

      Education store purchase is excluded from Cashback but some people got theirs tracked, just try your luck.

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    How's the graphics on this? Can it handle AAA games from 2years ago at 30-40fps?

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prRPzotKalE

      mostly all at low settings 1080p, with some games needing to run at 720p

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      720p you'll get most pre-2021 games running well, maybe 45+ fps on medium settings.

      Most games now have UI resolution and 3D resolution %, which makes it easier to drop res with words etc still 1080p.

  • +1 vote

    I saw similar specs laptop at Harvey Norman today, and I have to say that I had my doubts previously on comments re how bad 250 nits and 45% NTSC screen would be, but seeing it first hand and comparing side by side with better screen I would recommend to avoid this if you can. I’m not the expert but tried few settings with brightness and colour but still the screen seems to be very dull. If you can live without touch screen than I suggest to go with Lenovo S540.

    • +2 votes

      Did you disable Vari-Bright in Radeon settings?

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        Sorry I didn’t, will google how to do it and will give it a go again!

      • +1 vote

        I gave another go today and disabled vari- bright setting, it was on by default, while turning off the setting did improved the brightness and overall screen quality, the colours still lacked depth and sharpness compared to S540. I opened the random colour chart image from google and felt vast difference in colour appearance. Not too sure if the difference in colour appearance/ quality was due to NTSB vs sRGB or FHD vs QHD screen??

        I think this laptop at the current price point is good deal but I personally would go with S540.

    • +1 vote

      So I'm guessing at 250 nits it's not a bright monitor?, or I think your saying it's a combination of 45% NTSC screen and 250 nits deeming it an average panel overall, yeah I guess one of those things one needs too see in person, so thanks for your insight 👍

      edit: this ain't a touch screen is it?

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        Yeah seeing in person definitely help to compare screen resolution, build quality and overall look and feel for the same spec laptops. I will try what @shellshocked suggested tomorrow and report back but in the first instance the screen wasn’t bright enough and colours seems to be dull compared to intel version of S540 which was on display.

        And, yeah you’re right this is non-touch screen. With so many on-going Lenovo deals I got confused.

        • +2 votes

          Honestly if peoples budget can stretch just above 1k, the AMD version of the S540 leaves the Intel version in the dust in terms of performance. Chassis build quality, screen and battery are better then the regular Ideapad. However a lot of people can't go above 1k. You can however refer to my other earlier post regarding the S540 deal with a recent promotional drop in price.

          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/625167?page=1#comment-1058...

  • +1 vote

    45% NTSC… no thank you…. I need 99% NTSC.

    Looking for something similar, getting in our market: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002261153879.html?aff_fc...

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      S540 is probably the closest you can get for now—> https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/625167

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        Yeah it looks good, I just need 14" full HD 1080p 99% RGB, I find that resolution above 1080p just drains battery for no reason and the same with a touch screen. I think having a very good screen with 100% RGB and IPS panel is more important.

  • -1 vote

    I bought an Ideapad with similar battery, and I deeply regret it. You get like 45 minutes battery if you are lucky. I take it to the park to do some work and I can't see (profanity) all cause of the brightness. It will run out of battery instantly with not much warning when I'm in the middle of an email.

    • +2 votes

      What are exact specifications of your laptop?

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        It's this one https://www.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/ideapad/ideapad500/Leno...

        Which has a 30wh battery. I bought it cause it was cheap but now I'm stuck with it.

        • +1 vote

          Unfortunately your laptop is based on a 7th gen Intel CPU from 2016, built on 14nm node. This laptop is based on an AMD CPU from 2021 built on a 7nm node.
          The processor in your laptop scores approximately 3000 in Passmark. The AMD 5700u CPU in the laptop the OP posted scores approximately 16000 in Passmark, whilst also consuming less power due to being on a much better node and power gating.

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            @shellshocked: Yes my laptop sucks big time. How long will the battery last on this one though. Probably only an hour and a half though right?

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              @Sensei888: Battery life is pretty bad on this one too (got to cut cost somewhere to be able to sell at this price). We are ozbargainers, we are all price sensitive but you do get what you pay for most of the time, need to be realistic with what you can get for the price.

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                @deliriouss: Well battery life comes down to your screen brightness settings and how you use your laptop. I have an S540, with an 8 core 4800u AMD processor and 56wh battery. Lenovo quotes 14.6hrs based on Mobilemark 2014. I get 9 to 12hrs at 60% brightness for productivity and some media consumption. I would assume that a 38wh battery, with 7.5hr Mobilemark 2014 score, similar but more energy efficient CPU would be able to achieve between 4 to 5hrs of productivity at 60% brightness.

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                  @shellshocked: I am not the original person who asked about battery life btw (in case you tagged the wrong person). I do some pretty CPU-intensive tasks with 80% brightness on a 500nits screen, on max performance mode with wifi and bluetooth enabled, so how much time I get from a laptop battery would be significantly different from that of a light user. However, if Sensei888 really only got an hour from the IdeaPad 520S 14IKB when the battery was new-ish (that model has a mobilemark 2014 score of 7 hours; the Core i5-7200U on that old model is also 15W), it is unlikely he/she will get 4-5 hours on this model if his/her use case remains the same.

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                    @deliriouss: That message was not directed at you but sensi888. You do know that AMD and Intel measure TDP differently? So it's not an apples to apples comparison. Plus the Intel CPU he has is on a less efficient 14nm node vs the 7nm node of the AMD CPU. If you want know how each measures TDP just have a look at this Gamer Nexus article.

                    https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3525-amd-ryzen-tdp-explai...

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                      @shellshocked: Both Intel and AMD have been careful and never implied TDP is a measure of actual power consumption, but if you look at the prime 95 result, Core i5-7200U actually consumes less power than 5700U in stress test (not a fair comparison when the 5700U is so much more powerful in terms of processing power) but that is what matters when the subject in concern is battery life.

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    Whenz zen3

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    Why do people keep mentioning 250 nits when the post says 300 nits?

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      Because they can't read unfortunately.

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    Just a general question on this and probably some other latest laptops, can these be charged and/or supplied power from an external battery pack (one that has enough watts to do so or at least extend the laptops internal battery time), I'm guessing being charged through a laptops usb-c port if one has one, if so is this common,… does sort of sort out the small battery issue as this laptop

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      You could probably look at a Powerbank suitable for laptops like the one in this link:

      https://www.auspowerbanks.com.au/product/lenovo-87w-pd-lapto...

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        Expensive for a 26,800 mAh external battery pack being over $200, don't you think? Might as well spend the $200 plus on a better laptop, as usually I see the 30,000 mAh battery packs under $50 price, was asking more of an external battery pack extending the battery life of this laptop if it has a USB-C charging port, so more so slow charging it in a sense so that way can use lower watt external battery packs

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    Support type-c charging?

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    Can anyone please help me with an edu email via student beans

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      Can someone help me with student beans login

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    could i get a link from studentbeans too pls