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Ideapad Gaming 3 Laptop | Ryzen 7 5800H, RTX 3060 90W, FHD 165hz IPS 300 Nits, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $1879 Shipped @ Lenovo


Greetings everyone, spotted this laptop on the Lenovo site and seems like an excellent deal for these specs.

When stacking with 13% Cashback (or 16% for Cashrewards Max Members / ANZ Cardholders) @ Cashrewards it comes out to be $1659 which seems to be awesome. (Or $1609 for Max Members).

IdeaPad Gaming 3 15" AMD Shadow Black (Part Number: 82K20062AU):

Processor : AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H Processor (8 Cores / 16 Threads, 3.20 GHz, up to 4.40 GHz with Max Boost, 4 MB Cache L2 / 16 MB Cache L3)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64
Display Type : 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) IPS 300nits Anti-glare, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, DC dimmer
Memory : 1x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-3200
Hard Drive: 512 GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0x4 NVMe
Warranty: 1 Year Premium Care
AC Adapter: 170W Slim Tip (3-pin)
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 6GB GDDR6, Boost Clock 1282 / 1485MH, TGP 90W
Battery : Integrated 60Wh
Camera: 720p with Camera Shutter
Keyboard: 4-Zone RGB LED backlit, English
Wireless : 802.11AX (2x2) & Bluetooth® 5.0

Note: Ships Mid September according to the website.

As always, enjoy :)

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  • +1

    Also could stack on top of this with the Lenovo amex $200 cashback offer if you have it saved

    I don’t think you can stack with the $200 AMEX cashback offer, as Lenovo only charges you once the laptop is shipped. The cashback offer ends 31 Aug (tomorrow), but the laptop is not expected to ship until after 31 Aug.

    Even if the laptop was in stock now and ready for shipping right now, Lenovo (in my experience) takes 1-2 business days to actually dispatch your order, so you may still miss out on the cashback.

    • Can U ask rep to charge U on the spot? Maybe that will work to get cashback?

      • I asked that and was told that was no, but there’s no harm in trying.

        • +1

          That's right. Don't ask won't know

          Always worth a shot 🤠

    • I bought a laptop yesterday from edu store and was charged rightaway. Although some members have confirmed that they charge and then refund the amount and then recharge once the item is ready to be shipped.

      • +1

        From my experience, Lenovo places a temporary charge on the credit card for the order amount after you make an order, which is removed after a number of business days (approx. 4 in my experience) if the item has not already been shipped. Lenovo will then charge the card again as soon as the item has been shipped, and it is this particular charge that will count towards any AMEX cashback.

        If the item is actually in stock and ready to be shipped within 1-2 business days, Lenovo initially places a temporary charge on the card, which is then converted into the actual charge a couple of business days after the item is shipped.

      • +1

        Yes this is the case. I was told they don't charge until they ship by the rep which I guess is technically true? They request the funds but don't confirm, then repeat after 7 days when the bank would return the funds or something to that effect. So while the money is listed as pending and you can't access it.

        I think the method used would probably cause problems for many of the services like credit cards and cashback deals because they don't actually confirm the charge (so I'm not sure it would count in the first place and even if it did i suspect the method they use to keep funds pending might violate terms or count as getting a refund even if the refund - recharge period is milliseconds). Best idea would be to contact the company with the cashback/discount and ask. I don't work in banking and am only repeating what I learned after I spent a fair amount of time trying to stop this. You can't without a signed statement agreeing with contact details and a company letterhead, at least with st george debit card payment.

        I think Lenovo laptops are positioned very well compared to other manufacturers in Australia this year competing well at moat price points and use cases. This range, the popular legion 5 pro and at the high end the legion 7 top spec outperforms the top x17r1 alienware at a more reasonable price; though neither are exactly bargains or great value.

        For lower performance 'budget' or 'budget gaming' laptops you may find better value and availability with some of the acer and hp 2021 machines or if suitable the 9th gen intel models are surprisingly easy to find in most major electronics/depatment stores or sites and prices change frequently. Know what you want to use it for and do some research so you can decide if the compromises are going to impact your use scenario. You should also find anything about common issues; hinge issues and thermals impairing performance to name a few. I'm not a huge fan of the recent trend throw a 144hz display into a chassis with a gtx1050 -1650ti, 8gb single channel ram and surplus cpus, put a red decal on the back call it a gaming computer but if it fills the role who cares.

        For transparency, I had issues which I can briefly outline below. I tried to remain objective and factual to hopefully assist rather than just complain about my individual experience; try to ignore any bias I let slip - (complaints below).

        late July I ordered a legion 5 pro after the representative assured me that while the quote said 3-4 weeks it should be around 10 days at the latest because more stock was already on its way. I would be free to cancel without penalty any time before it was sent to me if that time was too long. Also payment would be $1 when the order went through with the rest being charged upon shipping. One or two days later I get a new email pushing the date back to mid December but I'm told not to worry. Within the week the exact model is on ebay lenovo.

        I call to request one of those or to cancel my order, sending the email correspondence as well as the chat log when I contacted them using that which gets me transferred to dispute resolution. The item number is different from my order on their system so they can't send me one of the models on ebay. I request to be refunded noting the original time frame, cancellation without penalty before the product is sent as well as the fact that i was told my bank would be charged $1 until shipping.

        Im asked not to purchase the ebay machine as refund eligibility was decided based on numerous factors and I would not qualify. The next time they were to charge my card again they didn't. No call or email either.

        So yeah pretty crazy. I should have just bought it and sold the other but after that phone call I was concerned about warranty or other issues. Also I assumed they had no Australian office due to the .com/au domain and the business practices that im pretty sure go against our consumer laws. I ever did find out if they have an official Australian branch.

        • They should have an Australian office as Lenovo does corporate business too. It is common for retail customer service to be offshore call/processing centres.

      • This morning I spent 3 minutes on hotline to request cancellation (goodbye the 6wk->4months waiting Legion 5 Pro), 3hrs later I received a confirmation email then re-order this one immediately.

  • I dont think so Cashrewards will work here

    Special Terms

    Cashback is ineligible when using codes not listed on Cashrewards.

    • It will work fine because the coupon is listed on the product itself and auto applied at checkout :)

      Has happened plenty of times in the past and is eligible for cashback. It's just not eligible when you use a coupon that isn't listed on the product page and is outside of CR.

      • I just got rejected a recent cashback because of that

        • +1

          TA has previously stated that coupons generated on the Lenovo website (e.g. the one in this deal) is fine.

          • @WookieMonster: yes I made a purchase after reading that comment however when I didn't get the cashback, I contacted Cashreward's customer service staff, they only quoted "Cashback is ineligible when using codes not listed on Cashrewards." and advised me to read the terms to make sure I get the cashback next time.

            • +1

              @hoangdekiem: Have you followed it up with TA?

              • +1

                @WookieMonster: no maybe I will try now

                • @hoangdekiem: Just an update after contacting TA. TA contacted Lenovo and Lenovo came back showing that I clicked away from CR and lost attribution. However, TA went above and beyond his responsibility to ask Lenovo for a goodwill payment which is later approved. Very positive experience

                  TA updated the instruction below and if you follow that you should be fine.

    • @ TA - can we please have a confirmation if the code GAME20 will be honoured with cashback

    • +9

      Hi guys. Confirmation from Lenovo that this code is eligible for either of the two Cashrewards rates mentioned by doweyy in the OP. We've now updated the terms on our merchant page for clarity:

      Cashback is ineligible when using codes not listed on Cashrewards, including codes imported from other sites, or clicks made from 3rd party plugins, newsletters, banners, advertising etc. Cashback is however eligible on codes generated by Lenovo on its website, even though they may not be listed on Cashrewards, provided last click before purchase is from Cashrewards.

      So to summarise:

      • Codes generated directly by Lenovo on its website will be okay, provided you don't exit Lenovo after clicking out from Cashrewards.
      • Codes imported from other sites, or clicks made from 3rd party plugins, newsletters, banners, advertising etc will be ineligible.
      • To ensure tracking, do all your research prior, then click ‘Shop Now’ from CR and buy. Do not browse away from Lenovo to other sites and do not use 3rd party plugins to find discounts (disable them, especially AdBlockers & Honey).
      • Use the CR mobile app as it utilises its own native browser with no plugins for better tracking.
      • Tracking notification for Lenovo typically takes from 1 to 24 hours.
  • +9

    Refreshing to see a well-rounded high-performance laptop for under $2k that isn't let down by a poor screen.

  • +1

    Just noted there is only one 16G RAM in the machine.

    • You'll want to factor in a second sodimm module to get dual channeling.
      16GB module would be ideal but an 8GB would be fine

  • LHR?

    • Not on laptops.

  • Isn't 300 small for a nit colony?

    • Small yes but they're all for Sparta.

  • +2

    Can someone help me decide between this and following

    Ideapad slim 5 pro
    Processor : AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H (8C / 16T, 3.2 / 4.4GHz, 4MB L2 / 16MB L3)
    Operating System : Windows 10 Home 64
    Operating System Language : Windows 10 Home 64 English
    Microsoft Productivity Software : Microsoft Office Trial
    Graphic Card : NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 4GB GDDR6
    Memory : 16GB Soldered DDR4-3200 (SDP)
    Solid State Drive : 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe
    Display : 16.0" WQXGA (2560x1600) IPS 350nits Anti-glare, 120Hz, 100% sRGB
    Camera : 720p + IR + ToF
    Color : Cloud Grey
    Keyboard : Backlit, English
    Wireless : 11ax, 2x2
    Surface Treatment : Al Anodizing Stamping
    Palmrest : Al
    Battery : Integrated 75Wh
    Power Cord : 135W Slim Tip
    Language Pack : Publication - Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese/English
    Warranty : 1 Year Depot

    The major difference being graphic card rtx 3050 however i have a proper gaming desktop and not worried too much how ever i will game casually. Going with this because of screen resolution a bit step up from 1080p.

    Also got the rtx 3050 variant because most of the task will be productivity and i have to hook it up with two dual 32 inch qhd monitor and dont know if going with the base model with amd radeon graphic configuration will be able to output it. If someone can shed some information

    The price for this is showing 1734 on education portal. Shipping is 5 weeks.

    Thanks Ozbargainers……

    • +4

      Use code EDUCOMM down from $1734 to $1560

      • Go for $1099 base model with the same spec will automatically change to a
        135w charger.
        R7 5800H
        Same coupon
        Total price $1505

        • Waiting time 8-10 weeks

        • Commenting so @ashftc also sees this, as I know they are chasing one as well!

          • @ridecwb: Thanks mate. I ordered one last night for $1,400 after like 20 times talking with sales rep and one was able to offer me $1,400 for 60hz machine. As per previous deal, it should have been 1,375 but I thought doesn't worth the wait for 25 bucks. @True has submitted this code, I am not sure if it would have worked on top of the negotiated deal.

            I even asked him a friend of mine wanted the same deal if you could offer him the same to which he said no. I was talking about you. I can give you his name if you want it?

        • Will try that thanks

      • Does this code work on top of the negotiated deal from sales rep?

        • It will not work on any quote because there is no option for code when you convert the quote into order, if there is any option for code it will definitely work.
          It will work on any other already discounted purchase from an education account.
          Note: only accepting one code at this time.

          • @True: That's right yeah. I checked and no option to add code. Thanks for confirming :)

      • Thank you for the code mate….

      • darn, paid the $1734 just last night :/
        oh well.. still think this beats out the gaming variant for productivity - mainly after the 16 inch, 120Hz, 350nit display

        • +1

          Cancel that order and reorder again. I believe you can do it from live chat. Cancellation takes 2 days perhaps.

        • +1

          Cancel your order at [email protected]
          Reorder with for $1505.

        • sent an email to cancel.. hopefully they honour it

          • +1

            @Jaspa7: You can cancel anytime before shipment otherwise up to 20% restocking

    • https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/636355
      Was $1473 last month for this config. I am looking at this one as well and would love for that price to come back again!

      • $1505.71 see above 8-10 week waiting

        • Ha yep just worked that out myself. Mine also says ships in 5 weeks?

      • Yeah true

    • +11

      Used to have this laptop. Now have Macbook Air M1.

      Honestly if you really didn't need computing power on the go, I wouldn't recommend any of these laptops. You already have a Gaming PC and that should be sufficient for your needs, assuming your needs can be completed at home.

      If you game casually, its not worth it.

      Reason being is once you go thru that door for a "gaming laptop" even a semi gaming laptop, everything else will take a hit.
      This includes battery, weight, heat, trackpad, and maybe the screen.

      I used to think I would "game casually" on my gaming laptop but honestly for the amount I played (once every couple days) it wasn't worth the major downsides that it showed in my portable uni life.

      Macbook M1 is 3x better suited for my needs and all these small things like battery and such affect your experience more than you think.

      I would ask that you reconsider your needs for portable power.

      However if you still decide that you need it, I would recommend the one you showed, as a RTX 3050 is good enough for games and it wont smash out your battery. Also it seems this laptop is more on the "portable side" than gaming side which is a good compromise when you already have a gaming PC.


      • I am looking for something more on the portable side (ie rather than Lenovo Legion) with decent power for Premiere Pro, Photoshop etc. I think this is a good compromise, not too heavy like a full gaming laptop, but still with decent specs to get some work done on the road. I have a good desktop at home, but this would be perfect to compliment it when at home and very decent performance when away.

      • After swapping from an X1 Carbon to Legion 5 Pro I definitely agree with this comment. I thought I wanted a beefier laptop so I could casually game when out of home… Well, now I can, with a bigger and heavier device, massive power brick, ordinary battery life etc.

        Oh well!

      • how did you go with win10 if you use it?

      • Thank you for your input.

        My only fear using macbook is its os after using windows. I have used it in the past and found a bit difficult than windows my personal preference is windows. Obviously it is just about getting used to it.

      • -1

        Most well said post I've seen in a while

        Why get a failed silicon 3050 just to carry more weight when you can use the money to get an ultrabook?

        I feel like 3050 is Nvidia's money earner

    • I am trying to decide if it is worth paying extra for the low powered RTX 3050 or just go with the GTX 1650 and save $135. My use case will mainly be productivity with adobe creative suite and not really gaming.

      • I was riding in the same boat and did a lot of research. I am thinking to start youtubing as a hobby so casual video editing on premier pro. Ultimately I went with 3050 because I thought I'd be buying the laptop for at least next 5-7 years and technology is evolving so much. Who knows next updates may require higher GPU or some day I may need my laptop for casual gaming too.

        • +1

          This is also the way I am leaning, we also keep our computers a long time so I like to future proof and get the better spec now especially if only cheap. No point doing 1TB ssd upgrade for $400 as can always upgrade that down the track with a 2TB for much cheaper.

          • @ridecwb: Yeah that's right and also note, external drive is much more cost effective option plus you can carry it anywhere you like. I have plan to buy external SSD down the road as and when needed. Ram, processor, graphic card, wifi card all are top notch so should be good for long-term.

            • +1

              @ashftc: I have been researching this as well, you can edit video from an nvme drive in a usb-c enclosure, they are faster than the samsung external ssd's.

    • Don't do it 3050 is a waste of money for productivity

      And an overpriced gimped GPU for gaming

      Either pay more or pay less don't pay the 3050 tax

      • Do you know if the i built amd radeon graphic can output two 32 inch display with qhd resolution. If thats the case i would go with the base model. Thank you

        • As far as I can see no Ideapad 3 can output two external displays only one via HDMI since the usb-c port doesn't support Displayport (or HDMI)

        • You'd have to go to the Legion range to get USB-C 3.2 supporting Displayport for dual displays

          Or get an external USB-C 3.1 dock or USB 3.0 dock with inbuilt video

          • @s3n: Thanks mate

            • @Cmaz: No worries looks like ideapad slim 5 pro also has usb-c 3.2

            • @Cmaz: The base model should support dual displays

              I got confused with the model you were linking

              1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (support data transfer, Power Delivery 3.0 and DisplayPort™ 1.4)
              1 x HDMI 1.4b

              1. Integrated graphics model only: USB-C (USB 2.0 & PD 3.0 only)
              2. Discrete graphics model only: power in
              3. HDMI 1.4b
              4. USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
              5. Headphone / mic
              6. Card reader
              7. USB 3.2 Gen 1
              8. USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Always On)
              • @s3n: Thanks mate you have been a great help.

      • +1

        @s3n Thanks, saved some money and ordered the R7 5800H, 16GB, 512GB, GTX 1650 version with 120Hz screen. Didn't go basic AMD graphics as I wanted Geforce hardware acceleration in Premiere Pro. Also got cashrewards tracking for $180. This brings it down to $1200 which is awesome.

  • Does anyone know if you can add a HDD into this machine and if it had a free slot to add another stick of RAM to make 32gb?

    • +1

      No hdd but a second ssd
      And yes 2nd slot for ram

  • Tech Specs shows:
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6

    • +1

      Seems like an error as they have just copied the Gaming 3 listing here but haven't updated the total specs. Just go off what the specifications are next to the price as that's what you will receive.

  • any legion 5 pro deal???

  • Looks good, better screen than most
    Smaller battery than some others, so depends on your use case

    And will need another stick of ram for best performance

  • will be nice if you can customize it to A, add IR camera for windows Hello; B, add more ram if needed

  • what do you think, this or Dell G15? I know 3050 vs 3060 - but everything else seems equal. Just for game casually.

    Dell G15 5515 Gaming Laptop AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 8GB 256GB RTX 3050 $1,039.20 Delivered @ Dell eBay

    • Don't bother with a 3050

      DYOR it's seriously gimped

  • -3

    lol at the comment section

    if it was any other brand some you guys would scream 'low wattage', yet theres literally no comment about that here. Its nearly $1.9k ffs.

    the screen is also nothing special, 1080p 144hz 98-100srgb/72ntsc screens are all too common on gaming laptops at this pricepoint
    'better screen than the others' holy shit the last several 3060 deals posted on here (except for the tuf dash) are all several hundred dollars cheaper, of course corners are going to be cut somewhere

    the HP Victus deal is so much better, still 16 gig ram but in dual channel, slightly better wattage, better battery and most importantly its cheaper by more than 200$, which is far more than enough to grab a gaming monitor on sale, which solves not only the garbage screen but also the no mux switch problem as well, and will only mean a better gaming experience.

    Im not saying shills but the contrast in peoples reaction to different brands is just weird. Like praise the legions lineup this year all you want because they actually deserve it but this? This is far from a great machine or that good of deal, even if its lenovo.

    • +1

      When you factor in cashback it's pretty much the same price as that Victus deal with a significantly better screen. Did you even read the OP?

      • +1

        didnt read the description which is my bad.

        I still stand by my words that some ozbargainers are way too harsh on other brands when their cheap machines have low powered gpus and mentions it in every other comment but when its lenovo basically everyone ignores it

    • Completely agree

      I haven't been able to find any reviews but I really doubt this slim Ideapad Gaming 3 laptop with 8 core and 3060 wouldn't throttle under load

      I'd skip all the trouble and go straight for a Legion 5 or 5i on sale since it has the best cooling with no throttling during gaming and very consistent performance

      • Theoretically agree 100%, but practically Legion 5 / 5 Pro waiting time can be crazy. I just cancel my 4 months waiting Legion order and jump to this one.

        If you go for Legion, stick with the pre-built.

  • Otherwise pay less and get an integrated

    Paying the 3050 tax is dumb

  • Thanks OP - ordered one only because I qualify for CashRewards Max. Been looking for a replacement for my 7 y.o. Dell XPS 17. Was about to get the Ideapad Slim Pro 5 through corp discount but couldnt be bothered waiting 8-10 weeks (might as well wait for Black Friday / Cyber Monday).

  • Tossing up 60/120 Hz screens. What you think?

    • What do you mean? The laptop comes with a 165Hz display

      • yeah sorry , looking at other variants

  • +1

    thanks OP = ordered using GAME20 with cashrewards, hopefully it verifies !!

  • Please correct me if i'm wrong but are OP's maths a bit off?

    • When stacking with 13% Cashback - wouldnt it make it $1635 (instead of $1659)
    • so 16% for Cashrewards Max Members / ANZ Cardholders would make it $1578 (instead of $1609).
    • Cashback isn’t paid on GST, so the description is calculated on the pre-GST price :)

      • Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying.

  • Hi everyone I have a Lenovo carbon x1

    Would this be an upgrade?

    I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions

  • I ordered one like this told SEP
    Now out to nov30
    Parts issues

    Ask about Taking my money now
    No to that as well
    Just sits as pending on cc
    The renews a pending again

    • @Hireach So when I ordered the Ideapad from the discussion above in this thread, it said "ships in 5 weeks", but this morning I checked and it said "estimated shipping 30th November" as well. So I rang them and they said that it should still ship in 5 weeks, the website estimates fluctuate a bit. She did say if it goes past 5 weeks and it hasn;t ship then to ring them and they will follow it up. Of course you can cancel at any point and jump on a better deal as well.

      • Wow. I have ordered this laptop and I better get it, this month.

        • +1

          Today my shipping estimate is 8th September!

          • @ridecwb: Saved ~$270 and you've got quick shipping nice deal

            Can't say the 3000 series would be so quick

    • Yeah, Lenovo is abysmal when it comes to shipping predictions for items on backorder.

      When I ordered a custom-built laptop on backorder in mid-July, I was originally told it would be shipped in mid-August, then the date moved to November, then to September, then to December 31. Even when my shipping estimate was pushed out to November, the website still mentioned that it would ship in eight weeks… I eventually cancelled the order (which is free of charge), because I was fed up with wildly fluctuating shipping times.

      You can only rely on Lenovo’s shipping times if the item is actually in stock and is ready to be shipped in the next 1-2 business days.

      It’s as though someone within the sales team is throwing darts on a calendar to determine the next projected shipping date…

      • Same here, cancelled a prolonged lead time order a week ago.
        the Lenovo game is to order and check, swap to a better deal if it appears before it ships.