Our review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR)
Versatile laptop designed for gaming and creation Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR) 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen that improves fluidity in games with its 120Hz frequency, benefits from a powerful AMD Rembrandt Octo Core Ryzen 7 processor and 16 GB of RAM that accelerates processing like the NVIDIA Ampere graphics card GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing capable of running many games. Equipped with a fast 512GB SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this creative gaming laptop running on Windows 11 enjoys a backlit keyboard and connectivity with Wi-Fi axis and USB-C.
Best known price: €899
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR) specifications
|screen(s)||15.6” Full HD LED IPS 120Hz 45% NTSC 250cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 6800H Rembrandt (3.2 GHz, TDP 45 W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB DDR5 4800 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB dedicated GDDR6 (85W, 1695MHz boost), processor-integrated AMD Radeon 680M and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4, 2280) + 1 free M.2 slot (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4, 2242)|
|plug||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes (white)|
|Sound system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) Nahimic|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||6 hours / 3 cells 45Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.315 kg / 359 x 266.4 x 21.8|
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR) against the competition
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR) is currently displayed in campaign at Lenovo France and offers an attractive configuration/price ratio for its category, where it is one of the cheapest to offer such a powerful and new processor (Rembrandt) as well as such a powerful graphics card.
If this Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR) doesn’t meet all your criteria, you’ll find other configurations in our guide to gaming laptops on a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connector, screen on Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR)
It has a clear gamer design with its dark Onyx Gray chassis with angular lines and connectors located partially at the back, and its cooling is provided by 2 fans, heat pipes and ventilation grills.
This creative gaming laptop has good connectivity, including 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 5.1 wireless modules and Wi-Fi ax (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, a useful HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports, but also 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, which is practical for better distinguishing one’s keys in cases of limited ambient light.
To appeal to gamers, the screen is adorned with a frequency of 120Hz, which improves fluidity in games compared to the 60Hz standard. If its colorimetry is classic, current IPS technology involves significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles. With its 16:9 format and Full HD definition, the screen is also very suitable for showing videos and more general High Definition content. Due to its anti-reflective treatment, the screen is also more readable than a shiny panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, battery life for Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR)
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7 (82SB001JFR) is a versatile 15-inch laptop that performs creatively and is gaming oriented.
Integrating an AMD Octo Core APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Rembrandt Ryzen 7 6800H processor coupled with 16GB of RAM, this versatile laptop designed for gaming and creating provides overall power capable of appealing to demanding users.
In particular, this core guarantees much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4, where the difference is very noticeable in areas that use CPU and RAM resources using multicore, such as photo editing, 3D rendering or video editing.
Creators will therefore be interested in this multimedia laptop, especially since it integrates the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. Because it speeds up processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing with NVIDIA Ampere architecture will not leave gamers indifferent because it is able to run many games as long as you accept settings under titles that require graphics resources to achieve good playability.
Like the Radeon 680M graphics solution integrated into the Ryzen 7 Octo Core, the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti naturally allows you to view photos and videos.
Best known price: €899
Radeon 680M is significantly less powerful and makes maximum use of NVIDIA Optimus technology to promote autonomy thanks to its reduced energy consumption.
On the autonomy side, you can expect approximately 6 hours of battery life with light use.
The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is effectively enabled by Optimus to perform graphics work deemed too heavy for the Radeon 680M, typically for gaming or performing heavy processing.
On the storage side, there’s an SSD, which clearly improves responsiveness and fluidity on a day-to-day basis compared to a simple hard drive. Because an SSD is much faster, but also less energy-intensive, more robust and silent.
As a result, the SSD guarantees much faster processing than a hard drive, as well as the launch of software/games and starts/stops, or even an arrival in online games is faster.
In case 512 GB on the SSD is too tight, you can of course rely on an external storage device such as a USB-C / USB 3.0 device to achieve fast transfers.
You can also add an extra SSD via the free M.2 slot.
Finally, when pushed hard (eg: treatments, gaming), expect this versatile laptop for creating and gaming to be warm and heard.
If necessary to limit temperatures, you can add a ventilated support to this mobile computer (remember to check the dimensions!).