How to open Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (14 AMD, Gen 8) – disassembly and upgrade options


1. Removing the Bottom Panel

– First and foremost, ensure the laptop is powered off and disconnected from any external power sources.
– Place the laptop upside-down to access the bottom panel.
– Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the 9 screws holding the bottom plate in place.
– Begin prying from one of the top two corners using a plastic pry tool. Gradually work your way around the edges, being careful not to apply excessive force.
– Once all the clips are released, lift off the bottom panel to expose the internal components.


2. Battery Removal

– For safety reasons, always disconnect the battery before proceeding with other internal components.
– Carefully disconnect the battery connector from the mainboard.
– Remove the 2 Phillips-head screws securing the battery in its position.
– Gently lift and extract the battery out of its compartment.


3. Storage Upgrade/Replacement

– This laptop is equipped with a single M.2 slot, compatible with Gen. 4 (2242) SSDs. However, due to limitations associated with the AMD platform, the SSD operates at Gen 3 speeds.
– The pre-installed NVMe SSD has a thermal pad on its underside to assist with heat management.
– To upgrade or replace the SSD, remove any securing screw, then gently pull out the existing SSD. Install the new SSD, ensuring it’s firmly seated and secured in place.


4. Memory (RAM)

– The RAM in the IdeaPad Slim 3 is soldered onto the motherboard, which means it’s non-upgradable.
– The laptop can have a maximum of 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM. Devices with 4GB or 8GB RAM configurations operate in single-channel mode.


5. Cooling System

– The cooling mechanism in the laptop is straightforward, consisting of a single fan and a heat pipe.
– If you wish to clean the fan or replace the thermal compound, ensure the laptop is entirely powered down. Handle connectors and components with caution during this process.
Note: When working on electronic devices, always handle internal components gently and avoid static discharge. If you’re unsure about any step or don’t feel comfortable disassembling the laptop, seek assistance from a professional or authorized service center.

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Budget laptops are very important for every manufacturer because occasionally they are the backbone of some companies when it comes to profit. Today we are going to show you the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (14" AMD, Gen 8) - an inexpensive machine that can be configured with efficient (and refreshed) AMD Barcelo-U chips from the 7000 series.We have a dedicated article about the more premium sibling of this laptop - the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 5 (14" AMD, Gen 8) and we also reviewed the 16-inch iteration of the device that is sitting in front of us - the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (16″, 2023). The Slim[...]

Pros

  • Optional fingerprint reader
  • Thin and light body
  • No PWM (BOE NV140FHM-N4V (BOE08D7))
  • Good viewing angles and contrast ratio (BOE NV140FHM-N4V (BOE08D7))
  • SD card slot and good port selection
  • Surprisingly snappy performance
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard with optional backlight
  • Smooth touchpad
  • The Web camera has a shutter switch
  • Good CPU frequencies and power limits during any kind of load

Cons

  • Plastic build with mediocre quality
  • Soldered memory and just one M.2 slot
  • 52% sRGB coverage (BOE NV140FHM-N4V (BOE08D7))
  • The NVMe of our laptop has QLC memory
  • Noisy fan and high processor temperatures especially in long loads
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