Inside Lenovo Ideapad 3i Gen 6 (15″) – disassembly and upgrade options
Despite being a budget device, the Ideapad 3i Gen 6 (15″), we see quite some upgrade options. However, the battery pack is disappointingly small.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15
- Intel Core i5-1135G7
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To take this laptop apart, you need to undo 10 Phillips-head screws. After that, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and remove it from the chassis.
The battery here is a bit underwhelming with a capacity of only 38Wh.
3. Мemory and storage
First, let’s talk about the soldered memory. There is either 4GB or 8GB of RAM that is nonremovable. Additionally, you get one SODIMM slot, that works together with the soldered memory in dual-channel mode. Storage-wise, you get one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, as well as a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay.
4. Cooling system
Looking at the cooling solution, we see a rather thin heat pipe and a fan that looks quite big.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i (15", 2021) in-depth review
If you are here, you are probably in the search of an affordable everyday notebook. This means your expectations won't be high, but you can definitely make use of some power, decent battery life, and a good display. Right? Well, surely, you can rely on the first of the aforementioned features. Indeed, this notebook can be purchased with up to the Core i7-1165G7 and a GeForce MX450 graphics card. Of course, this will bring the price to a not-really-affordable state. Therefore, the Core i5-1135G7 with an integrated GPU can be a good middle ground. Something you definitely should not make [...]
- 1x SODIMM, 1x M.2 PCIe x4, 1x 2.5-inch SATA
- Optional fingerprint reader
- No PWM (LG LP156WFH-SPP1 (LGD069A))
- SD card slot
- Good performance and optimization
- Plastic build with poor quality
- 51% sRGB coverage (LG LP156WFH-SPP1 (LGD069A))
- Unstable hinges