How to open the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (16″, 2023) – disassembly and upgrade options
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- AMD Ryzen 3 7330U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (R4000/5000, 15W)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Unscrewing the Back Panel
To start disassembling the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (16″, 2023), you first need to undo the ten Phillips-head screws on the back. A Phillips-head screwdriver will be needed for this task.
2. Removing the Back Panel
Once the screws have been undone, use a plastic pry tool to lift the bottom panel away from the chassis.
Caution: Be gentle during this process to avoid damaging the panel or the internal components.
3. Disconnecting the Battery
Inside, there is a 47Wh battery pack. To remove it, unplug the battery connector from the motherboard and undo the two Phillips-head screws that keep it attached to the chassis.
4. Assessing the RAM
The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 comes with either 8GB of single-channel or 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM soldered to the motherboard.
Note: Because the RAM is soldered, it can’t be upgraded after purchase. Make sure to choose a model with a suitable amount of memory for your needs.
5. Upgrading the Storage
As for storage, there’s one M.2 PCIe x4 slot in the laptop, which only supports Gen 3 SSDs. This allows for storage expansion.
You can buy Gen 3 M.2 SSD modules here: Buy from Amazon.com (#CommissionsEarned)
6. Understanding the Cooling System
The cooling system of the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 consists of a single heat pipe, one heat sink, and a relatively large fan.
Note: Regular maintenance and cleaning of the cooling system can help maintain the laptop’s performance and prolong its lifespan.
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 (16", 2023) in-depth review
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- Optional fingerprint reader
- Thin and light body
- No PWM (BOE NV160WUM-N48 (BOE0B76))
- SD card slot and good port selection
- Surprisingly good performance
- Very good battery life
- Plastic build with mediocre quality
- Soldered memory
- 49% sRGB coverage (BOE NV160WUM-N48 (BOE0B76))