Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (16″, 2022) review – its display is fantastic

Ever since it was released to the market, the IdeaPad Gaming 3 stormed out to the top ranks of the gaming market. Why? Because money rules and affordability will always beat sheer power.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money to get a powerful device. The IdeaPad Gaming 3i (16″, 2022) is here to prove that. If you are not new to our website, you will know that we already tested two versions of the IdeaPad Gaming – one Intel-based, and one from AMD. However, today, we have something conceptually different – it has a 16-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

More often than not, the display proves crucial for the overall experience (especially when gaming). Weirdly, this aspect is also often overlooked by users when making a purchase decision, because many retailers fail to make informative listings.

Anyways, this device can be found with a 1200p and a 1600p IPS display, either of which has a 165Hz refresh rate and an alleged full sRGB coverage. This will combine pretty well with the 12th Gen Intel CPU inside, and the RTX 3060.

Now, we have to make a disclaimer – there is a slight difference between the devices coming with an RTX 3060, and those, featuring the RTX 3050, or RTX 3050 Ti. Weirdly, the latter version has a Thunderbolt 4 connector, while the former downgrades to a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) with pretty much the same functionality. That comes in addition to the almost sure cooling difference.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-ideapad-gaming-3i-16-rtx-3060-2022/


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i (16", RTX 3060, 2022) - Specs

  • LEN156WUXGA (LEN9153)
  • Color accuracy  2.8  1.1
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2242 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4 + 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 16GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home
  • Battery
  • 71Wh
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate
  • Dimensions
  • 359.6 x 277.8 x 20.9 mm (14.16" x 10.94" x 0.82")
  • Weight
  • 2.60 kg (5.7 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.1
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD with privacy shutter, fixed focus
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Nahimic Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/gaming-series/ideapad-gaming-3-16iah7/downloads/driver-list

What’s in the box?

It is not surprising to see that the laptop comes in rather unimpressive packaging. Besides the paperwork, there is a 230W charger.

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