Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN (15.6 Inch 60Hz FHD/10th Gen Intel Core i7 10750H/8GB RAM/1TB HDD+256GB SSD/Windows 10/Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB Graphics)
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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN ReviewLenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN is a budget-friendly entry-level gaming laptop by Lenovo which is famous for providing pocket-friendly laptops as well as an expensive and powerful gaming laptop, Ideapad Gaming is something that falls in between. It is a gaming laptop that won’t make holes in your wallet at the same time, you can rely on Lenovo’s long-time experience in manufacturing such devices.
This perticular Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN is powered by the 6 Core/ 12 Thread processor the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10750H and Nvidia GTX 1650 Mobilewith 4 GB VRAM. Other key specs include 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD and a 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 60 Hz display.
Design and Build Quality
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN is made of plastic with a slightly heavy solid base which has a glossy surface and the top lid part has a matte finish weighing around 2.31 kg. You can spot the Lenovo logo engraved in the bottom right part of the base which is the same as the one on the lid. The 2022 model, unlike those older versions, features an elongated back which improves cooling and you won’t feel your keyboard hitting up. When it comes to hinges, they are smooth enough to open the lid with one hand, all thanks to the heavy base, but once opened, you will notice the screen has lots of flex and the whole part could have been better.
Ports:Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN provides sufficient I/O ports including Thunderbolt 4, for better connectivity. On the left side, you can spot a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port and an audio jack. On the right side, you have one more USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port while on the back side you have an HDMI 2.0 port, LAN port, Thunderbolt 4 connector, and power plug.
- 1x USB 3.0 (Type C)
- 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A)
- Rj- 45 Ethernet Jack
- 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack
Keyboard and Trackpad
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN comes with the U-shaped chicklet style keys found on the Lenovo business laptops with 2 stage blue backlight. The keys here have a clear actuation point with the right resistance. The number pad however comes with narrow keys. The trackpad here which measures about 10.6 x 7 cm is large enough to perform gestures without any issues. However, it would have been great if Lenovo would have given us dedicated mouse buttons.
The FHD panel on the Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i 81Y400DXIN has a 60Hz Refresh rate and doesn’t suffer from any noticeable issues such as backlight bleeding and PWM flickering. The display here has an average color coverage and below-average brightness and is suitable for outdoor use.
- Panel Model Number: AU Optronics B156HAN02.1
- Coverage: 56% sRGB | 36% AdobeRGB;
- Max brightness: 260 Nits;
- Contrast Ratio: 1150:1;
- Gamma: 2.53
- Response Time: 25 ms;
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i 15-IAH7 has a 45 Wh battery with is now powered by a 170W power adapter and claims 6 hrs of battery life. On a full charge, the laptop can last upto 4 hours while browsing.
In terms of upgradability Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, and when it comes to storage, you get two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, out of two, one supports Gen 3 drives while the other supports Gen 4.
- 2x SO-DIMM
- 1x M.2 Slots
- 1x 2.5 Inch SATA Slot
Specification: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 81Y400VAIN (15.6 Inch 60Hz FHD/10th Gen Intel Core i7 10750H/8GB RAM/1TB HDD+256GB SSD/Windows 10/Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB Graphics)