It is 2022 and it is almost time for the new generation refresh of the Ideapad Gaming 3 and Legion 5/5Pro. Lenovo has planned out an extensive lineup for the Indian market and they are expected to hit the shelves soon. If you are waiting for the 2022 lineup, we have compiled the expected models along with their expected pricing. You can check out the article here and also set up stock alerts for those laptops to be one of the first to know when it becomes available.
For those who can't wait, Lenovo has added an RTX 3060 variant to its current budget gaming series, the Ideapad Gaming 3. While technically this is being introduced in 2022 in the Indian market, it still belongs to the 2021 generation. The latest addition is powered by a Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 6GB and offers 16GB of Ram and 512GB of SSD. While these are fairly common specifications among laptops in this price range, this variant of the Ideapad Gaming 3 distinguishes itself by offering an excellent 100% sRGB display with 165Hz refresh rate, similar to the higher-end (and higher-priced) Legion 5. The full specifications are listed below.
The new listing - 82K201UNIN is currently priced at Rs 99,990 on the Lenovo online store. However, if you have a credit card, you can avail a 10% cashback up to Rs 5,000. You can also use the coupon UNBOX to get an instant discount of Rs 1,500. This brings down the price to effectively Rs 93,490. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this is one of the best laptops under Rs 1 Lakh to offer a well-balanced set of specifications.
Should you buy this?
The Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 inarguably offers excellent value due to its balanced set of specifications. Unlike a lot of budget gaming laptops, the Ideapad Gaming 3 is well built and this variant also manages to offer a good display with 100% sRGB color gamut coverage which is usually uncommon in budget gaming laptops. Users who require color accuracies such as professionals or gamers who prefer their content to pop from the displays will appreciate this display panel upgrade.
This Ideapad offers a single channel 1x 16 GB ram. Depending on how you look at it, this could be a pro or a con. On the upside, you can easily upgrade or add more ram to the other empty slot. But on the downside, if you are not a power user or do not require as much ram, then you would be leaving some performance on the table by sticking with single-channel memory. Hence, if you want to take advantage of the full performance that this device can offer, it is recommended that you add an additional 8 or 16 GB ram. For your convenience, links to some compatible rams are attached here.
For the price, we think this is an excellent option worth considering. And if you are planning to buy this laptop, make sure to make use of our exclusive coupon code UNBOX and the credit card cashback options to maximize value.
However, it should still be noted that this is not the best RTX 3060 gaming laptop available and the ones that qualify for that title such as the ROG Strix or Legion lineups cost around Rs 12,000 more than this Ideapad. If you have a budget of around Rs 1.2 Lakh, then you can consider the Legion 5 instead. The same cashback and coupon code discounts apply here as well. The primary advantage of these higher-priced models are that they deliver more power to the GPU for faster performance and often include better cooling solutions as well.
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