With its large, comfortable body at a reasonable weight (2.2 kg), the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17ADA05 (81W20059FR) is an interesting 17-inch for users looking for the convenience of a large screen and the convenience of a portable machine. Inside its silver case, a large capacity SSD storage (512 GB) is associated with a Ryzen 5 Quad Core processor and 8 GB of RAM, an ideal package for office automation and multimedia that favors system fluidity . The connection is correct and its large 17-inch anti-reflective screen allows you to work in good conditions. Be aware that you shouldn’t expect much from its battery life and that the screen is limited by a standard definition (1600 x 900 px / TN).
Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17ADA05 (81W20059FR)
|Screen (s)||17.3 “HD LED 250 nits (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Picasso (2.1 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (4 GB soldered 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 8|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.2 (Gen1), HDMI 1.4b, SD / SDHC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Audio system||2 1.5W Dolby Audio speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Polymer 42Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.2 Kg / 402 x 281 x 19.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17ADA05 (81W20059FR)
Lenovo has decided to integrate a 17-inch into its S series of thin laptops and introduced the Lenovo IdeaPad 17ADA. This large format laptop PC takes place in a 19.9 mm thick chassis , a size worthy of the ultrabook clan (15 inches and below) for a weight reduced to 2.2 kg . It is particularly well optimized even if the format remains quite bulky (402 x 281 mm). Indeed, we cannot decently compact the panel and Lenovo keeps a fairly imposing black frame as much of the screen.
Regarding the case itself, we remain on the entry level and even if the aesthetics are neat on a Platinum Gray color with a brushed effect, the IdeaPad 3 17IML05 is surrounded exclusively by plastic (polycarbonate), therefore requiring some strict precautions during handling. Otherwise, the finishes are neat and the look goes everywhere. Note also that the keyboard is not backlit.
Around the screen, Lenovo has sought to slightly refine the borders but without being borderless, which does not detract from the charm of the PC. We discover a screen with basic specifications: a standard definition (1600 x 900 px) and the support of a TN panel leading to narrow viewing angles. Good point however, the anti-reflective treatment will prevent glare situations in a bright environment.
To finish with the study of the chassis, the connection is quite limited and forgets the USB Type-C port. There is a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.2 ports, an HDMI output and an SD card reader. The Ethernet port has also been ousted on the altar of finesse and the wireless modules benefit from Wifi ac and recent Bluetooth 5.0.
Performance, battery life of Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17ADA05 (81W20059FR)
In the foreground, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB M.2 SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, is is quieter, more robust and energy efficient, and allows Windows to achieve remarkable smoothness with short load times and zero latency execution. What’s more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good chunk of your game library although some may not find it sufficient.
But the capacities of this IdeaPad 3 17ADA05 depend mainly on the processor, entrusted here to the latest generation AMD APU Quad Core Ryzen 5 3500U low consumption. It succeeds the Ryzen 5 2500U with a gain of less and less 10% in terms of power, enough to reach a level close to a Quad Core i5-8265U. In fact, everyday use is perfectly supported and you can even tackle photo editing, video editing and light computing type missions without too much shaking. Especially since the APU is supported by 8 GB of RAM , a total adequate to navigate smoothly in multitasking .
The AMD Radeon Vega 8 chipset integrated into the processor will take care of the graphics rendering, that is to say that it holds up to the Intel UHD 620 chip of the Intel Comet Lake / Whiskey Lake processors. While the latter is similar to a GeForce MX110 in terms of performance, the Vega 8 will equal a GeForce MX130 and allow a little game in definition and medium details (1600 x 900 px).
Let’s finish with an idea of the battery life that must deal with a low capacity battery (42 Whr). However, the PC should still be around 6 hours in light use (web browsing with wifi).