Lenovo refreshes its mid-range and unveils an economical gaming laptop

In addition to its new notebooks aimed at the professional world, Lenovo has also unveiled new devices designed for light work and entertainment. On the program: beautiful ThinkBooks, attractive convertibles, and even a gaming laptop at a reasonable price compared to its technical data sheet.

We start with the IdeaPad Gaming 3 which, as its name suggests, is a laptop specially designed for video games. Unlike the ThinkPad X13s, it therefore benefits from a dedicated graphics card.

At this level, customers will have the choice between Nvidia and… Intel; a still surprising duo, but one that we will have to get used to since dedicated Arc GPU graphics cards are fast approaching. In this case, it will be an Intel Arc A370M, apparently capable of offering game sequences in Full HD or video editing in 4K. Those who prefer to stay on familiar ground can fall back on an Nvidia card, up to the RTX 3060 model.

IdeaPad Gaming 3 © Lenovo / Intel

For the CPU side, there will be the choice between two different ranges. On one side, there is a 12th generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to the Core i7 12700H. On the other, it will be possible to opt for an AMD processor, up to the Ryzen 7 6800H. These elements will power a 15 or 16 inch IPS panel in WQHD + (2560 x 1600, 16:10 format) capable of outputting 165 frames per second.

And the icing on the cake is that this beautiful little machine will be sold at a fairly competitive price since the 15-inch model will start at €999! So it’s almost defensible value for money, which is rare enough to be emphasized on a gaming laptop.

Reasonably priced new IdeaPads

Let’s continue in the family of IdeaPads with the Flex 5i. This is a 14” or 16” 360° hinged convertible equipped with a beautiful 2.8K OLED screen for the most expensive version. They are also rather well equipped since they inherit a 12th generation Intel Core i7 U series or an AMD Ryzen 7.

Like all convertibles of this type today, they are obviously compatible with an optional stylus. This generation is also overall thinner and lighter than the previous one. Note that the Intel version is also available in a Chromebook version with a 14” FHD screen.

The IdeaPad Flex 5i will be available from June 2022 from €499 for the 14” and from €699 for the 16” and the IdeaPad Flex 5 AMD will be available from May 2022 from €549 € for the 14” and from €699 for the 16”. The IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook will be available from June 2022 starting at €549.

Still at the IdeaPad, we also discover the IdeaPad Duet 5i. Nothing special here, except that it’s a 2-in-1 device. This Duet 5i is equipped with a 12-inch 2.5K IPS touchscreen, still in 16:10 format, and will be sold with a magnetic keyboard.

The IdeaPad Duet 5i will be available from July 2022 starting at €749.

© Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2

The excellent ThinkBooks also updated

Lenovo has also refreshed its excellent mid-range lineup with two new devices: the ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 and ThinkBook 13s Gen 4i. These two models that we no longer present will now be entitled to a 12th generation Intel Core i7 processor (exact model not specified) supported by 32 GB of RAM.

As always on these models, they will not carry a dedicated graphics card; in both cases, it will be necessary to rely on the Iris Xe platform to serve the screen. In the case of the Yoga, it is a 14-inch FHD IPS panel, while the 13s will be entitled to a 13.3-inch panel in 2.5K. The latter also boasts a flattering screen / border ratio of 91%.

Both devices will benefit from Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1 standards, a full-size HDMI port, a Thunderolt 4 port, a USB-A socket and a 3.5mm jack. The Yoga will however be entitled to a small bonus at this level, with an additional USB-A socket and micro-SD slot.

The ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 will be available from June 2022 starting at €899. The ThinkBook 13s Gen 4i, meanwhile, will be available from June 2022 starting at €749.

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