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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Oct 27, 2023 at 01:33 pm
Latest change: Test bench update Dec 07, 2023 at 07:56 am
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) Picture
7.6
School
4.1
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
5.3
Workstation
7.1
Business

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) is a budget Chromebook. It's available with various Intel CPUs, up to an Intel Core i3-N305, a low-power processor with eight efficiency cores. You can configure the laptop with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. For the display, you can choose between a 768p TN or a 1080p IPS panel; the latter is available with or without touch input. It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1080p webcam, and a 56Wh battery. Ports include two USB-As, one USB-C with support for charging and video output, an HDMI 1.4, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section below.

Our Verdict

7.6 School

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is good for school use. It's easy to carry around, and its battery lasts over 13 hours of light use. It has a sharp, bright display, a spacious but slightly mushy keyboard, and an excellent 1080p webcam. Its Intel CPU has no problem handling nearly anything you can do on a Chromebook, but don't expect to do anything remotely intensive. Also, this laptop isn't ideal for students requiring specialized software that only runs on Windows on macOS.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life.
  • Sharp, bright display.
  • Excellent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • Small touchpad with mediocre tracking.
4.1 Gaming

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is bad for gaming. Not many games run natively on Chrome OS. You can play games from the Google Play Store, but some might not work properly, as they're designed for Android smartphones and tablets. Additionally, this laptop's low-power CPU and integrated graphics can't handle even moderately demanding games, and it's only available with slow 60Hz displays with no VRR support. On the upside, the laptop doesn't get hot or loud under load.

Pros
  • Remains cool and quiet under load.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • 60Hz display with slow response time and no VRR.
  • Limited game selection on Chrome OS.
  • Slow storage drive.
  • Soldered RAM and storage drive.
7.6 Multimedia

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is good for media consumption. It's very portable, and its battery lasts over twelve hours of video playback, giving you plenty of time to get through multiple movies and TV show episodes. Its 1080p display looks sharp and gets bright enough to combat glare; however, its low contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings. Unfortunately, while the speakers get very loud, they sound tinny and unnatural, with almost no bass.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life.
  • Sharp, bright display.
  • Speakers get very loud.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Speakers sound tinny and unnatural, with no bass.
5.3 Workstation

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is inadequate for use as a workstation. Its Intel CPU and integrated graphics aren't powerful enough to handle demanding tasks, and you can only get up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. Also, it runs Chrome OS, so you're limited to web-based apps and Android apps from the Google Play Store. On the bright side, it doesn't get hot or loud under load.

Pros
  • Remains cool and quiet under load.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • Slow storage drive.
  • Soldered RAM and storage drive.
  • No Thunderbolt 4 or USB4.
7.1 Business

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is decent for business use. It's easy to carry, and its battery lasts easily through a typical workday. It has a sharp, bright display, an excellent 1080p webcam, and a spacious, albeit slightly mushy, keyboard. Its Intel CPU can easily handle general productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations; however, you'll likely experience some slowdowns if you have many things running simultaneously. You can only use web apps and Android apps from the Google Play Store on Chrome OS, so it might not be suitable if your work requires specialized programs that only run on Windows or macOS.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life.
  • Sharp, bright display.
  • Excellent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • Small touchpad with mediocre tracking.
  • No Thunderbolt 4 or USB4.
  • 7.6 School
  • 4.1 Gaming
  • 7.6 Multimedia
  • 5.3 Workstation
  • 7.1 Business
  1. Updated Dec 07, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2.
  2. Updated Nov 27, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  3. Updated Oct 27, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 23, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Oct 17, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Oct 10, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Oct 02, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook (model 83BN0002US) with an FHD touch-sensitive display, an Intel Core i3-N305 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The screen, CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 14" TN 1366 x 768 60Hz (250 cd/m², 45% NTSC)
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz (300 cd/m², 45% NTSC)
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen (300 cd/m², 100% sRGB)
CPU
  • Intel N100 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 3.4GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Intel N200 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 3.7GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Intel Core i3-N305 (8 cores/8 threads, up to 3.8GHz, 6MB cache)
GPU
  • Intel UHD Graphics (integrated)
Memory
  • 4GB LP-DDR5 4800MHz
  • 8GB LP-DDR5 4800MHz
Storage
  • 64GB eMMC 5.1
  • 128GB eMMC 5.1
  • 256GB eMMC 5.1
Color
  • Storm Gray

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook is a good budget Chromebook. Its display gets brighter than most Chrome OS devices in its class, and its battery life is also among the best. However, like most budget Chromebooks, its limited performance makes it only suitable for those with a light workload.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best Chromebooks, the best student Chromebooks, and the best budget and cheap laptops.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022)

The Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) is much better than the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023). The Acer has a sturdier build, a more tactile keyboard, and a more responsive touchpad. It also has a better webcam and supports Thunderbolt 4, allowing you to transfer files quickly and connect two 4k displays with a single cable. The Acer is available with faster CPUs, so it can handle heavier multitasking and more intensive applications. Additionally, it's a 2-in-1 with stylus support, while the Lenovo is a more traditional clamshell model with touch input.

ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 14 (2021)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) and the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 14 (2021) are both 14-inch laptops that provide a good user experience overall. The Lenovo has a brighter display, a better webcam, and a longer battery life; however, the ASUS has a sturdier build and a more responsive touchpad. You can get the Lenovo with a touch-sensitive display, but unlike the ASUS, it isn't a 2-in-1 convertible.

Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (2023)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) and the Acer Chromebook Plus 515 (2023) are both budget Chromebooks. Choosing between these two laptops depends on what you care most about. The Lenovo has a sharper, brighter, and more colorful display, a better webcam, and a much longer battery life. It's also more portable since it's a smaller device. However, the Acer has a better keyboard and touchpad, and it's available with much faster CPUs, so it feels more responsive and can handle more demanding workloads.

Acer Chromebook Plus 514 (2023)

The Acer Chromebook Plus 514 (2023) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) are both budget 14-inch Chrome OS laptops. The Acer is slightly more compact, making it easier to carry around, and it provides a better user experience overall, with a snappier performance, a more comfortable keyboard, a larger touchpad, and a 16:10 display. However, the Lenovo might be a better option if you mainly use the device for media consumption, as its top-end IPS panel looks more vibrant and gets brighter to combat glare. As for battery life, while the Lenovo lasts three hours longer, both laptops can easily get you through a typical 8-hour day.

Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) and the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) are both good budget Chromebooks. The C340 has a larger 15.6-inch screen and a full-size keyboard with a Numpad, and unlike the Slim 3i, it's a 2-in-1 convertible, so you can use it as a tablet. It also has a sturdier build and a better keyboard and touchpad. On the other hand, the Slim 3i has a brighter display, a better 1080p webcam, and a slightly longer battery life.

HP Chromebook 14 (2021)

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook 14 (2023) is better than the HP Chromebook 14 (2021) for most uses. The Lenovo has a sturdier build, a brighter display, and a better 1080p webcam. It also has a wider port selection, a faster Wi-Fi 6E wireless adapter, and better CPU performance. However, the HP has a slightly better keyboard and touchpad, and its battery lasts almost three hours longer.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook has a simple design that doesn't stand out in any way. It has a gray chassis, a two-tone lid with some branding, an island-style keyboard, and a small plastic touchpad. The bezels are thin on the sides but thick at the top and bottom. You can find the speakers on the bottom of the laptop near the front and the air vents near the back.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook's build quality is decent. The lid and keyboard deck are aluminum, while the bottom is plastic. Both the aluminum and plastic feel cheap, though the finish is fairly scratch- and fingerprint-resistant. The lid, keyboard deck, and display flex quite a bit, which can be of concern, as you can feel the laptop bending when picking it up from one side. Also, there are small gaps between the display and the bezels. The feet feel sturdy and stick firmly to the bottom.

6.9
Design
Hinge
Range
178°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
No

The hinges are okay. They feel relatively smooth when opening and closing the lid. Their wide range lets you tilt the screen to an almost flat position, making it easier to share content with someone opposite you. They have too much resistance to allow for a one-handed lift, but they aren't so stiff as to be annoying when opening the laptop or adjusting the screen. Stability is good; there's only a little bit of wobble when moving around or typing aggressively.

7.8
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
1.2" (3.0 cm)
Width
12.8" (32.5 cm)
Depth
8.5" (21.5 cm)
Volume
127.9 in³ (2,096.3 cm³)
Weight
3.7 lbs (1.7 kg)
Charger Size
7.0 in³ (114.0 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

5.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
8.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
0
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

Accessing the internals is easy. You need to remove ten Philips screws and undo the clips holding the panel with a prying tool. The screws are captive, meaning they remain attached to the panel, which makes the reassembly easier. The clips require a fair amount of effort to undo; they feel sturdy but could still break if you use too much force. Unfortunately, the memory and storage drive aren't user-replaceable, so make sure you get enough for your needs upfront.

You can see the hardware maintenance manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook
  • 45W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Note: Some models come with a 65W power adapter.

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Pixel Density
157 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
82%

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is available with the following displays:

  • 14" TN 1366 x 768 60Hz
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen

A 1080p (FHD) resolution looks pretty sharp on a 14-inch screen. The pixel density is just a tad below that of a 27-inch 4k display (163 PPI). Naturally, the HD (1366 x 768) panel doesn't look as sharp, as it has a pixel density of 111 PPI, which is closer to a 27-inch 1440p display. Unless you're on a strict budget, it's best to get a model with an FHD panel, not only because it looks sharper but because TN panels typically have poor viewing angles and worse color reproduction. 16:9 has been the standard aspect ratio for several years; however, it's becoming less common as manufacturers move to a taller 16:10 or even 3:2 as the preferred aspect ratio for productivity. 16:9 can feel a little too short when viewing a document or website, forcing you to scroll more often.

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook is only available with 60Hz displays. The touch-sensitive FHD panel has a slow response time, resulting in visible ghosting in fast-moving scenes. The other panels will perform similarly. None of the displays support VRR to reduce screen tearing.

7.1
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,201 : 1

The touch-sensitive FHD display's contrast ratio is decent and within the typical range of most IPS panels. However, it's relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. This level of contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings. The non-touch IPS display will perform similarly, while the TN panel likely has a lower contrast ratio.

7.7
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
362 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
10 cd/m²

The touch-sensitive FHD display gets pretty bright, exceeding the advertised 300 cd/m² brightness. It's good enough for use in most indoor rooms, though you may still have some visibility issues in direct sunlight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing, as it helps reduce eye strain. The non-touch FHD display has the same advertised brightness, while the HD panel has an advertised maximum brightness of 250 cd/m².

7.8
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.21%
Indirect Reflections
2.85%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.36%

The FHD display's reflection handling is good. Its matte coating works well in diffusing and reducing the intensity of bright light sources. Reflections are only problematic when viewing dark-color content. You might have a bit more trouble on the TN panel when viewing light-color content because it doesn't get as bright.

6.5
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.686%

The FHD display's black uniformity is okay. There's some clouding on the left side of the screen, as well as some backlight bleed at the top and bottom edges. These uniformity issues are common on low-end devices and are only visible when viewing dark content in a dim setting. The TN panel likely has worse uniformity, similar to the Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (2019).

6.9
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
28°
Color Washout From Right
28°
Color Shift From Left
48°
Color Shift From Right
50°
Brightness Loss From Left
31°
Brightness Loss From Right
32°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
30°
Gamma Shift From Right
29°

The FHD display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out relatively quickly as you move to the side, so you need to be more or less directly in front of the screen to get the best accuracy. The TN panel likely has a narrower viewing angle.

7.6
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31°
Color Washout From Above
31°
Color Shift From Below
45°
Color Shift From Above
45°
Brightness Loss From Below
31°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
43°
Gamma Shift From Above
41°

The FHD display's vertical viewing angle is good. It's better than the horizontal viewing angle, but only slightly. The image still dims and washes out from above and below; it just doesn't happen as quickly. The TN panel is likely much worse, as TN panels typically suffer from chroma inversion.

6.5
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
4.5
Avg. Gamma
2.12
Avg. Color dE
3.09
Avg. Color Temperature
6,345 K

The FHD display's out-of-the-box accuracy is okay. The color inaccuracies are relatively minor and hard to spot; however, the white balance is visibly off, especially at higher brightness levels where there's a slight greenish tint. The color temperature is only a tad warmer than the standard 6500K target, not enough to make a noticeable difference. The gamma doesn't follow the curve at all; dark scenes are too dark, while bright scenes are too bright.

8.2
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.13%
sRGB uv
94.87%
Adobe RGB xy
78.7%
Adobe RGB uv
84.32%
DCI P3 xy
75.83%
DCI P3 uv
78.73%
Rec. 2020 xy
54.55%
Rec. 2020 uv
57.93%

The touch-sensitive FHD display has a great color gamut. It can reproduce almost all the colors in the commonly-used sRGB color space. It has good Adobe RGB and DCI P3 coverage but not enough for professional print photography or HDR video production. The non-touch IPS and TN panels have 45% NTSC coverage, which is roughly 65% sRGB, so they'll look more washed out.

9.0
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
> 1000Hz
Flicker Active Below
100%

The backlight technically flickers; however, the frequency is extremely high and isn't noticeable to most people. As such, we consider the display flicker-free.

Interface
7.0
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
6.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
71 gf
Actuation Force
30 gf
Pre-Travel
1.02 mm
Total Travel
1.47 mm

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook has a decent keyboard. The layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to. The keys have a fair amount of travel but are a bit mushy. They also don't feel very smooth, as there's a slight scratchy feeling in the actuation. Their operating force is on the higher side, which can cause some fatigue over time. Typing noise is very low and isn't bothersome in quiet settings; however, it may not be to your liking if you tend to rely on audio feedback when typing. You can adjust between four backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely. The backlighting is white, leaning on the cooler side.

6.1
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
6.0
Size
10.6 in² (68.3 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is passable. It's on the smaller side and doesn't track all that well, as the right edge feels less responsive than the rest of the touchpad. Gestures work as intended, but palm rejection is somewhat unreliable. Things like dragging and dropping or zooming in and out of images can be a little challenging due to the size of the touchpad.

6.5
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
79 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
7.3 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
2.4
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
344 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
10 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
2.0 dB

The speakers get very loud with minimal compression at high volume levels. However, they sound tinny and unnatural, with no bass whatsoever.

8.7
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
No

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook's webcam is excellent. It captures a sharp image with true-to-life colors; it's just a tad overexposed. Voices sound loud and clear over the microphone with almost no background noise. The privacy cover is only a physical switch; it doesn't turn off the camera at the software level. Some models have a 720p webcam, so check the specifications if webcam quality is important to you.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
1
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
1.4
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
Yes

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook's port selection is decent. Both USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. The USB-C port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps), DisplayPort, and Power Delivery. The latter lets you fast charge the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.1

The wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211. Some models have a MediaTek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 adapter.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i3-N305
Core Count
8
Thread Count
8

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel N100 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 3.4GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Intel N200 (4 cores/4 threads, up to 3.7GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Intel Core i3-N305 (8 cores/8 threads, up to 3.8GHz, 6MB cache)

All three are low-power CPUs from Intel's Alder Lake-N series. Unlike the higher-end hybrid processors, these chips only have efficiency cores and don't support Hyper-Threading. They can handle general productivity tasks like web browsing and video playback just fine, but don't expect to do anything remotely intensive. The performance difference between the N100 and the N200 is very minimal. If you tend to have multiple applications open simultaneously, it's best to get the top-end Core i3-N305, as its higher core count will result in a smoother experience.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
UHD Graphics 750
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook is available with integrated graphics. These GPUs can only handle light tasks like web browsing, text processing, and video playback. You can play some games from the Google Play Store, but you may have to play at a lower resolution to get smooth gameplay.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
8 GB
Modules
4 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5
Speed
4,800 MHz

You can configure the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook with 4GB or 8GB of RAM. Unless you have an extremely light workload, it's best to get a model with 8GB of memory, as you'll get a much smoother experience when multitasking. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
128 GB
Usable Capacity
98 GB
Drive 1
Unknown
Drive 1 Type eMMC
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure this laptop with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage. The storage drive isn't user-replaceable.

Performance
5.2
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
962 points
CPU Multi-Thread
2,046 points
GPU Compute
4,499 points

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook with an Intel Core i3-N305 CPU scores poorly in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks. The system still feels relatively responsive because Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system, and most tasks take place in a Chrome browser, but you'll quickly notice slowdowns if you have many things running simultaneously. The Core i3-N305 is the fastest of the three available CPUs; the N100 and N200 will be even slower. Again, unless you have an extremely light workload, go with the Core i3-N305 model.

not tested
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
N/A
Multi-Thread
N/A

Cinebench R23 doesn't support Chrome OS.

5.7
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
8.1 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i Chromebook isn't ideal for 3D rendering work in Blender. The CPU is far too slow, and there's no support for GPU rendering. If you need to render images, it's best to get a Windows laptop with a discrete GPU or a MacBook Pro with Apple silicon, like the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021).

2.5
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
5,548

The Intel Core i3-N305's integrated UHD graphics perform poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark since it's mainly designed for light, general productivity tasks. You can play some mobile games from the Google Play Store, but you may have to play with low settings to get smooth gameplay. Even then, performance can vary depending on the game because most games from the Google Play Store are designed for Android smartphones and tablets with an ARM processor, so some may not run properly or lack keyboard, mouse, and controller support. The integrated graphics on the Intel N100 and N200 CPUs will perform even worse.

3.3
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
103.5 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
139.7 MB/s
Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s
Random Read Speed
7.2 MB/s

The storage drive performance is terrible. Its slow speeds make booting up, launching locally-stored apps, and transferring files take a long time. The 64GB and 256GB drives will perform similarly.

9.3
Performance
Battery
Capacity
56 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
13.3 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
12.3 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.7 hrs
Charge Time
2.4 hrs

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook's battery life is outstanding. You can easily get through a typical day of light use on a full charge. Models with an HD (1366 x 768) display will last even longer.

0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Very Low
N/A

Borderlands 3 doesn't run on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Minimum
N/A
Avg. Turn Time
N/A

Civilization VI doesn't run on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Low
N/A

CS:GO doesn't run on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Lowest
N/A

Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't run on Chrome OS.

9.1
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
29 °C (83 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
37 °C (98 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
31.5 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

Keyboard temperature and fan noise aren't a problem at all on this laptop. The keyboard is only mildly warm under load, and the fan is barely audible.

not tested
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
N/A
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
N/A
GPU Temp (Heaven)
N/A
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
N/A

We can't test the performance over time because UNIGINE Heaven and Cinebench R23 aren't compatible with Chrome OS. There's likely some thermal throttling on the CPU and GPU, as this is a relatively compact laptop with a single fan; however, it isn't noticeable if you only perform light tasks like web browsing and video playback.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Chrome OS
Additional Software
None

The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook runs on the 64-bit version of Chrome OS. There aren't any pre-installed applications other than those that typically come with Chrome OS.

Every Chromebook has an 'expiration date' at which it stops receiving software updates. According to Google's official document, the IdeaPad 3i's end-of-life is June 2031. Google may extend this date; it's best to check their official document for any changes.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
No