Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad and IdeaPad Gaming Lineup

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We see a bunch of newly announced products rolling in as 2022 starts to pick up speed. CES had us drooling in potential and some of those promises are starting to materialize, and 2022 is shaping up to be big on lightweight laptops. We’ve yet to see some of our most anticipated gaming laptops from CES, but recently Samsung announced it was the Galaxy Book2 Pro powered by Intel Arc graphics, and now Lenovo is on board with its new range, including the Arm-powered ThinkPad.

One of the biggest assets of this new ThinkPad X13 is its boast of quite extreme battery life. Thanks to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor, these machines are really light on power. This processor only has 9w TDP, which is quite low considering Lenovo claims it has the equivalent performance of an unnamed Intel Core i5. Of course, we want to test this in person before we believe the hype, but this is a laptop that could run all day without issue. It’s just nice to see. Although with 5G support, I could see that the battery drain was a little faster than expected when using it. It looks like a tablet replacement for those who want something in a Windows 11 laptop. These will be available for purchase in May starting at US$1,099.

Lenovo also announced a product that it says is aimed at young gamers in the new IdeaPad Gaming 3 line. Usually IdeaPads are just budget ThinkPads, but they are now targeting the gaming market. It sounds a bit odd, but the specs touted in the 15″ and 16″ models could make for some fun units.

Both come with Intel and AMD options, though Intel’s are slightly higher with matching prices. Potential buyers can choose between an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H or a 12th Gen Intel Core i7. It is associated with an RTX 3060 for Intel models or an RTX 3050 Ti for AMD. Throw in 32GB of DDR4 and 1TB SSDs and the gaming story starts to come together a bit.

Anyone looking for a hardcore gaming laptop will want to steer clear, as this isn’t quite up to scratch. But Lenovo has its Legion line to take care of that niche. Instead, the IdeaPad Gaming 3 seems like a solid choice for a cheaper laptop that can also play some games. But it’s certainly not the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro that stole our hearts a bit with its great fundamentals.

This could be a smart option for students who want to do some low-power gaming between study sessions, or have educational games they need to play on the same machine. Titles like Minecraft and Fortnite should work like a breeze. These machines will range from $929 to $1,489 for the most powerful Intel model, so it might be worth waiting for the new Legion model or other 2022 gaming laptop prices before making that choice.

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