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Lenovo Ideapad 330 Review: A sleek laptop on a budget

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Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

Are you a student, an office worker, or a casual gamer? Either of the three, the Lenovo Ideapad 330 caters everyone who are in-need of a budget friendly laptop that can support above average computing tasks. Sounds cool right? Do you think this is the one that you are looking for? Let’s find out.

BUILD QUALITY

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 features a plastic body with a metallic finish that makes the laptop clean and sleek. It doesn’t look cheap at all.

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

Turning the laptop on the bottom, it has the usual ventilation grills, two speakers on the front edge, and a lot of screws are waiting for you if you are planning to open the device for upgrade.

The ports of the Ideapad 330 are all in the left side leaving only the kensington security lock on the right side. It has the power supply port, internet port, HDMI port, two USB ports, audio jack port, USB Type-C port for data transfer, and a full-size SDcard reader which very useful compared to microSD card slots.

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

We also like the full-size keyboard setup. The keys are spaced perfectly and it also has back-lighting which is perfect when using the laptop in a dim environment.

DISPLAY QUALITY

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

Looking at the display, you can easily notice the large bezels around the display. Some modern laptops are now having slimmer bezels to have a more immersive display but since the Ideapad 330 is a little bit older, just expect it to have this type of traditional look in it.

As for the viewing experience, colors and details sharpness are on point. While the screen brightness is pretty decent for indoor use but not for outdoor use. Overall, the display quality is just average which is just fair for the affordability it offers.

PERFORMANCE

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 laptop that we have has a configuration of Intel i5 8th Gen processor, 4GB of RAM, HDD storage and it was equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050.

Turning on the device takes around 1:30 minutes to 2 minutes which is quite longer than we expected it to be. We are also experiencing some lags and delays when opening applications compared to mid-range laptops that we have tried before. Maybe upgrading the memory and storage to SSD might solve this problem.

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

Thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050, casual gaming makes possible and photo/video editing becomes easier and faster.

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BATTERY LIFE

Lenovo Ideapad 330 review

We are only having around 3 hours of usage at minimum brightness and in power saving mode which is quite low for a traditional laptop. Because of this, you might need to bring the charger all the time specially if you are planning to stay on a coffee shop or on a co-working space.

VERDICT

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 is still a pretty decent laptop for the price and it can offer variety of performance depends on the configuration of your choice. What we like about it is the upgradability that you can do about it if you are not still satisfied with the way it was after being purchased. One of the down side that we encountered is the low usage time. The dedicated graphic card might be the reason for increment battery consumption, but simply bringing the charger will solve the problem at least.

Lenovo Ideapad 330 (81FK) Specs:
  • 15.6-inch FHD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Intel Core i5 8th Gen
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 4GB
  • Intel Integrated Graphics
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Storage options:
    • up to 256GB PCIe SSD
    • up to 2TB SATA HDD
    • up to 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB SATA HDD
  • Memory options:
    • up to 4GB onboard DDR4 + 8 GB DIMM
    • 16GB Intel Optane (optional)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2 speakers with Dolby Audio
  • Ports and Interfaces:
    • 1 x DC port
    • 1 x LAN port
    • 1 x HDMI port
    • 2 x USB ports
    • 1 x USB Type-C port
    • 1 x 3.5mm audio jack port
    • 1 x SDcard reader
  • 3 cell Li-Polymer 45Wh battery

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