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Lenovo Ideapad 330 review, Best laptop for students

Lenovo Ideapad 330

Here is Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for review today.
Laptops are not cheap by any standards. Finding one with the right balance of performance, portability, and price can be a real challenge.

Sometimes usually you end up sacrificing premium elements to reduce costs, but what Lenovo has done, what the idea of had is interesting, so let’s talk about a little bit more detail. Lenovo Ideapad 330 is a workingman’s laptop, there is no doubt about that it’s got a minimal inconspicuous design that is perfect for a professional. You can take the IdeaPad to meetings you can do things like write email, stream video, do coding anything that you might need to do in a professional context.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 highlights.

  • The IdeaPad 330 that I have features a Kabylake R i5 8250u with 8 gigabytes of dual-channel Ram, 4 gigabytes of RAM hard soldered, with 4 gigabytes of 10 installed.
  • For graphics, it has an Intel UHD 620 and a dedicated 530 AMD Radeon card with 2 gigabytes of video RAM.
  • Lenovo Ideapad 330 comes in 15.6 inches full HD TN LED.
  • DVD rewriter
  • 1 terabyte of the conventional hard drive.
  • fingerprint login

Lenovo Ideapad 330 price starting from β‚Ή40,301, these prices may vary depending on hardware customization. 

Design

Ideapad 330

Out of the box, the design of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 quite decent, minimalist although plastic that the brushed metal look texture feels premium.

It’s prone to smudges both inside and out it is less than an inch thin, weighing around 2.2 kg opening it up the hinges reasonable. It can lean back up to 180 degrees I don’t see the point of it though unless you wish to use a touchscreen variant for drawing, etc.

Display

Lenovo 330 display

The display panel does wobble even on minor movements and getting inside isn’t easy for upgrades with 11 screws around the whole chassis.

The 15.6 inches full HD non-glossy TN panel isn’t very bright with 230 nits of brightness only. 

If you’re outdoors and this won’t work well, you should be shifting to an area with low light keeping the brightness maxed.
Even indoors I kept the brightness not less than 50%.
Viewing angles aren’t so brilliant either, so if you’re looking for good contrast a bright screen for design some light video editing then this may not be the ideal pic. Unless you connect an external watch or max out the brightness.

Keyboard

Lenovo Ideapad 330 kayboard

Chiclet style full keyboard has good key depth and the key to key spacing with media keys included on the top of the Numpad. 

TouchPad

Touch pad

Now the synaptic touchpad is big enough and placed at an appropriate location not too close or far from the keyboard. scrolling through most web pages and documents is convenient, the new multi-finger gestures takes a while to get used to as you can’t expect the precision of a MacBook on this device, but it does what it should with gestures to show desktop, switch tasks, and app carousel it works fine, but, the click noise is pretty noticeable.

Speakers

The speakers of Lenovo Ideapad 330 right under the front edge, the two studio speakers with next to no base, so I’d recommend getting a nice pair of headphones if you listen to music a lot or some external Bluetooth speakers.

webcam

On top of the panel is a very average webcam, it has a switch to enable or disable which is sensible.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Battery

The IdeaPad mentions the quick charging which in my case isn’t quick enough giving a charge of around 15% in 15 minutes, and as a whole 30-watt-hour battery on full brightness will not get you anywhere more than 2 hours on light to medium use it, but dimming it around 50% with power saver will give 3 to 3 and a half hours of battery.

Well if Lenovo is listening I would suggest improving battery in laptops which are intended for light to medium users as they must at least 5 to 7 hours of battery at work.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Heat management

Thermal management is done well for day-to-day tasks, a CPU load around 15% using Photoshop, web surfing, a bit of YouTube and word at the same time with temperatures remain between 50 to 60 degrees Celsius, and the fan remains quiet the right side next to the touchpad where the temperature can be felt a bit.

A hundred percent load on the Cinebench CPU test the temperature remained at 72 degrees, these are the results from the Cinebench rankings, the multitasking remains Swift in most cases although that laptop does get hot when playing games or rendering while video editing software.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Graphics

About the graphics, this one has a 2gb AMD Radeon 530, which is fine for casual gamers. You can run games like GTA 5 and Far Cry 4, on normal settings with frame rates around 40 frames per second.
your favorite fortnight on normal settings will give you thirty-eight frames per second on average.

On the day-to-day tasks, the laptop uses the until 620 UHD, and automatic switchable graphics management works fine. 

Besides that, he can head over to switchable graphics settings for manual configuration.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Ports and Adapters

ports and adapters

Another strong point is the selection of ports on the IdeaPad, on the right side, we have the SD card reader, the headphone and microphone combo jack, a USB 3.1 port duty rewriter, and the Kensington lock.

On the left, we have the USB type-c port with doesn’t charge the laptop, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, Ethernet, the conventional media as well, and the DC connection. 

Besides ports, Lenovo has added APS that’s the active protection system to lock the hard drive in case of an accidental fall.

Conclusion

Lenovo Ideapad 330 is a reasonable paid for its price point. The only point I would consider before buying, it would.

Firstly its conventional 5400 rpm hard drive which is not letting the 8th gen processor and the 8 gigabytes of ddr4 Ram reach their top performance capacity.

Secondly the very average screen and battery, now I know that I’ve mentioned battery and storage as key points to vary, but Lenovo has been thoughtful in a way at the bottom. 

You can slide this switch and take the optical drive out, here you can place the 39 watt-hour battery to extend battery up to 7 hours or I presume add compatible storage as well in the future.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any relevant add-on to this drive bay neither on Lenovo’s official website nor on Amazon so I hope they would update related information for these replacements soon if they want the customers to feel more confident with the buy.

So if you wish to pick the Lenovo IdeaPad 330, do consider having the SSD built-in and the 39 watts of a battery.

So there we have the Lenovo IdeaPad 330, hope you guys love the review, do comment what you think of this laptop, and should you be buying it or not put it down in the comments. 

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