Before the stylish silver IdeaPad 330S landed in our studio, I used the more productive and expensive IdeaPad 530S for more than a month. So, when I first looked at the IdeaPad 330S, I thought that it looks almost the same as the IdeaPad 530S. In truth, he looks a lot like his older brother, but he is also thicker and a bit heavier.
The model I received for review was equipped with an eighth-generation Intel Core i3 processor, with integrated Intel graphics and 4 GB of RAM. Using this laptop right after the IdeaPad 530S gave me the opportunity to appreciate the novice thanks to this contrast. So, let’s get down to our Lenovo IdeaPad 330S laptop review, let’s go!
Design Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
Lenovo IdeaPad 330S skillfully uses polished aluminum and plastic in its design in such a way that it is difficult to determine if there is any plastic at all. The outer part, the inner part and the long hinge extending over almost the entire width of the display have a clean matte finish. Lenovo branding on the cover is tastefully minimal; this is what I personally like, and I consider a sign of maturity in modern Lenovo devices. With all this, the IdeaPad 330S succeeds in looking understated and premium, regardless of whether it is held in the hand or standing on the table.
All edges around the body of the IdeaPad 330S are neatly rounded. However, there is no guarantee that the edge under the touchpad will not cut your wrists when you type in certain angles. The almost flat base of the laptop is equally loaded on the sides, and the laptop does not feel too heavy or too light on one side. Thin, solid rubber feet on the bottom of the laptop allow the computer to sit on its lap and on the table. The hinge of the laptop does not feel either too tight or too loose to open and close. The display hinge opens at an angle of more than 180 degrees.
The IdeaPad 330S is a 14-inch panel. It can be used
Display, audio and ports of Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
either with a regular glossy panel with HD resolution, or with a matte IPS panel with Full HD resolution. The one I got for review was the last one and it looked impressive. While the display surface reflects very little light, it quite easily collects fingerprints on the surface. The panel is bright enough for most environments, but could be slightly brighter.
The maximum horizontal viewing angle is about 175 degrees. The text is read even if the display is fully folded. Colors are not too sharp or too flat, and appear very natural when playing a movie, browsing the web, and viewing photos.
In general, I think this is a really good laptop display in this price range. There is practically no visual difference between this display and the IdeaPad 530S, and the latter, for a minute, is almost twice as expensive. The display has a high contrast ratio of 950: 1 at maximum brightness.
The sound performance on the IdeaPad 330S is very respectable. The maximum volume is enough to fill a medium-sized room, and the speakers are able to produce clear sounds of stringed instruments, such as violins and cellos. The bass, however, seems limited. The Dolby Audio utility, which comes preinstalled with Windows 10, has pre-installed equalizers for games, as well as music and movie playback, which when turned on increase the total volume of the preamp along with the necessary equalizer curve settings.
Along the edges of the IdeaPad 330S are two full-sized USB ports, an HDMI port, a card reader slot, one audio jack, a charging port and, surprisingly, a USB Type-C port. Unlike the older IdeaPad 530S, this model is not equipped with a fingerprint scanner. When you press any key on the keyboard when the computer is turned off, the display shows a large percentage of the battery charge. This is a great feature when you leave home and want to know whether to take the charger cable.
Keyboard and touchpad in Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
Lenovo has a history of borrowing keyboard design from its younger ThinkPad brand for some of its other laptops. But there is no such luck, because the IdeaPad 330S keyboard is a completely different chiclet style unit. It is highlighted and has three selection modes: off, low brightness and high brightness. The keys on the keyboard are flat, but the course is moderately deep. Tactile key feedback is not very positive, but it is better than feedback received from the more expensive IdeaPad 530S. I know; This is pretty ironic, but since the IdeaPad 330S is thicker, it has more room for key travel.
The IdeaPad 330S touchpad supports Windows gestures, which means that multi-finger gestures work right out of the box, without requiring any third-party drivers or utilities. All settings of the touch panel are processed by Windows in the settings. It’s nice to see that the touchpad with high accuracy reaches the models of the middle and entry level from the very beginning.
Performance Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
Performance, I must say, is not a strong point of the IdeaPad 330S if it is purchased in this specification. My version has the eighth generation dual-core Intel Core i3-8130U processor (with a clock frequency of 2.20 GHz). It is equipped with 4 GB of RAM. Storage. 1 TB hard drive. The laptop can be purchased with other storage options, including 2 TB hard drive, PCIe SSD with a capacity of up to 256 GB, or a combination of both. Graphics on board are handled by an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 chip. Other options are a dedicated AMD Radeon 535 or AMD Radeon 540 graphics card.
Surprisingly, the IdeaPad 330S showed remarkable performance in test packages. On tests Creative, Home and Work from PCMark 8, she achieved a higher mark than the ASUS Vivobook UX507. This was the same case when tests were conducted on PCMark 10 and Cinebench.
Autonomy Lenovo IdeaPad 330S
A total battery life of five hours is what you can expect from an IdeaPad 330S battery when it is fully charged, which is not bad for a laptop of this price range. The battery was expected to run out faster when I installed applications on my computer than when I just typed and listened to some music. Disabling Bluetooth and the keyboard backlight and decreasing the display brightness should give you more time than five hours when you turn it off.
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