Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onIdeapad 330…Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
Ideapad 330 enough for internet use?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this Ideapad 330.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 15 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. With a processor Celeron N5000, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Ideapad 330is a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
In the end, with an autonomy of 7 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. With this laptop Ideapad 330 it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
Is Ideapad 330 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Lenovo offers the Ideapad 330 perfect for that. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
Lenovo has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. A model with a standard template, 15 inches, and good resolution. 1366×768. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 2.2 kg, it is easily transportable.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Ideapad 330. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Celeron N5000, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD Graphics 605, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. You have 7 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
Is Ideapad 330 planned for travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Ideapad 330 to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.2 Kg. Every transport is painful. It’s bulky, and when you’re on the go you’ll only dream of having one of these ultra slim models of the competition. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. One of the reasons is its 15 inches screen.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Celeron N5000; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Lenovo; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 7 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Lenovo was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
With this model, Lenovo definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. Because of its size, 15 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
On the connector side, it Ideapad 330 has 3 ports. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Ideapad 330 for travel use.
The Ideapad 330 to make audio or video editing.
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. It appears that this Ideapad 330meets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Celeron N5000 that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
In terms of autonomy,the Lenovokept it simple. Indicated for an autonomy of 7 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. However, it’s still a decent average range.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Ideapad 330 receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Ideapad 330 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.
A quality product, designed by Lenovo with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
The Ideapad 330 for online or local games.
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. And this Ideapad 330 is one of the average laptops you can play with. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this Ideapad 330 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With 2.2 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 7 hours.
It Ideapad 330 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
Ideapad 330 the right choice for office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. Perfectly office oriented, this Ideapad 330 is efficient.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It Ideapad 330 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. This model weighs 2.2 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
This computer was really designed for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for thisIdeapad 330 that does not reflect light. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In short, it Ideapad 330 is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
The Ideapad 330 in conclusion
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the Ideapad 330 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks