The Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD is a large-screen, low-cost laptop with a brilliant 15.6-inch screen, a comfortable keyboard, and more than adequate power for regular productivity tasks. With three different screen sizes (14, 15.6, and 17.3 inches), the IdeaPad 330 series allows you to customize one to suit your needs. Whichever version you select, you’ll get a low-cost device with a chic, high-end design and great connectivity possibilities.
We’ll be looking at the 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD review, which has an 8th generation Intel Core i3-8130U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and Intel UHD Graphics 620. The specifications list resembles those on a standard low-cost laptop, but the sturdy construction and class-leading productivity performance speak volumes. Our Editors’ Choice award for budget laptops goes to it without a struggle.
Specifications Of Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD
|Microphone Type||Internal Microphone|
|Graphic Processor||AMD Radeon Vega 8|
|Sound Technologies||Dolby Audio|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 Quad Core 2500U|
|Memory Layout||1×8 Gigabyte|
|Ram Speed||2400 Mhz|
|Pixel Density||141 PPI|
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 Pixels|
|Operating System Type||64-bit|
|Hdd Speedrpm||5400 RPM|
Features Of Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD
The Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD 15.6-inch 720p screen may be the single aspect we don’t particularly care for, but despite being a budget laptop, it is still bright and legible. Lenovo chose a lower-res (1366 x 768) TN screen, which accounts for the low price you’re paying for this laptop, while rivals like the Acer Aspire E5-576-392H (see review here) readily offer a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
You might not immediately notice the low resolution, which is better than some cheap notebooks in the same category with washed-out displays. Before you find a site that won’t wash out, you’ll have to do a little fishing first. We accept it for the price even if it could be better but not worse. To Lenovo’s credit, the screen has an anti-glare coating that removes reflections, making it the ideal sub-HD media machine—provided you can view the screen from the proper angle.
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With dimensions of 0.9 by 10.2 by 14.9 inches (HWD) and a weight of 4.85 pounds, the 2019 IdeaPad 330 is a compact, lightweight device that is convenient to carry. However, it is more portable and lightweight than some of its rivals. Our Top Pick for affordable laptops, the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576-392H), weighs 5.27 pounds and measures 1.19 inches thick.
Although it isn’t made of aluminum, its sleek platinum grey frame feels solid and could easily pass for one. In the ultrabook and high-end notebook categories, metallic materials are used in the construction. The more expensive Lenovo systems employ this platinum grey profile and acquire stains like other notebooks made of the same material.
3. Battery life
For budget laptops, battery life is typically a strong point, but the Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD laptop falls short. The battery life on this particular IdeaPad 330 is relatively short, indicating inefficiency. It provides approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes of average use on a single charge, which is relatively low for a modern machine. An outstanding 10 hours and 51 minutes of battery life are provided by the Aspire E 15 (E5-576-392H) on a single charge.
4. Storage and Ports
The Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD characteristics are completed with various excellent I/O ports. A Type-C connection is even more unusual for a budget laptop. There are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, two HDMI ports, and one SD card slot. A great approach to increase system storage and move media on SD cards is with an SD card. There is also a DVD drive, an Ethernet port, and a headphone jack.
Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11AC Wi-Fi are both used for wireless connectivity. The system comes with a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, so unless you have a lot of information to store, you won’t need to expand the capacity, but it’s handy to have the option. However, this capacity is much higher than what you’d find in most cheap Chromebooks. Additionally, when placing your order, you can configure the system to include an SSD for storage.
With dimensions of 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.6 inches and a weight of 2.9 pounds, the 14-inch Swift 1 laptop is slim and lightweight. The Swift 1 is heavier and has a larger footprint than other 14-inch rivals, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 120S and Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (12.9 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches, 3.2 pounds) (12.1 9.3 x 0.7 inches, 3.2 pounds). Unsurprisingly, the 15.6-inch Acer Aspire E 15 is larger and heavier than the Swift (15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches, 5 pounds).
The AMD Quad-Core Ryzen 5 2500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics card are included in this model of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD. A quad-core CPU with somewhat better performance than AMD A12-9700P, the Ryzen 5 is built for standard laptops and Chromebooks. As previously noted, the system is completely adjustable, allowing you to choose a higher CPU, graphics card, amount of RAM, and screen size when placing your order.
Although neither of these processors is designed for heavy workloads, they provide adequate performance for everyday office tasks and light multitasking with web applications. Better than its predecessor, the integrated Intel HD 620 graphics card lets you play most of the 2015–2016 titles smoothly at low settings.
The IdeaPad 330 carries Lenovo’s tradition of making reliable, premium keyboards. You will still enjoy using the IdeaPad 330’s keyboard, even though it could be better than a ThinkPad’s. The chiclet-style keys have good proportions and are somewhat curved; they click quickly.
The keys’ appealing weight is partly due to their 70 grams of actuation force. Even while it is less than the 1.5 millimeters we want, the critical travel distance is still superior to similar smartphone keyboards. Even though backlighting isn’t currently required for budget laptops, it would have been preferable.
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The 4.1 x 2.6inch touchpad on the IdeaPad 330 is pretty responsive, so performing Windows 10 gestures like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipe to exchange windows shouldn’t be a problem.
Please avoid utilizing the built-in webcam on the IdeaPad 330 when video chatting with someone else. The 640 x 480 lens on this laptop might be the worst you’ve ever seen, considering how terrible most of the webcams we evaluate are.
The IdeaPad 330 maintained good cooling after being hammered by a 15-minute, full-screen video. The touchpad and keyboard could only reach 81 and 83 degrees, respectively. Our comfortable temperature of 95 degrees was only exceeded by the bottom of the laptop, which reached 96 degrees. Thus, it is not a problem.
- Exemplary performance
- Nicely done
- Affordable prices
- Dependable connection
- Longer lasting batteries
Options for pricing and configuration
There are several different price points and configurations available for the Ideapad 330. A 15.6-inch laptop tested for $265 has a display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive. For $299, you can purchase the more costly IdeaPad 330 with a Core i3-8130U processor; for $663, you can purchase the AMD model (opens in a new tab) with a Ryzen 5 2500U processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 2TB HDD.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15 AMD (reviewed at $265) is an excellent choice if you’re on a friendly budget and need a laptop for short web work. Budget laptops seldom offer characteristics like this 15.6-inch device’s sturdy construction and comfortable keyboard.
The IdeaPad 330 has a DVD drive, which is no longer popular on laptops. Unfortunately, a low-grade display, short battery life, and average performance destroy the fun. As a result, we suggest investing a little more money in a better gadget, such as the Acer Aspire E 15. Before making your final purchase, you may consult the Complete guide to buying new Laptops.