✔ Good storage space
✔ Decent sound quality
✔ Satisfactory display
❌ Lacks in processing
❌ All of its ports are on the left side
Lenovo Ideapad 330 is an i3 7th gen version of other costly and popular Ideapads. It’s a great match for students, or basically, anyone who wants a cheap laptop. You can get it for somewhere around 30,000-35,000. An HD screen with a 7th gen processor is a great bargain for that price
This laptop has very average specs that would have been great 2-3 years ago, so you will have to struggle quite a bit while working with software relevant to this date. Although the screen can be rotated up to 180 degrees.
You’re better off at being conservative while multitasking on the Ideapad because it is prone to lag. Moreover, the market still offers better laptops within the same price range.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|1. FULL SPECS|
3. DISPLAY & SCREEN QUALITY
4. PERFORMANCE & GRAPHICS
8. KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
|Dimensions||37.6 x 24.6 x 2.3 cm|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Display Resolution and type||1920 x 1080 FHD anti glare|
|PROCESSOR, GRAPHICS & STORAGE|
|Processor Type||Intel Core i3 7th gen|
|RAM Size||4 GB|
|Hard Disk||1 TB e SATA Mechanical Hard Drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Integrated Graphics|
|Number of USB 3.1 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 ports||2|
|Number of HDMI ports||1|
|Number of SD card ports||1|
|Number of Audio-out Ports||1|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||41|
|Battery type:||Lithium Ion battery|
|Number of Lithium-Ion Cells||3|
|Keyboard type||Island-style keyboard with numeric pad|
Overall, the body of the Ideapad is made of plastic. The body is pretty slim (0.9 inches) and weighs 2.2 kg, good for a 15.6-inch laptop but back pain for a student who already has big books and notebooks stuffed in his/her bag.
The back has a matte finish with a shiny logo at the top left made of chrome. The interior is grey and made of brushed plastic. The whole look and aesthetic of the laptop looks basic and average. One awesome and the only awesome thing about Ideapad’s design is that it rotates to full 180 degrees, no touch screen no stylus, just that.
The bezels are thicker than required, they could have been thinner to reduce screen size and weight. Being an old release, it didn’t get any choice. Overall, the build quality is rough but isn’t very attractive.
The Ideapad offers a 1920 x 1080 FHD display. The display offers great graphic details, smooth enough for a low-end laptop.
But you will find that the colours are not vibrant enough. The Ideapad 330 scores 65% in sRGB colour gamut, which is very disappointing since you’ve got a 15.6-inch screen that does not produce even 80% of sRGB. This is followed by really pathetic viewing angles that can make it really hard to adjust the hinge.
The good thing about the laptop’s display is its anti-glare screen, that lets you work outdoors. But on the contrary, the brightness hardly crosses 200 nits, that doesn’t even let you see black text over white backgrounds properly.
The Intel Core i3 7th gen with a 4 GB RAM can only give you subtle performance. Only lightweight tasks such as browsing the internet, paint, MS Office and other light software can be carried out without lag. You may want to run photoshop on it, which is probably the only graphics editing tool that can bear with the i3.
Even the activities mentioned above cannot be done simultaneously. You may experience minor lags with the Ideapad while working.
There are integrated graphics in this Ideapad which is proof that gaming cannot be done here without lags. Do not buy this laptop if you want to enjoy even moderate gaming.
Storage space in the Ideapad is more than satisfactory. The 1 TB HDD here can be upgraded to 2 TB HDD (though it is costly and there is no good reason to do that).
If you aren’t satisfied with the performance you can also add an SSD up to 256 GB. There is an empty slot for it.
Though Lenovo claims up to 6 hours of battery life in the Ideapad, it actually lasts for about 5 hours if you browse the internet continuously at medium brightness.
The battery charges to full in 1 hour which is pretty fast. It can endure for a longer period too, which means that the average battery life does not reduce gradually over time.
The Ideapad has a USB thunderbolt port too which transfers data fast. Other low budget laptops do not tend to have this port.
The right side is plain except for a Security slot and a DVD drive, which is going to be dead in a few years. Anyways what’s your opinion on this? we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
The keyboard on this laptop is a Chiclet keyboard with a numeric pad, and it is God-level for someone who only wants to type a lot on their keyboards, like content writers or senior students who do a lot of projects. Its keys have 1.4 mm vertical travel and require 70 grams of actuation force for typing.
The touchpad resembles more to a square than a rectangle and is smaller than usual touchpads. It is made of plastic and is buttonless and supports two-finger scrolling.
There are Dolby certified speakers installed in the Ideapad. Quality of sound is wholesome and there are no distortions when high or low pitches are produced.
But the sound cannot fill a quiet room properly. It is not loud enough for you to enjoy your movies without headphones.
You can go for the Lenovo Ideapad 330 if you only need it to perform lightweight tasks and play some movies in the meantime. It is not at all suitable for editing videos/photos or gaming.
Storing large files can be done with the inbuilt HDD but opening up large ones will make it prone to lagging. The unique feature in this one is its 180-degree hinge which is not found in any other good low budget laptop.