Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 Inexpensive 15.6″ Laptop

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 is an inexpensive 15.6-inch Windows notebook. It starts at around $250. The IdeaPad 330 features ordinary entry-level display options without IPS wide viewing angles. On the positive side, the laptop provides a choice of sharper Full HD screen resolution instead of standard HD, as well as optional touch-screen.

Performance of the IdeaPad 330 15 varies greatly depending on a configuration. The laptop is available with a wide range of Intel or AMD processors. On the cheaper side, there are the AMD E2-9000, AMD A4-9125, and Intel Celeron N4000 chips, which are good only for basic PC tasks. A step up are the lower-mid-range Intel Core i3-7020U and i3-8130U. They can crunch the daily computing duties very easily. The mid-range AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, Ryzen 7 2700U, and the popular Intel Core i5-8250U options provide even faster performance. They are decent choices for heavier duties. They are also better at gaming than the offered cheaper CPU options. With the AMD Ryzen and Intel Core chips and their integrated graphics processors, users can play many of the lighter game titles, as well as some heavier games on low graphics settings. The entry-level CPU options can be used only for very light game titles. The good thing for gamers is that Lenovo provides a dedicated video card choice in form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 2GB of video memory. It has significantly better performance than the basic integrated GPUs. The GTX 1050 in the IdeaPad 330 is paired with some of the fastest laptop processors on the market- the i5-8300H and i7-8750H. Besides gaming, this combination is also recommended for the most demanding PC tasks like high-def video editing.

System memory size of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 ranges between 4 and 12 Gigabytes. Data storage device choices are a 500GB hard drive, a 1-Terabyte hard drive, and a 1TB HDD combined with a fast 128GB solid state drive. Lenovo has also provided a DVD burner drive option.

Here’s a breakdown of various Ideapad 330 15 configurations sold by Lenovo.com:

  • 81D6000YUS: HD display, AMD E2-9000, Radeon R2 integrated graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD, 30 WHr battery, Platinum Grey, $249.99
  • 81D1002GUS: HD display, Intel Celeron N4000, Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD, 30 WHr battery, Platinum Grey, $293.99
  • 81D6000XUS: HD display, AMD A4-9125, Radeon R3 integrated graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, 30 WHr battery, Platinum Grey, $359.99
  • 81DE0044US: HD display, Intel Core i3-7020U, Intel HD 620 integrated graphics, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, 30 WHr battery, Platinum Grey, $499.99
  • 81D20018US: HD display, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U, Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, 35 WHr battery, Onyx Black, $479.99
  • 81D20019US: FHD display, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, 35 WHr battery, Onyx Black, $598.99
  • 81DE0045US: FHD display, Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, 30 WHr battery, Platinum Grey, $649.99
  • 81FK0002US: FHD display, Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB video card, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, without DVD, 45 WHr battery, Onyx Black, $649.99
  • 81D2001AUS: FHD display, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, Radeon Vega 10 integrated graphics, 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, DVD, 35 WHr battery, Onyx Black, $899.99
  • 81FK0007US: FHD display, Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB video card, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, without DVD, 45 WHr battery, Onyx Black, $1,079.99
  • 81FK0008US: FHD display, Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB video card, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD, without DVD, 45 WHr battery, Onyx Black, $1,229.99

*Prices as of 08/07/2018.

Besides the IdeaPad 330 15, Lenovo offers 14-inch and 17-inch versions of the laptop, as well as a slimmer 15.6-inch version – the 330s.

Usual starting price: around 250 USD* as of August 7, 2018.

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15

Here's the specs sheet of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Lenovo
Laptop type Standard laptop (non-convertible)
Screen size 15.6-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)

1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes (optional)
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) AMD A4-9125 (able to complete everyday tasks, but can be sluggish)

AMD E2-9000 (very basic chip for lightest computing)

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (enables smooth everyday computing)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Celeron N4000 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)

Intel Core i3-7020U (low-mid-range processor for home and office use, older model)

Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i5-8300H 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling smooth daily computing)

Intel Core i7-8750H 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling smooth daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon Vega 10 integrated graphics (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)

AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics (for light gaming)

Intel HD 620 integrated graphics (for light gaming)

Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics (for light gaming)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video card (able to run all games, but may not be smooth on high detail settings in heavy games)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (light multi-tasking)

8GB (comfortable multi-tasking)

12GB (very comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 500GB HDD (very good capacity, but slow)

1000GB (1TB) HDD (excellent capacity, but slow)

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD (excellent capacity; slow but with small fast SSD portion)
DVD optical drive None

DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port Yes
Mobile broadband (3G, 4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0

USB-C (optional)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 35 WHr

30 Whr
Weight 4.9 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 14.1"
Depth 10.2"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year

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Written by Dan on August 7, 2018

User reviews and Q&A on the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15

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Current rating: 4 out of 5 stars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    Question: I recently purchased a ideapad 330 8GB 1TB and I’m having trouble importing video but pictures are downloading just fine. I don’t understanding why? any kind of help would be Great. Thank You

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    • Danijel Z

      Hi, what device are you importing videos from and what software do you use for that? Also, what the problem looks like in particular, any error messages on the screen?

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