Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 Inexpensive 15.6″ Laptop
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.
Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15
Here are the specs of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.
|Laptop Type||Standard non-convertible laptop
This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.
This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
|Screen Resolution||1366x768 pixels HD
This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
1920x1080 pixels Full HD
Full HD is the most common laptop screen resolution today. It provides a good image sharpness and a decent amount of space on the display for the user interface and programs. However, it isn't as good as the top-tier 4K Ultra HD.
|Touchscreen||Finger multi-touch input (optional)
The device optionally comes with touchscreen capability.
|Other Display Specs||TN type
Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Anti-glare coating reduces ambient light reflections, as opposed to the glare-type displays with more vivid colors.
|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 effortless daily computing)
Intel Core i7-8750H 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
|Graphics (GPU)||Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics
This is an entry-level graphics processor. It’s capable of running only the lightest PC.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 integrated graphics of Ryzen 7 (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)
AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics of Ryzen 5 (for light gaming)
Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics of 8th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (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 RAM
4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2022. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
12GB is greater than the recommended minimum of 8GB and enables very comfortable multitasking during everyday tasks. However, many games and professional software may require 16GB or more.
|Data Storage||500GB HDD
This is a very good capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
1000GB (1TB) HDD
1TB is an excellent storage capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD
This is an excellent capacity, but the HDD portion is a slow type of storage.
|DVD Optical Drive||None
|Keyboard & Input||Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad
The keyboard has a separate numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, but it has no keyboard backlight.
Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
The left and right click buttons are built into the surface of the touchpad, as opposed to separate physical buttons.
|Speakers & Audio||Stereo speakers
As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.
|Camera||Front-facing web camera
Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
|Ethernet Network Port||Yes
This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
|Mobile broadband (4G LTE)||No|
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
|USB Ports||1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0
A pair of standard full-size USB ports.
2 x USB 3.0
A pair of full-size USB ports.
Some configurations of this laptop have an additional compact USB Type C port.
|Video Output Ports||1 x HDMI
HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
|Media Card Reader||SD card reader
The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
|Battery||35 WHr capacity
|Windows Version||Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.
A typical laptop warranty length.
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