Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Core CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1050 Graphics)

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15 is a mainstream 15.6-inch laptop. Its highlights are a sleek design with aluminum lid, thin display bezels, keyboard backlight, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB video card for a good gaming experience.

The display of the 330S 15 has a sharp Full HD resolution and IPS wide viewing angles.

Although the IdeaPad 330S 15 isn’t a gaming notebook, the GTX 1050 mid-grange video card enables excellent graphics performance. It is suitable for all the latest game titles, but in some of them you’ll have to dial down graphics settings for a smooth gameplay. For main computing, the 4.5-pound 330S 15 uses the 8th Generation Intel Core processors – the i5-8250U or i7-8550U. Although they are not as fast as the top-tier Core i5 and i7 H-series chips, they are solid solutions for the daily tasks, gaming, and heavier duties like video editing. Heavier tasks of course consume more energy, but Lenovo has provided a decently capacious 52.5 WHr battery in the IdeaPad 330S 15. It’s good for up to 7 hours of productivity-type use, according to Lenovo.

Here are some IdeaPad 330S 15 configuration examples with prices (as of 08/11/2018), available on Lenovo.com:

  • 81GC000GUS: Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, $682.99
  • 81GC000HUS: Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane, $729.99
  • 81GC000FUS: Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane, $944.99
  • 81GC0001US: Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD, $1,049.99

Lenovo also offers a 14-inch version of the laptop, but without a dedicated video card.

Usual starting price: around 683 USD* as of August 11, 2018.

Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15

Here's the specs sheet of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 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 1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i7-8550U 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling smooth daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB 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 8GB (comfortable multi-tasking)

12GB (very comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 128GB SSD (small but usable capacity)

256GB SSD (decent capacity)

512GB SSD (very good capacity)

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

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD (excellent capacity; slow but with small fast SSD portion)

2000GB (2TB) HDD (huge capacity, but slow)

Intel Optane memory 16GB (for storage performance optimization) (optional)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (3G, 4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB-C

2 x USB 3.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 52.5 WHr
Weight 4.5 pounds
Height 0.8"
Width 14.1"
Depth 8.8"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year

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Written by Dan on August 11, 2018

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

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the laptop. Thank you for your contribution.

Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars

  1. Mario Pacheco

    Hola amigo gracias por tu información; compre una similar pero solo viene con disco HDD de 1T, mi pregunta es puedo al mismo tiempo instalar una disco SSD y de este ultimo cual modelo soporta. Por otro lado mi laptop trae 8 GB de Ram DDR 4 y 16 GB de memoria intel optane que sumando ambas dan 24 GB, puedo yo añadirle otra memoria de 8 GB DDR4 para aumentar el rendimiento, en caso negativo me gustaría saber cual es el maximo de RAM que permite esta motherboard, el modelo que tengo es 81GC0060UA, espero atentamante su respuesta.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    Hey. I really appreciate your article. Do you mind if i ask what are the maximum ram, hdd and pcie ssd upgrades on core i5 variant of these laptop? Thanks in advance.

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    • Danijel Z

      Hi, here’s info I was able to gather from the Lenovo’s official site (and update this page with the new info):
      – The IdeaPad 330S 15 has 4GB of soldered on-board RAM and a single RAM slot with up to 8GB RAM. So, it’s a total of 12GB as a maximal size offered by Lenovo. But since 16GB RAM modules are also available on the market, you can insert one in the slot for a total of 20GB.
      – The laptop supports the largest available HDD size on the market, which is 2GB.
      – As for the PCIe SSD, I was able to find that the notebook comes with up to 512GB of SSD storage. I assume it supports larger PCIe SSD sizes such as 1GB, but Lenovo doesn’t offer that.

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    • Yes

      I have the 330s 15ikb and I have 20gb of ram installed

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    • 5 out of 5

      alex

      i own one and i have 20gb of ram in stable config. i have the m.2 running 1tb and a 3 tb ssd and she allows me to work while running company of heros at 60fps +/- 3 frames

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