Lenovo Ideapad 330 15IGM is going to the cheapest variant you can get from 330 series. The series itself is coming with various different configuration started with Celeron to Core I series processor. For this review, we are going to take a look into its base model equipped with Celeron 5000 processor. It costs for under 400 dollars and as return it offers of 500GB HDD storage, HD 15 inch display, and long last battery life. The performance is never considered as a selling point, but if you look for a laptop that has comfortable keyboard, light design, and long lasting battery, this would be a perfect option for you.
This is a great option for a budget laptop, but I want to make some stresses that not all of its parts are impressive here. The HDD storage is completely slow as it uses of 5400 RPM and the display looks completely dim in outdoor usage. Once again, things like these are common in budget range market, so let’s better for us to take a look inside. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
The 330 comes with a completely great and classis design from its premium series although they have to drop the material from magnesium or aluminum to plastic material. Still, I am surprised on seeing how good the design is. If you want to see of ultrabook design in budget price, then you are able to see it here. In term of look, the overall chassis presentation is impressive and all of thanks to its great finishing surface. The matte metallic finishing is surrounded the chassis and feels and looks comfortable and neat in my opinion. Sadly, it becomes a fingerprint magnet very easily and leaves a bad mark when your hands are dirty.
As for the build quality, I guess it has nothing to surprise me here. The base area surrounded the keyboard and the lid cover warped and twisted easily due its cheap material. Many budget systems suffer of similar result for except some Chinese laptops that have aluminum design here. As for the connectivity, there are two USB type-A ports and thankfully all of them are 3.0 and not 2.0 one. Then, we also have of standard connectivity like USB type-C, HDMI, micro SD reader, but without of DVD RW drive. Lenovo decides not to include of that feature due its unpopularity nowadays.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
The 15 inch display used is a typical popular panel used in many similar devices at the same range here. It features of 1366 x 768 or HD resolution and surprisingly comes with matte anti-glare surface. While the color accuracy is bad and the brightness is quite dim, the matte panel helps really that much on showing proper images during the days without getting annoyed by its reflective screen. I try to measure the screen quality and finding it covers of 63 % SRGB color and having around 245 nits for brightness distribution. Like I said before, this is a typical TN panel with bad viewing angle and the color is washed as soon as you see it from right or left sides.
The keyboard feels decent and comfortable for long usage right here. This is not the best keyboard we see so far, but works much better than any similar laptops I have seen at this price so far. The keys have good stroke and travel distant although some keys and dedicated buttons keys feel small and not available here. The overall presentation is neat with black surface and proper stroke in our every pressure. The backlit support is nowhere to be found, so never expect to type easily in low light condition.
|Lenovo Ideapad 330 15IGM||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Celeron Quad Core N5000 1.1 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD 505 Integrated Card|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch TN HD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||500GB 5400 RPM HDD|
Performance and Battery
The Celeron N5000 is a Gemini Lake based processor and a direct successor of Apollo Lake generation previously introduced by Intel. The processor features the same base and boosted clock like its predecessor at 1.1 to 2.7 GHz, but now the number of CPU is increased from 2 to 4 and it’s called as quad core processor. While it has similar performance result in single thread, the multi thread performance is measured as twice faster here thanks to the increasing of CPU numbers. It’s still not as powerful as Pentium Gold processor in cheap version of Surface, but feels powerful enough any light usage during the days.
The battery life has not received any improvement and coming with similar capacity. However, it manages to last for maximum 8 hours usage in single charge. Editing document without connecting to internet should give 7 to 8 hours usage, but using Chrome while browsing and opening many tabs will reduce the battery to around 5 hours, but still the result is not bad as I think before. The low power consumption and great battery capacity just make it possible here. Some of its competitor might offer worst and better battery life for this case.
The Ideapad 330 2018 is a proper and fully usable device for just 400 dollars. Many competitors like Acer Aspire 3 15 should offer similar performance in much cheaper way, but you are not going to see any good design, comfortable keyboard, and long last battery like we see right here. There are so many things to appreciate and fewer things to complaint here. If you have not made any decision so far, then I recommend you to take a look into this one and see how it works for satisfying your needs. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and see you again next time.