Lenovo Ideapad 330 (Ryzen 2500U, HD) 15 Inch Laptop Review

Lenovo has just announced the more affordable version of Ideapad 330 17 which equipped with Ryzen 5 CPU. It costs for under 600 dollars and slightly less expensive than its Core I5 version that I already reviewed few months back. Lenovo is trying to provide more different configuration, so users can pick what kind of system they prefer in any budget they want. For this case, we are going to take a look into it further considering this could be a good option for us. Before that, I am going to show you some considering things you need to consider here.

First of all, Lenovo still puts of HD resolution screen inside rather than full HD one. I am quite disappointed since ASUS puts of much better panel at the same price with S510UA 15 2018. Secondly, I have some problems on its storage here, the 1TB HDD is big and should fit any kinds of data you want, but I expect to see of SSD since the storage feels really slow here. The booting process takes time to do and opening apps will give you similar impression. Well, let’s see how this laptops works on us further on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Looks

The overall design looks and feels similar like its predecessor. They basically promise the same level of chassis with some upgrades in thickness and weight. The entire chassis itself still created from plastic and then covered in matte silver finishing. For couple of these years, I always love Ideapad design considering how good it looks in its affordable price point. The build quality is rather good although I find some weak points here. The base area is sturdy enough and resists to our pressure pretty well, but I really want the lid cover can be lot sturdier as its twisted easily with some amount of power. Expect to have of some good design, but just never put so much expectation on build quality.

Moving into the inside, you should see a full size keyboard at the bottom of its 15 inch screen. The bezel surrounds the screen looks similar considered as thick in my opinion. I am no seeing Lenovo puts any upgrade here, but maybe they would make us surprise next year. I am seeing of very minor improvement in term of design and construction, I think they can just never do it better than this case since the price becomes a problem here. Overall, I am pretty happy with its overall design and build.

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Maintenance Support and Connectivity

Lenovo Ideapad 330 Ryzen 2 You might be disappointed with its slow storage, but thankfully the manufacture adds of decent upgrade possibility here. There are 2.5 inch HDD drive and a single SODIMM slot which sadly soldered into the motherboard. The SSD slot is available here and means users can just add any size SSD and making the system runs smoother and faster. I also notice some free spaces around the battery and I think we are able to put bigger battery capacity as I see Lenovo sells a battery replacement with bigger size on their website. The bigger battery is pricy, but becomes a good solution for users who need more battery to depend on.

As for the connectivity, the I/O option is promising with standard and modern connection available here. There are two USB standard ports and all of them are USB 3.0. There is a single USB type-C 3.1 for getting a faster connection for moving the data. The rest of connectivity to find here is very standard and some common ports like HDMI, audio jack, Ethernet are also available here. I never see something surprise me here, but Lenovo promises of many things better than most of competitors could do in the same price point.

Lenovo Ideapad 330 Business LaptopMain Specs
CPUAMD Quad Core Ryzen 5 2500U 2.0 GHz
Graphics AMD Vega Graphic Card
Display Size15.6 Inch TN HD
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 1TB HDD 5400 RPM

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Performance and Battery

Both of Intel Core I5 8th generation and Ryzen 5 2500U feature the same quad core CPU inside. Although the Ryzen has higher base clock speed at 2.0 GHz, its performance is slightly lower than Intel has here. The reason is simple, the Ryzen always fails to maintain the much higher clock rate during my Cinebench test. The result is not disappointed, but you should easily notice a performance difference here. One thing you could expect which better here is the GPU performance. The Radeon Vega graphic performance is comparable with 150MX and will handle some of good games like Overwatch and Rocket League here. Just pick of AMD for GPU and getting of Intel as for CPU.

The battery life support is relatively similar here and basically users will get of 6 to7 hours of battery life in single charge. The low resolution display and the low power consumption from the processor help the system gaining more battery and would be better if only Lenovo adds slightly bigger battery capacity. Well, 6 hours is not a bad time for doing almost everything in single day, but more work than that time will force you to always carry its charger around.

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Final Thought

The Ideapad 330 Ryzen Model is a cheap or affordable solution for multimedia and low activities of gaming support. The performance is not going to make you wow, but it runs almost anything without any problem. The GPU performance is my favorite here as I really enjoy of playing my some older games like Tomb Raider 2013 here. Unfortunately, the low resolution panel and still HDD storage can be big problem for users, so make sure to consider everything you see here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments below for further assistance regarding the article.

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