Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15.6″ Laptop, 81F50048US Review

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15.6″ Laptop, 81F50048US

Lenovo Ideapad 330S 15.6 Laptop

The platinum grey Lenovo Ideapad 330S (81F50048US) is a 2019 release 15.6 inch low cost laptop with a quad core Intel i7 processor, 1TB storage, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 16GB Intel Optane memory and Windows 10 operating system.

The Intel i7-8550U is an ultra low voltage processor with a TDP- Thermal Design Power of 15 watts for low energy consumption. It has four cores and 8 threads in parallel, runs at a base speed of 1.8GHz up to 4GHz with Turbo Boost and a Passmark benchmark score of 8288 as a high-end processor. It comes with the standard 4GB DDR4 RAM for sufficient multitasking power at this price level.

And the 16GB Intel Optane memory is like a cache memory bridge between the hard drive storage and memory. It helps you experience accelerated operation and almost instant retrieval of the stored data. The Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system has the familiar features like the Windows 7-type Start menu, as well as the Microsoft Edge browser and Cortana Personal Assistant. You’ll get the Amazon technical support free of charge with your laptop purchase.

The Lenovo 330S has a sleek and modern design, is lightweight and portable. The 15.6-inch high definition display has the 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, the narrow bezels for more screen place in a compact machine. You’ll get the enhanced mid-range graphics performance of the built-in Intel UHD 620 graphics card with a benchmark score of 1056. Sound quality is pretty good through its 2 x 2W stereo speakers and Dolby Audio. You can turn up the volume without experiencing any distortion. There is a reasonable quality 720p resolution HD camera with a built-in microphone.

Lenovo Ideapad 330S 15.6-inch Laptop 81F50048US

The 4GB memory is soldered onto the motherboard and you can’t upgrade it by yourself if you don’t want to void the warranty. You can add 8GB memory to the open slot and with the 4GB already on the motherboard, you’ll get a total of 12GB which is the maximum amount supported by this system. It comes with a two-cell 30Wh lithium polymer that should last 7 hours for productivity and 5 hours for gaming and video playback on average use but this will decrease by time and use and depends on the tasks you use it for.

Please note that there is no fingerprint reader on this 330S model and it does not have a touch screen. You may want to look at the alternative Lenovo models if you need a touch or Full HD display with IPS panel. It is an anti-glare LED-backlit HD screen with 220 nits of brightness. The keyboard is backlit for typing comfortably in the dim light or dark. This is a decent portable laptop with an adequately solid build and modern design. The 30-day trial version of Microsoft Office 365 is pre-installed on this laptop and you need to purchase an activation key if you want to continue using Word, Excel etc. Midnight blue color IdeaPad 330S is also available at Amazon.com with different specs. You’ll get a limited one year warranty by the manufacturer and it is valid in North America.

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