Lenovo IdeaPad 330 and 330S are cheap but stylish laptops

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They’re not the most exciting laptops — unless you’re on a budget, like almost everyone. Then Lenovo’s new IdeaPad 330 and 330S budget laptops may seem pretty interesting thanks to relatively powerful configuration options and colorful, almost premium-looking designs. If your budget stretches a little further, check out the higher-end IdeaPad 530S which Lenovo announced at the same time.

The IdeaPad 330S is the higher-end of the two, with the lighter, slimmer, more stylish design, IPS display options with thinner-than-usual bezels, and an aluminum lid, but it starts at $500 (directly converted, £370 or AU$670). It comes in platinum gray, midnight blue, rose pink, blizzard white and iron gray.

Both can be configured with some high-end options like eighth-generation IntelCore i7 processors and Nvidia discrete graphics. Battery life isn’t great, with ratings in the vicinity of 6 or 7 hours, meaning you’re likely to get about 4 or 5 hours in the real world. Available ports vary depending on size and other factors.

IdeaPad 330 specifications

14-inch 15-inch 17-inch
Processor Celeron; upgradable to Pentium, 7th- or 8th-gen Core i7 Celeron; upgradable to Pentium, 7th- or 8th-gen Core i7 7th- or 8th-generation Core i7
Display 1,366×763; upgradable to 1,920×1,080 1,366×763; upgradable to touch and touch/nontouch 1,920×1,080 1,600×900; upgradable to 1,920×1,080
Graphics integrated; upgradable to Nvidia MX110 or MX130 integrated; upgradable to Nvidia MX110, MX130 or MX150 or GeForce GTX 1050 integrated; upgradable to Nvidia MX110, MX130 or MX150 or GeForce GTX 1050
Storage 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD
Memory 4GB; up to 12GB 4GB; up to 16GB 4GB; up to 16GB
Weight Starts at 4.6 lbs (2.1kg) Starts at 4.8 lbs (2.2kg) Starts at 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
Dimensions 13.3 x 9.8 x 0.9 in (338 x 250 x 23mm) 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 in (378 x 260 x 23mm) 16.5 x 11.5 x 1.0 in (418 x 293 x 25mm)
Starts at $250 (directly converted, £185, AU$335) $250  (directly converted, £185, AU$335) $500 (directly converted, £370, AU$670)

IdeaPad 330S specifications

14-inch 15-inch
Processor Intel Pentium Silver; 7th- or 8th-generation Core i7 Intel Pentium Silver; 7th- or 8th-generation Core i7
Display 1,366×768; upgradable to 1,920×1,080 (IPS) 1,366×768; upgradable to 1,920×1,080 (IPS)
Graphics Intel integrated; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 optional Intel integrated; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 optional
Storage 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD
Memory 4GB; up to 12GB DDR or 16GB Intel Optane 4GB; up to 12GB DDR or 16GB Intel Optane
Weight Starts at 3.7 lbs (1.7kg) Starts at 4.1 lbs (1.9kg)
Dimensions 12.7 x 9.2 x 0.8 in (323 x 235 x 19mm) 14.1 x 9.6 x 0.8 in (358 x 244 x 19mm). The 1050 model is slightly thicker
Starts at $450 (directly converted, £330, AU$600) $450 (directly converted, £330, AU$600)

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