Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onIdeapad 330S-14AST…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Lenovo Ideapad 330S-14AST according to what you are going to do with it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Ideapad 330S-14AST the right choice for surfing the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this Ideapad 330S-14AST, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by Lenovo are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. The manufacturer offers a processor AMD A9-9425; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 128 Gb. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Finally, the autonomy of 6 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Ideapad 330S-14AST is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Ideapad 330S-14AST the right choice for watching movies ?
Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Ideapad 330S-14AST is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.67 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Ideapad 330S-14AST. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
On the sound side, it Ideapad 330S-14AST has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it AMD A9-9425 is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
On the application side, Lenovo chose to let you do it. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon R5 Series graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The Ideapad 330S-14AST only 3 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With its autonomy of 6 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The Ideapad 330S-14AST- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Ideapad 330S-14AST to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 1.67 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. The 14 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor AMD A9-9425; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this Ideapad 330S-14AST. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 6 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Thought for faster booting and calculations, and storage, this laptop has 2 hard disks; one type SSD, accompanied by another standard, of 128 Gb in total. The main advantage of this disc mix is that the SSD contains fewer moving parts, and is faster, and that the standard disc allows more recording-erasing phases. This reduces the noise caused by the movement of the read/write heads of the standard disk and preserves the storage capacity. For those who want more space, you will then have the option of a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 3 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Ideapad 330S-14AST on holiday.
The Ideapad 330S-14AST to make audio or video editing.
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor AMD A9-9425 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 128 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model has both an SSD disk for fast boot time and a conventional disk for backup. Here, the laptop advantageously has a good space of storage. This model offers the best possibilities with a storage space of 128 Gb. Lenovo offers a computer among the best in its category. You won’t have to worry about storage space for your audio and video creations. And if necessary, via its USB port, you can transfer files at high speed to external drives.
With 6 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
On the connection side, the Ideapad 330S-14ASTi s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
The Ideapad 330S-14AST for online or local games.
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis Ideapad 330S-14AST wasn’t designed for video games. The Lenovo technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Lenovo has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.128 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
A better access to wifi on this Ideapad 330S-14AST that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.67 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 6 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Ideapad 330S-14AST a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Is the Ideapad 330S-14AST adapted to office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Lenovo may have put a rather low computer on the market. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 1.67 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
The storage of this model, 128 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not Ideapad 330S-14AST the best choice for office use. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
In short, is the Ideapad 330S-14AST, the right choice ?
The conclusion of the test Ideapad 330S-14AST is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks