The Lenovo Ideapad 330 and 330S are the new laptops that features the Intel Cannon Lake 10nm i3 processor. As we have reported earlier, Intel has had yield problems with 10nm devices This machine sells for $400 and up depending on the options. The best model is well over $1200.
The 330 is available with a 14″, 15.6″ and 17.3″ LCD depending on the market needs. Lenovo has expanded the flexibility of the line considerably. These machines are sold all over the world so models may vary depending on the local market demands.
One CPU available is the new i3-8121U which is the new Cannon Lake but this is the most basic processor model. Lenovo has Kaby Lake processors for most models until Intel can come up with a new i5 processor.
The Ideapad offers over 6 hours of working time between charges. It also has their rapid charge which can give 2 hours of work time in 15 minutes of charging the battery.
The machine supports M.2 so a SSD can be installed and it can be equipped with up to 2TB hard disk for media etc. The machine has an optional DVD drive as well but we did not notice any BD drives. USB BD drives are readily available.
- up to 8th Gen Intel® Quad Core i7-8550U
- up to 16GB DDR4
- 1920×1080 IPS or 1366×768 TN LCD
- up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
- up to AMD Radeon™ 540
- Intel HD 620 Integrated graphics
- USB 3.1 type C and USB 3.1 type A
- 4-in-1 card reader
- Platinum Grey
- Blizzard White
- Midnight Blue
- Onyx Black
- 65W PSU included
The CPUs available only have the more basic HD 620 graphics. The CPU offers 8MB of cache memory.
The Ideapad with the i7 is a very powerful machine when equipped with 16GB of memory and a SSD. Booting Windows from a hard disk is far slower than the SSD which is why the machine should ship with one by default
This machine is excellent for the mobile worker who has to work away from power a lot. The long working time is literally enough to work 12 hours a day with lunch time recharge.
The NVIDIA GT 710 is roughly the same performance as the on-die Intel HD 620 graphics (403 GFLOPS). The Intel 620 is more powerful than the Radeon HD 3650. Versions of the Lenovo Ideapad 330 with a GPU have much better gaming options. The basic 1366×768 LCD is less demanding than the full HD 1920×1080.
Those with the 1920×1080 LCD version will definitely want the GPU option to handle the overall demands of Windows. The Radeon 540 and GTX 1050 are able to handle 1920×1080.