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Lenovo IdeaPad 330 and 330S are cheap but stylish laptops

Starting at a low $250, you can customize these relatively attractive budget laptops... until they're not so cheap anymore.

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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.

If that's too pricey for you, the 330 starts at $250. It's not as svelte and lacks the metal, but it comes in pretty colors like platinum gray, onyx black, mint green, midnight blue, blizzard white and chocolate. Plus, in addition to the 14- and 15-inch models, you can get it in 17 inches as well.

Lenovo revs up budget-minded laptops with IdeaPad 330, 330S and 530S

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Both can be configured with some high-end options like eighth-generation Intel Core 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.

They're slated to ship this month.

IdeaPad 330 specifications


14-inch15-inch17-inch
Processor Celeron; upgradable to Pentium, 7th- or 8th-gen Core i7Celeron; upgradable to Pentium, 7th- or 8th-gen Core i77th- or 8th-generation Core i7
Display 1,366x763; upgradable to 1,920x1,0801,366x763; upgradable to touch and touch/nontouch 1,920x1,0801,600x900; upgradable to 1,920x1,080
Graphics integrated; upgradable to Nvidia MX110 or MX130integrated; upgradable to Nvidia MX110, MX130 or MX150 or GeForce GTX 1050integrated; upgradable to Nvidia MX110, MX130 or MX150 or GeForce GTX 1050
Storage 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD
Memory 4GB; up to 12GB4GB; up to 16GB4GB; 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-inch15-inch
Processor Intel Pentium Silver; 7th- or 8th-generation Core i7Intel Pentium Silver; 7th- or 8th-generation Core i7
Display 1,366x768; upgradable to 1,920x1,080 (IPS)1,366x768; upgradable to 1,920x1,080 (IPS)
Graphics Intel integrated; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 optionalIntel integrated; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 optional
Storage 128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD128GB SSD; up to 2TB in various combinations of SSD and HDD  
Memory 4GB; up to 12GB DDR or 16GB Intel Optane4GB; 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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