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Lenovo - 330S-15IKB 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Platinum Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 521 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop with horrid battery

    Posted
    Earthchild
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    laptop was good but the downfall is it comes with a horrible battery. Not worth buying because of the battery. I had to return it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://help.business.uconn.edu/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=169 Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Paddy
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    Battery could be a little better but for the size of the screen ans thin design if it was an larger would not be as slim

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://help.business.uconn.edu/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=169 Lenovo

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Terrible battery life!

    Posted
    Maria
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The battery doesn't last for more than 2 hours. Not the best purchasing decision. It's okay, but for $500, there are better computers out there. It's a shame BestBuy has a 15-day return policy. It doesn't really give you the chance to test it out.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer Battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://windowsreport.com/laptop-battery-not-charging-windows-10/. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the greatest

    Posted
    Navymom
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For the amount I paid, it's not a bad computer, but it's still slow and the battery life is not the greatest. I would say spend more money and get a better one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 ships with a powerful Quad-Core/Eight-Thread Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM. This configuration has a 15.6" (measured diagonally) 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution screen, with a brightness level of 250 nits. The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 ships with a 1TB standard hard drive, supported by 16GB of Intel Optane Memory. This configuration can handle many of today's most demanding programs and is good with multi-tasking. If the performance you are experiencing is below this standard, be sure any software you installed is compatible with Windows 10. There is no need to install Microsoft Office software. The software is already part of the operating system, you just need to activate the software with a purchased product key. If you have installed a copy of Microsoft Office, this is conflicting with the existing copy on the system and this will slow your system down. If you have installed a 3rd party anti-virus program, be sure that Windows Defender is turned off and that the trial version of McAfee Anti-Virus software is uninstalled. There can only be one anti-virus program on the system. You may need to restore your system to original factory default settings if any of the programing errors have occurred. You can do that by typing "restore" in the Cortana search window. Just click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom left of your Windows 10 Desktop. Click on "Reset This PC" Then click on "Get Started" and follow the on screen directions to restore to factory defaults. If the problem persists, we recommend you contact Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Lenovo

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    Posted
    Tonya
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Light weight and easy to use. I only wish the battery lasted longer. But I was told the battery life when I bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent but not great!

    Posted
    SteveG
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Starting with the battery, it's life is horrible. Maybe a little over two hours. Pretty fast boot with the one TB hard drive. And next time, if it doesn't have a lighted keyboard, I'm not buying it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 Laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. This configuration ships with a 1TB standard 5400 RPM hard drive, supported by 16GB of solid state Intel Optane Memory. The Optane Memory makes for fast boot up of Windows 10 and quick recall of the files and programs the specific user accesses the most. This model does not have a backlit keyboard. Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great computer

    Posted
    Wayne
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Great computer for the average person. Fast speeds good display. Only thing I don't like is the battery life. Dies fairly quick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for resetting a non-removable battery. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link:  https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-laptop-battery Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It works and works well....

    Posted
    Tyrone
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Overall this laptop does great at what I use it for. Basically I surf the web and watch lots of YouTube videos. It takes a minute to turn on but it's pretty quick once it's on. My only complaint is the battery doesn't last long. I must add it does have fast charging which works really well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      Thank you for choosing the Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop. This model number 81F500NSUS, ships with a 1TB standard 5400 RPM hard drive supported by 16GB of Intel Optane Memory, giving this standard hard drive the performance of a solid state hard drive. The computer will boot from off to the Windows 10 desktop in less than 30 seconds. The programs and files that the user accesses the most will load more quickly. If you are experiencing slower performance, be sure any software you installed is compatible with Windows 10. There is no need to install Microsoft Office software. The software is already part of the operating system, you just need to activate the software with a purchased product key. If you have installed a copy of Microsoft Office, this is conflicting with the existing copy on the system and this will slow your system down. If you have installed a 3rd party anti-virus program, be sure that Windows Defender is turned off and that the trial version of McAfee Anti-Virus software is uninstalled. There can only be one anti-virus program on the system. You may need to restore your system to original factory default settings if any of the programing errors have occurred. You can do that by typing "restore" in the Cortana search window. Just click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom left of your Windows 10 Desktop. Click on "Reset This PC" Then click on "Get Started" and follow the on screen directions to restore to factory defaults. Having incompatible software installed will make the device work harder, which will also drain the battery quicker. If the problem persists after a factory reset, we recommend you contact Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overall pleased with the computer

    Posted
    Karl
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought the computer thinking it was a new one but upon checking it once I got home found out it was manufactured 18/12/06. Also after setting it up and playing with the internet I went to clear my browser history and found numerous websites that were accessed in Sept of 2017. Some thing does not make sense will take it back to Best Buy to see what is going on. Also wasn't made aware that the battery life was only about 5 hours. I have seen other laptops with 10 to 12 hour battery life.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      Model number 81F500NSUS was first available September, 2018. Lenovo lists the date of manufacture on the original product box in this format: YY/MM/DD or December 06, 2018. That would have been the date Windows 10 Operating System was factory installed on the computer. The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Fast!

    Posted
    Jaxn
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    It's a nice computer! Lightning fast with more memory than I will use. Downside is limited battery. That can be upgraded with opening up the laptop and adding more. Great graphics. I like this little machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer Battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://windowsreport.com/laptop-battery-not-charging-windows-10/. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great business computer!

    Posted
    Sucio
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    This is a great computer if you're using only web based stuff. Charges super quick! Battery life is just ok. Moves really quickly through apps and screen resolution is great. Lightweight. Love this computer for my business.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://windowsreport.com/laptop-battery-not-charging-windows-10/ Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Computer

    Posted
    TNTaylor
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This guy starts up fast, has bright colors and great clarity on YouTube videos. No issues browsing the internet, also fast there. Battery does not last as long as I thought or want since I am on the computer a lot. The charger that comes with it'sn't really long enough for me to work off of charge power. I think it takes around 30 minutes to get a full charge. If you want to browse the internet, watch videos, write, it's a good computer for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://windowsreport.com/laptop-battery-not-charging-windows-10/ Lenovo

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for me

    Posted
    Donn
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Computer is lightweight, fast and has really good specs for the price. My biggest con and reason for returning is the battery life. Its touted as having a 6hr battery life this is 100% false. While running a balanced power-plan at 45% brightness I struggled to get 3hrs of battery life out of this device on a full change. I needed this device to last at least the described 6 hours, to which it failed. If you're ok with 2 hours needed for a full charge and 3 hours of total usage while off the charge then this device can work for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. To maximize battery life, first adjust your battery saver settings. Here is a link to instruction for doing this in Windows 10:  https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-configure-battery-saver-windows-10. Next, to maximize battery life, be sure there are no unwanted programs running in the background, draining the battery. Here is a link to some tips for finding out what is draining your battery:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/battery-saver-windows-10. Also, to maximize battery life, try changing your power management setting to a more conservative one. You can do this in the control panel, in the power management category on your system. Select a more conservative power management setting to extend battery life. Finally, if the battery life does not improve, a battery reset may help. Here is a link to instructions for reconditioning a non-removable battery, using the Battery Management Software installed on the computer. If you need further assistance, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Here is the link: https://help.business.uconn.edu/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=169 Lenovo

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Battery, sound, operation TERRIBLE

    Posted
    Dissapointed
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Returning tomorrow for refund! Got it all set up, and went to watch movie this evening and the speakers are crackling-like I'm listening to an AM radio with a weak signal! I get no more than hour from a 100% charged battery!! And there's a lot of lag between commands! Just terrible for the money! One star only because it made me select at least that!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 ships with stereo 2W speakers and Dolby Audio Premium sound enhancement software. For the best audio experience, using the built in speakers, be sure Dolby Audio Premium is turned on and adjusted to your personal preferences. Concerning lag, be sure any software you installed is compatible with Windows 10. There is no need to install Microsoft Office software. The software is already part of the operating system, you just need to activate the software with a purchased product key. If you have installed a copy of Microsoft Office, this is conflicting with the existing copy on the system and this will slow your system down. If you have installed a 3rd party anti-virus program, be sure that Windows Defender is turned off and that the trial version of McAfee Anti-Virus software is uninstalled. There can only be one anti-virus program on the system. You may need to restore your system to original factory default settings if any of the programing errors have occurred. You can do that by typing "restore" in the Cortana search window. Just click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom left of your Windows 10 Desktop. Click on "Reset This PC" Then click on "Get Started" and follow the on screen directions to restore to factory defaults. If the problem persists, we recommend you contact Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686. Lenovo

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    One of the worst laptops I've ever used

    Posted
    JTS1234
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Terrible battery life. Lucky to get a few hours out of it at the very most. Terrible wi-fi connectivity. Much slower than any of my other devices. Terrible compatibility. Purchased this to use in conjunction with an Elgato streaming box and it makes the microphone and video quality absolutely terrible, even though this laptop supposedly meets the minimum requirements to work with an Elgato. Would not recommend this laptop to anyone, especially for the price they are charging for it. Not even close to being worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. The IdeaPad 330s-15 ships with the latest 5G 802.11AC frequency WiFi - The fastest currently available. We always recommend you check the requirements and compatibility of any hardware/software you will need to use on your new computer, before you invest. Be sure your new computer will do the work you want to do, before you invest in any new computer. Check to be sure you have the latest version of Windows 10 and the supporting BIOS and driver files on the computer. You can easily do this by scanning the computer with the Lenovo Utility software installed on the device. This system has Lenovo utilities installed to help maintain the health of the device and keep the operating system software up to date. Type "Lenovo Vantage" in the Cortana Search window (if Lenovo Vantage is not installed on your device, you can download the APP and install it now). Select Lenovo Vantage from the list. In the window that opens, click on "Health and Support". In the expanded menu, select "Hardware Scan" In the window that opens, select "Run Quick Tests". This will scan your entire system for errors. Follow any directions that may pop up. If the problem continues after this scan, now click on "System Update". First select Windows update from the menu. Scan your system to be sure you have the latest version of Windows 10. Once that scan is complete, select "Additional Updates". This will scan your device to be sure there are no new BIOS/Driver updates needed. Follow any instructions that may pop up. If the issue still continues after these updates, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686 for additional help. For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor:
      https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-brand-ratings Lenovo

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for nursing student!

    Posted
    HungryNursingStudent
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    The optane RAM really made a difference! I compared it to a similar laptop that doesn't have the optane RAM, and the difference between them: this laptop is about 5 times faster! Really fast startup! I clocked in 14 seconds. And the laptop looks solid! I appreciate the thin bezel which makes the screen looks larger. And because of the housing, this 15" laptop is smaller than other 15" in the market. Quite light for me. Not the best battery life, but c'mon, it's a laptop! Took me a while to find the right laptop for college, and I'm glad I found what I believe as the middle ground for affordability & performance!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Lenovo Product Expert

      Thank you for choosing the Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop. This system ships with a 2CELL 30WH, Lithium Polymer battery, with a battery life of up to 7 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 ships with a powerful Quad-Core/Eight-Thread Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM. This configuration has a 15.6" (measured diagonally) 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution screen, with a brightness level of 250 nits. The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 ships with a standard 1TB hard drive supported by 16GB of Intel Optane Memory. This configuration can handle many of today's most demanding programs and is good with multi-tasking. If this describes the kind of computing you do, the Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 will be a great choice for you. Lenovo

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value laptop, especially when on sale.

    Posted
    Hemlock
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this laptop while it was on sale. The full HD IPS display is crisp, but the colors are weak, and it could be brighter. Touchpad is very good, and keyboard is decent, with little flex. I replaced the HD with a NVME SSD, so my experience is not based on stock configuration. I have a triple-boot setup, Windows 10, Linux Mint, and Kubuntu. it runs all three operating systems very well. Performance with the I5 is actually better than I expected. Fan noise and heat are minimal. Biggest issue I have with the 330S is with the wimpy 2-cell battery. For me, two hours use on the battery is about it. I wouldn't buy this model to play PC games, The Intel graphics performance is weak. All that said, I'm very satisfied with my 330S.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poorer than expected for the price

    Posted
    keyboard113
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    Pretty bad experience for my first time with Lenovo. The laptop was on sale when I made the purchase, so I thought I got myself a great deal despite all the negative reviews here. First of all, I'm used to low-end tier laptops so this level of price is a huge improvement. The laptop is fast, just like what I expected from the specs. It would've been a good laptop, if not for the other minor problems which added up to become a huge deal. First, the noise. After setting up the laptop and signing in, etc. I can hear the whistling noises coming from the bottom side. I looked up online, and it could be either dirt in the fans, or a "coil whine". I brought the laptop up to Best Buy and the Geek Squad people did a quick check and they said it was dirt from the fans. Inside a new laptop? I bought a new product, so I expect the product I'm receiving to be free of defects, and this laptop already sounds like it has gone through 6 months of usage. While at the store, I checked the same model they have on display, and sure enough, that same whistling noise is there. Other laptops displayed (even other Lenovo Ideapads), plus from my past laptops, never has this problem. I visited another Best Buy store and the exact same thing; out of all the displayed laptops of all brands and even other Lenovo models, this is the only one that still has that whistling noise. I suspect this is a common issue in this model. If you don't know how this really sounds like, here is a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYIPp9Wa9o8. Note that this is NOT the actual laptop of the review, but in the video this PC makes a similar sound I heard from this laptop. Second is the WiFi adapter. It could be due to a driver problem, but that shouldn't be the case for a new laptop. However, the WiFi speed I get on this one is super weak. Even putting the laptop next to the router, I still get 1/3 of what my iPhone gets at the same spot. The signal strength on the laptop would also waver more than normal as if I'm 10m away from the router. Third, downloading issues. For whatever reason, there are some files I cannot finish downloading. Even if the WiFi is slow because of the issue above, it shouldn't matter when I reach 100% download progress. For reproducing purpose, the file I tried to download is https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downloads/release/2018-12/R/eclipse-cpp-2018-12-R-win32-x86_64.zip. This file will always reach 100% and would scan for virus (if using Edge). It will stay that way for 30 minutes. I tried it with another browser (Vivaldi) and the same issue occurred. Not sure why this is the case. Fourth, battery. This laptop, like many new laptops nowadays, doesn't come with a removable battery. I expect that to remove it you will need technicians. So don't buy this and expect it to has removable batteries like past laptops in 2012. The capacity is pretty terrible though. From the look of it, every percentage on the battery = 1 minute. 100% = 100 minutes left. Normal browsing and you probably won't last more than two hours. Definitely not more than three. Plugging in to recharge gave an estimate of 3+ hours till full charge. Not sure if it's just my luck I got a bad battery or not. Finally, Lenovo and its software. The Lenovo Vantage program bundled in the laptop is similar to other brands and their maintenance software. Except for this Vantage program, it just looks like a huge useless ad. Can't go anywhere without it advertising itself about DashLane or some security software I don't need. The only thing I find useful in this program is their hardware and update scans, the rest look useless. Even their other small "features" that they have (WiFi security, Rapid charge, etc) look just as useless. There is nothing noticeable from using this Vantage bloatware. Attached is also a screenshot of the BIOS update prompt before I updated the BIOS on the machine. Notice all the typos. Is this what an official product of Lenovo looks like? Maybe that is the quality I should be expecting out of Lenovo. This is a new low even for bloatware. All of those really made a bad experience for this laptop, and for the brand. Not gonna buy another Lenovo product, if they can't even get their software and a laptop of this price range working properly. Even cheap 2012 laptops I bought from Walmart performed more consistently.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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