New Lenovo IdeaPad Laptops Let You Game on a Budget

Lenovo has announced three new additions to its IdeaPad lineup, consisting of impressive hardware for those on a budget. The new additions include the IdeaPad 330, IdeaPad 330S, and the IdeaPad 530.

The three siblings differ in sizes, hardware options, and design, but follow the same slim but modern design language. Internal hardware options include Intel processors, optional gaming-tier GPUs up to GTX 1050, and up to 16 GB RAM. Let’s dig in.

IdeaPad 330

Lenovo IdeaPad 330

This lineup is split between 10 different models, two come with a 17.3-inch display, five have 15.6-inch displays, and the remaining three have 14-inch screens. There are several hardware options available for users to choose based on their preference.

IdeaPad 330’s base variant has strictly entry-level specifications and comes with an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB HDD. It has a 15-inch LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768 (HD). Its specifications are unimpressive, however, it comes for a decent price of $250 (~Rs. 27,000) and is powered by Windows 10.


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Luckily, you can beef up the hardware based on your preference – the IdeaPad 330 can be upgraded with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 2 TB HDD or 1 TB HDD, 256 GB SSD, and a GTX 1050 graphics card. You can also juice it up with a higher Full HD display.

The configuration options for this group are not as flexible as you’d think, some upgrades – such as the GTX 1050 – are only available for the 15 and 17-inch models. The 14-inch models only get up to MX 150. The 14-inch model starts at $349 and 17-inch model costs $499.

IdeaPad 330S

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S

Though the “S” in the name might suggest better hardware, the IdeaPad 330S is not a special or plus-sized version of the 330. The models in this group are slimmer, different in design, and weigh only 1.6 kg. That’s because Lenovo removed the optical drive. The 330S only comes with either 14 or 15-inch screens. The bezel sizes are trimmed and the outer layer has an aluminum finish.

Specification options are almost the same, the base variant starts with an HD (1366 x 768) resolution display and 4 GB RAM. Except, this time, you get Intel Pentium Silver processors and 1 TB of HDD. Similarly, you can avail optional upgrades up to 8th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, FHD (1920 x 1080) display, 2 TB HDD or 256 GB SSD, Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, and 16 GB RAM.

The 14-inch one starts at $499 (~Rs. 52,000) while the 15-inch IdeaPad 330S costs $449 (~Rs. 47,000) minus the upgrades.

IdeaPad 530S

Lenovo IdeaPad 530S

This group offers Ultrabooks at a relatively cheaper price and the IdeaPad 530S lineup has the thinnest and most modern design in the entire Lenovo IdeaPad range.

An aluminum frame, that is merely 0.6-inch thin, packs high-end base specifications including an 8th-gen Intel i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a Nvidia MX150. It’s also available in 14-inch and 15-inch models, the base variant has an FHD (1920 x 1080) display but it can be upgraded to a QHD (2560 x 1440) one.

The prices are on lower or on par with most Ultrabooks in the market.

The 14-inch IdeaPad 530S starts at $799 (~Rs. 82,000) and the 15-inch one will put a $849 (~Rs. 87,000) dent in your wallet.


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