Lenovo Ideapad U330


Lenovo Ideapad U330Notebook: Lenovo Ideapad U330 (IdeaPad U Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 74.33% - average
Average of 6 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 73%, features: - %, display: 80% mobility: 72%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 65%

Reviews for the Lenovo Ideapad U330

80% Lenovo IdeaPad U330 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo's IdeaPad U330 will probably be most likely compared to the similarly priced Apple MacBook. While the MacBook is sturdier thanks to its aluminum case, the IdeaPad U330 is well built with similar performance and a solid keyboard similar to the ThinkPad series. Graphics are probably the standout feature thanks to the integrated or dedicated graphics thank can be switched without need of a reboot to adjust power consumption as needed.
80, Leistung 80, Verarbeitung 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U330
Source: English
At this point it is no easy task for a price-conscious 13.3-inch notebook to distinguish itself from the crowd. The Lenovo U330 meets all the expectations set for it and while it isn’t a clear winner when compared to something like Sony’s SR, the Dell M1330, Samsung Q310, or some of the other usual suspects, it is a solid machine with some nice perks, like the switchable graphics and a very good keyboard. There are some design flaws, like the small feet and all that gloss, but nothing that owners won’t be able to live with. Performance was more than workable for a 4.2 pound computer and while the U330 won’t wow anyone with its computing capabilities it went through things like desktop multitasking to HD video playback without problems. The U330 will be a good pick if you can find a deal on it and appreciate features like the keyboard and Firewire. It will be worth it to check out the competition before making your decision though.
60, Leistung 60
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 60%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U330
Source: PC Mag English
The U330 delivers many desirable features for a 13-inch laptop, but its design needs to be revisited in order for this Lenovo to compete with the likes of Apple, Sony, and Toshiba.
3.5 von 5, Mobilität sehr gut, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/21/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 90%
86% Lenovo IdeaPad U330
Source: Computer Shopper English
All in all, the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 is one impressive notebook. Though we're disappointed with the short battery life, its feature set, combined with top-notch performance, easy portability, and switchable graphics—at a very reasonable price of $1,249—make it hard to pass up.
8.6 von 10, Mobilität mäßig, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 80% mobility: 60%
Lenovo IdeaPad U330 Review
Source: English

The Lenovo IdeaPad U330 is a nice consumer notebook with a solid look and feel, but had a few areas that could be improved. The paint quality on the model we received had dust stuck in the paint and an odd small bubble underneath the touchpad surface. Chances are it is an early production quirk, but it is still worth mentioning in this review. The frameless screen panel looks great and adds to the overall look of the notebook, but in use it does add a high level of reflection. The switchable graphics that didn't require a reboot to switch modes is great, as most notebooks that incorporate it need to fully reboot.

Display mäßig, Leistung gut, Emissionen gut
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2008
Rating: performance: 80% display: 60% emissions: 80%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U330-22672BU
Source: Laptop Mag English
Although its endurance is somewhat disappointing when running in the battery-saving integrated graphics mode, the Lenovo IdeaPad U330 is a compelling thin-and-light notebook that offers plenty of style and strong performance for $1,199. Overall, we prefer the HP Pavilion dv3510nr, which in addition to a backlit keyboard features better graphics performance and endurance without needing switchable graphics. However, the U330 features a superior keyboard and touchpad and more-responsive touch controls in a lighter design.
3.5 von 5, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% mobility: 40%
Lenovo Ideapad U330 User Review
Source: English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U330 is a decent consumer level notebook featuring a bright screen, switchable graphics, a thin form factor, and light weight. Moreover, some preloaded of software such as Lenovo's VeriFace are actually nice and useful. Nonetheless, the U330 still feels a little rough around the edges as evident through some idiosyncrasies in its power management and fan behavior. But hopefully, these issues should be resolved by Lenovo as production of the U330 progresses. For the enthusiast expecting Thinkpad quality and features, the Ideapad is still no substitute. As for the typical consumer, the U330 is a strong candidate against currently available 13.3" Dell, Apple, and Sony notebooks, especially at the $1,000 price point.
Preis gut, Display gut, Mobilität gut, Emissionen mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/29/2008
Rating: price: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 50%

Foreign Reviews

80% Lekki, zgrabny, poręczny, uniwersalny i wydajny... notebook Lenovo IdeaPad U330
Source: Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% display: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450: Successor of the HD 2400 produced in 55nm (therefore with a faster clockspeed) and with DirectX 10.1 support. Avivo HD video support enables the gpu to decode HD videos. For modest casual gamers suited (demanding games run only in very low settings).

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


Entry level Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB Level 2 Cache and due to the 25 Watt TDP also suited for 13" laptops.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.

Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews

74.33%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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