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Lenovo IdeaPad 330 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U) Laptop Review

Heavy throttler. The affordable Ryzen-powered laptop starts at just $330 USD with options up to the Ryzen 7 2700U and FHD display. Unfortunately, CPU throttling means owners won't benefit from the full performance of the hardware.

The Ideapad 330 15 is one of the least expensive 15-inch multimedia machines from Lenovo. The base configuration starts at just $330 USD for the AMD E2-9000 SoC with a 768p display while the most expensive option includes a Ryzen 7 2700U SoC with a 1080p display for $750. Our unit today is the middle option with a Ryzen 5 2500U SoC, 1080p display, and 256 GB SSD for roughly $550 USD.

This review page highlights the core performance features of the system. For more details and comments on the chassis, please stay tuned for our upcoming review on the Ryzen 3 2200U configuration of the same Ideapad 330 model.

Competitors in this entry-level price range include the HP Pavilion 15, Asus Vivobook 15, Dell Inspiron 15 5000 or 7000 series, Huawei Matebook D, and the Acer Aspire 3 series.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 - 256 MB, Core: 1101 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, DDR4, 23.20.822.3584
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 4 GB soldered + 4 GB PC4-21300, 17-17-17-39, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AUO B156HTN03.8, TN LED, AUO38ED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF, 256 GB 
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
0 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
HP DVD-RW DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.9 x 378 x 260 ( = 0.9 x 14.88 x 10.24 in)
Battery
35 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 0.3 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2 x 1.5 W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Norton Anti-Virus, Lenovo Utility, Lenovo Vantage, Power2Go, Power2DVD, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 162 g ( = 5.71 oz / 0.36 pounds)
Price
570 USD

 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.2 MB/s ∼100%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32.6 MB/s ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.35 MB/s ∼76% -24%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.56 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.95 MB/s ∼77% -23%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼64% -36%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
652 MBit/s ∼100% +93%
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼99% +91%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
338 MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
530 MBit/s ∼100% +126%
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
516 MBit/s ∼97% +121%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
234 MBit/s ∼44%

Display

Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)

The TN panel exhibits all the features of a budget display. Color temperature is far too cool, contrast is low, color coverage is narrow, and the matte overlay has a grainy texture to it. Content appears washed out with very inaccurate colors. We highly recommend applying our ICC profile below to get the most out of the display.

226.8
cd/m²
252.3
cd/m²
263.9
cd/m²
228.3
cd/m²
252.2
cd/m²
251.7
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
268.7
cd/m²
264.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 268.7 cd/m² Average: 251.4 cd/m² Minimum: 11.99 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 252.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 467:1 (Black: 0.54 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.36 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 4.43
ΔE Greyscale 12.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
54.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 34.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.83
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AUO B156HTN03.8, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
AU Optronics B156HW02, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
AU Optronics B156XW02 V0, TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
LG Philips LP156WF9-SPK2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
N156HCA-EAB, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-17%
5%
2%
-31%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.8 (20, 18.8)
36.4 (18.4, 18)
6%
43.6 (20, 23.6)
-12%
27.2 (13.2, 14)
30%
37.2 (19.6, 17.6)
4%
Response Time Black / White *
19.6 (15.6, 4)
27.2 (15.6, 11.6)
-39%
15.2 (10, 5.2)
22%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
-27%
32.4 (18.4, 14)
-65%
PWM Frequency
25770 (67)
Screen
29%
10%
27%
34%
Brightness middle
252.2
265.7
5%
220.1
-13%
257
2%
285.1
13%
Brightness
251
258
3%
210
-16%
246
-2%
271
8%
Brightness Distribution
84
91
8%
93
11%
89
6%
88
5%
Black Level *
0.54
0.31
43%
0.29
46%
0.34
37%
0.28
48%
Contrast
467
857
84%
759
63%
756
62%
1018
118%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.36
6.01
51%
11.4
8%
4.54
63%
4.38
65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
24.75
18.87
24%
25.96
-5%
16
35%
24.07
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.43
3.94
11%
4.09
8%
3.61
19%
3.95
11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.2
5
59%
12
2%
4.6
62%
3.1
75%
Gamma
1.83 120%
2.7 81%
2.09 105%
2.44 90%
2.24 98%
CCT
13028 50%
6569 99%
12625 51%
7096 92%
6705 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34.6
42.24
22%
36.5
5%
37.5
8%
40
16%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
54.5
60.92
12%
57.5
6%
59.2
9%
62
14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 22%
8% / 10%
15% / 23%
2% / 24%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
19.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.2 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8910 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Limited TN viewing angles
Limited TN viewing angles

Performance

 

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
154 Points ∼74% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼71% +16%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
141 Points ∼68% +12%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
141 Points ∼68% +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (126 - 142, n=7)
136 Points ∼66% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
135 Points ∼65% +7%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
127 Points ∼61% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
126 Points ∼61%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
107 Points ∼52% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
687 Points ∼22% +35%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
608 Points ∼20% +19%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (510 - 618, n=7)
578 Points ∼19% +13%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
530 Points ∼17% +4%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
514 Points ∼17% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
510 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
499 Points ∼16% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
367 Points ∼12% -28%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
316 Points ∼10% -38%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
306 Points ∼10% -40%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.61 Points ∼69%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1.58 Points ∼68%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (1.53 - 1.61, n=4)
1.578 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.56 Points ∼67%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.16 Points ∼50%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
0.85 Points ∼36%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (5.71 - 6.91, n=4)
6.48 Points ∼24%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
5.88 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
5.47 Points ∼20%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.56 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.4 Points ∼13%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
2.68 Points ∼10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
5595 Points ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
5510 Points ∼51%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
4779 Points ∼44%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4515 Points ∼42%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (4103 - 4473, n=4)
4361 Points ∼40%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
3729 Points ∼34%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
16043 Points ∼32%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (13850 - 16466, n=4)
15006 Points ∼30%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
13729 Points ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
12799 Points ∼26%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
9158 Points ∼18%
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
6745 Points ∼14%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
521.22 s * ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
473.575 s * ∼6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (251 - 376, n=2)
313 s * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
306.16 s * ∼4%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
268.14 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Dell Inspiron 15 5575-98MH4
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
763 Seconds * ∼3%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
697.5 Seconds * ∼3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  (2.2 - 4828, n=17)
694 Seconds * ∼3%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
645.84 Seconds * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga-20LH000LUS
Intel Core i5-8250U
612.41 Seconds * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
594.092 Seconds * ∼3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
126 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
510 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
44.05 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10 - Score
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
3904 Points ∼50% +36%
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3643 Points ∼47% +26%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
3250 Points ∼42% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
2881 Points ∼37%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
2801 Points ∼36% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (2501 - 2944, n=4)
2785 Points ∼36% -3%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
4894 Points ∼75% +42%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4769 Points ∼73% +39%
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4762 Points ∼73% +39%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
4654 Points ∼71% +35%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3437 - 3852, n=4)
3722 Points ∼57% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
3437 Points ∼53%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
3889 Points ∼64% +28%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3704 Points ∼61% +21%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
3675 Points ∼60% +21%
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3585 Points ∼59% +18%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3461 Points ∼57% +14%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (3049 - 3462, n=5)
3303 Points ∼54% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
3049 Points ∼50%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3049 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3437 points
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Storage Devices

CDM 5
CDM 5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
Micron SSD 1100 SED 512GB, M.2 (MTFDDAV512TBN)
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
SK Hynix 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
AS SSD
80%
-8%
-120%
143%
Copy Game MB/s
262.37
301.11
15%
221.74
-15%
56.84
-78%
683.66
161%
Copy Program MB/s
334.05
233.52
-30%
174.36
-48%
38.74
-88%
495.65
48%
Copy ISO MB/s
434.45
868.11
100%
262.54
-40%
60.7
-86%
1013.34
133%
Score Total
752
1387
84%
727
-3%
135
-82%
2123
182%
Score Write
295
415
41%
275
-7%
48
-84%
832
182%
Score Read
296
690
133%
297
0%
54
-82%
860
191%
Access Time Write *
0.08
0.051
36%
0.072
10%
0.575
-619%
0.051
36%
Access Time Read *
0.102
0.06
41%
0.078
24%
0.228
-124%
0.045
56%
4K-64 Write
203.63
271.59
33%
187.03
-8%
25.33
-88%
611.98
201%
4K-64 Read
228.53
431.26
89%
231.83
1%
23.97
-90%
659.92
189%
4K Write
45.41
88.45
95%
49.43
9%
10.55
-77%
99.47
119%
4K Read
23.4
38.69
65%
20.27
-13%
14.01
-40%
40.59
73%
Seq Write
459.6
549.75
20%
384.73
-16%
124.7
-73%
1209.39
163%
Seq Read
441.59
2205.34
399%
448.11
1%
160.78
-64%
1595.69
261%

* ... smaller is better

SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 537 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 481.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 202.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 197 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 525.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 465.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 29.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 66.59 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3851 Points ∼22% +213%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2831 Points ∼16% +130%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2734 Points ∼16% +122%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
2683 Points ∼15% +118%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1232 - 3871, n=10)
2449 Points ∼14% +99%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2395 Points ∼14% +94%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
1232 Points ∼7%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
385 Points ∼2% -69%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3833 Points ∼8% +67%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
3728 Points ∼7% +63%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1668 - 4317, n=10)
3234 Points ∼6% +41%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
3044 Points ∼6% +33%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2613 Points ∼5% +14%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2592 Points ∼5% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2294 Points ∼4%
Asus VivoBook E200HA-FD0041TS
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
348 Points ∼1% -85%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2442 Points ∼6% +105%
Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
2323 Points ∼6% +95%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2149 Points ∼5% +80%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
2070 Points ∼5% +74%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2069 Points ∼5% +74%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (1095 - 2901, n=9)
1996 Points ∼5% +67%
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1284 Points ∼3% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
1192 Points ∼3%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
18946 Points ∼10% +86%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
15613 Points ∼8% +53%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
14343 Points ∼8% +41%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (7309 - 18177, n=9)
13127 Points ∼7% +29%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
12942 Points ∼7% +27%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
10816 Points ∼6% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
10177 Points ∼6%
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
10131 Points ∼5% 0%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  (60959 - 74203, n=3)
67771 Points ∼9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 530s-14IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
39557 Points ∼5%
3DMark 11 Performance
2241 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7161 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1066 points
Help
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 68.97.6fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 22fps

Stress Test

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
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The Witcher 3 low
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature Tctl/Tidle (°C)
Prime95 Stress 1.3 -- 51
FurMark Stress -- 206 50
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.4 200 52
Witcher 3 Stress ~1.6 305 50

Emissions

System Noise

Noise Level

Idle
28.1 / 31.6 / 32.8 dB(A)
Load
36.5 / 32.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.1 dB(A)
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
Noise
6%
-11%
-1%
-16%
off / environment *
28.1
28
-0%
27.8
1%
28.2
-0%
28.5
-1%
Idle Minimum *
28.1
28
-0%
29.4
-5%
31.7
-13%
30.8
-10%
Idle Average *
31.6
28
11%
29.6
6%
31.7
-0%
30.8
3%
Idle Maximum *
32.8
30.1
8%
29.6
10%
32
2%
31
5%
Load Average *
36.5
30.2
17%
43.5
-19%
32.8
10%
45.6
-25%
Witcher 3 ultra *
32.8
43.5
-33%
45.6
-39%
Load Maximum *
32.8
33.2
-1%
45.8
-40%
35
-7%
46.7
-42%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Witcher 3 load (top)
Witcher 3 load (top)
Witcher 3 load (bottom)
Witcher 3 load (bottom)
Max. Load
 32.4 °C
90 F
32.8 °C
91 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
 36.8 °C
98 F
33.4 °C
92 F
27 °C
81 F
 
 34 °C
93 F
29.4 °C
85 F
27.4 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
27.4 °C
81 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30.2 °C
86 F
27.4 °C
81 F
36.6 °C
98 F
42 °C
108 F
27.4 °C
81 F
29.2 °C
85 F
35.8 °C
96 F
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.4 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203838.52534.8373133.734.3403335.15032.832.26336.332.18031.131.410030.631.512528.931.716028.632.420028.439.125027.649.631526.957.540026.856.250026.653.763025.762.180025.665.710002561.4125025.767.2160025.666200025.263.4250024.165.3315023.762.3400023.765.2500023.270.3630023.266.5800023.263100002370.31250022.970.11600022.961.5SPL36.878N2.841.3median 25.6Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUSmedian 62.3Delta2.37.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.33 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 80% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Note the steady drop in power consumption due to throttling
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Note the steady drop in power consumption due to throttling
Consumption while running Witcher 3. Consumption falls and stabilizes to show throttling
Consumption while running Witcher 3. Consumption falls and stabilizes to show throttling
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.27 / 0.37 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.6 / 10.6 / 11.8 Watt
Load midlight 24.1 / 39.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
2500U, Vega 8, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
8250U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba MQ04ABF100, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
8550U, GeForce MX130, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
20%
-27%
16%
-25%
Idle Minimum *
7.6
3.5
54%
4.2
45%
5.6
26%
5.9
22%
Idle Average *
10.6
5.6
47%
7.2
32%
7.1
33%
7
34%
Idle Maximum *
11.8
10.3
13%
12.1
-3%
7.9
33%
8.5
28%
Load Average *
24.1
30.5
-27%
51.1
-112%
32.8
-36%
54.5
-126%
Load Maximum *
39.4
33.8
14%
59.9
-52%
30.5
23%
55.7
-41%
Witcher 3 ultra *
30.3
52.7
-74%
50.6
-67%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 57min
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
2500U, Vega 8, 35 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad 530S-15IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
8250U, GeForce MX150, 43.3 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
8550U, GeForce MX130, 42 Wh
Battery Runtime
65%
95%
77%
-2%
Reader / Idle
910
722
WiFi v1.3
237
391
65%
462
95%
419
77%
232
-2%
Load
74
134

Pros

+ smooth matte surfaces conceal fingerprints
+ high-pitched fan
+ optical drive
+ inexpensive
+ USB Type-C

Cons

- heavy performance throttling
- very inaccurate display
- spongy trackpad
- short battery life

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS

The 15-inch Ideapad 330 is a cheap multimedia solution and so we don't expect very much out of the system. Its chassis is smooth if not bland and its matte panel is great at reducing glare. It's also one of the few laptops shipping with both USB Type-C and an optical drive for users who may want them on one machine.

There is still a long list of disappointing qualities despite the low asking price. Colors and RGB balance are terrible out of the box and so an end-user calibration is recommend for an overall better experience especially when playing videos. Throttling is severe at almost 41 percent according to our CineBench R15 loop test. Thus, while the Ryzen 5 2500U is a powerful Intel alternative on paper, owners of the Lenovo won't benefit fully from the AMD processor when gaming or under high loads. The costlier SKU with the more powerful Ryzen 7 2700U could potentially be a poor buy since our less demanding Ryzen 5 2500U configuration already throttles so heavily. Battery life is short as well which makes the Ideapad 330 a poor travel companion.

For future revisions, we are hoping to see USB Type-C charging in lieu of the proprietary AC adapter and perhaps another USB Type-A port along the right edge. A brighter display, longer battery runtime, and reduced performance throttling would also go a long way to making this a better machine. The recent HP Pavilion 15 refresh is the stronger option overall for the same price range.

There are some core basics that the Ideapad 330 could have done better without bumping up the affordable price. A better calibrated display, manual fan controls for silent streaming, reduced performance throttling, and a USB Type-A port along the right edge could have made the Ideapad 330 an easier buy for the price. As it stands, the system is merely average.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS - 09/12/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
53%
Connectivity
44 / 81 → 55%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
75%
Display
77%
Games Performance
60 / 85 → 70%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
92%
Noise
92 / 95 → 97%
Audio
50%
Camera
32 / 85 → 37%
Average
66%
75%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-09-12 (Update: 2018-09-12)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.