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Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM (Celeron N4100) Laptop Review

Allen Ngo 👁, 09/28/2018

15-inch laptop with no fans. The IdeaPad 330 is one of the most affordable 15-inch laptops out there with a starting price of just $300 USD. Our test unit today is an entry-level configuration equipped with a passively cooled Gemini Lake CPU fit for smooth 4K streaming and playback. Everything else about the notebook, however, is as barebones as it can get.

The Ideapad series is home to Lenovo's budget laptops for users who may not need all the fancy features or sleek designs of flagship Ultrabooks. The Ideapad 330 in particular is the manufacturer's least expensive 15-inch offering costing less than one-third the retail price of a flagship Yoga 920 convertible.

We've already checked out the Ideapad 330 with the Ryzen 3 2200U and Ryzen 7 2700U SoCs. Since this is our third Ideapad 330 with the same chassis design, we recommend checking out our original reviews for more information on the case, keyboard, connectivity features, and more. For this review, we will instead focus on how the new Celeron N4100 performs and other minute differences between this Intel configuration compared to the aforementioned AMD options.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM (IdeaPad 330 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 600, 23.20.16.4936
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 1200 MHz, Single-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 100 PPI, NT156WHM-N42, TN LED, BOE07B4, glossy: no
Storage
BMSC51A3500F4SA, 500 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Gemini Lake SoC - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HP DVD-RW DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 378 x 260 ( = 0.91 x 14.88 x 10.24 in)
Battery
30 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 0.3 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 2 W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Lenovo Utility, Lenovo Vantage, Power2Go, Power2DVD, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.995 kg ( = 70.37 oz / 4.4 pounds), Power Supply: 163 g ( = 5.75 oz / 0.36 pounds)
Price
350 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Connectivity

Port selection and positioning are identical to the Ideapad 330 Ryzen SKUs save for a couple of changes. Firstly, the AC adapter is different and incompatible between the configurations. Secondly, this particular SKU omits USB Type-C entirely in what is likely a cost-saving measure.

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SD Card Reader

The integrated SD reader is slow at only about 26 MB/s with our UHS-II test card. A fully inserted card still protrudes by over half its length. A spring-loaded reader would have been preferable for safer transporting.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.31 MB/s ∼100% +42%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.8 MB/s ∼85% +20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.6 MB/s ∼71%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.5 MB/s ∼65% -8%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38.56 MB/s ∼100% +47%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.39 MB/s ∼92% +34%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.4 MB/s ∼68% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.32 MB/s ∼68%

Communication

The Intel 3165 wireless is capable of theoretical transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps whereas pricier laptops may be equipped with the Intel 8260 for double the maximum speed. We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the test unit.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
647 MBit/s ∼100% +88%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
344 MBit/s ∼53%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
245 MBit/s ∼38% -29%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
105 MBit/s ∼16% -69%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
500 MBit/s ∼100% +68%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
298 MBit/s ∼60%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
280 MBit/s ∼56% -6%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
103 MBit/s ∼21% -65%

Accessories

There are no included extras in the box outside of the AC adapter, warranty information, and Quick Start guide.

Maintenance

The bottom panel can be removed with a Philips screwdriver and sharp edge. RAM, storage, battery, and WLAN can all be serviced with ease if needed. Note that the fan has been omitted on this particular SKU when compared to the more powerful Ryzen SKUs since the N4100 SoC can be passively cooled.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies. Like Dell, Lenovo has extensive optional warranty benefits.

Display

Subpixel array (100 PPI)
Subpixel array (100 PPI)

Whereas our previous Ideapad 330 test units were equipped with 1080p displays, this particular SKU is limited to a native resolution of just 768p. Contrast and colors are about as poor as our 1080p counterparts albeit with two additional drawbacks: the backlight is now dimmer and pulse-width modulation is present. Note that this same BOE NT156WHM-N42 TN panel is also utilized on other budget 15.6-inch laptops like the Asus ASUSPRO P541 and Lenovo ThinkPad E570.

Content appears grainier than we would like due to the low PPI and matte overlay. Subpixels are not very sharp as shown by our microscope snapshot when compared to a glossy panel.

225
cd/m²
212.8
cd/m²
211.3
cd/m²
203.5
cd/m²
212.7
cd/m²
195.7
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
194.2
cd/m²
188.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 225 cd/m² Average: 203.1 cd/m² Minimum: 0.01 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 212.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 409:1 (Black: 0.52 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.75 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 4.92
ΔE Greyscale 10.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
53.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 34.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.14
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
NT156WHM-N42, TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
AU Optronics AUO71EC, TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
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
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
AU Optronics B156HW02, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AUO B156HTN03.8, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-7%
-13%
-27%
-48%
-23%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.4 (18.8, 19.6)
45 (24, 21)
-17%
43.6 (20, 23.6)
-14%
27.2 (13.2, 14)
29%
36.4 (18.4, 18)
5%
38.8 (20, 18.8)
-1%
Response Time Black / White *
13.6 (8.4, 5.2)
13 (8, 5)
4%
15.2 (10, 5.2)
-12%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
-82%
27.2 (15.6, 11.6)
-100%
19.6 (15.6, 4)
-44%
PWM Frequency
892.9 (99)
Screen
-7%
11%
32%
34%
0%
Brightness middle
212.7
202
-5%
220.1
3%
257
21%
265.7
25%
252.2
19%
Brightness
203
194
-4%
210
3%
246
21%
258
27%
251
24%
Brightness Distribution
82
77
-6%
93
13%
89
9%
91
11%
84
2%
Black Level *
0.52
0.49
6%
0.29
44%
0.34
35%
0.31
40%
0.54
-4%
Contrast
409
412
1%
759
86%
756
85%
857
110%
467
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.75
14.24
-63%
11.4
-30%
4.54
48%
6.01
31%
12.36
-41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
23.6
23.76
-1%
25.96
-10%
16
32%
18.87
20%
24.75
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.92
2.95
40%
4.09
17%
3.61
27%
3.94
20%
4.43
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.1
15.46
-53%
12
-19%
4.6
54%
5
50%
12.2
-21%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.55 86%
2.09 105%
2.44 90%
2.7 81%
1.83 120%
CCT
10452 62%
20358 32%
12625 51%
7096 92%
6569 99%
13028 50%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34.1
36
6%
36.5
7%
37.5
10%
42.24
24%
34.6
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
53.6
57
6%
57.5
7%
59.2
10%
60.92
14%
54.5
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-7% / -7%
-1% / 7%
3% / 23%
-7% / 21%
-12% / -3%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is only 54 percent and 34 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively. While disappointing, the results are in line with other budget laptops including the Acer Extensa 2519 and HP Pavilion 15. Flagship Ultrabooks often cover over 90 percent of sRGB for more vivid colors.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further display measurements reveal all the common tropes of a budget panel. Grayscale is poor, color temperature is far too cool, and colors are not very deep or accurate at all. Our calibration attempts improve both grayscale and RGB balance dramatically and we recommend applying our ICC file above to get the most out of the display. Colors remain inaccurate since the panel covers so little of the sRGB standard.

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
13.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 19.6 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. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 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 detected 892.9 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 892.9 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 892.9 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poor as the backlight is too dim to overcome the ambient light. The 180-degree hinge doesn't help very much either because of the narrow TN viewing angles.

Poor outdoor visiblity
Poor outdoor visiblity
Limited TN viewing angles
Limited TN viewing angles

Performance

 

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

CPU performance is very similar to the Pentium Gold 4415Y as found on the Surface Go. Even so, a slow-performing Core i3 CPU like the Core i3-7130U will outperform our Celeron N4100 by almost 75 percent in multi-threaded workloads. The Lenovo Flex 6 with the Celeron N4000 is behind our Ideapad 330 by about 15 percent. The Celeron N4100 walks a comfortable line between the slower Atom and faster Core ix families.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop shows consistent performance throughout with no major throttling issues. This is in contrast to the Ideapad 330 SKU with the Ryzen 5 SoC where we discovered extreme performance throttling when subjected to the same loop test.

See our dedicated page on the quad-core Celeron N4100 for more technical information and benchmarks.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM UHD Graphics 600, N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA: Ø172 (168.92-174.97)
Chuwi GBox CWI560 UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DA4064: Ø186 (184.81-188.15)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Core i7-8550U
168 Points ∼77% +147%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Intel Core i5-8250U
140 Points ∼64% +106%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
126 Points ∼58% +85%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
111 Points ∼51% +63%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
69.8 Points ∼32% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Celeron N4100
68 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Flex 6-11IGM
Intel Celeron N4000
65 Points ∼30% -4%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
65 Points ∼30% -4%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710
41 Points ∼19% -40%
Fujitsu Stylistic V535
Intel Atom Z3795
38 Points ∼17% -44%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Intel Core i7-8550U
655 Points ∼15% +302%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
Intel Core i5-8250U
557 Points ∼13% +242%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
510 Points ∼12% +213%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
284 Points ∼6% +74%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
164 Points ∼4% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel Celeron N4100
163 Points ∼4%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
161 (min: 150.45, max: 161.13) Points ∼4% -1%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel Pentium N3710
149 Points ∼3% -9%
Lenovo Flex 6-11IGM
Intel Celeron N4000
138 Points ∼3% -15%
Fujitsu Stylistic V535
Intel Atom Z3795
118 Points ∼3% -28%
Chuwi Hi10 Pro
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
85 Points ∼2% -48%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
68 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
163 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
6.47 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are just slightly above the Chuwi LapBook SE since they both share the same processor. Unsurprisingly, systems with more popular Core i5 or i7 Kaby Lake CPUs significantly outscore our Lenovo. Navigating through Windows and launching applications are noticeably slower than on a typical Ultrabook. Expect a performance level just slightly higher than an Atom-powered laptop.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10 - Score
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
3250 Points ∼42% +99%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4269, n=98)
3134 Points ∼40% +92%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
2881 Points ∼37% +77%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
2801 Points ∼36% +72%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
1630 Points ∼21%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
1502 Points ∼19% -8%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1090 Points ∼14% -33%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
GeForce MX130, 8550U, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3704 Points ∼61% +98%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
3675 Points ∼60% +96%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
Vega 8, 2500U, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
3049 Points ∼50% +63%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=355)
3009 Points ∼49% +61%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, BMSC51A3500F4SA
1872 Points ∼31%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1794 Points ∼29% -4%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1872 points
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Storage Devices

Two internal storage bays are available: 2.5-inch SATA III and M.2 PCIe. Our unit is equipped with a single 500 GB SSD that HWiNFO recognizes as BMSC51A3500F4SA. An online search reveals no details about this drive, but benchmarks show transfer rates that are typical of a SATA III SSD.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5
CDM 5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
BMSC51A3500F4SA
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
64 GB eMMC Flash
AS SSD
314%
19%
127%
-50%
Copy Game MB/s
410.21
1047.01
155%
262.37
-36%
465.46
13%
76.48
-81%
Copy Program MB/s
168.24
438.11
160%
334.05
99%
201.87
20%
44.34
-74%
Copy ISO MB/s
441.19
1286.92
192%
434.45
-2%
789.16
79%
99.05
-78%
Score Total
660
4225
540%
752
14%
1623
146%
225
-66%
Score Write
313
1709
446%
295
-6%
581
86%
92
-71%
Score Read
227
1665
633%
296
30%
704
210%
88
-61%
Access Time Write *
0.355
0.143
60%
0.08
77%
0.045
87%
0.233
34%
Access Time Read *
0.111
0.043
61%
0.102
8%
0.069
38%
0.151
-36%
4K-64 Write
217.81
1486.2
582%
203.63
-7%
359.68
65%
44.48
-80%
4K-64 Read
168.16
1455.07
765%
228.53
36%
448.41
167%
40.27
-76%
4K Write
52.11
81.93
57%
45.41
-13%
83.87
61%
35.07
-33%
4K Read
14.99
52.95
253%
23.4
56%
45.31
202%
18.29
22%
Seq Write
426.15
1411.48
231%
459.6
8%
1372.98
222%
126.65
-70%
Seq Read
440.85
1567.26
256%
441.59
0%
2104.49
377%
289.84
-34%

* ... smaller is better

BMSC51A3500F4SA
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 549.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 478.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 130.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 106.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 429.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 385.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 8.937 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 66.09 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark 11
3DMark 11

Graphics performance is about 13 percent slower than the average laptop in our database with the same UHD Graphics 600 GPU. In fact, raw performance is not any faster than the last generation HD Graphics 500. The results shouldn't be an issue for users who simply want a system for streaming or browsing. If more graphics power is needed, then the Lenovo V330 with the UHD Graphics 620 can be an alternative option.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 600 for more information.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
4192 Points ∼23% +882%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2756 Points ∼15% +545%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
1915 Points ∼11% +348%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 7130U
1509 Points ∼8% +253%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
1134 Points ∼6% +166%
Average of class Office
  (169 - 4566, n=602)
1127 Points ∼6% +164%
Trekstor Primebook C11
Intel HD Graphics 500, N3350
558 Points ∼3% +31%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (427 - 654, n=8)
534 Points ∼3% +25%
Xploretech XSLATE L10
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
483 Points ∼3% +13%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710
466 Points ∼3% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
427 Points ∼2%
Fujitsu Stylistic V535
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3795
196 Points ∼1% -54%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
4501 Points ∼9% +874%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2802 Points ∼5% +506%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
2794 Points ∼5% +505%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 7130U
1542 Points ∼3% +234%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
1257 Points ∼2% +172%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=603)
1222 Points ∼2% +165%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (462 - 625, n=8)
541 Points ∼1% +17%
Trekstor Primebook C11
Intel HD Graphics 500, N3350
534 Points ∼1% +16%
Xploretech XSLATE L10
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
520 Points ∼1% +13%
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710
492 Points ∼1% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
462 Points ∼1%
Fujitsu Stylistic V535
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3795
191 Points ∼0% -59%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
3592 Points ∼9%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2322 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
1757 Points ∼4%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 7130U
1055 Points ∼3%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=430)
941 Points ∼2%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
819 Points ∼2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (448 - 484, n=2)
466 Points ∼1%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
19132 Points ∼10%
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
12406 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, PRO 2500U
10370 Points ∼6%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 7130U
8551 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
6602 Points ∼4%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=474)
6562 Points ∼4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (2826 - 3869, n=3)
3403 Points ∼2%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Average of class Office
  (8473 - 86732, n=113)
39528 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
35452 Points ∼5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (11944 - 16594, n=2)
14269 Points ∼2%
3DMark 11 Performance
517 points
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Stress Test

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling issues. When subjected to Prime95 load, the CPU can be observed running at 2.3 GHz for the first few seconds before dropping to a steady 1.4 GHz to 1.5 GHz range. Since the base clock rate of the N4100 CPU is 1.1 GHz, the Ideapad 330 is able to maintain a Turbo Boost clock rate of about +300 MHz at a steady core temperature of 54 C. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will raise the core temperature to a steady 59 C.

Running on batteries will not throttle performance. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores that are within just 1 percent of the scores when running on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime 95 stress (first few minutes)
Prime 95 stress (first few minutes)
Prime 95 stress (after 20 minutes)
Prime 95 stress (after 20 minutes)
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 40
Prime95 Stress 1.5 -- 54
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.3 100 59

Emissions

System Noise

Unlike the other Ideapad 330 SKUs with Ryzen SoCs, this Gemini Lake configuration omits the system fan for a completely silent experience. We can notice some very slight electronic noise that is essentially inaudible when sitting at a normal distance. 

Temperature

Surface temperatures are always warmer on the left half of the notebook compared to the right half due to the positioning of the CPU and heat pipes underneath. When under very high loads, one side of the keyboard can be up to 8 degrees warmer than the other. This is thankfully not a huge issue with low-power systems and we never found it uncomfortable to use. Overall temperatures are very similar to the Ideapad 330 SKU with the faster Ryzen 5 SoC.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 31.6 °C
89 F
32.4 °C
90 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
33.8 °C
93 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
28.4 °C
83 F
24.8 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Average: 29.1 °C = 84 F
25 °C
77 F
5.4 °C
42 F
35 °C
95 F
25.4 °C
78 F
36.2 °C
97 F
40.2 °C
104 F
26 °C
79 F
29 °C
84 F
31.2 °C
88 F
Maximum: 40.2 °C = 104 F
Average: 28.2 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  27 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.1 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30 °C / 86 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-1.7 °C / -3.1 F).

Speakers

 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.139.82531.936.93133.133.5403234.45031.435.36330.931.28030.330.810029.930.412528.629.11602831.120027.240.725026.553.731525.259.940025.456.450025.154.96302463.880023.666.4100023.562.2125023.667.7160023.369.8200023.168.4250023.166.231502368.6400023.163.550002364.1630023.160.280002358.81000022.969.61250022.9701600022.860.8SPL35.678.4N2.541.9median 23.5median 62.2Delta1.98.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGMApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69.95 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 34% 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, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
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 the 20s mark. Note that consumption is highest for the first few seconds before dropping due to unsustainable maximum Turbo Boost
Prime95 initiated at the 20s mark. Note that consumption is highest for the first few seconds before dropping due to unsustainable maximum Turbo Boost

The system consumes an average of just over 13 W when under maximum load. At its peak, we are able to record 18 W for very short periods when Turbo Boost is at its highest potential. In comparison, the Ideapad 330 equipped with the Ryzen 2500U can consume over 39 W when subjected to similar loads. The Gemini Lake platform is proving to be very power efficient even when up against tablets like the Microsoft Surface Go.

The included 45 W power adapter is small at just ~6.3 x 6.3 x 2.8 cm.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.14 / 0.23 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3 / 5.7 / 7.5 Watt
Load midlight 12.6 / 13.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, BMSC51A3500F4SA, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba MQ04ABF100, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1800x1200, 10
Lenovo V330-15IKB
7130U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
2500U, Vega 8, SK Hynix Canvas SC311 256GB HFS256G32TNF, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-30%
-82%
-19%
-59%
-118%
Idle Minimum *
3
5
-67%
5.6
-87%
2.88
4%
3.2
-7%
7.6
-153%
Idle Average *
5.7
6.9
-21%
7.1
-25%
4.8
16%
6.7
-18%
10.6
-86%
Idle Maximum *
7.5
7.8
-4%
7.9
-5%
7.5
-0%
7.1
5%
11.8
-57%
Load Average *
12.6
14.4
-14%
32.8
-160%
16.9
-34%
29.6
-135%
24.1
-91%
Load Maximum *
13.1
18.7
-43%
30.5
-133%
23.8
-82%
31.5
-140%
39.4
-201%
Witcher 3 ultra *
30.3

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Internal battery capacity is actually slightly smaller than on the AMD Ideapad 330 (30 Wh vs. 35 Wh). Despite this, runtimes are still longer since the N4100 requires just a fraction of the power of a Ryzen SoC. Expect about 5.5 hours of constant WLAN use from the system.

Charging from near empty to full capacity takes just over 2 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 28min
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 30 Wh
Acer Extensa 2519-P35U
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell),  Wh
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR 81D2005CUS
2500U, Vega 8, 35 Wh
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 28 Wh
Lenovo V330-15IKB
7130U, UHD Graphics 620, 30 Wh
Battery Runtime
-50%
28%
-28%
37%
-16%
Reader / Idle
722
771
WiFi v1.3
328
164
-50%
419
28%
237
-28%
448
37%
275
-16%
Load
134
180

Pros

+ upgradeable RAM and storage
+ full performance on batteries
+ no major throttling issues
+ optical drive
+ inexpensive
+ fanless

Cons

- poorly calibrated display out of the box
- pulse-width modulation
- no USB Type-C

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM 81D1. Test model provided by CUKUSA.com
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM 81D1. Test model provided by CUKUSA.com

The Celeron Ideapad 330 is a bit more than just a processor swap when compared to the Ryzen Ideapad 330. USB Type-C is missing, there is no system fan, and the battery is smaller. Our Celeron configuration is about 70 percent and 80 percent slower in raw CPU and GPU power, respectively, than the Ryzen 5 configuration.

The very low-power Intel CPU brings a couple of noteworthy advantages over the Ryzen option. Namely, the system is completely silent and can run for almost two hours longer. For streaming, browsing, and word processing, the Intel Ideapad 330 is adequate if not just on the fence. We recommend upgrading to the 1080p display if possible as the 768p panel is not pleasant to look at it for video or work.

Acceptable for silent browsing, word processing, and outputting 4K 30 FPS video. There are numerous cut corners that we hope future iterations will address such as USB Type-C charging, a very poor 768p panel, and the lack of a convenient USB port along the right edge.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM - 09/28/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
71%
Pointing Device
44%
Connectivity
40 / 80 → 50%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 92%
Battery
85%
Display
73%
Games Performance
47 / 68 → 69%
Application Performance
55 / 92 → 59%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
55%
Camera
32 / 85 → 37%
Average
64%
73%
Office - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-09-28 (Update: 2018-09-28)
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.