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Lenovo V330-15IKB (i3-7130U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 05/08/2018

Ultrabay reloaded. The 15.6-incher from Lenovo features a Kaby Lake processor, an SSD, and 8 GB of (dual-channel) RAM. Windows 10 Pro serves as the OS. The battery life fails to impress. However, you can put a secondary battery inside the device.

Lenovo V330-15IKB (V330 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, dual-channel, 23.20.16.4982
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, dual-channel, one RAM slot (occupied), 4 GB soldered-in
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei N156HGA-EAB, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 180 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX20751/2 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone/microphone combo 3.5-mm jack, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.3 x 375 x 253 ( = 0.88 x 14.76 x 9.96 in)
Battery
30 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.5 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink PowerDVD 14, McAfee LiveSafe (trail version), MS Office 365 (trail version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.8 kg ( = 63.49 oz / 3.97 pounds), Power Supply: 288 g ( = 10.16 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
749 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity - Lenovo uses a plastic case

The plastic case of the Lenovo notebook comes in the color scheme "Iron Gray". The upper side of the chassis and the display lid are adorned with a textured pattern that simulates brushed metal. The build quality is in good order. However, the chassis could have been somewhat more rigid: It can be twisted or bent with little force. The laptop does not offer a maintenance hatch. In order to reach the internals, you will have to remove the entire bottom cover.

The optical disk drive of the V330-15IKB can be removed without any tools. To do this, you will have to pull up the slider on the underside of the device. The optical disk drive can be removed after that. Why does Lenovo use such a mechanism? The optical drive slot is intended not only for an optical disk drive but also for a secondary battery. The user manual mentions this battery specifically. Our review device features an appropriate connector for a secondary battery. Nevertheless, at this moment, it is unclear whether such a battery will be available in Germany. At the time of this review, we could not find this battery in either one of the established online stores or in Lenovo’s store.

The DVD drive can be removed after you pull up the slider.
The DVD drive can be removed after you pull up the slider.
In the optical drive slot, a connector for the secondary battery (red arrow) sits next to the connector for the optical disk drive (green arrow).
In the optical drive slot, a connector for the secondary battery (red arrow) sits next to the connector for the optical disk drive (green arrow).

The laptop offers plenty of ports. All in all, the Lenovo V330-15IKB features four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (two Type-A ports, two Type-C ports). The device can be charged via one of the two USB Type-C ports. There are two ports for video-output (VGA, HDMI).

The SD card reader offers mediocre speeds. When copying large chunks of data, a transfer rate of 26.3 MB/s was achieved. When copying 250 JPG image files (each approximately 5 MB in size), we observed an average speed of 21.1 MB/s. We test the SD card reader with the help of a reference SD card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II). 

The Wi-Fi module comes from Intel (Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265). Besides the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, it also supports the fast AC standard. The data transfer speeds that we measured under the optimal conditions (no other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in close proximity, a short distance between the notebook and the server PC) are quite average.

Lenovo has equipped the laptop with a web-cam cover.

Size Comparison

Ports

Right side: SD card reader, headphone/microphone combo jack, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, DVD burner, Kensington lock
Right side: SD card reader, headphone/microphone combo jack, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, DVD burner, Kensington lock
Left side: DC power socket, VGA-out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI-out, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-A port, two Type-C ports)
Left side: DC power socket, VGA-out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI-out, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type-A port, two Type-C ports)
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=215)
62.2 MB/s ∼100% +193%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼42% +23%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼39% +14%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.2 MB/s ∼36% +5%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
21.2 MB/s ∼34%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=195)
80.1 MB/s ∼100% +205%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.9 MB/s ∼37% +14%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.3 MB/s ∼33% 0%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.3 MB/s ∼33%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23 MB/s ∼29% -13%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
547 MBit/s ∼100% +78%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
338 MBit/s ∼62% +10%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
307 MBit/s ∼56%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
299 MBit/s ∼55% -3%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
681 MBit/s ∼100% +276%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
350 MBit/s ∼51% +93%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
334 MBit/s ∼49% +85%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
181 MBit/s ∼27%

Input Devices - The V330-15IKB does not offer a keyboard backlight

Lenovo has equipped the V330-15IKB with an unlit chiclet-style keyboard. A numeric pad is provided. The flat, slightly rough keys have a short travel distance and a clear actuation point. We are pleased with the resistance of the keys. During typing, the keyboard exhibits some flex. However, this does not prove to be annoying. All in all, Lenovo delivers a good keyboard here, although a keyboard backlight is missed.

The multitouch-enabled ClickPad takes up an area of some 10.5 x 7.3 cm (4.1 x 2.9 in). Therefore, it offers enough space for gesture controls. The various gestures can be enabled or disabled in the configurations menu of the pad. The smooth surface of the pad makes finger-gliding easy. The ClickPad has a short travel distance and a clear actuation point. 

Input devices
Input devices

Display - The screen of the Lenovo laptop fails to inspire enthusiasm

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement

The matte 15.6-inch display of the V330-15IKB operates with a native resolution of 1920x1080. The brightness (199.8 cd/m²) and the contrast ratio (511:1) are too low.

The display evinces PWM flickering at all brightness levels. It flickers with a frequency of 25000 Hz. Because of such a high frequency, even susceptible individuals should not experience any adverse effects like headaches and eyestrain. 

213
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
183
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 230 cd/m² Average: 199.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 230 cd/m²
Contrast: 511:1 (Black: 0.45 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.84 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 12.22 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.12
Lenovo V330-15IKB
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Vostro 15 3568
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-15%
-12%
25%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40 (21, 19)
42 (23, 19)
-5%
45 (27, 18)
-13%
39 (21, 18)
2%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (20, 6)
13 (8, 5)
50%
32 (18, 14)
-23%
11 (7, 4)
58%
PWM Frequency
25000
2500 (90)
-90%
25000 (80)
0%
28410 (90)
14%
Screen
-1%
24%
-3%
Brightness middle
230
184
-20%
215
-7%
195
-15%
Brightness
200
178
-11%
198
-1%
195
-2%
Brightness Distribution
77
80
4%
78
1%
89
16%
Black Level *
0.45
0.38
16%
0.32
29%
0.44
2%
Contrast
511
484
-5%
672
32%
443
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.84
11.29
5%
5.15
57%
12.23
-3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.47
19.48
5%
10.89
47%
20.85
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.22
12.43
-2%
4.25
65%
13.39
-10%
Gamma
2.12 113%
2.34 103%
2.61 92%
2.5 96%
CCT
13073 50%
13823 47%
6603 98%
15759 41%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
37
-3%
40
5%
38
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
59
0%
63
7%
59
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -4%
6% / 15%
11% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

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 25000 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 25000 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 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Right out of the box, the color reproduction fails to impress. Our measuring device registered a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 11.84. Therefore, it is far away from the desired value (DeltaE less than 3). Moreover, the display suffers from a distinct bluish cast. 

CalMAN - Colors
CalMAN - Colors
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 19 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. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Lenovo has equipped the 15.6-incher with a TN panel with poor viewing angles. Therefore, the screen content cannot be read from every position. Outdoors, the laptop can only be used when the sun does not shine too brightly.

The V330-15IKB outdoors (the sky is overcast).
The V330-15IKB outdoors (the sky is overcast).

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Performance - The Lenovo notebook reaches its full potential

With the V330-15IKB, Lenovo has a 15.6-inch office notebook in its product range, which is oriented towards private and professional users. It offers enough performance for office and Internet applications. Our review device can be had for anywhere between 560 and 600 Euros ($667-714). Therefore, it presents the lowest-priced model at the time of this review. Other hardware configurations are also available.

HWinfo
HWinfo
Intel XTU
Intel XTU

Processor

The Lenovo V330-15IKB is powered by Intel’s Core i3-7130U. It is a dual-core ULV processor with a TDP of 15 watts. The CPU has a base frequency of 2.7 GHz. There is no Turbo boost functionality. Hyper-Threading is supported (this allows each core to process two threads at the same time). The CPU operates at full speed in our benchmarks both when the laptop is running on battery power and when it is plugged in.

We check if the Turbo boost can be used over an extended period of time by running the Cinebench multi-core benchmark in a continuous loop for 30 minutes. The results of the 15.6-incher stay consistently on the same level. There are no drops in performance to report.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7173
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9828
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4338
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
34.01 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.06 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.29 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.52 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
284 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
111 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼62% +16%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼62% +15%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
111 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
111 Points ∼54% 0%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=456)
107 Points ∼52% -4%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
100 Points ∼48% -10%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
90 Points ∼43% -19%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
83 Points ∼40% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel Core i5-7200U
328 Points ∼11% +15%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
Intel Core i5-7200U
321 Points ∼10% +13%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=460)
311 Points ∼10% +10%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
284 Points ∼9%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
284 Points ∼9% 0%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
260 Points ∼8% -8%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
257 Points ∼8% -10%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
213 Points ∼7% -25%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
4338 Points ∼40%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
4338 Points ∼40% 0%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
3877 Points ∼36% -11%
Average of class Office
  (667 - 8356, n=656)
3284 Points ∼30% -24%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
3203 Points ∼30% -26%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
9828 Points ∼20%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
9828 Points ∼20% 0%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
8797 Points ∼18% -10%
Average of class Office
  (1242 - 32009, n=644)
7650 Points ∼15% -22%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
7293 Points ∼15% -26%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
6047 Points ∼19%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
6047 Points ∼19% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1016 - 13931, n=173)
5447 Points ∼17% -10%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
5136 Points ∼16% -15%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
4384 Points ∼14% -28%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
2829 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
2829 Points ∼61% 0%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
2340 Points ∼50% -17%
Average of class Office
  (595 - 4020, n=173)
2248 Points ∼48% -21%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
2018 Points ∼43% -29%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1834 - 15294, n=54)
6894 Points ∼25% +2%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
6782 Points ∼25%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
6782 Points ∼25% 0%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
5636 Points ∼20% -17%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
4805 Points ∼17% -29%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
3473 Points ∼60%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
3473 Points ∼60% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1087 - 4801, n=54)
3161 Points ∼55% -9%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
2947 Points ∼51% -15%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
2516 Points ∼44% -28%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Office
  (1736 - 16294, n=37)
7683 Points ∼21% +13%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
6792 Points ∼19%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
6792 Points ∼19% 0%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
5895 Points ∼16% -13%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
4975 Points ∼14% -27%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
3497 Points ∼59%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
3497 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1084 - 4997, n=37)
3302 Points ∼56% -6%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U
3016 Points ∼51% -14%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U
2575 Points ∼43% -26%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Office
  (36.7 - 268, n=192)
176 Points ∼53% +11%
Asus X510UA-BR305T
Intel Core i3-7100U (Edge 40)
164.22 Points ∼49% +4%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U (Edge 41)
158.09 Points ∼47%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U
 
158 Points ∼47% 0%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel Core i3-6006U (Edge 41)
120.48 Points ∼36% -24%
Fujitsu Lifebook E557
Intel Core i3-7100U
114.15 Points ∼34% -28%

System Performance

The laptop offers more than enough performance for such usage scenarios as office work and Internet browsing. The very good results in the PCMark benchmarks confirm this impression. An increase in overall performance is not possible. Acer has already exhausted all the possibilities.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 7 Score
5071 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3378 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3989 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4328 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3715 Points ∼61% +10%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3417 Points ∼56% +1%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 7130U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3378 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i3-7130U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
3378 Points ∼55% 0%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=334)
2998 Points ∼49% -11%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
2845 Points ∼47% -16%

Storage Devices

An NVMe SSD from Samsung serves as the system drive. This model comes in the M.2-2280 form factor and offers 256 GB of storage space. Right out of the box, only 180 GB is available to the user. The rest of the storage space is occupied by the Windows installation files and the recovery partition. NVMe SSDs achieve significantly faster transfer speeds than SATA-III models, because they are connected via PCI Express 3.0 x4. Therefore, the built-in SSD provides superb data transfer rates.

There is an empty SATA drive bay inside the device that can be used for a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD.

An NVMe SSD is included.
An NVMe SSD is included.
Additionally, a 2.5-inch drive can also be installed.
Additionally, a 2.5-inch drive can also be installed.
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 1303 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1279 MB/s
512K Read: 814.7 MB/s
512K Write: 825.6 MB/s
4K Read: 50.08 MB/s
4K Write: 100.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 252.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 178.5 MB/s
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Dell Vostro 15 3568
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Average Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-28%
-29%
-48%
30%
-65%
Write 4k QD32
178.5
253.1
42%
262
47%
147.1
-18%
391 (94.9 - 621, n=39)
119%
108 (0.154 - 706, n=634)
-39%
Read 4k QD32
252.2
286.5
14%
359.7
43%
242.4
-4%
430 (132 - 650, n=39)
70%
137 (0.015 - 652, n=634)
-46%
Write 4k
100.7
76.89
-24%
84.2
-16%
68.66
-32%
129 (46.6 - 177, n=39)
28%
39.9 (0.009 - 197, n=646)
-60%
Read 4k
50.08
37.68
-25%
32.59
-35%
26.01
-48%
53.4 (29.8 - 62.6, n=39)
7%
15 (0.218 - 148, n=646)
-70%
Write 512
825.6
390.7
-53%
260.9
-68%
183.7
-78%
781 (338 - 890, n=39)
-5%
189 (13.7 - 1863, n=643)
-77%
Read 512
814.7
426.4
-48%
328.5
-60%
359.6
-56%
896 (406 - 1295, n=39)
10%
229 (16.3 - 1799, n=643)
-72%
Write Seq
1279
455
-64%
260.1
-80%
179.7
-86%
1125 (341 - 1409, n=39)
-12%
257 (21.1 - 1995, n=646)
-80%
Read Seq
1303
488
-63%
498.1
-62%
469.3
-64%
1622 (800 - 2196, n=39)
24%
362 (37.1 - 2860, n=646)
-72%

Graphics Card

Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 is responsible for image rendering. It supports DirectX 12 and runs at up to 1000 MHz. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are on the normal level for this kind of GPU. Because the RAM runs in dual-channel mode, the GPU is better utilized. As a result, it performs better than laptops with RAM that runs in single-channel mode.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 06 Standard
9886 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1692 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6139 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
958 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1915, n=83)
1650 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-7130U
1542 Points ∼93%
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1530 Points ∼93% -1%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1424 Points ∼86% -8%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i3-6006U
1220 Points ∼74% -21%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=581)
1195 Points ∼72% -23%

Gaming Performance

The GPU of the V330-15IKB can only achieve playable frame rates in games that have low system requirements. This includes titles like Rocket League and Overwatch. However, one will have to be content with running these games at low resolutions and with low graphical settings. Triple-A titles that have high system requirements like Far Cry 5 are not playable at all. Thanks to the dual-channel-enabled RAM, the Lenovo V330-15IKB can achieve better frame rates than devices with RAM that runs in single-channel mode.

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BioShock Infinite (2013) 58.729.525.58.8fps

Emissions & Energy Management - Lenovo skimps when it comes to the battery capacity

System Noise

We expect to hear little to no noise from an office device like the V330-15IKB. The laptop does not disappoint in this regard. When idle, the fan often stands still, which leads to silent operation. The fan is completely inaudible when idle. Neither is it especially loud under full load. During our stress test, we measured a sound pressure level of 33 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
Load
33.1 / 33 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: 30 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.731.730.732.72531.430.933.831.43130.630.534.530.64031.431.329.831.4503737.129.3376328.227.826.328.28027.125.726.927.110025.826.125.925.812524.824.624.624.816023.424.524.123.420022.922.722.722.925022.622.521.322.631522.623.120.522.640021.922.120.821.950020.820.719.320.863020.620.418.420.680020.520.31820.5100022.923.317.322.9125022.322.417.122.3160020.820.617.220.8200021.921.917.221.9250024.624.117.124.6315018.918.917.318.9400019.419.317.519.4500018.518.317.618.5630018.21817.818.2800018.218.117.818.21000018.218.117.718.21250018.418.117.618.41600020.518.517.820.5SPL33.1333033.1N1.61.61.21.6median 20.8Lenovo V330-15IKBmedian 20.7median 17.8median 20.8Delta1.92.11.71.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The V330-15IKB during the stress test.
The V330-15IKB during the stress test.

The Lenovo V330-15IKB completes our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running continuously for at least one hour) with similar results, both when plugged in and when running on battery power. The processor operates at full power for about 4 to 5 minutes. After that, it throttles down to 1.2 to 1.4 GHz. The core clock of the GPU fluctuates between 800 and 1000 MHz.

The laptop does not become excessively hot. During the stress test, the temperatures at all measurement points stay significantly below the 40 °C (104 °F) mark.

Max. Load
 36 °C
97 F
33.7 °C
93 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 35 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
25.4 °C
78 F
 
 26.4 °C
80 F
25.3 °C
78 F
24.3 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 36 °C = 97 F
Average: 29.7 °C = 85 F
24.9 °C
77 F
34 °C
93 F
34.4 °C
94 F
24.2 °C
76 F
33.1 °C
92 F
35.3 °C
96 F
23.3 °C
74 F
33.7 °C
93 F
25.6 °C
78 F
Maximum: 35.3 °C = 96 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Room Temperature 23.6 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
Heat distribution on the upper side (under load)
Heat distribution on the upper side (under load)
Heat distribution on the underside (under load)
Heat distribution on the underside (under load)
Heat distribution on the upper side (at idle)
Heat distribution on the upper side (at idle)
Heat distribution on the underside (at idle)
Heat distribution on the underside (at idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers find their place at the front edge of the underside. They produce an “okay” sound that completely lacks bass. For a better listening experience, we recommend using external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.130.733.12529.633.829.63132.334.532.3402929.8295031.929.331.96327.926.327.98027.626.927.610028.625.928.612535.624.635.616042.224.142.220043.722.743.72505321.35331557.920.557.94005920.8595005919.35963066.218.466.280072.21872.2100075.117.375.1125070.917.170.9160068.917.268.9200070.317.270.3250070.317.170.3315071.217.371.2400069.417.569.4500062.417.662.463005617.856800055.217.855.21000056.517.756.51250057.517.657.51600061.217.861.2SPL81.33081.3N45.11.245.1median 59Lenovo V330-15IKBmedian 17.8median 59Delta9.91.79.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 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 V330-15IKB audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.07 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 36% 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 Consumption

There are no abnormalities in terms of energy consumption to report. When idle, the laptop draws 7.1 watts. During the stress test, the power draw rises up to 31.5 watts. The rated output of the AC adapter amounts to 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.86 / 1.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.2 / 6.7 / 7.1 Watt
Load midlight 29.6 / 31.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practically oriented Wi-Fi test simulates loads that are consistent with surfing the Internet. The “balanced” power plan is selected, the energy-saving functions are turned off and the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m². The V330-15IKB achieves a battery runtime of 4 hours and 35 minutes - not a superb result. In our Wi-Fi test, we expect to see a battery runtime of at least 5 to 6 hours from a 15.6-inch office notebook. The reason why the 15.6-incher cannot keep up with the competition has to do with the battery: Lenovo uses a 30-Wh model here.

The battery life can be improved. Lenovo offers a secondary battery (39.2 Wh) for the V330-15IKB, which can be installed in the optical drive slot. This can more than double the battery life.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
4h 35min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer TravelMate P2510-M-51ZQ
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
525 min ∼20% +91%
HP 250 G6 2UB93ES
6006U, HD Graphics 520, 41.6 Wh
409 min ∼16% +49%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 964, n=273)
407 min ∼15% +48%
Dell Vostro 15 3568
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 40 Wh
379 min ∼14% +38%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
7130U, UHD Graphics 620, 30 Wh
275 min ∼10%

Pros

+ Full HD screen
+ SSD
+ unoccupied SATA slot
+ quiet operation
+ no overheating
+ two USB Type-C ports
+ battery of the notebook can be charged via a USB Type-C port

Cons

- dim display with poor contrast and viewing angles
- average battery life at best
- one-year warranty

Verdict

The Lenovo V330-15IKB 81AX00FFGE, provided courtesy of: cyberport
The Lenovo V330-15IKB 81AX00FFGE, provided courtesy of: cyberport

The Lenovo V330-15IKB is aimed at both private and professional users. The notebook exhibits all the hallmarks of a work-oriented device: A powerful processor, a fast solid state drive and dual-channel-enabled RAM. Moreover, the laptop does not become hot and operates quietly most of the time.

The Full HD screen fails to impress. Lenovo uses a dim panel with poor viewing angles and contrast here. We expected to see a better display from a work-oriented device such as the Lenovo V330-15IKB.

Lenovo saved on wrong things: A very poor screen and a low-capacity battery significantly lower the attractiveness of the device.

The laptop's keyboard left a positive impression and is suitable for regular office work. The Lenovo V330-15IKB does not feature a keyboard backlight. A one-year warranty deserves criticism. We were expecting a two-year warranty at the very least.

The laptop does not last for very long. Because it comes with a low-capacity battery (30 Wh), it can only achieve a battery runtime of 4 hours and 35 minutes. The secondary battery mentioned in the user manual could significantly improve this result. However, at the present time it is unclear whether this battery will be available in Germany and Austria. How much it will cost is also unknown.

The notebook offers a good selection of ports. Positive: One of the two USB Type-C ports of the Lenovo V330-15IKB can be used for charging the battery (or batteries when the secondary battery is installed).

Lenovo V330-15IKB - 05/01/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
51 / 80 → 64%
Weight
65 / 20-67 → 97%
Battery
79%
Display
76%
Games Performance
58 / 68 → 85%
Application Performance
82 / 92 → 89%
Temperature
89%
Noise
94%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
71%
80%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-05- 8 (Update: 2018-05-11)