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Lenovo Chromebook C330 Review |Best Laptop Under $500

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Pros

  • Long battery life;
  • Comfortable keyboard;
  • Affordable price;
  • HDMI port

Cons

  • Dull,
  • low-resolution display;
  • Below-average performance

Verdict

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 comes with a size of 11.6-inch which is also convertible and it lasts all day on a single charge, but the poor thing is its performance isn’t up to the mark.

Introduction

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 comes with a size of 11.6-inch which is also convertible. It has a lot similar to its rivals. its best feature is that, it will give you almost 10 hours of battery life with a single charge and its worst part is the display quality is unimpressive and low resolution.

We do appreciate that it has an HDMI port, It’s is totally unique in this price range, also the comfortable keyboard, but you shouldn’t desire for the swiftest performance from this one.

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Specification

CPU MediaTek MT8173C CPU
Operating System Google Chrome
RAM 4GB
Hard Drive Size 32GB
Hard Drive Type eMMC
Display Size 11.6
Highest Available Resolution 1366 x 768
Native Resolution 1136 x 768
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Model Lenovo Wireless AC (2 x 2)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
Touchpad Size 4.1 x 2.4 inches
Ports (excluding USB) USB Type-C
Ports (excluding USB) USB 3.0
USB Ports 2
Card Slots SD memory reader
Size 11.4 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
Weight 2.82 pounds

Lenovo Chromebook C330 Configuration

We tested the base variant of Lenovo Chromebook C330 which comes with a 32GB internal storage, the only specification that distinguis it from other model.

Both the model of Lenovo Chromebook C330 comes with-

  • 1366 x 768-pixel,
  • 11.6-Inch display,  
  • MediaTek MT8173C CPU and
  • 4GB of RAM.

The premium version of Chromebook C330 will provide you up to 64GB of storage.

Design

It’s all about Plastic! Lenovo Chromebook comes with an off-white which will remind you of a vanilla ice cream. Its stocky, glazing black bezels which is not that much comfortable, will remind you of the ribbon-tape inside old age VHS cassettes.

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The Lenovo Chromebook C330 is comparatively heavier than the Acer Chromebook 11. Its 0.8 inches thick and weighed 2.8 pounds whereas the Acer Chromebook 11 is 0.7 inches and weighed 2.4 pounds.

The Chromebook C330 may appeare a bit cheaper, but its display has no stability issues. Stays in place throughout all four standard convertible modes which are laptop, tablet, stand,  and display).

The panel also rotates effortlessly on its 360-degree grip.

Ports

Chromebook C330’s ports are mostly on its left side. You will see on left-

  • USB Type-C port for charging,
  • HDMI,
  • USB 3.0 and
  • SD memory reader.

On its right side, you will see-

  • headphone jack,
  • security lock slot and
  • buttons for power and volume,

They placed those buttons on the edges of convertibles place so that when you can use it as a tablet, tent or display mode.

It’s a matter of surprise that it comes with an HDMI port at this cheap budget. No other laptop in the market at such a low price is offering an HDMI port right now.

Display

The Lenovo Chromebook C330′s display is good enough as a Chromebook. But it’s not up to the mark. The 1366 x 768 screens are very common among 11.6-inch Chromebooks, and it’s quite a bad side. Almost all the same budget range devices like the Acer Chromebook 11, HP Chromebook 11 G1, and the Dell Chromebook 5190 suffer from these poor resolution screens.

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Lenovo Chromebook C330 generated 75% sRGB color gamut when we did the testing. We can not expect more from this one.

The Chromebook C330 release up to 250 nits of brightness, which slightly cross the 233-nit that is the average category.

The Lenovo Chromebook C330′s touch screen perfectly registered the taps and gestures when navigated the desktop and web. It also perform smooth scrolling.

Keyboard and touchpad

Lenovo Chromebook C330 knows that just because you’ve got a low budget doesn’t mean you will accept to be stuck with a sluggish typing experience.

The keys offer a good clicking experience, we are glad that they use 72 grams of the required actuation force. It comes with 1.2 millimeters vertical travel in the keys, which is a bit low. We expected 1.5 to 2 millimeters.

The  4.1 x 2.4-inch touchpad counts my taps correctly. Web pages can be scrolled down without a laggyness. It also accurately identifies Chrome OS’ 3 finger navigation gestures.

Audio

Lenovo Chromebook C330 can not replace your stereo. While we were listening to some music on the laptop, we enjoyed when it provided enough sound that could fill a medium-size conference room. You may get frustrated because sometimes the laptop crunches the smmothness of a song and also delivers a hollow base.

Performance

The MediaTek MT8173C processor with 4GB of RAM can’t give you a good multitasking experience. We have heard the audio stammered out when we opened an HD video along with five other Chrome tabs.

That low performance converted to an average score of 2,934 on Geekbench’s benchmark, which is below the Dell Chromebook 5190 score.

Considering the price point, it will be unfair to expect high performance from this Lenovo Chromebook C330.

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Battery Life

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 comes with a great battery inside. It’s one of its positive sides if we compare it with its competitors. It can survive a full workday, and it surely better battery life that we expected from a Chromebook.

The Laptop battery lasts almost 9 hours which is more than the Chromebook’s average.

Webcam

The 0.9-megapixel webcam is really poor. The webcam is so vulnerable to lighting that a small change or shift can create wildly varied photos. Our best advice is to have natural light if possible in front of the user and make sure to keep less light behind.

Heat

After we watched 25 minutes of High-resolution video on the notebook, we noticed that our heat gun counted the temperatures on its touchpad which was 76.5 degrees Fahrenheit, G&H keys were at 80 degrees and the underside was almost close to 83 degrees. The good thing is all of those numbers fall under our comfort threshold of 95-degree.

Software

Some Windows laptops still plague bloatware but thanks to Lenovo for not pre-installing bloatware in this device. Other then that, the rest of the pre-installed software is the same as other Chromebooks.

Updates to Chrome OS dispelled its reliabilty on the Chrome Web Store, also accepts Android-app emulation from the Google Play Store. One good news is Linux app support will be available  “out of the box” for Chromebooks soon.

Score

According to our testing and comprehensive review, we are giving a 7.8 out of 10 to this Lenovo Chromebook C330.

Bottom Line

The Lenovo Chromebook C330 provides lots of endurance and the keyboard provides comfortable typing experience. Unfortunately, the performance is quite average and its poor display resolution fails to impress.

This one is basically good for regular office or school/home tasks where not to much power is needed. Besides, this device delivers some amazing features as well in this price range.

Before buying it, please consider all the Pros and Cons that we have mentioned in this review.

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