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Walmart.com has Lenovo Ideapad 330s 15.6" Laptop (Platinum Grey, 81FB00HKUS) on sale for $299. Shipping is free. Thanks delz4stelz

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-Core Processor
  • 15.6" HD IPS LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display
  • 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • 802.11AC Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1 Combo
  • Windows 10
  • Weight 3.96bs
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Lenovo Ideapad 330s 15.6" Laptop: Ryzen 5 2500U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD $299
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Last Edited by SdFat November 28, 2019 at 01:34 PM
This laptop thermal throttles, and doesn't give you the performance you expect from a Ryzen 5 2500U. Mostly impacts gaming and content creation.

Lots of info about a nearly identical laptop from early 2019, including reviews and discussions about thermal throttling https://slickdeals.net/f/12718996-lenovo-ideapad-330s-laptop-ryzen-5-2500u-8gb-ddr4-15-6-1080p-128gb-ssd-vega-8-350-free-s-h?v=1

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Full specs:
http://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/Le...81FB00HKUS

Review:
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Len...017.0.html

Verdict:

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15ARR is a 15.6-inch budget office laptop that may attract people with its stylish design and thin display bezels. The combination of a Ryzen 5 2500U APU and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM is powerful enough for all general Office and internet-based applications too, with the latter offering better multi-core performance than competing Intel chips. The integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU can even handle some light gaming, which is a plus.

Likewise, Lenovo has equipped the 330s-15ARR with a fast NVMe SSD that keeps the system running smoothly. We like the inclusion of a 2.5-inch drive bay too, should you need more storage. You could always upgrade the pre-installed M.2 SSD though. Performing either upgrade requires disassembling the device, but this is a relatively simple task by modern laptop standards.

We are also fans of the keyboard in the 330s-15ARR, which is pleasant to type on thanks to its large and well-spaced out keys. Keyboard backlighting should not be an optional extra in 2019 though, even for laptops at this price.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15ARR is a stylish office laptop that impressed us in many areas. Its dim display, weak Wi-Fi and awful battery life sell short what could have been a good laptop though.

Its matte IPS display scores well for its stable viewing angles and great contrast ratio too. However, its maximum brightness is simply too dim, while its colour space coverages are equally disappointing.

Battery life is one of the weak points of the IdeaPad 330s-15ARR though. Lenovo equips the laptop with only a 30 Wh battery, which was always going to result in short runtimes. Lenovo equips the otherwise identical 15IKB with a 52 Wh battery, so double check which model you are buying before it is too late, as the latter has considerably better battery life than the former.

Likewise, while we like that Lenovo has included a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, we cannot understand why it did not include support for DisplayPort or USB power delivery. The speed of the integrated Wi-Fi module is another sore point too, and one which could have been easily avoided had Lenovo included a faster alternative instead. Overall, the IdeaPad 330S-15ARR is a good laptop blighted by severe shortcomings.
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Super. Another $30 drop. Best low priced mid range laptop on the market right now.

Note: it does not have a backlit keyboard.
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I can confirm adding 16GB of RAM for a total of 20GB RAM maximum is successful. There's an SO-DIMM slot on the board that takes a maximum of 16GB.
The 16GB RAM stick was purchased on Amazon through the links provided at: https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/id...CT13038736

I have also successfully added a Crucial 1TB SSD (2.5 inch slot on the board) through the compatible upgrades page at: https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/co...330s-15arr
(You might also consider an NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD but I only saw 1 NVMe slot for the 256GB drive when I opened it up. Don't forget to clone the main drive first if replacing this or follow instructions from Crucial to use Disk Management to set a drive name if adding a second SSD)

Some tips for people now getting this laptop delivered and starting to use it:

1) Initial Setup: Some people don't like the newest 37 BIOS automatically installed on updates so consider not connecting to WiFi yet on initial setup and read up more on what to do. I connected to WiFi during setup and was forced to use my Microsoft online account vs a local account, but everything worked out fine with the new 37 BIOS when it updated. I installed all updates from Lenovo and Windows and the laptop functions okay. Connect laptop to power supply when to do all updates.

2) Screen: If your screen is dim, increase brightness by pressing the button at F12. The screen is completely dark if brightness is at the minimum. If your screen is yellowish, open up Display Color Calibration and reduce Red hue until it's the brighter color you want. Windows also scales the screen to 125% by default so change the Display scale setting to 100% to get 1920x1080 resolution. Plugging in power supply will make the screen brighter. Windows also has ClearType Text Tuner to make text appear sharper.

3) Sound: If it's not loud enough, open up Dolby Audio app and choose Game or Movie profile.

4) Battery: The battery it comes with is 30WHr Battery and from my usage with max brightness it lasts about 3 hours. Dimming the display or doing less may improve battery life. Alternately, buy the 52.5WHr battery for $56 but you'll need to unscrew the old battery from the board so the price and effort might not be worth it.

5) AMD Radeon Settings: You can access these settings by right-click from the Desktop. Settings that can be changed are Display Vari-Bright, Virtual Super Resolution, GPU Scaling, etc (I'm not seeing much effect but they are there). You can also change Video and Gaming settings, but again, I'm not sure what can improve with the changes.

6) Ryzen Controller: Some people have suggested changing the Ryzen CPU settings from a program from GitLab. I've ran this and tried a few settings - note that it shows error messages on install but does install in the C:\Users\(user)\AppData\Local\ folder. I've ran it for the past 2 days with different settings and seeing mixed results with UserBenchMark and PassMark.
I would not recommend you try this unless you read more elsewhere about it. Performance improvements can be seen but at the risk of overheating (used STAPM Limit 30, STAPM Constant Time 1, PPT Fast Limit 30, PPT Slow Limit 30) (PassMark score did go from 2159 to 3116). Unless you need it for gaming, read up on it more before changing any CPU settings. I consider this laptop a machine to tinker with so I'm more willing to risk it heating up or crashing. If you just need regular use, skip this for now since it does require Windows UAC approval on each startup. If you're willing to take the risk, set the given settings just once and check the performance difference - Ryzen Controller might not need to be run at startup but check once in a while to make sure settings are still applied. (https://gitlab.com/ryzen-controll...-/releases)

You can find what parts this laptop has at: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/gb/e...play/model
I found this YouTube video helpful in seeing the board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFzmeq4XWIk
Search for 330s videos on how to add RAM.

Thank you everyone for posting tips in the past on this thread and other threads. They have been very helpful! Applause
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Super. Another $30 drop. Best low priced mid range laptop on the market right now.

Note: it does not have a backlit keyboard.
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I can't find it. Is this 1080p?
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This seems like a good deal, but what's the general consensus on this? I'd be using it for online classes and maybe Stardew.
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No touch screen, right?
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No touch screen, right?
Correct. Looks like a good deal tho.
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damn, I wish this sale was on last black Friday, I would've bought this $300 vega 8 over the intel's UHD.
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I have the Intel version, and the display (non-touch) sucks.
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No. It's 720p. FHD is 1080p.
Can't tell if you are being sarcastic.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-15 laptop, model number 81FB00HKUS, ships with a IPS LCD w/LED Backlight (Anti-glare) screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FHD) and a brightness level of 250 nits.
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