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Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330S, 330: Which is right for you?

There’s a GadgetMatch for all

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Lenovo has a fairly rich selection of IdeaPad laptops, from large powerhouses to more compact travel companions. The naming scheme can get confusing, however, and each model has its own strengths and weaknesses.

For this review, we’re looking at three of Lenovo’s newest models: the IdeaPad 530S, 330S, and 330. To get more diverse opinions, we employed three different users: content creator Dan, visual producer MJ, and editor Marvin, respectively.

Which IdeaPad is your GadgetMatch? Let’s see what our three subjects have to say.

Lenovo IdeaPad 530S — Dan

The IdeaPad 530S is well-specced and has the best build among the bunch. The laptop’s body has a polished aluminum finish, and I’m loving Lenovo’s new approach to design. The lid of the laptop is understated with just the Lenovo logo on the side.

That’s not the only premium aspect of the laptop’s design. It also has an IPS display that measures 14 inches diagonally with a Full HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Nothing sounds fancy about the screen’s specs, but it’s got thin bezels. It’s not as edge-to-edge as Dell’s XPS, but at least Lenovo placed the webcam where it should be. Although, this laptop’s webcam quality isn’t that great either.

I used the IdeaPad 530S primarily for writing and working on the go. So, I appreciated the laptop’s smaller dimensions compared to other 14-inch laptops in the market. It’s portable enough to fit inside most backpacks, plus it doesn’t take up so much space on a coffee table. The typing experience is generally okay, but I find the key travel a bit shorter than my old IdeaPad notebook. The trackpad, on the other hand, works great.

The configuration I have has an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor paired with 4GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. It even has NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics. This specs combination is more than enough for everyday tasks and light gaming. The notebook’s memory should be upgraded to at least 8GB, though, to avoid hiccups.

Another good aspect of midrange notebooks is the selection of ports. The I/O on the IdeaPad 530S includes an HDMI port, two USB-A, USB-C, audio jack, and an SD card reader.

I usually get around six to seven hours of battery life with this one, depending on what I’m working on. A full charge using the included 65W charging brick takes about two hours and a half. Not the best battery life and charging time around, but they’re not that bad either.

The IdeaPad 530S is an easy choice for those looking for a well-balanced notebook that doesn’t cost much. Just be sure to upgrade the memory immediately to avoid any lag.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S — MJ

As an artist, the most important thing for me when looking for a laptop is its style and how it handles multimedia work. So when the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S arrived, I was a bit excited.

The IdeaPad 330S comes in platinum gray and a smooth, polished aluminum cover that made me feel like I’m using a premium laptop. It has a responsive touchpad and soft keyboard so I didn’t have to rely on a mouse to get work done. It also has thinner bezels, and therefore, a bigger screen to enjoy.

The IdeaPad 330S has a 15.6-inch FHD IPS panel, which means it has better color accuracy and wider viewing angles, perfect for all my multimedia work. It also has built-in Dolby Audio, which provides clear sound while watching videos online.

Speaking of portability, this laptop weighs 2.6kg — a bit heavy for a tiny build like mine. Its bigger size means it needs a backpack that can carry a 15-inch laptop. Since I used to own a 15-inch laptop back in college, a laptop this big is no problem. What I’m more concerned about is getting my work done.

Because I handle lots of creative tasks, my laptop consumed battery faster than with more average users. Surprisingly, the IdeaPad 330S didn’t disappoint, lasting at least four to five hours with constant use of Adobe Photoshop and other creative software.

The only thing I didn’t like about this laptop was its ridiculously slow load times. It’s packed with Intel’s 8th-generation Core i7-8550U, but runs on 4GB of memory and 2TB of HDD storage. Boot up was slow, and I could count up to eight seconds before my browser loaded. Most of the time, it couldn’t handle multiple tabs at once and the browser ended up not responding.

The IdeaPad 330S could’ve become a complete powerhouse if not for the sluggish user experience. It has the premium look that everyone wants, and its screen and audio are made specifically for entertainment. This laptop is ideal for those who need it for leisure and entertainment, because that is where it’s great at.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 — Marvin

This model is clearly the least attractive of the three with its all-plastic body and unsightly bezels. And even though the port selection is mostly complete — two USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, SD card reader, Ethernet — the body’s thickness (22.9mm) and heft (2.2kg) mean I need a larger backpack to carry it in.

On paper, the specs are alright: Intel’s 8th-generation Core i5-8300H, 4GB of RAM, 1TB HDD storage, and dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip. While the CPU and GPU combo can handle demanding tasks, the low amount of memory and slow hard disk mean startup can be slow for both the machine and apps.

I’d say the best part of this laptop is its keyboard, which is vital for any full-time editor. Like most Lenovo notebooks, the keys are well-spaced and have a bottom curve to make them easier to hit. It also has evenly distributed backlighting and a decent trackpad to complement it. I just wish the power button wasn’t placed so close to the keyboard itself, resulting in accidental presses.

The worst aspect has to be the display quality. Even though the screen is 15.6 inches in size and 1080p in resolution, its TN panel offers poor color reproduction and even worse viewing angles. This isn’t the type of laptop I’d use for watching online shows or presenting to a group of people surrounding the display.

On the brighter side, the speakers can get loud, albeit with a little distortion while at max power. I also found the battery life above-average with over six hours of balanced usage on a single charge, and the unit reaches a hundred percent quickly using the bundled charger.

The IdeaPad 330 is definitely the weakest of the three notebooks reviewed here, and is best suited for those who want less flare and more traditional features, such as the older ports, top-mounted webcam, and reliable battery life.

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LG gram 2022 lineup in Singapore unveiled

Powerful performance, enhanced convenience

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LG gram

LG Electronics unveiled six new laptops for its 2022 LG gram lineup in Singapore.

The six new models are:

  • gram 17 (17Z90Q)
  • gram 16 (16Z90Q)
  • gram 14 (14Z90Q)
  • gram 2-in-1 (16T90Q)
  • gram 2-in-1 (14T90Q)
  • LG gram (16MQ70)

The premium laptops which come in sleek and ultra-light designs have been upgraded to the latest Gen4 NVMeTM SSD alongside a low-voltage LPDDR5 RAM.

With these changes, the performance of the 2022 models are now about 22 percent better than their 2021 counterparts.

Specifically, the LG gram 16MQ70 also comes with +view, the series’ first-ever portable monitor.

Elevated user experience

The 2022 LG gram laptops feature LG Glance by Mirametrix, an innovative AI-based software that recognizes the user and enhances security and convenience.

Among its capabilities are:

  • locking the screen automatically when the user is away from their laptop
  • alerting the user and blurring content when someone is peeking from their shoulders

All 2022 models also come with face log-in, AI-noise cancelling, and a built-in Full HD webcam for more optimized video conference.

Superb picture quality

The newest range of gram models also come with WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) resolution IPS panels for sharp and vibrant images.

And in addition to 99 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and 16:10 aspect ratio, LG’s IPS displays are also anti-glare.

gram 2-in-1, +view: Versatility

The new 16- and 14-inch LG gram 2-in-1 models enable users to switch between a laptop and tablet in seconds.

They both come pre-installed with drawing and notetaking apps fit for the LG Stylus Pen.

Meanwhile, the LG +view gives users a second screen for the gram 16MQ70 model.

The portable 16-inch monitor with detachable cover connects via USB-C, helping to extend the digital workspace easily to as large as a 32:10 aspect ratio.

Availability

The new LG gram laptops will be available from the end of May 2022 at LG official brand stores on KrisShop, Lazada, and Shopee, as well as the following authorized retailers:

  • Best Denki
  • Challenger
  • COURTS
  • Gain City
  • Harvey Norman

To learn more about LG gram, visit www.lg.com/sg/laptops.

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ASUS reveals newest 2022 Zenbooks, Vivobooks

Exciting lineup of high-performance laptops

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ASUS unveiled its newest lineup of high-performance series laptops during an online launch event called The Pinnacle of Performance.

The all-new 2022 lineup includes laptops from the following series:

  • Zenbook Pro
  • Zenbook S
  • Vivobook Pro
  • Vivobook S
  • Vivobook 13 Slate Artist Edition

Redesigned for performance

The comprehensive lineup of new Zenbook Pro and Zenbook S laptops include standard, convertible, and dual display laptops ranging from 13 to 17.3 inches, all with the latest features like:

  • 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors (depending on model)
  • AMD H-Series 6000 processors (depending on model)
  • Improved cooling with ASUS IceCool, IceCool Plus, and IceCool Pro
  • Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs
  • NVIDIA Studio ecosystem
  • Wide range of performance and productivity innovations

Zenbook Pro 16X OLED: Most powerful yet

Bannering the Zenbook Pro lineup is the Pro 16X OLED which is NVIDIA Studio validated with up to a 12th Gen Core i9 12900H processor and NVIDIA RTX 3060 laptop GPU.

When it comes to visuals, the Pro 16X OLED comes with a 16-inch 4K OLED 60Hz 550-nit Dolby Vision touchscreen that is PANTONE Validated.

Other advanced features include:

  • White-RGB ASUS Intelligent Lighting System
  • ASUS Dial rotary controller

Zenbook Pro, S series additions

Aside from the 16X OLED, ASUS has released the following laptops, which come with virtually the same specs and features:

  • Zenbook Pro 15 Duo OLED (UX582)
  • Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED
  • Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED (UP6502)
  • Zenbook Pro 17 (UM6702)

When it comes to versatility, ASUS has also introduced these units for the Zenbook S series:

  • Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED (UP5302)
  • Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302)

The Zenbook S laptops feature:

  • 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge Dolby Vision touchscreen
  • Up to 19-hour battery life
  • Ultrafast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports
  • Full connectivity, including USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C
  • Up to an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor with AMD Radeon 680M graphics

Vivobook Pro, S series

Aside from the Zenbook Pro and Zenbook S series releases, ASUS’ high-performance yet affordable Vivobook Pro series for creators also take centerstage.

The five new products which feature top-notch specifications are as follows:

  • Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (N7601/M7601)
  • Vivobook Pro 15X OLED (K6501/M6501)
  • Vivobook Pro 14X OLED (N7401)
  • Vivobook Pro 16 OLED (K6602)
  • Vivobook Pro 15 OLED (K6502/K6500/M6500)

For optimum performance and convenience for users, the new Vivobook Pro laptops have:

  • Up to12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900H or AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processors
  • Up to 32 GB of DDR5 RAM
  • Studio-grade NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics
  • Ultrafast 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
  • ASUS IceCool Pro thermal technology
  • OLED display technology with refresh rates of up to 120Hz

Meanwhile, the sleek and stylish Vivobook S series laptops also have four new additions.

Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Artist Editions

Completing ASUS’ vast lineup of 2022 laptops are the Vivobook 13 Slate OLED which come in the Philip Colbert and Steven Harrington Editions.

Both products are designed in collaboration with the two world-renowned artists, and feature themed hardware, exclusive accessories and packaging, and more.

To complete the collection, an optional artist-designed ASUS Marshmallow mouse may also be purchased.

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ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED Unboxing and Hands-on

The dual-screen laptop of your dreams!

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The pinnacle of ASUS’ Zenbook is here!

Meet the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED, the third iteration of the popular Zenbook Pro Duo from 2019 and the follow-up to last year’s non-OLED-touting Zenbook Duo.

If you’ve been a fan of this type of Zenbook, chances are you would love the new version more with its host of significant improvements over the past.

Can’t wait to know more, head over to our Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED unboxing and hands-on in 4K!

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