If you’re looking for a 14-inch Chromebook laptop then you’ll find plenty to choose from. The 14-inch laptop is one of the most commonly bought laptops, which makes sense because a 14-inch display is perfect for most people.
The Lenovo C330 Chromebook is a great computer, so can the S330 14-inch version offer the same? Let’s take a look now in this full review of the Lenovo S330 Chromebook.
If you're looking for a super cheap Chromebook for internet surfing or word processing then this is ideal. However, if the display quality is important to you then you may want to look elsewhere. The resolution of 1,366 x 768 on a 14-inch display is not great. Also, the TN panel means viewing angles are not that great. It comes with Android Apps but does not support touchscreen, so it makes any apps limited in use. It's a great bargain but you do need to do a lot of compromising.
- Cheap price
The S330 comes in all black, which looks pretty cool and makes it suitable for the business arena. It’s an all-over plastic chassis, which you should not be too concerned about considering the price.
The S330 will appeal to anyone who needs a Chromebook for work. It doesn’t look amazing but at the same time, it does not look pretty bad either. It looks like a laptop that was designed just to get on with the job.
The keyboard works fine and is perfectly acceptable for a Chromebook in this price range. That is the thing to remember here, the S330 is a budget Chromebook, so you need to compromise to some extent.
LENOVO S330 PERFORMANCE
It performs for basic tasks such as word processing and internet surfing. It also supports Android Apps and it can run most of the apps available without too many problems.
It comes with a MediaTek processor capable of speeds up to 2.0 GHz. It’s been designed for the budget market and that means multi-tasking or any other demanding work is out of the question.
If you’re looking for a cheap 14-inch Chromebook laptop for work or school then this may be just right for you. It’s also fine for anyone who just needs a laptop to surf the internet.
MEMORY & STORAGE
It comes with 4GB of RAM, which is more than enough for what you would use this Chromebook for. You’ll easily be able to stream videos, type reports or surf the web without any problems.
The 4GB of RAM available is the maximum you would expect to see from any budget Chromebook. When you consider the S330 price, the amount of RAM available is a bit of a bargain.
The 32GB of storage means you’ll be able to install a few Android Apps without any problems. Storing files locally should also be fine but you should consider trying to use the cloud where possible. You will soon run out of storage if you decide to store all of your files directly onto your Chromebook.
The S330 comes with a 14-inch display and unlike what most websites suggest it does not come with Full HD. This is a real annoyance for me at the moment. The number of websites that have the incorrect spec information for this Chromebook is shocking. Even the Lenovo website suggests you get 1,920 by 1,080.
The S330 comes with a 1,366 x 768 resolution. I think that is a bit of a letdown for a 14-inch display. However, you do need to remember the price of the Chromebook, so you should not really expect Full HD. It also comes with a TN panel, so viewing angles are not great.
If you’re looking for a Chromebook with a great display, then this is not it. This is a real shame because the 11.6-inch C330 offers a much better display than this.
It’s also important to note that there is no touchscreen. This is only really going to be a problem if you want to use Android Apps.
The connectivity on offer is what you would expect from a Chromebook today. You get the older type USB port and the newer Type-C connection. This means you’ll be able to use any of the peripherals you currently have without having to worry about compatibility issues.
It also comes with a Micro SD slot, which means adding extra storage at a later date is an easy process. Also, since a Chrome OS update some time ago; you can now install Android Apps on the SD card, so it’s really beneficial should you want to install more of them.
If you’re looking for a Chromebook with a 14-inch display for internet surfing or typing then this may be the right choice for you. It’s super cheap for what you get. It also comes with Android Apps but you need to remember it has no touchscreen, so you’ll find apps hard to use.
I personally would not buy this Chromebook. The display is a big issue for me. It does not have 1,080 resolution, which is pretty bad for a 14-inch display. Also, the lack of an IPS panel means viewing this Chromebook at an angle is not going to be pretty.
That being said, for the price, it may be suitable for someone who is not overly concerned about screen quality.