The emergence of the Microsoft Surface Go as a low-cost version of the Microsoft Surface Pro could be a sign that the hybrid laptop segment with the 2-in-1 concept is still not empty of enthusiasts. For this reason, Lenovo is confidently bringing the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 to the Indonesian market.
The good news is that the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is sold at a lower price than the Microsoft Surface Go. But, can the performance be relied upon at an affordable price? You can find the answer in our review below.
Stunning 10.1 inch screen
Quite a lot of compromises were made by Lenovo to reduce the selling price of the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 so that it remains pocket friendly. First, the entire body is only made of plastic material. There is no premium feel on this device. Even so, overall the body still feels very sturdy and light with a weight of around 594 grams.
The screen sector is one of the attractions of the Lenovo IdeaPad D330. The screen panel deserves a thumbs up. Carrying the IPS screen panel, the screen is very charming with a very good level of sharpness and color. The screen response with the touch of a finger is also very good. The screen looks sharp with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1800 pixels. Enjoying multimedia content such as watching movies or browsing the internet while doing daily work is very comfortable on this 10.1-inch screen.
Shifting to the top of the screen can be found a front camera with a resolution of 2 megapixels. Even though the camera resolution is relatively low, the camera is sufficient enough to support video calling activities. While at the bottom of the screen you can find a pair of speakers whose sound quality is quite good.
We also didn’t find many connectivity ports on this laptop. The left side of the body is only available with a 3.5mm audio jack. While on the right side you can only find the power button and volume control button accompanied by a USB Type-C 3.1 port and a port for recharging the battery.
It’s quite unfortunate that even though it has been equipped with a USB Type-C 3.1 port, this port feels less useful because it can’t be used to recharge the battery. So the battery still can only be recharged using the default charger adapter.
The Lenovo IdeaPad D330 also provides a combo SIM and microSD card slot. But, considering that the IdeaPad D330 model that is present in Indonesia only supports WiFi, so this slot can only be installed with a microSD memory card.
Carrying the 2-in-1 hybrid concept, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 offers flexibility with its ability to become a tablet and laptop when installed on the docking keyboard. Like the tablet unit, the IdeaPad D330 keyboard dock is also made of plastic material. Its weight is also very light, which is only about 512 grams.
When the tablet unit and keyboard are installed in a closed condition, the thickness of the body will automatically increase. The total weight will be around 1.1 kg. In our opinion it is still very light and ideal for mobility.
The keyboard docking is also quite special. Carrying a very strong magnetic system, the tablet unit will not be easily detached. Removing the tablet unit from the keyboard dock is also very easy. The tablet unit can also be installed facing the rear. Very fitting for those who like to enjoy multimedia content.
When used for typing, the keyboard keys are less comfortable to press. Given that the distance between the keys is quite close together, you also need to get used to it and must be vigilant when typing because typos can occur or press the wrong keys. We were also quite impressed with the relatively large size of the touchpad mouse. Unfortunately the touchpad is sometimes less responsive when used.
For additional connectivity, the docking keyboard brings two additional USB 2.0 ports on either side of the body. Not bad enough to add to the minimal connectivity. Even so, in our opinion, the absence of an SD memory card reader slot on the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is also quite unfortunate because this slot will still be useful for some users.
Performance is quite adequate for everyday productivity
The official Lenovo IdeaPad D330 in Indonesia comes with an Intel Celeron N4000 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage space. From our tests, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is less than ideal for users who often multitask or do heavy computing tasks. The reason is, opening the application simultaneously or browsing by opening many browser tabs at the same time the performance will feel a bit slow. Editing high-resolution photos or videos is also not recommended.
Nevertheless, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 can deliver a seamless Windows 10 experience. Even though the specifications are limited, we are quite satisfied because this device is still sufficient to support light daily productivity, such as processing documents in Office applications, browsing, and enjoying multimedia content such as watching videos or listening to music while on mobility without the need to use a larger laptop and heavy.
Meanwhile, for additional entertainment, the performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is also still capable enough to play games with mediocre graphics quality. However, the games that it can run are only limited to Android games, such as Asphalt 9, which can be played quite smoothly.
Long lasting battery
One advantage of the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 that must be thumbs up is its long-lasting battery life. According to Lenovo, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 battery can last up to about 13 hours. In practice, when we use it to work with a 50% screen brightness level scheme, connect to WiFi, type documents and browse, the battery is very economical and can last almost 10 hours. In short, the battery is enough to last all day to support our productivity outdoors without worrying about the battery running out quickly.
Even though it has minimal connectivity, does not support SIM cards and has mediocre performance, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is still capable of supporting light everyday productivity such as browsing or working with Office applications. This makes it one of the Windows 10-based computing devices that is relatively affordable and sufficient enough to replace a laptop. Besides that, the flexibility of a 2-in-1 that can be used as a laptop and tablet, compact dimensions and long battery life are some added values that make it mandatory to consider.
With a selling price in the range of 4 million Rupiah, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 is suitable for students, workers or students whose daily computing needs do not require high-spec computing devices and often have activities outdoors or outside the office.
– Relatively affordable price
– Flexible 2-in-1 concept – Compact
– Adequate for office and browsing applications
– Long battery life
What is lacking:
– The keyboard is not comfortable to use
– The mouse touchpad is sometimes unresponsive
– Minimal connectivity
– Not equipped with an SD memory card slot
– USB Type-C port cannot be recharged