LAPTOP Magazine has reviewed a 13.3″ budget offering from Lenovo. It’s the Lenovo IdeaPad U330. It’s not exactly a budget offering, but the current prices, starting at $1,199, certainly push it down there.
While it shares some characteristics of the 11.1″ Lenovo IdeaPad U110, it’s both substantially cheaper, as well as more powerful. It offers the ability to switch the graphics chipsets. It has dual graphics configurations – both dedicated ATI and integrated Intel. You get to pick either performance or battery life. It also has an HDMI port, should you want to hook it up to an external high-resolution display.
While it’s cheaper than some of Lenovo’s other offerings in the 13.3″ and under category, it does have a full magnesium alloy frame, and it provides some of the security features found in other IdeaPads and ThinkPads (including an active system to protect the HDD should it be dropped).
The reviewed model is the U330-2267-2BU: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD.
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