Lenovo’s IdeaPad laptops aren’t going to win any awards for stunning design or ultra-powerful hardware, but if you’re looking for a relatively cheap option for a Windows PC, they’re good choices that probably won’t break the bank.
Lenovo has three new models in the IdeaPad lineup launching later this month: the IdeaPad 330, the IdeaPad 330S, and the IdeaPad 530S, all of which come in a variety of screen sizes and configurations.
The IdeaPad 330 is the cheapest model, starting at $249.99 for the base 15-inch model. Of course, price will depend on tons of factors here, like screen size (14-inch, 15-inch, or 17-inch), internal specifications (from the, shall we say, underpowered Intel Celeron Dual Core N4000 to Intel’s latest 8th-gen Core i7-8750H processor and discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU), and options for extras like a touchscreens, fingerprint reader, and a DVD drive, should you want.
The 330S is a step up, offering actual IPS displays, a thinner design, and a partially aluminum construction, although it too maxes out at an Intel Core i7 processor and discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU for the top-of-the-line model. It also only comes in 14-inch and 15-inch models, starting at $449.99 for the base kit.
Lastly, there’s the IdeaPad 530S, which like the 330S also comes in 14-inch and 15-inch models. Unlike it’s cheaper siblings, the 530S features an all-aluminum build, and a choice between a 1080p display and a higher resolution 2560 x 1440 QHD option. It only ships with 8th-gen Intel Core processors and SSD storage, with a choice between Nvidia MX130 or MX150 discrete graphics. The 530S starts at $799.99, though, making it a pricer option.
All three IdeaPad models are expected to ship sometime later this month.