The Bottom Line
- Easy To Work In Tool-less Case
- Blu-ray Compatible And Wireless Networking
- Free Of Bloatware
- Mediocre Graphics Card
- Low Wattage Power Supply
- Intel Core i5-2500 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 Graphics Card With 1.5GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Eight USB 2.0, eSATA, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, WinDVD, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 Performance Desktop PC
Jun 27 2011 - Lenovo's IdeaCentre K330 is a performance oriented desktop system that comes in a wide range of models. For this review, I'm taking a look at the 77273GU which is the middle of the produce range. This comes with a quad core Intel Core i5-2500 processor that offers a solid amount of performance. While it doesn't offer HyperThreading like the more expensive Core i7 it still does a fine job for most users. The 8GB of memory is typical of most desktops in this $1000 price range but it is disappointing that all the memory slots are used meaning upgrading is a bit more problematic.
Storage features on the IdeaCentre K330 are actually some of its best. The one terabyte hard drive is fairly typical of many desktops now and the 7200rpm spin rate gives it a good level of performance. What is really nice though is how easy it is to add another drive inside of the case. No tools are required and everything is very clearly indicated as to where items can be installed such as the hard drive tray. In addition to this, Lenovo also includes this version with a Blu-ray compatible drive for watching Blu-ray movies. The drive can also handle playback and recording of CD and DVD media.
While the storage features are quite nice, the graphics system is a bit more disappointing. This model comes with a relatively dated NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 graphics card. While it does have 1.5GB of memory which can be beneficial for application boosts in Photoshop, it is an older and lower ranged product when it comes to 3D graphics performance. Expect to be able to play PC games at modest detail levels at lower resolution levels such as 1600x900. Even more disappointing though is the limited ability to upgrade the card due to the low wattage power supply. There also is only a single graphics slow meaning that there is no change of setting up an SLI configuration for additional performance.
One unusual feature for the IdeaCentre K330 is the Power Control Switch. This essentially allows users to manage the power consumption of the features by using three predefined profiles. The default is Auto which will dynamically adjust power. Turbo mode boosts performance slightly by forcing everything to their highest performance states. Finally, Cool mode will reduce power settings and restrict performance somewhat bu consumer less energy. Tied to this is the color of the front panel lights. This is a nice little system to quickly let users know which profile they are in but for the most part, there isn't really much need to be outside of the Auto mode.
Lenovo has caught up with a few other manufacturers in a couple areas which is nice to see. Like HP, Lenovo is now including a 802.11b/g/n wireless adapter with the PC that makes it easy to tie into a home wireless networking that many people have for those laptops. It also cut out much of the bloatware that has been plaguing the computer world lately similar to what Dell has been doing with its XPS lineup.