The ideal Laptop for university

If you have been following my blog recently, you will know that we are the very proud parents of a young man off to university this month.

We have been busy organising everything he needs to take with him and although we have tried to save money by packing existing possessions, there are some things that have needed replacing.

One of those things is his ancient laptop. It has had a good innings, but at five years old and with lost keys it is certainly not going to be good enough for a university student, especially one studying Games Design.

Searching for the right laptop is no easy task, especially for someone like me – if it switches on, connects to the internet and does what I ask it to, then its good for me, but Kian needs it not only for his coursework, but also for his day to day university and personal needs.

We have been road testing the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S 15.6 Inch i5 Laptop which is powered by an Intel i5 Quad Core Processor and an Intel® Optane™ Memory inside.

Lenovo keyboard

Having an Intel-powered device makes the PC fast and easy to use –  perfect for people who want a more responsive PC without breaking the bank.

Intel’s latest Optane™ Memory technology is integrated into this device, meaning that the system boots up super fast – much quicker than my macbook, the applications launch instantly and  he can open large media files quickly and easily.


The Lenovo IdeaPad looks sleek and modern with its polished aluminium cover and comes with Microsoft Windows 10 already installed as standard, meaning it is ready to go as soon as it comes out of the box.

Lenovo Flat Lay

The 15.6-inch IPS screen screen can flex up to 180-degrees and has a full HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution that is good enough for daily use in the office, general home use and of course all Kian’s coursework. It also has two speakers and the audio is tuned by Dolby so Kian can catch up on his favourite Netflix shows.

Lenovo Flat

For the technologically minded, the machine is also Wi-Fi enabled, has bluetooth and comes complete with a 4-in-1 media card reader, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB Type-C port and an HDMI point.


I am confident that this laptop is the perfect companion for Kian at university. It has 1TB of storage integrated into the computer and 16GB HDD and SSD storage (which makes it quicker apparently) and all its features make it great for both programming, university work, streaming TV and films. Weighing in at just 1.87kg it is also slim and light enough for him to pop in his backpack to take along to lectures.

27 thoughts on “The ideal Laptop for university

  1. Mada says:

    It’s extraordinary that it is lightweight and smooth in a plan as you don’t need something massive or overwhelming to bear particularly with library books. You know, I’m searching for another workstation and I’ve been humming and ahhing over models.

  2. Laura says:

    I much prefer a desktop but have always found Lenovo to be a great option when it comes to laptops.

  3. Rachel says:

    Sounds like a great laptop for university, it’s also great that it’s got a huge amount of storage which mine lacked and I was forever buying external hard drives! xo

  4. Louise says:

    Ooh, how exciting! Wishing Kian the very best of luck with his new journey 🙂 And also keeping this laptop in mind when I go shopping for a new one next month. Mine has just about had it!!

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  5. Rachel says:

    This looks like an ideal laptop for uni! Essential for studies!

  6. Emily Leary says:

    Best wishes to Kian as he embarks on this exciting period of his life and armed with his new computer, it looks like he’s all set to go!

  7. scots2travel says:

    In my day it was paper and pen. I’m not even kidding. Can’t imagine life without a personal laptop now. Good luck to your eldest spreading their wings

  8. Kirsty says:

    I think this is the ideal laptop for anyone studies. It’s great that it is light weight and sleek in design as you don’t want something bulky or heavy to carry around especially with library books.

  9. Sounds like a great laptop to take to university for the first year. My daughter has a Lenovo tablet.

  10. Kristina Maggiora says:

    I’m a ride or die macbook gal but this does look great! 🙂 I had a lenovo back in middle school and liked it!

  11. Angela Ricardo Bethea says:

    Lenovo is the best brand for laptops. That is really awesome for students and for working moms.

  12. Laura Dove says:

    I had a Lenovo before my Mac and I loved it! I had it for years, I would definitely buy one again!

  13. We’re a long way off university, but I can see how useful this would be for him. Good luck I hope he enjoys it!

  14. Linda Hobbis says:

    We’re big fans of Lenovo – having had both tablets and laptops from the previously. In fact I have my eye on the new Yoga.

  15. I have been using an old Macbook Pro for a while and it’s so slow! I miss the speedyness of a new computer. We use hp in our office and they seem really good, especially as we use design packages on them.

  16. Congrats on sending off your boy to uni! That’s big!
    Also, I do like Lenovo laptops – they were very handy for doing course work and they’re very rightly priced. Would probs switch back if I decide to leave MAC/iOS!

  17. Wishing him luck at uni and it sounds like you made a great choice.
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  18. Sounds like you’ve found him the perfect laptop for uni. Great that it can manage his course work as well as allowing him to use it generally. And of course watch Netflix as well.

  19. We wish him all the best at Uni and we think that Lenovo is a great brand!

  20. I’ve never had one of these before. I use a pc myself and find them good. Sound like a good option for those going to uni.

  21. Anosa says:

    I love Lenovo laptops they are always the best and we used them for work. Good luck to Kian as he starts a new adventure of his life

  22. Eva Katona says:

    I used to have a Lenovo and loved it. Storage is definitely an important point when it comes to buying a uni laptop.

  23. Kate says:

    The Lenovo sounds like a great laptop for Uni. I hope he enjoys it!

  24. Katrina says:

    This post has been super useful. my current blogging laptop is a Lenovo but i need an upgrade before this baby dies on me through years of heavy use

  25. Hannah says:

    It looks really good. I always used to take my laptop to uni. I would never do any work on it. In lectures I would just play games on it

  26. Charlene says:

    Ooh perfect timing! I’m looking for a new laptop and I’ve been uhmming and ahhing over models. I know I want a Lenovo because they’re so hardy (My boy has dropped my current one on the floor several times).

  27. Sabina Green says:

    That looks great, we are looking at laptops for our teen who has just gone into sixth form and for Lillie who is in year 6 and now starting to need computer access more and more – generally when I have a deadline!!!

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