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.
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.
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.
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.