The high-performance laptop for audio-visual editing : Chromebook C330 – MediaTek MT8173C from Lenovo.

As an introduction to this analysis

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?

Chromebook C330 enough for internet use?

What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as Chromebook C330 may seem to be the solution. The material used by Lenovo are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Chromebook C330 on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Lenovo has been taken in the overall design of this model.
With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Chromebook C330 is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 32 gigabytes will be enough. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In conclusion, for a web use, know that this model has an autonomy of 10 hours. This is one of the most important laptops on the market at the moment compared to other laptops. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.

Is Chromebook C330 okay to watch videos ?

Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Chromebook C330; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Lenovo decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. With its 14 inches and resolution of 1366×768, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.5 kg, it is easily transportable.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the Chromebook C330 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Equipped with the MediaTek Graphic graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the Chromebook C330 has only 2 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.Lenovo promises 10hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.No need to constantly check the battery level; you’ll be able to watch movies and listen to music for a long time.

Chromebook C330 the right choice for travelling connected ?

This Chromebook C330 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
It Chromebook C330 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.5 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
The touch screen is present on the Chromebook C330, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
With this laptop and its autonomy of 10 hours, you have in fact one of the best models of the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 32 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Chromebook C330 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Knowing that you’ll have to carry this laptop by plane, train, or other means, it’s handy. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.

The Chromebook C330 to make audio or video editing. 

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Chromebook C330meets this need perfectly. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Lenovo has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Chrome OS, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Chromebook C330 has only got one, with total 32 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The pleasure of working on a computer without being a slave to the electrical connection. Being only on batteries, you have 10 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Chromebook C330 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Chromebook C330 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.

The Chromebook C330 for online or local games.

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis Chromebook C330 wasn’t designed for video games. The Lenovo technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.32 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.5 Kg and 14 inches), comparable to most similar products.
An excellent autonomy of 10 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Chromebook C330 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

Chromebook C330 the right choice for office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
This computer meets a demand that deviates from Windows standards. It has indeed an operating Chrome OS system .
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. In short, an average laptop with 1.5 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
With only 32 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In short, the Chromebook C330 is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

Finally, the Chromebook C330….

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Chromebook C330 is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing