A laptop made for audio video editing: Lenovo Chromebook C330 – MediaTek MT8173C

As a preamble to this test

Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onChromebook C330…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Chromebook C330 adapted to surf the internet?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this Chromebook C330.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
With a 14 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. 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 overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Lenovo with a lot of care.
The manufacturer offers a processor MediaTek MT8173C; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 32 Gb, Lenovo considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 10 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. 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.

Chromebook C330 the right choice for watching movies ?

With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. This Chromebook C330 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. 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. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1366×768. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.5 kg) when you have to carry it.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the Chromebook C330 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it MediaTek MT8173C is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
With MediaTek Graphic, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Lenovo. Indeed, it Chromebook C330 has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
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.You get 10 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. Enjoy streaming, locally or on your Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.

The Chromebook C330- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Lenovo the design of this Chromebook C330. 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. The bottom line is this : 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’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. 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. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
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. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
Too bad for the processor MediaTek MT8173C that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 10 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
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. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. 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 do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
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. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
All the same, this Chromebook C330 is interesting for those who travel.

The Chromebook C330- the right model for audio or video editing ?

If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. With this Chromebook C330, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. 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 software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor MediaTek MT8173C. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Chromebook C330 has only got one, with total 32 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. With 10 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. This is the best on the market today.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Chromebook C330 receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
With the Chromebook C330, you’re moving towards a very good product. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.

The Chromebook C330- the right model to play with?

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. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 32 Gb.
For online gaming, it Chromebook C330 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.5 Kg and is 14 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
It has an autonomy of 10 hours, more than many others.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Chromebook C330 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

Is the Chromebook C330 adapted to office automation ?

Not really designed for office use, Chromebook C330 it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
This computer meets a demand that deviates from Windows standards. The operating system is indeed Chrome OS.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.5 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 32 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Chromebook C330can be quickly filled.
In short, the Chromebook C330 is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

The Chromebook C330 in conclusion

The conclusion of the test Chromebook C330 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– travel use
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing