Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black model: 81QB000AUS

Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black

Quick Description

Chromebooks can be a cost-effective way to stay connected away from the desk when you need a full keyboard. This specific model doesn't have a lot of storage, but it's enough to enjoy the cloud.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 11 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 28 days ago, selling for $170.

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Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (51.93% of the time to be exact).

Slow storage. Once started, this laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $190.

Currently Exclusive to Best Buy for $170

Based on 182 days of observation, the Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black usually costs ~$250 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $169.99. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Best Buy, Best Buy or Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory1/5
Storage0/5
Portability3/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Netbooks

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2/5
Power2/5
General-purpose power3.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability0.5/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0/5
Durability1/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory1/5
Storage0/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android (Chrome OS)
Processor: MediaTek MT8173
Graphics: ARM PowerVR GX6250
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 16.00 GB
Screen Size: 14"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(111.94ppi)
Dimensions: 32.57 × 23.24 × 2.08 cm
Weight: 1.501 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Built-in Microphone

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 1/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 1/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 4/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (5 / 5)

Texts & Numbers (4 / 10)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 4)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 11)

Photo Editing (0 / 5)

Video Editing (0 / 12)

Enthusiast Games (1 / 73)

Video Games (3 / 12)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 78)

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  • #5, Laptops (under $525)
    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black

    Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook - Business Black from US$260;
    ~$370 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-17.09% inferior
    Versatility for the Price-39.24% inferior
    Powerequivalent
    Storage12.03% better
    Portabilityequivalent
    Autonomyequivalent
    Specs
    Processor: MediaTek MT8173
    Graphics: ARM PowerVR GX6250
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.57 x 23.24 x 2.08 cm
    Weight: 1.501 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
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    Asus 14-inch Touch Screen Chromebook from US$260;
    ~$370 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-17.72% inferior
    Versatility for the Price-10.76% inferior
    Powerequivalent
    Storage12.03% better
    Portability12.66% better
    Autonomy21.28% better
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N3350
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.26 x 22.86 x 1.52 cm
    Weight: 1.400 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the The Source site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #7, Laptops (under $525)
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    ~$368 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-18.35% inferior
    Versatility for the Price-37.34% inferior
    Powerequivalent
    Storage12.03% better
    Portabilityequivalent
    Autonomy-25.53% inferior
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N3350
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.81 x 24.89 x 1.52 cm
    Weight: 1.410 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Visions Electronics site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
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    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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    Versatility for the Priceequivalent
    Powerequivalent
    Storage12.03% better
    Portability20.26% better
    Autonomyequivalent
    Specs
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    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 28.60 x 19.90 x 1.73 cm
    Weight: 0.999 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #10, Laptops (under $525)
    Acer 11" Chromebook

    Acer 11" Chromebook from US$200;
    ~$348 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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    Versatility for the Price-29.75% inferior
    Powerequivalent
    Storage12.03% better
    Portability16.46% better
    Autonomyequivalent
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N3060
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.40 x 20.40 x 1.87 cm
    Weight: 1.100 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
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    Acer 11" Chromebook from US$180;
    ~$257 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0/5
    Portability4.5/5
    Autonomy4/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buckequivalent
    Versatility for the Priceequivalent
    Powerequivalent
    Storageequivalent
    Portability17.72% better
    Autonomyequivalent
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Celeron N3060
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 16.00 GB
    Screen Size: 11.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 29.40 x 20.40 x 1.85 cm
    Weight: 1.100 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Canada Computers site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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