Summary: Unfortunately for Lenovo, the K330 doesn't live up to the hype. In addition to claiming the K330 offers "raw performance for serious gamers," Lenovo also describes the system as "an intense, powerful PC built to take your gaming and entertainment to a whole new level." There's some merit in pimping the K330's multimedia performance, but to promote the K330 as a hardcore gaming machine is a stretch at best.
Pros: Jack-of-all-Trades Performance:, Dressed to Impress:, Light On Bloatware:, Look Ma, No Tools!:, Handy Dandy Handle:
Cons: Ho-Hum Graphics:, Messy Interior:, Puny Power Supply:, Gimmicky Power Dial:
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 is a decent attempt to compete with other budget gaming PCs, but a few configuration misses prevent a stronger recommendation. It's best for mainstream shoppers looking for a combination of basic 3D power and Blu-ray playback capability.
Pros: The Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 offers a fairly priced combination of performance and home entertainment components in a reasonably attractive chassis.
Cons: We wish Lenovo had equipped this PC with more connectivity options, and also boosted its upgrade potential by adding a beefier power supply.
Excerpt: The K330 series ranges in price from $699 up to our review unit's $1,099 configuration (recently discounted). At the heart of this system is a power plant featuring a 3.4 GHz Intel i7-2600, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card, a Hitachi 2TB 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray / DVD combo drive and a 16-in-1 card reader, all running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The unit comes standard with a one-year warranty from Lenovo.