Inside Lenovo Ideapad 330s (15) – disassembly and upgrade options
The Ideapad 330s (15) is a budget 15-incher that gives you a lot of opportunities to explore. Let’s see the difficulty of getting inside of it and messing with its internals.
1. Remove the bottom plate
It is relatively easy to get inside of it – there are no hidden screws, nor tricks around it. Just all 10 of the screws you can see on the bottom plate – and once they’re out of the way, you need to carefully unpry the panel from the main body.
First, you’re going to see an interesting setup – the CPU, the RAM DIMM, and the M.2 slot are covered by a plastic black plate. It is held in place by some pinches plus four screws. Underneath it we discovered something even more interesting – the motherboard seems to be universal, as there are empty slots for a GPU assembly. However, there is no way to add one by yourself, as it has to be soldered by the manufacturer beforehand.
Physically, the battery unit is not that little, but capacity-wise, it is rated at the mere 30Wh. Don’t worry though, probably you’ll have enough time to boot the Operating system and open your web browser before you need to plug the power cord. Should you want to remove it, there are five screws that you need to remove – they are all marked by arrows, painted on the battery itself.
3. Memory and storage
We are happy to see a free DIMM for RAM addition. It being empty would mean that there are 4 GB of chips soldered somewhere on the motherboard.
Right next to the RAM slots is located the M.2 PCIe SSD slot – a nice addition to a super cheap device.
In the bottom right side is located the 5400rpm 1TB Western Digital HDD.
4. Cooling system
Then, the cooling. It consists of a single, rather thin, heat pipe. What is impressive about the Lenovo solution in this case is that the fan looks pretty big in diameter, especially placed next to the narrower than usual heat pipe.