So you’re after a desktop, huh? Laptops are not your cup of tea? Perhaps you’ve heard about Lenovo H30 90B9001XUS, a cheap but powerful desktop from the reputable Chinese manufacturer. Featuring Core i3 CPU and 6GB RAM certainly mean there’s adequate performance for most uses. But you should also know some other things about this computer. Read on to find more about them…
Even though the price of this desktop is low its processor is no way a bottleneck. The Intel Core i3-4160 is a Haswell-based dual-core CPU with respectable clock speed of 3.6GHz. It’s entirely on a different level than Celerons and Pentiums found in many other entry-level computers. Thanks to the high clock speed and hyperthreading you’ll find the i3-4160 sufficient for everyday tasks and demanding work (ie. some Photoshopping) alike.
The installed memory amount is 6 gigabytes. Most probably enough, you can still add more if you like. There are two memory slots in total and as far as I know both are already occupied. Anyways, the system takes up to 16GB memory which you can achieve by replacing the old memory with bigger chips.
Hard drive is 1024GB, a typical size for modern desktops. It can host a lot of stuff – for example, couple of hundred of DVD flicks. The 7200RPM speed also gives you an upper hand compared to slower 5400RPM models.
The integrated graphics chip on this computer isn’t useless. Intel HD Graphics 4400 can run many games given you keep resolution and settings low. In games like Battlefield 4 you can expect to reach 30 FPS. Older games will give a lot more, and Minecraft shouldn’t have any problems running either. Just remember not to turn much eye candy on because the Intel HD 4400 chip isn’t a full-featured gaming card.
Lenovo H30 90B9001XUS has four USB 2.0 connectors (of which two are in front). There are also two faster USB 3.0 ports located in the back. HDMI and VGA outputs are available for plugging this desktop to a PC monitor or HDTV.
An useful feature to have, the desktop has a built-in WiFi adapter. Also the Gigabit Ethernet port will allow you to access Internet. Bluetooth is not supported – something that can be fixed with a USB dongle or PCI card.
A DVD burner and media card reader for MS, MS Pro, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC Plus are installed on the computer.
Other things to keep in mind
If you want to expand Lenovo H30 90B9001XUS there are one PCI-E x16, one Mini PCI-E and three PCI-E x1 ports available. The power supply seems to be 180W so you must also replace it if you’re adding a dedicated graphics card. Case dimensions are 12.1″ x 4.1″ x 15.7″ (HxWxD) which must also be taken into account if you’re planning to add a big expansion card inside.
There’s no monitor included, but you can get a normal one or touch screen and enjoy Windows 8.1 (64-bit). USB keyboard and mouse are however bundled with the system.
The average budget rig comes with bloatware. But from what I’ve read, this one doesn’t. So you don’t have to deal with unnecessary programs right from the start.
At least on the paper, Lenovo H30 90B9001XUS gives me positive vibes. The Core i3 CPU coupled with six gigabytes of RAM is a very powerful combo which is suitable for everyday computing and power users looking for that extra performance for their demanding tasks. The system also works for gaming with minimum settings and resolution. There’s also a WiFi which is plus in today’s wireless era. Not much I can complain about this rig, and especially if it’s still available on discount I totally recommend this Lenovo if you’re looking for a solid but affordable desktop!