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The budget desktop market is never-ending. New models being released so often it can be tough to pick a suitable desktop. The computers in the bottom of the price range are obviously a tempting choice, but can you get good and cheap item at the same time? Lenovo H30 90C2000FUS is one of those low-end desktops whose selling point is the extremely budget-friendly price. Below we’ll tell you if this desktop can offer what you’re looking for.
The main things
A cheap desktop has its shortcomings in performance. To begin with, it has a Intel Celeron J1800 processor which I’ve seen many times in similar budget machines. The benchmarks don’t give good grades for this 2.4GHz CPU running on two cores, but one must remember the benchmark scores are relative to the top 10 processors (which are very fast but also very expensive). An everyday computer user has absolutely no need for the top-dog processors. Instead, this Celeron works just fine if you’re not power user.
Intel Celeron J1800 has integrated Intel HD chip responsible for the graphics. It’s the older Bay Trail model which is very modest in performance. If you’re a gamer, be prepared to play only games without big system requirements. If you don’t play games, it doesn’t matter how poor or fast your graphics card is.
The Lenovo H30-00 (90C2000FUS) has 4GB RAM installed, an usual amount for cheaper systems. I can’t complain too much about that, because four gigabytes is just fine for home users. Actually 4GB has been the standard for many years and I don’t see any reason why the majority would need more. For those who want more, 8GB is the maximum memory supported, although the only memory slot is already occupied by the four GB chip.
The storage solution in this Lenovo is 500GB hard drive with 7200RPM speed. For me, it would most likely be enough because I don’t download or store heaps of big files on the computer anymore. For somebody who does that, half a terabyte would hardly be adequate. But again, if you’re not power user there’s nothing wrong with going for 500GB storage this computer has.
Windows 8.1 64-bit is the pre-installed operating system of this Lenovo.
Lenovo H30 90C2000FUS contains 4 USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. VGA and HDMI outs are also found in the back panel (HDTV is supported). In the front, there’s 7-in-1 media card reader.
A nice and rather surprising feature for a cheap desktop, there are both 10/100Mbps LAN and Wireless installed in the Lenovo.
There’s also optical drive which burns and reads CDs and DVDs.
Lenovo H30 90C2000FUS doesn’t include monitor, but basic USB keyboard and optical mouse are bundled with it.
What comes to expandability, there should be one free PCI-E x16 slot available. You can stick dedicated graphics card there and enjoy better gaming performance. However, the power supply is just 65W one, so replacing that at the same time might be good idea.
Lenovo H30 90C2000FUS seems to be another useful desktop for lightweight use. With Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM it offers basic performance a home user or student might require, and the integrated Intel HD chip would allow for some gaming. Having both WiFi and Ethernet is also a plus, as you don’t have to install wireless through expansion cards or USB dongles. What these rock-bottom priced desktops lack is indeed the performance required by power users and devout gamers, but unless you’re one of those, there’s no need to buy anything more expensive and fancier than this simple Lenovo!