Lenovo H30 90C2000FUS Review

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October 27, 2014
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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.

Connectivity

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.

What else?

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.

Conclusion

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!


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8 thoughts on “Lenovo H30 90C2000FUS Review

  1. Jhonny Carrasco

    Cual seria una tarjeta de video o tarjeta gráfica recomendable para esta PC ?

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hey, my Spanish is not that great. Could you switch to English?

      Reply
  2. Tyler Humphrey

    Hi, I have seen pretty outrageous prices on the h30, of the exact same model, not the xus version from best buy. I bought mine from amazon and I was just wondering what price range this computer would be in if it came with exactly no more or no less than what you expected.

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Tyler, thanks for stopping by. The price over Amazon is alright, although I wouldn’t call it a great deal. If you can get it with 10-20% discount somewhere I’d call it an excellent buy.

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  3. Margaret

    Hi, I have just ordered this pc but didn’t realise it runs on windows 8, would I be able to run it on windows 7 ok? Thanks in advance x

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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Margaret. The computer can certainly run Windows 7, it’s just a matter of installing Win 7 on the system. So how to do that? Downgrading is probably the cheapest way to go. For that, you need a Windows 7 DVD. You can read more here. You can also contact Lenovo and ask for a Windows 7 recovery DVD for downgrading.

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  4. Alfredo

    Hi there! What Johnny wanted to know is what I also want to know. What kind of PCI Card do you recommend ? By the way I’d paid $150 at Micro Center.
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    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Alfredo. If you mean what graphics card fits in, any half-height PCI-E x16 card should do. Like this Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti. Rather cheap and plays any game fluently, GTA 5 with high and 1080p @ 50-60FPS.

      But remember this desktop is listed as having only a 65W power supply. It seems very low to me, don’t know if it’s true, but if it is, dedicated graphics won’t work here unless you also change the PSU for a bigger one.

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