Lenovo H50 Desktop (90B7000HUS) Review

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March 27, 2015
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There are not many innovations going on in the desktop world. These days, everything is really about mobile. But stationary computers still have their share of users, especially those looking for a solution to single location. Well, a desktop can be a good choice then. But which one? Let’s see if this particular model, Lenovo H50 (90B7000HUS), should be your next pick or not.

Performance

Lenovo H50 (90B7000HUS) relies on a 4th generation Intel processor. Called i5-4460, the CPU was launched in Spring 2014 and it’s been installed on many mid-range desktops since. The core amount is four and clock speed varies between 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz (with turbo). It’s quite capable indeed, and such i5 processor can be recommended for folks requiring more than basic Celerons or Pentiums can offer. Those would include power users, multitaskers and also people that like to play games now and then.

There’s 8GB DDR3 RAM available on the Lenovo. That’s something the aforementioned power users might like: the common four gigabytes could be a bit too low for their advanced software. Well, that problem doesn’t exist on this desktop. The maximum memory supported is 16GB, although (as far as I know) both memory slots are taken so you’d have to remove old modules first if you wanted to expand the RAM.

Lenovo H50 (90B7000HUS) offers a full terabyte of storage. As an example, 1024GB can hold closer to 20,000 hours of music or JPEG photos in low hundreds of thousands. Thus, you’re unlikely to ever run out of space on such a drive. What might however bother you is the RPM rate. It’s 7200 on this one, indeed better than slower 5400RPM drives. But using the desktop might still feel sluggish if you’ve tasted the speed of a solid-state drive. If you want that, install SSD and you’re good to go.

How’s the gaming?

There’s a graphics engine called Intel HD 4600 which should suffice for many older games. For example, Counter-Strike: GO should give smooth 50FPS on medium to high settings. Battlefield 4, on the other hand, will hardly average 30 frames per second on low settings. Heavier games than that will suffer from bad playability. It’s the lightweight titles this rig can handle well.

Connections

There are 6 USB ports in Lenovo H50 (90B7000HUS). The front and back panel house two USB 2.0 ports, and in addition there are two USB 3.0 ports in the back, marked with a blue connector. The back panel also has HDMI and VGA (RGB) outputs, suggesting a dual monitor support.

DVD writer is available on the Lenovo. Below the optical drive, there’s a media card reader for MMC, SD and MS formats. It can come handy if you have data on memory cards – like snapshots on cameras that you want to upload to the computer.

Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) and 802.11b/g/n WiFi are offered for networking. Bluetooth is not supported, but that’s usual in desktops. You can hook in a Bluetooth USB dongle if you require that.

What else to keep in mind?

Lenovo H50 (90B7000HUS) comes with USB keyboard and mouse. Monitor, however, you must acquire or buy separately. As the operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit) you might be tempted to get a touch display. Well, you can, but I think it makes no difference what type of screen you’re using with Windows 8.

You can add expansions to the system. Three PCI-E x1, one Mini PCI-E and one PCI-E x16 slot are unoccupied on the mainboard. So adding a dedicated graphics card works. Just keep in mind the unit’s physical dimensions of 13.98″ x 6.30″ x 16.14″ (HxWxD). Also, the power supply might have to be upgraded. To be honest I couldn’t find exact information on its wattage. Some sources say 180W, some 280W. In any case, such a PSU is unlikely to hold a power hungry gaming card, so replacing it is also a good idea.

Summing it up

I can’t say Lenovo H50 (90B7000HUS) really catches the eye. However, it doesn’t have to. It’s a decent desktop that most people would find useful. The i5 processor, plenty of RAM and a huge hard drive are enough by pretty much any measure. Thanks to the integrated HD 4600 unit, you can also play older games on it. Upgrades are possible too, particularly in the memory and graphics card section. The Lenovo is a desktop I can’t say many bad things about – people looking to buy a new computer might as well get this one.


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