One of the popular desktops at the moment is Lenovo IdeaCentre H530 (57324189). It’s affordably priced computer, which undoubtedly ups the popularity. The positive user reports the Lenovo has been gathering also encourage sceptical shoppers to go for it, but we’re not convinced yet. So once again, here on Tech For Pennies, we’ll take the desktop under inspection and let you know our opinion about this hot Lenovo!
The main things
Performance is perhaps the biggest factor when deciding which computer to choose. The Lenovo features a dual-core 3GHz Intel Pentium G3220 processor. Despite the high clock speed, this Pentium performs worse than modern Core i3s and doesn’t come with all the goodies like hyperthreading. For the price, though, it offers excellent value. Everyday computing with such a Pentium is a breeze, heavier use barely so.
The computer has 4GB memory installed by default, a good amount to begin with, but you can install more up to 16 gigabytes. One memory slot should also be free on the mainboard, so there’s no need to replace the old chip.
The hard drive is standard 1024GB 7200RPM one. Offering you plenty of storage to work with, you can also add another one because there’s supposed to free 3.5″ bays inside.
An excellent feature for many, the operating system for Lenovo IdeaCentre H530 (57324189) is NOT Windows 8. Rather, it comes with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
The graphics performance is mediocre due to Intel HD Graphics chip. It can work for lower end games like Minecraft, Diablo III and World of Warcraft, but Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4 or other fancier titles would require decreasing the settings and resolution to low.
A nice thing to have, the desktop features WiFi in addition Gigabit Ethernet. There’s no Bluetooth however, but getting support for that is quite trivial with a special USB device.
The system has four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It also contains both HDMI and VGA outs in the rear, so using the desktop with two monitors simultaneously should be possible.
The front panel sports a 7-in-1 media card reader which reads and writes SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC plus, MS and MS Pro formats.
Lenovo IdeaCentre H530 (57324189) has an optical drive with the ability to burn CDs and DVDs.
Other things to consider
Monitor is not included, but the desktop comes with USB mouse and keyboard. If you’re also planning to buy a display, keep in mind you don’t require a touchscreen for Windows 7.
The desktop doesn’t have full version of MS Office. There should however be an antivirus trial installed.
Summing it up
Lenovo IdeaCentre H530 (57324189) seems to be an ordinary desktop aimed to users looking for affordability and ease of use. There is enough power for everyday tasks, but also occasional heavy-duty work like video editing or gaming is not ouf the question. The networking options are good with both wireless and fast Ethernet. Also people who brought the desktop seem to be happy with it, so I don’t see any particular reason not to recommend this computer for you. Go for this Lenovo if it’s a solid budget desktop you’ve been looking for.