Lenovo H30-50 Desktop Tower PC Review

Surprisingly Capable General Purpose Slim Desktop Tower

Lenovo H30-50 Slim Desktop PC
Lenovo H30. ©Lenovo
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Lenovo continues to produce and sell the H30 slim desktop system but only uses AMD processor parts. It is still possible to find the H30-50 with Intel parts through third parties selling older inventory or the used market. If you are looking for a more current slim tower desktop, check out the Best Small Desktop PCs list.

The Bottom Line

Jun 26 2015 - Lenovo's H30-50 desktop can either be a great value for someone looking at a capable slim tower desktop or a mediocre value.

This has to do with the wide range of prices for the system. With the quad core processor and 2TB hard drive, it certainly offers more than budget class slim towers but only if you can pick it up for near $500.

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Pros

  • Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • Large Two Terabyte Hard Drive
  • Well Priced with Discounts

Cons

  • Without Discounts It Is Overpriced
  • Could Use More USB 3.0 Ports
  • Power Supply Limits Video Card Upgrades

Description

  • Intel Core i5-4460 Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 2TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • Intel HD 4600 Integrated Graphics
  • HDA 5.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 7-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15.71" x 12.13" x 4.13"
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Lenovo H30-50

Jun 26 2015 - The Lenovo H30 continues the slim mini-tower desktop series systems with a slightly changed exterior that is roughly the same size as the previous H530s.

The case is a bit more angular and has a brushed appearance but for the most part looks very similar. It is refreshing to see Lenovo continue its slim desktop series systems as HP has dropped out of the market segment for consumer systems and Acer has reduced their offerings. This is probably because many companies are moving to mini-PCs or slim tower gaming systems.

Since this isa desktop class system, Lenovo is using full desktop processors for the H30. In the case of this high end version, it is using the Intel Core i5-4460 quad core processor. This gives it significantly more performance than the mini-PCs that tend to use mobile class processors and even many other low cost slim systems using either Pentium or Core i3 dual core processors. This makes it well suited for those that might want to use the system for some more demanding tasks like digital video editing. It won't be as fast as full size systems but it does a very fine job. The system uses 8GB of DDR3 memory which helps it deal with demanding software and multitasking. Be warned that if you want to upgrade the memory, you will have to completely replace the existing modules.

As this is a larger mini-tower design, the Lenovo H30 offers improved storage compared to most of the new mini-PCs because it can fit in a full size desktop hard drive. This means that it features two terabytes of storage space for applications, data and media files. The drive also spins at a faster 7200rpm rate compared to the 5400rpm rate that most of the 2.5-inch laptop class drives spins at. This gives it a slight edge in performance when it comes to loading up Windows and applications but it still falls well short of what an SSD or even SSHD that Lenovo uses in many of its laptop systems can achieve.

If you need additional storage, there is not really any room for internal upgrades but there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external drives. The system does also include a DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media which is missing on many smaller systems.

Like most smaller desktop systems, the Lenovo H30 relies on the integrated graphics that are built into the Core i5 processor. The Intel HD Graphics have improved over the years but they still are limited in terms of their 3D graphics performance. It can play some games at lower resolution and detail levels but it is not really suited for PC gaming.

As this is a slim tower design, there is space within the system for a PCI-Express graphics card. The downside is that the small size of the computer limits the size of the graphics card and more importantly, the power supply wattage pretty much limits it to cards that do not require any external power.

Pricing for the Lenovo H30 can vary quite a bit thanks to various configurations and various discounts the company offers. For instance, the model reviewed has a list price of $799 but was selling for $500. At $800, it is quite expensive, pushing towards the price of many more powerful gaming class slim systems such as the ASUS ROG G20AJ. It offers the same processor and memory but sacrifices some storage space for a dedicated graphics card and greater number of external ports. At $500 though, it is more comparable to the Acer Aspire AXC-605 priced at just $400. The Acer may be a bit more affordable but it use a dual core processor, just 4GB of memory and a paltry 500GB hard drive. This makes the $100 price difference of the Lenovo a much better deal.

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