Lenovo H30-50 Desktop Tower PC Review

The slim desktop tower is discontinued

Lenovo H30-50 Slim Desktop PC
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Lenovo has discontinued the H30-H50 desktop system. It is still possible to find the H30-H50 through third parties selling older inventory or the used market. If you are looking for a more current slim tower desktop, check out this best small desktop PCs list. This review is archived for historical purposes.

The Bottom Line

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.

Pros

  • Quad-core desktop processor
  • Large 2TB 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 inches x 12.13 inches x 4.13 inches
  • 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 its offerings, probably because many companies are moving to mini PCs or slim tower gaming systems.

Because this is a 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. It well suited for those who might want to use the system for more demanding tasks like digital video editing. It won't be as fast as full-size systems, but it does an acceptable 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 have to 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 a full-size desktop hard drive. It features 2TB of storage space for applications, data, and media files. The drive spins at a faster 7200 rpm rate compared to the 5400 rpm 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 the performance of an SSD or even SSHD, which Lenovo uses in many of its laptop systems. If you need additional storage, there is not any room for internal upgrades, but there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high-speed external drives. The system includes a DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media, which is missing on many smaller systems.

Like most small 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. The H30 can play some games at lower resolution and detail levels, but it is not 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. More importantly, the power supply wattage 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 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 toward 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 a 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 uses 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.