Lenovo H50-05 Budget Desktop PC Review

Lenovo's Desktop Tower With the Internals of a Laptop

Lenovo H50 Budget Desktop PC


Lenovo's H50-05 is a very interesting tower desktop because it basically takes the internals of a laptop system and puts them inside of a regular PC. It does offer some of the advantages such as space for a PCI-Express card but it also lacks things like internal drive upgrades and an internal power supply. With its overall cost, the system is just hard to recommend over a more traditional desktop tower PC that has more features for roughly the same cost.

What We Like

  • Wireless Networking

  • Can Actually Have a PCI-Express Card Installed With Some Limitations

What We Don't Like

  • External Power Supply

  • Internal Components Would Have Been Better in a Compact Case


  • AMD A6-6310 Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • AMD Radeon R4 Integrated Graphics
  • HDA 5.1 Audio Support
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Lenovo H50-05

Lenovo's H50 desktop platform is very interesting. It is available in a variety of configurations from as low as $300 up to roughly $800. All of the different versions use a standard tower but not every version uses internals that you would expect to find in a desktop system. For instance, the H50-05 uses an external power adapter you would expect from a laptop PC. It isn't the only system to do this as the HP 110-210 does something very similar, but the Lenovo has a couple of advantages here.

Rather than using a desktop processor, the H50-05 is using an AMD A6-6310 mobile processor. This has a number of implications. First, even though it is a quad-core processor, it does not run as fast as Intel dual-core desktop processors found in many other budget desktop systems. It is still fast enough for many people that are just using their PC for browsing the web, streaming media, and productivity software. Second, the system is very quiet because it requires much less cooling. The processor is matched up with 6GB of DDR3 memory which is slightly better than the typical 4GB but not quite as good as if it featured 8GB. The memory can be upgraded but both memory slots are in use meaning that one or both modules will need to be replaced.

Storage for the H50-05 is actually quite good. It still uses a desktop-class hard drive that provides a full terabyte of space which is great for anyone that happens to have a lot of digital media files. One downside is that even though there is space to install a second internal hard drive, there are no internal SATA connectors for another drive. Instead, buyers that want to add more space will need to use the two USB 3.0 ports for high-speed external drives. The system does feature a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD and DVD media and a media card reader for the most common types of flash memory cards.

Graphics are interesting for the H50-05. The AMD A6 mobile processor features an internal Radeon R4 graphics engine. This is a decent mobile solution and actually does fairly well on the desktop platform as long as you are not looking to use it for PC gaming. It does have the performance to play older games at lower resolutions and detail levels but with limited frame rates. The interesting part is that the motherboard does feature a PCI-Express graphics card slot for adding a dedicated card. The problem is that there is not an internal desktop power supply meaning that it can only use graphics cards that can run over the PCI-Express bus without external power. This will generally limit it to the most basic of graphics cards except maybe the GeForce GTX 750.

The price of the Lenovo H50-05 is a bit disappointing. At roughly $360 to $400, it costs as much as many more powerful desktop systems in this price range but without the same flexibility that a desktop design offers. In fact, it would probably be better to compare it more to compact or mini-PCs rather than a desktop system. Even still, it is hard to compare it to a system such as the Dell Inspiron Small 3000 which offers a much faster processor and more memory in a compact design smaller than the tower used in the H50-05. Similarly, the Acer Aspire AXC-605-UR11 offers a faster processor but lacks the wireless networking with slightly less RAM but once again in a more compact design.