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Lenovo H 530s Review

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Home Computers here. The Lenovo H is a personal computer that runs Windows 8.1.

Our Verdict

The Lenovo H is a serviceable home computer, but the lack of wireless options and the basic processor make it weaker than other similar models.

For

  • The tower design is slim, and optional upgrades include a Blu-ray player.

Against

  • The base configuration comes with a low-end processor and lacks wireless options.
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Lenovo H image: A view of the top and bottom of the computer.

Lenovo H image: A view of the top and bottom of the computer.
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Lenovo H image: A view of the front and back of the computer.

Lenovo H image: A view of the front and back of the computer.
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Lenovo H image: The front of the computer has a headphone and mic jack, two USB ports and a memory card reader.

Lenovo H image: The front of the computer has a headphone and mic jack, two USB ports and a memory card reader.
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Lenovo H image: A view of the side of the computer.

Lenovo H image: A view of the side of the computer.

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Home Computers here.

The Lenovo H is a personal computer that runs Windows 8.1. The base processor is a G3000 Intel Pentium, which is a lower-end chip. While it has enough power to do basic web browsing and word processing, it lacks the performance to run programs that are more complex. You may upgrade the Lenovo H to a superior chip, including a 4th generation Intel i7, if you desire more processing muscle.

The Lenovo H doesn’t come with a wireless card, but it includes a slot for an 802.11 Wi-Fi card. You can purchase a card separately and install it after purchase if you want to upgrade the computer. The Lenovo H doesn't have a configuration that provides you Bluetooth. The lack of wireless options limits the devices you can use with this PC and lowers its usability. Wherever you place the computer in your home, you will have to plan to run wire to it in order to access the internet.

There is only a single hard drive on the Lenovo H. The base configuration gives you 500GB of storage, and you can upgrade that to 2TB of storage, which should be enough storage for most home multimedia uses. However, if you have a large movie, music or photo library, then you could be forced to use external hard drives for further storage. The base unit comes with 4GB of RAM, and the Lenovo H is upgradable to 16GB.

The Lenovo H includes a 16x DVD burner on the base configuration. You can upgrade the optical drive to a Blu-ray player, an option you won't find on other cheap PCs. The computer also includes an HDMI output, which means you can use a flat screen TV as a monitor and watch Blu-ray discs in full 1080p quality. The Lenovo H also has a memory card reader on the front of the computer. This lets you access the data from memory cards without using a USB adaptor.

Lenovo provides a one-year warranty with this personal computer. This limited warranty only covers manufacturer's defects. You can purchase an additional three-year warranty from Lenovo. Lenovo provides live chat service on their website, as well as email support, phone support and driver downloads.

The Lenovo H is a tower computer that delivers a basic level of computing for home needs. The base configuration will give you enough to do basic level programs and multimedia work, and you can upgrade the PC to get some additional features like a Blu-ray reader.