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Lenovo IdeaCentre H215 Budget Desktop PC

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Lenovo IdeaCentre H215 Budget Desktop PC

Lenovo IdeaCentre H215

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The Bottom Line

Oct 28 2010 - Lenovo's IdeaCentre H215 may be an older value line model from the company but it still holds up fairly well against the competition under $500. It certainly is a system to look at if you need a lot of storage space thanks to the large one terabyte hard drive. Performance is decent but upgrade options are particularly limited because of the very low wattage power supply more typical of a small form factor PC than a mini-tower design.

Pros

  • Large Hard Drive

Cons

  • Low Wattage Power Supply Limits Internal Upgrades
  • Recessed DVD Drive Hard To Open And Looks Out Of Place

Description

  • AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • ATI Radeon HD 3000 Integrated Graphics Processor
  • 7.1 Audio Support
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, HDMI, CGA, 16-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaCentre H215 Budget Desktop PC

Oct 28 2010 - Powering the Lenovo IdeaCentre H215 is the AMD Athlon II X2 250 dual core processor. This is a fairly common one to be seen in desktops in the $500 price range. It should be able to handle most basic tasks without too much issue but will struggle on some of the more demanding tasks such as desktop video. The 4GB of DDR3 memory should help mitigate slowdowns when multitasking.

Storage is what really sets the Lenovo IdeaCentre H215 apart from much of the competition. It comes equipped with a large 1TB hard drive that provides anywhere from one third to double the storage space of the average $500 desktop. This lets uses store plenty of applications, data and especially large high definition media files. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media. The drive is somewhat recessed in the front panel making it a bit harder to reach and disrupting the look of the front panel. Also included on the top of the front panel is a 16-in-1 card reader that lets the system handle the most popular flash memory cards.

Graphics are probably one of the weaker areas for the IdeaCenter H215. It uses an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3000 graphics processor. This is an older generation integrated solution that still handles 2D and high definition media streaming just fine. It can actually be used for some low resolution and low detail level 3D casual gaming but it is not suitable for any real gaming. There is a PCI-Express graphics slot available inside of the system but don't expect to use just about any dedicated graphics card that requires any additional power connectors. The system has a really small 180 watt power supply that drastically limits internal upgrades.

The net result is a system that works well for those that need some additional storage space but beyond that, it isn't all that different from many other desktops in this price range. With hard drive space being so affordable to add either internally or externally to a computer these days, it isn't as great of an advantage as it once was.

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