Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lenovo H50 - 90BG003JUS Desktop Computer Review

I recently purchased a new desktop to replace an older laptop that was beginning to have some issues. I was looking for a good mid-range desktop for work and everyday tasks like web browsing and word processing. In the past I have had Dell and HP computers but this time I decided to try a new brand. After doing a lot of research, I ended up going with the Lenovo H50. It is available at stores like Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg.

The H50 has an AMD A10 processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive. It comes with a keyboard and mouse, but monitor must be purchased separately. Unpacking and setting up the computer was pretty straight forward. It does come with extra pre-installed apps and programs that you may not need. I spent some time going through the programs to get rid of unnecessary things and also went through the settings to help speed up the performance.

After getting used to it and working with it for a few weeks, overall it has been pretty good. It is not the fastest computer out there but it gets the job done and so far I have not run into any significant issues.

It comes with Windows 10 which did take a little time to learn coming from Windows 7 but overall it is not too much of a change. I actually find Windows 10 to work surprisingly well. For example when you plug things in, they just work right away without having to install drivers or anything like that. It does seem to be pushing the whole “apps” thing which I am not a fan of, but I can see they are trying to gear it towards the tablets and phones with the touch screen. I use it with a regular screen and it still works well.

The keyboard and mouse that come with it are just average. I do a lot of typing and found the keyboard was difficult to type on, so I ended up replacing it with the Apple keyboard. I may upgrade the mouse also but for now it is working ok.

I paired the H50 with a Viewsonic VX2270SMH LED IPS Monitor which I really like. It has great picture quality, style, and has built in speakers.

It is still early to weigh in on the long term performance, but so far I have been happy with the computer. If you are looking for a solid desktop computer that is good for work and everyday tasks, I recommend the Lenovo H50.

Update: 2-12-18:
It's hard to believe it has been over a year an a half since I bout the computer. It still seems like it is pretty new. For long term performance it has been ok. The only thing is I have had issues with the computer waking up by itself from hibernate which has been very annoying and difficult to fix. I believe this may be a Windows 10 issue and not necessarily a Lenovo issue. So far the hardware has been pretty good with no major issues yet. 

Update 4-24-20:
It's been about 4 years and the computer is working very well. I have not had any issues with it lately. I just do the Windows updates when they are needed and everything seems to work fine. It is hard to believe it is nearly 4 years old already because it still seems pretty new. I would expect I can get several more years out of it at least. 

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