|Processor||3.7 GHz Intel Core i3|
|RAM||8 GB ddr4_sdram|
|Memory Speed||2133 MHz|
|Hard Drive||1000 GB SATA3|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 530|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Lenovo Ideacentre 300 Desktop Computer, Black (Intel Core i3, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10) 90DA00LPUS
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Affordable Family-Friendly Tower Desktop
The affordable IdeaCentre 300 Tower desktop, with Intel processing technology, delivers responsive performance with an immersive multimedia experience that includes 5.1 channel surround sound support, Full HD graphics and a DVD R/W drive. Perfect for enjoying music, movies, gaming, and surfing the web, the IdeaCentre 300 can handle most all of your family’s everyday computing requirements.
Windows 10. It's the Windows You Know, Only Better.
There are so many similarities to Windows 7, you'll feel like an expert from the get-go. Spend less time learning and more time doing, with the return of classic features like the Start menu, and new features like simplified navigation and universal access to apps. Windows 10 is the best combination of the Windows you already know, plus lots of great improvements you’ll love.
Powered by integrated Intel HD graphics, 5.1 surround sound support, HDMI output for audio, and a DVD R/W drive, the IdeaCentre 300 Tower PC offers a complete home entertainment experience.
Instant Connectivity with WiFi and Bluetooth
With WiFi 802.11 a/c plus Bluetooth 4.0 installed, you can rely on the ideacentre 300 to be the main connectivity and entertainment hub for the whole family. It’s a powerful way to get streaming audio and video to every device in the house.
The evenly spaced, individual curved keys on the acclaimed Lenovo AccuType Keyboard enhance comfort and facilitate typing accuracy.
Power through your to-do list and have time left over to surf the web with this sensible desktop PC. Built with the latest Intel Core i3 processor and enough memory and storage to meet your every need, the ideacentre 300-20 is smartly affordable.
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The Solid State Drive I recommend is: ADATA Premier SP550 240GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Solid State Drive (ASP550SS3-240GM-C)
To put it nicely, this is a very entry level computer that seems to be designed around keeping manufacture as inexpensive as possible and low power consumption. There is little to no room for expansion in the way of memory, video, extra drives, expansion slots, etc. In other words, you are never going to be able to upgrade this computer to something better or faster through spending money on upgrades, other than perhaps ditching the mechanical hard drive for a solid-state drive.
MOTHERBOARD/CASE features a total 3 SATA ports, two of which are already in use by the main hard drive and the DVD R-W drive. There are NO available drive bays inside the case, so using the 3rd SATA port is not going to happen. There is simply no room for an additional drive.
POWER SUPPLY is super small and the case leaves almost no room for upgrading to a more powerful or efficient PSU. It seems to be rated at 180 WATTS Max. Fotunately, the entire computer only seems to use an average of 25 WATTS or so. This is a huge reduction in electricity consumption compared to compters made just a few years ago. Basically, the equivelant of a 25 WATT lightbulb.
GRAPHICS are strictly on-board, using an Intel HD Graphics 530 chipset. There is a PCIE slot available for adding an additional video card, but I have doubts as to whether the existing power supply could handle powering a high-level video card.
CONNECTIVITY Comes with onboard Gigabit Ethernet along with onboard wi-fi adapter. There is a tiny antenna on the outside of the case for wi-fi, which makes for a rather limited reception capability. Bluetooth is also onboard.
MEMORY/STORAGE The main board has two available slots for DDR4 memory, both of which are in use. So, no room for additional RAM. Storage consists of a Seagate mechanical hard drive running at 7200 RPM with 1TB of storage space. Why they are still using mechanical hard drives as a primary drive, I have no idea. Even at 7200 RPM, there is a lot of lag on this drive, which brings Windows 10 to an absolute crawl at times. If you are going to upgrade anything on this computer, the hard drive would be my #1 choice. Old-fashioned HDDs are great for mass storage, but suck as primary drives compared to SSDs.
SOFTARE Not much special here. An OEM version of Windows 10 Home. Much has been written about Windows 10, so I'm not going to try re-inventing the wheel in this review. Suffice to say, if you are at all concerned about privacy and security you will need to spend some time changing the default settings. As-is, Windows 10 sacrifices a lot of your privacy.
CONCLUSION This Lenovo desktop has a very small footprint and consumes a tiny amount of electricity. Probably less than most laptop computers (minus the monitor). It would make a good entry-level computer for the home user who browses the web, writes letters or plays solitaire. It is not a gaming computer, nor can it be upgraded to one. It has more storage space than the casual user will ever need, but storage space is gained at the expense of drive speed. It is a good computer for a beginner or the elderly. It's capabilities will not expand much beyond that though.
POWER SUPPLY: HuntKey HK-280 22FP, 180W, Rated 80+
MOTHERBOARD: Lenovo IH110MS
MEMORY: 2x 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
AVERAGE POWER CONSUMPTION: 25W
HARD DISK DRIVE: Seagate ST1000DM003, 1TB, 64MB Cache, 7,200 RPM, SATA 6.0Gb/s, 3.5"
OPTICAL DRIVE: PLDS Model DH16AFSH, DVD R-W
CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 dual core @3.7GHz
ONBOARD GRAPHICS: Intel HD Graphics 530
ONBOARD NIC: Realtek PCIE GBE Family Gigabit Ethernet
OS: Windows 10 Home. No installation media included.
EXPANSION SLOTS: PCI-E 16x (1), PCI-E 1x (2)
USB 3.0: 2 front panel, 2 real panel
USB 2.0: 2 rear panel (4)
VIDEO CONNECTIONS: HDMI or VGA
ALSO INCLUDED: onboard wi-fi A/B/G/N, Front Panel SD-CARD R/W + audio in/out, Rear Panel audio in/out, USB keyboard, USB mouse, Installation Manual
My old Gateway was built like a tank - you'd have to throw it off a cliff to break it. This one just seems like I could break it by bumping into it too hard. The good side to that is that it's extremely light and easy to move around when needed.
One thing I really don't like is the buzzing/whirring sound that I get when using my headphones. I've noticed that the port is right under the hard drive (mine is SATA, not SSD, so there are moving parts which make noise), and I think it picks up interference from it. The way my Gateway's mother board and ports were aligned, the headphone jack was several inches away from the hard drive, and I never had a problem with it.
Overall I'm more happy with it than not, but in hindsight I would have purchased a higher quality machine that included a faster processor.