The specifications for this PC are as follows:
- Intel Pentium J2900 2.41 GHz Processor
- 4 GB DDR 31600 Ram
- 1 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
- Windows 8.1 Operating system
- 8 GB Maximum Memory Supported
- Five total USB Ports (Four USB 2.0 ports, and One USB 3.0)
- 1333 MHz Memory Speed
- DVD RW (DVD Rewritable Drive)
- 64 Bit Quad Core Processor (While Gaming PCs are available with six, and even eight, processors, a quad core is all you need for most gaming uses).
- 7 in 1 Card Reader
- Wireless LAN Enabled
- 1 Year Warranty
From this list, the main benefits of this PC over some other in its price range are that fact that it is Wireless enabled (believe it or not, this is not necessarily a standard design feature offered by all gaming PCs). Also considered a benefit by many is the fact that it contains an Intel Pentium processor, as these are generally viewed with high regard within the computer community. The DVD RW (DVD Rewritable Drive) is a great added bonus that this PC has to offer.
Its limitations, however, are also worth considering. Probably the most noticeable draw back with the Lenovo Idea Centre H500 is the fact that no additional hard drive can be added to the device itself. Meaning that it you run out of hard drive space, you would have two options- start deleting files and applications, or move everything to a larger system. It is possible to add a separate external hard drive to the system; however that is not an ideal solution for most.
Also, as with many other systems available at this price point, there is no gaming keyboard or mouse included. Probably not a hindrance to most gamers, however, it is something that must be considered by gamers who are shopping with a very low budget and may not be able to afford the accessories separately.
While this PC is a good value for the dollar spent, it is important to remember that many times with PCs- and gaming PCs in particular- you really do get what you pay for.
This PC may be ideal for a beginner gamer, or someone who tends to use their computer for a wide variety of activities and for gaming only occasionally. It could even be an acceptable PC for the intermediate gamer who is on a budget.
However, for the experienced gamer, who uses their PC almost solely for gaming, and spends hours on this hobby or passion daily, or those who are downgrading from a more serious gaming system- you will probably not be happy with this system, at least not for long. While it is a great value for the dollar amount spent, it is still considerably lower quality than higher end (and higher priced) gaming PCs available on the market.