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Lenovo H420 (7752-1YU)

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People are always looking for good deals when purchasing items. In electronics, good deals will offer great performance, great graphics and great support at low prices. The Lenovo H420 (7752-1YU) is a mid-range desktop that is well-worth the money spent on it. Valued at $600, there are only few desktops that can compare with it in terms of features.

The chassis is mostly matte black aluminum. The positioning of the components is fairly standard. There is a DVD burner at the top of the front panel. Connections to removable media are found directly below it. These include USB ports, a memory card reader and audio ports.The back panel is similar to most as well in terms of ports. There are additional USB ports, RJ45, VGA and the antenna for the built-in Wi-Fi card. Wi-Fi is of utmost importance nowadays. People prefer having lesser wires on their devices. If there is one wire that can be done without, it is instantly replaced. Wi-Fi reduces the need to connect via Ethernet.

 

One advantage of the H420 (7752-1YU) is that it has an HDMI-out port in the back panel. A lot of desktops miss out on this important component. The manufacturers of those desktops do not understand that some users want to send the video output elsewhere via HDMI. It’s a good thing this system has one ready for use. It did miss out on another thing that plagues new desktops. The thing which would have boosted this system’s popularity is the USB 3.0 interface. Any desktop that offers this and has decent performance will be preferred by consumers.

 

Another issue with the H420 (7752-1YU) is its lack of free memory slots. At the moment, it has 6GB of RAM that is split evenly between two DIMM slots. The user can always replace the 2 3GB modules with 4GB modules but you are still limited to a maximum of 8GB. Some desktops can go as far as 16GB thanks to the presence of 4 DIMM slots. Upgrading memory is one of the reasons why desktops are bought. If you can’t upgrade it to meet the demands of the future, that is a big downside.

 

That aside, the hard drive is something to behold. The H420 (7752-1YU) is equipped with a 1.5TB drive which is larger than the average 1TB usually provided. The device also runs on an Intel Core i3 processor which is still good for the next two to three years. Sadly, all these are powered by a weak 280w power supply. If more components are added, there is no choice but to change the supply.

Lenovo IdeaPad S205

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Tablets are slowly replacing netbooks due to their portability. However, netbooks are still in the running. The Lenovo IdeaPad S205 is one of the good netbooks still on the market. It has a decent 11-inch screen which is not bad for its price. Its internals are also fashioned in a different way. As opposed to the typical Intel Atom processor, this one has an AMD E-350 processor which actually gives a better Windows Experience Index than the Atom. Best of all, it has 4GB memory installed. This is extremely useful and is way better than buying a netbook that has only 1GB and is in the same price range.

 

One downside of the S205 is its design. The plastic is not very helpful in hiding smudges. There are some netbooks that are of the same price but have anti-reflective tops to keep the device clean. However, for an 11-inch netbook, it weighs a surprising 3.1 pounds only. That makes it lighter than some 10-inch netbooks and almost all 11-inch ones.

 

The addition of one inch to the screen already guarantees the user the privilege of enjoying a 1366×768 resolution. This makes HD viewing possible. Comfort is also guaranteed when you use the keyboard. The keys are adjusted to be of optimal height in order for the user to feel at ease. The touchpad is also very responsive and has soft mouse buttons for easy clicking.

 

One of the outstanding features of the S205 is the presence of an HDMI port. Not many netbooks have this as it is commonly made for full-size laptops. Then again, how many netbooks have you come across that have 4GB memory?

 

The number of USB 2.0 ports on the device is three. This is mostly standard in netbooks but it sure beats those cost-effective ones that have only two. The 500GB hard drive is also a big plus considering that typical netbooks only have 300GB on average.

 

Regrettably, the Lenovo S205 only has a 48WH battery. This allows it to last up to 5.5 hours. Considering that the screen draws more power and the battery is smaller, it is actually an efficient device. Marketing-wise it would have been more appealing if the battery had a higher rating.

 

Without a doubt, it is the presence of 4GB memory that makes the S205 stand out as this amount of memory is supposedly for mainstream laptops.While processing power is only slightly enhanced, the price is still acceptable for that added one-inch display and 3GB of RAM.