Lenovo H500S Desktop PC Tower £179.99 @ Argos
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Lenovo H500S Desktop PC Tower £179.99 @ Argos

£179.99Argos Deals
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Found 3rd Oct 2014
PU and Memory:

Quad core.
Processor speed 2.67GHz.
4GB RAM.
Hard drive:

500GB SATA hard drive.
DVD optical drives:

Dual layer.
Graphics:

Shared graphics.
Intel HD Graphics.
Interfaces and connectivity:

4 x USB 2.0 ports.
2 x USB 3.0 ports.
Ethernet port.
Wired keyboard and mouse.
Operating system & software:

Microsoft Windows 8.
General features:

Size H30.5, W10.5, D38.5cm.
Weight 7.9kg.
Power saving facility.
EAN: 0888772129354.

32 Comments

This is very good for the price. Heat added.

Seems likely to be a Pentium J2900 (Bay Trail-D) processor. Nominal frequency is 2.4Ghz, 2.67Ghz is burst/turbo.

It's reasonable for the price, I'd probably go for a Pentium G3### haswell system for normal use but this would be good for HTPC/Server/farm duties.

I thought it might be a celeron but its not
CPU Details Here

gta15

I thought it might be a celeron but its not CPU Details Here


Your link gives no more info about the cpu than is already published by the OP. Is it the right link?

Deal was posted 5 hours ago and nobody has said: "is this any good for gaming" "I can build it cheaper" or "cold for windows 8" I'm as impressed by that as i am the deal, heat from me.

it is a Celeron

I'm looking for a new desktop pc for basic use - please can someone advise me on whether to go for this or the dell

dell.com/uk/…top

Thanks

milky228

Deal was posted 5 hours ago and nobody has said: "is this any good for … Deal was posted 5 hours ago and nobody has said: "is this any good for gaming" "I can build it cheaper" or "cold for windows 8" I'm as impressed by that as i am the deal, heat from me.


Now you've done it. They'll all be in. Someone might even point out that it's not Apple or Android. Or a Motorola G.

milky228

Deal was posted 5 hours ago and nobody has said: "is this any good for … Deal was posted 5 hours ago and nobody has said: "is this any good for gaming" "I can build it cheaper" or "cold for windows 8" I'm as impressed by that as i am the deal, heat from me.



Considering that windows 8 is going to be upgraded free to windows 10 next year then a windows 8 buy at cheap prices is a good idea.

I have been using the technical preview of windows 10 and it is excellent so far.

neilc

I'm looking for a new desktop pc for basic use - please can someone … I'm looking for a new desktop pc for basic use - please can someone advise me on whether to go for this or the dell http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-3646-small-desktop/pd?oc=cd64610&model_id=inspiron-3646-small-desktopThanks



Oooh I'm in the same boat.. thinking of buying the dell with VIP code or now this as it has a quad core processor??? vs the dell's dual core?
which pc would be better overall though??? confused

and is Your VAT back on top od that.some heat from me

and is Your VAT back.hot for me

Hardware maintenance manual:
download.lenovo.com/con…pdf

Wonder if this would make a good steambox for the TV?

It's got a half height PCIe 16x slot...


Edited by: "RustySpoons" 3rd Oct 2014

RK94

Oooh I'm in the same boat.. thinking of buying the dell with VIP code or … Oooh I'm in the same boat.. thinking of buying the dell with VIP code or now this as it has a quad core processor??? vs the dell's dual core? which pc would be better overall though??? confused



The J1800 in the Dell is VERY slow, J1900, J2900 are twice as fast, 1000 vs 2000 passmark.

ewaawoowaa

Considering that windows 8 is going to be upgraded free to windows 10 … Considering that windows 8 is going to be upgraded free to windows 10 next year then a windows 8 buy at cheap prices is a good idea.I have been using the technical preview of windows 10 and it is excellent so far.



What's your source for this claim?

phoenix198

What's your source for this claim?



http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a600294/microsoft-windows-10-official-windows-9-skipped-completely.html#~oREIAxrkgT2z9i
I came across it about 3 days ago.

Lilmissjen09

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a600294/microsoft-windows-10-official-windows-9-skipped-completely.html#~oREIAxrkgT2z9iI came across it about 3 days ago.



Yes but it doesn't say its going to be a free upgrade. i don't think it'll be free for anyone. anyway.. Microsoft haven't commented on this yet, could go either way

RustySpoons

The J1800 in the Dell is VERY slow, J1900, J2900 are twice as fast, 1000 … The J1800 in the Dell is VERY slow, J1900, J2900 are twice as fast, 1000 vs 2000 passmark.



While still also being 'very slow' if you're workload is similar to that of passmark.

The point is valid that it's not worth considering the Dell 3646 because it's a slower machine for more money. The Dell 3847 would be a serious competitor with it's Pentium G3240 that's more suited to general use but it's a little overpriced at the moment.

At this price point dual core is often better than quad core. The J and N prefix Quad cores are a completely different low power design to the conventional desktop chips so it isn't be any faster and fewer cores means the processor keeps a higher level of performance - it only drops to half it's performance instead of a quarter if you run an application than can only use one core.

So my advice would be to grab a Celeron G18## or Pentium G3### based machine if you're after a general use desktop.

RustySpoons

The J1800 in the Dell is VERY slow, J1900, J2900 are twice as fast, 1000 … The J1800 in the Dell is VERY slow, J1900, J2900 are twice as fast, 1000 vs 2000 passmark.



What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD videos from youtube, browse the web smoothly and multitask on such programs with ease??? I thought it could do these basic tasks.. im a light user no gaming obviously but what about stuff like web browsing and watching movies etc. ? can you comment on this?

thanks

Also no J series supports SATA 6 if you did want to fit a SSD.

no hdmi connection.

RK94

What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD … What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD videos from youtube, browse the web smoothly and multitask on such programs with ease??? I thought it could do these basic tasks.. im a light user no gaming obviously but what about stuff like web browsing and watching movies etc. ? can you comment on this? thanks



RE: the J1800 in the Dell,

It will struggle with with ITV player in HD, Youtube 1080p, especially if there are ads on the page. If you have a habbit of leaving browser tabs open you'll probably find this system pretty painful to use in the long term.
Edited by: "intranix" 3rd Oct 2014

Next time someone advertises a car with 4 wheels for a similar price jump all over it and slaver "gud 4 teh price!!" just ignore the fact its made of plastic and the wheels are square

Anyways for those technically inclined:
shop.lenovo.com/gb/…0s/

The OPs link says its a quad so its the J1850 or J2850, only difference between the two is 2ghz vs 2.4ghz, nothing else. Seems okay. There isnt a whole lot about these new baytrail arch chips... This is the part when I typically say it will have a rubbish case and PSU but who cares about the case for the price and that chip uses so little power even the worst PSU in the world will run it without blowing up. Seems legit!

CPU is not upgradable but for a mom & pop PC, its ideal.

RK94

What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD … What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD videos from youtube, browse the web smoothly and multitask on such programs with ease??? I thought it could do these basic tasks.. im a light user no gaming obviously but what about stuff like web browsing and watching movies etc. ? can you comment on this?



Yeah, it will do that for a couple of years. I don't like to sound like a broken record but they're not the CPU I'd choose for that use though, the £10 more ebuyer zoostorm G3240 or £229 Dell 3847 if you want more support are both better choices.

For example have at look at the benchmarks on this page. Some of them might be a bit advanced, but something like the Javascript benchmark where the J1900 is barely a third of the speed is the sort of use you might run across.

And the Haswell (G) chips also have significantly faster graphics. Not only does it have 2.5x the execution units (graphics cores if you like) but it's got a 25% higher clockspeed and it's a generation newer. I wouldn't be surprised if it was four times as fast.

This machine is like the netbooks that were popular a few years ago. They'll go fine for two or three years then could well start to struggle. They were quite good buys because you couldn't get any faster small laptops for under £1000 but I'm not convinced about these desktops, other than for 24/7 uses where their impressively low power consumption could be a significant factor.

RustySpoons

Also no J series supports SATA 6 if you did want to fit a SSD.



The incredibly fast random access times most people buy an SSD for won't be affected by the lack of SATA 6Gbps only the slightly faster sequential transfer speeds will be so that's no big deal.


Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 3rd Oct 2014

HDMI out??

Lilmissjen09

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a600294/microsoft-windows-10-official-windows-9-skipped-completely.html#~oREIAxrkgT2z9iI came across it about 3 days ago.


Really? I read the article and couldn't even get a semi.

craigstephens

Really? I read the article and couldn't even get a semi.



I very much doubt you will get a free upgrade to windows 10, but you would get a substantial discount,

as for the article did nothing for me, but the technical preview is doing wonders ;-)

EndlessWaves

Yeah, it will do that for a couple of years. I don't like to sound like a … Yeah, it will do that for a couple of years. I don't like to sound like a broken record but they're not the CPU I'd choose for that use though, the £10 more ebuyer zoostorm G3240 or £229 Dell 3847 if you want more support are both better choices.



You sound like a well balanced person to ask…

I've been asked to keep an eye out for an entry level PC for general use and the occasional bit of video editing - for a 12 year old…

You mentioned the Dell 3847 - had a look at the top end one coming in at £429 delivered.

Seems ok to me - any thoughts.

Cheers

RK94

What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD … What do you mean by VERY slow... will it not be able to play full HD videos from youtube, browse the web smoothly and multitask on such programs with ease??? I thought it could do these basic tasks.. im a light user no gaming obviously but what about stuff like web browsing and watching movies etc. ? can you comment on this?

RustySpoons

Also no J series supports SATA 6 if you did want to fit a SSD.



Thanks for such an informative answer.
i think I'll go with the Dell 3847 now for £207 with my vip code. i think that's a good buy. I'm sure that can handle 1080p videos and smooth web browsing and multitasking with ease??
but either way looks a better upgrade for £27 for the 1TB HDD and the 3.1Ghz G Haswell processor

even though i don't know what the difference is lol

Cold.

Moto G is better.
Doesn't have iOS.
Can't use Google Play on it.
Not 1080p.

RK94

Thanks for such an informative answer.i think I'll go with the Dell 3847 … Thanks for such an informative answer.i think I'll go with the Dell 3847 now for £207 with my vip code. i think that's a good buy. I'm sure that can handle 1080p videos and smooth web browsing and multitasking with ease?? but either way looks a better upgrade for £27 for the 1TB HDD and the 3.1Ghz G Haswell processoreven though i don't know what the difference is lol




Hmm. Was thinking of buying the lenovo flex thing last week but now thinking this (of the dell 3847 and finding a touchscreen monitor somewhere for same price. If portability aint issue is that a better bet or am I missing something? Also any pointers towards decent affordable touchscreen to go with this appreciated.

Guess have to factor in keyboard, wireless, webcam etc too so adds up I suppose

Been looking for a basic but capable pc for under £200 for a few weeks had my eye on this before the price drop but that swung it.
Im not expecting miracles just want a basic machine for basic tasks and its running just fine nice and snappy when browsing streaming 1080p fine and more than capable of doing what I intend to use it for lovely looking case and keyboard all in all more than happy with it

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