Lenovo IdeaCentre K450E Review
Buying a quality computer with enough power to render graphics, run your favorite games, or multi-taks with you can often be expensive, which is where budget computers like the IdeaCentre from Lenovo come in. While not a perfect computer by any means, it retails for $799 or less, making it a good option for those on a budget. How does it hold up? We’ve reviewed it to find out.
Probably the worst part about the IdeaCentre is that it’s cheap. The body is made of cheap plastic parts and they are not very durable. If you’re somewhere where computers are frequently roughhoused, are unsure of how much handling you will be doing with the computer, or live somewhere that the post doesn’t take care of your parcels, this is not the computer for you.
The specs on the Lenovo IdeaCentre are actually remarkably impressive for the price. They include the following:
|Processor||3.2 GHz Intel Core i5|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||1000 GB|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2048 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Item model number||57327392|
|Operating System||Windows 8|
|Item Weight||26 pounds|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||14.17 x 16.10 x 6.89 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive Rotational Speed||7200 RPM|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD Super Multi DL|
|Audio-out Ports (#)||1|
What these specs mean:
Processor: Fairly good, and while not top of the line, much better than you would see in most budget computers.
RAM – Again, fairly good, especially for a budget computer. You can upgrade it easily as it has two slots if you need more.
Memory Speed – Fairly good.
Hard Drive – Very good, especially if you’re installing digital games on it. Some versions are not compatible with SSD drives, so choose carefully
Graphics Card RAM – Very good. The lower-end version is not as good as the higher end one.
Your best bet when buying the Lenovo is to purchase the extended warranty with it, because the parts are not grade A. quality. While we’ve only been testing this model for a few weeks, we’ve heard plenty of horror stories about parts giving out within a few months of the year warranty running out. If you buy yours on Amazon, it only costs $60 to add an additional 4 year warranty with free repairs for the duration.
Lenovo’s customer support is famously bad. Expect to be treated accordingly.
The Lenovo is fairly easy to upgrade with plenty of space in the compartment, tool free design for accessing the interior, and pull outs and catches that make it ridiculously easy to open up. It’s actually so easy to open that you can likely figure it out without any help.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre is a promising computer for gaming, graphics, or other use, but it has its issues. Your best bet is to buy it, thoroughly test it on the same day, and if everything isn’t in order, immediately get a refund or an exchange. Make sure you test everything, because the first model we tested literally had parts that weren’t connected in the interior.
While a great budget computer, it’s not the best option if you don’t know much about computers for that reason. If you do know a lot about computers, it’s easy to test out, easy to upgrade, and makes a great starter or basic PC. At the end of the day, it’s a good computer but with enough flaws that you should have some idea of what you’re doing if you want to come away with a usable computer.