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Lenovo Essential H520E

Lenovo Essential H520E
alaScore 89

205 reviews

Nov, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 205 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo Essential H520E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Lenovo Essential H520E from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

usability, price, design

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s Desktop (Black)Lenovo IdeaCentre H520 Desktop (Black)

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Works fine initially but not reliable in my experience


It was working as expected. Lot of storage space, good connectivity with the included wireless, etc. I mean there is nothing really much to say here. It's not blazing fast or anything, you can tell from the specs. Windows 8 was a little annoying but...

After about... 8 months of usage the computer would freeze and often I would boot to a screen saying no OS found. I would notice before freezing the hard drive activity led would cease blinking and I figured it was a hard drive failure. It took like 4...

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Card reader does not work


The card reader does not recognize any hcsd card. I have tried several brands and no luck. I have re installed the drivers but no luck. The lenovo web site every time want to call my computer a thinkpad. I enter in the model number H520S slim desk top...

Slim and fairly attractive

Built in card reader does not work. Lenovo web site is difficult to navigate. You enter in your computer model but the next page dumps it. Poor on line support


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Nice for HTPC


This is about as small as a PC can get and still have a reasonable amount of room in the case for a few minor upgrades. Nice size for the HTPC, if you add a wireless keyboard.

Small size, much smaller than a mid tower, enough power with an i5 processor, Windows 7 and 4GB RAM for a HTPC. Great price for an i5, on sale

None for me. If you want to play serious games, you will need a video card

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great value


I got this to stream video with. but it runs slow and freezes. But if you are looking for a basic pc, for emails, facebook, twitter it is greatThis product is... Inputs which I need, quiet, Attractive design, easy to set up, Sharp graphicsAbout me......

windows 8


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New PC


I have had this computer for just under 1 month and so far so good.... love it as a matter of fact!This product is... Perfect for Business, quietAbout me... Business Professional, self employed

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great for small office


Purchased this for a small office setting, very pleasedThis product is... Perfect for Business, easy to set upAbout me... Business Professional, retired

has all the features needed

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Great computer for beginers


I bought this for my 3 and 6 year old daughters for their learning games and their movies. Very good quality for the price, this was unexpected considering what we paid. I do not have to help them navigate much due to the simplicity. They have a lot of...

Very user friendly


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Great PC on a budget


This is by far the nicest looking PC that i have ever owned. It has a nice brushed metallic finish, with a few chrome and black accents. This PC outperforms all others that i have owned. Windows 8 is not as bad as i expected, though it has been updated...

Awesome looking, budget friendly PC

Lenovo software is useless

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Easy setup. Good speed. Children can use


Having the Microsoft products and other functions sold separately where they used to be included is just unfair and another way to ripoff the customerThis product is... easy to set upAbout me... Parent with kids

Like the ability for the kids to use

Can't use all functions. Needs free interactive instruction

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works very well


I love this product and if i had to get another i would definately come to Best buys againThis product is... Inputs which I need, quiet, A nice compact size, Attractive design, Premium quality mouse/keyboard combo, easy to set up, lightning fast, Sharp...

fast and dependable


Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:6 in 1 Card Reader / 7 in 1 Card Reader / No
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / Not Applicable
True Resolution:Full HD / Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / FreeDOS / MS-DOS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Product Type:AIO / Tower


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEFORCE 605 / GEFORCE GT620 / GEFORCE GT630 / HD GPU / HD GRAPH. 2500 / HD Graphics 2500 / Intel ® HD GPU / Intel ® HD Graphics 2000
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard / OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:H61 / Unknown
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Celeron ® / Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:G1620T CELERON / G2020 / G2030 / G2030T / i3-2120 / I3-3220 / I3-3240 / I3-3240T / I5-2320 / I5-3330 / I5-3350P / I7-3770