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Lenovo Ideacentre 300S

Lenovo Ideacentre 300S 2 Core Intel Celeron 1.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

2 Intel Celeron 1.6GHz 4GB Oct 2015
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Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, Ideacentre 300S owners rated this computer 80%.

Reasonably Priced

A few customers who bought the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S thought it was good value for money. A few weeks ago Iloveamazon mentioned on Amazon “Great price compared to everything else I investigated” in their Lenovo Ideacentre 300S review. Iloveamazon also wrote “The hardware is fantastic -especially for the price!”. In the same month Moon gave it a score of 5 stars and she mentioned in her review of the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S on Amazon “The price was fantastic”.

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S owner wrote that this PC was cheap. This month Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “The Lenovo IdeaCentre 300s ($329.99) is a basic budget desktop that accomplishes simple tasks with little flair” but even so they only rated the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S 3 stars.

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Easy to Use

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Iloveamazon wrote “Handy power button - right there on the top front of it” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. One customer who purchased it reckoned that it had a good experience. Jamie he wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “This has been the worst experience ever with a new computer” in his Lenovo Ideacentre 300S review.

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S owner said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Pc Mag mentioned in December this year “Very easy to set up and use”.

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S owner who bought the product reckoned that it had a good interface. In December this year Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Simple, straightforward interface”.

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Good Technical Features

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S reviewer said in their reviews that this PC had good features. A few weeks ago Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag “The Lenovo IdeaCentre 300s is a basic budget desktop that offers a simple set of features and specs at a reasonable price.” in their review.

Large Storage Capacity

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good storage. Iloveamazon wrote in their review of the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S this year “Dropbox because they have so many syncing problems, I found a secure and encrypted cloud storage provider called Sync that works really well” .

Robust

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. In December this year Pc Mag wrote in their review of this PC “Excellent workmanship”.

Good Size

One Lenovo Ideacentre 300S owner who purchased the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S concluded that it was thin. This month Pc Mag said “Thinner and lighter than the 752 series, strong base” in their review of this PC.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on personal computers of this age and type.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Ideacentre 300S has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Ideacentre 300S. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Ideacentre 300S range from 1GB to 16GB.

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Quite Fast Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

At 1,600 megahertz, the Ideacentre 300S has a very fast memory clock speed supported by processor compared to most of the other personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the Ideacentre 300S. PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Ideacentre 300S have memory clock speeds supported by processors of between 1,300MHz and 1,900MHz.

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Good Brand

Lenovo is one of the superior personal computer brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its few processor core computers.

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Supports Seven Compatible Memory Cards

The number of compatible memory card supported by the Ideacentre 300S is more than most PCs of this age and spec. This computer supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory card supported by PCs of this spec and age. The compatible memory cards "MMC", "MMC+", "MS PRO", "Memory Stick (MS)", "SDHC" and "SDXC" are also supported by this desktop computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The number of placements supported by the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S is more than most few processor core computers that have been available for more than a year. This computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by computers of a similar spec and age to the Ideacentre 300S.

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5.1 Audio Output Channel

This personal computer has a 5.1 audio output channel, which is the most frequently found audio output channel on computers of a similar spec and age to it.

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DVD Super Multi Optical Drive Type

The optical drive type of this desktop computer is DVD Super Multi DL, which is the most frequently found optical drive type on few processor core computers that have been around for more than a year.

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Narrow

The Lenovo Ideacentre 300S is fairly narrow (only 105 millimeters) compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable type and age to the Ideacentre 300S. The average width of few processor core computers that were released one year ago is 180mm, and the widths range from 29mm to 660mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This desktop computer received an expert rating of 60 out of 100 from PC Mag. Personal computer experts aren't convinced by this computer.

Poor Connectivity

Some Lenovo Ideacentre 300S reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was not wifi compatible. This month Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Limited wireless range” and gave it a rating of 3 stars. Pc Mag also said “Slow wireless transfer speed”.

One person who bought it thought it was not easy to sync. In December Iloveamazon said in their review “And if you dislike One Drive and Dropbox because they have so many syncing problems, I found a secure”.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the Ideacentre 300S is 27GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 4GB to 64GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Ideacentre 300S has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other computers that are a similar age to the Ideacentre 300S.

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency

The Lenovo Ideacentre 300S has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter burst frequencies (only 600 megahertz) amongst personal computers of this age. The average on-board graphics adapter burst frequency of PCs of a comparable type and age to the Ideacentre 300S is 680MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter burst frequencies range from 600MHz to 860MHz.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Computers of a similar age and spec to the Ideacentre 300S have processor clock speeds of between 0.8GHz and 3.9GHz. The Ideacentre 300S has a fairly slow processor clock speed (only 1.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were released one year ago.

We compared all the other 1.6GHz processor clock speed PCs to this PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Aspire XC-704 (£241.79), and the Veriton N2510G both from Acer or the HP Pavilion Mini 300 is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the P5J55EA (£337.20) (1.9GHz), or the 300-235na (£369.00) (2GHz) both from HP or the Asus GR8 (2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is typical of many few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to it. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

There are a number of other HDD desktop computers currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the ProDesk 600 G1, or the ProDesk 400 G2.5 SFF (£389.00) both from HP or the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny (£340.96).

If the storage speed of this PC is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the HP Chromebox CB1 (SSD and higher rated), the Zotac ZBOX BI322 (SSD and higher rated), or the Asus UN42 (£149.99) (SSD and higher rated).

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of the Ideacentre 300S of only 8,192 megabytes is one of the smallest amongst desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to the Ideacentre 300S. Across all the computers that were released one year ago the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 26GB.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The Lenovo Ideacentre 300S is a two processor thread PC. Most of the other computers of a comparable spec and age to the Ideacentre 300S have between two and three processor threads.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S has a fairly small processor cache compared to most of the other PCs of this age and type. The average processor cache of comparable spec PCs that came out around the same time as the Ideacentre 300S is 2.8MB, and the processor caches range from 1MB to 4MB.

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Very Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

At only 2.16 gigahertz, the Ideacentre 300S has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were released more than a year ago. The maximum turbo frequencies of personal computers of a similar type and age to the Ideacentre 300S range from 2GHz to 5GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.9GHz.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Lenovo released the Ideacentre 300S.

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo Ideacentre 300S has a pretty typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Ideacentre 300S.

We compared this personal computer to all the other 500GB total storage capacity desktop computers and we think the ProDesk 600 G1, the EliteDesk 800 G1, and the 260 G1 mini all from HP which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this desktop computer total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Aspire XC-710 (£319.97) (1TB), or the I3001 (1TB) both from Acer or the HP Mini 300-250nb (1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S has a relatively average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for around the same time as the Ideacentre 300S.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 500GB hard drive capacity PCs currently available including the Veriton M2631, or the Veriton M2631 both from Acer or the HP ProDesk 600 G1 which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger hard drive capacity then you might also want to look at the Aspire XC-710 (£319.97) (1TB), or the I3001 (1TB) both from Acer or the HP Mini 300-250nb (1TB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Ideacentre 300S has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other computers of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative 4GB memory personal computers currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the D310MT, or the VM62N both from Asus or the HP ProDesk 600 G1.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Lenovo H50 (8GB), the Acer Aspire XC-710 (£319.97) (8GB), or the Asus GR8 (8GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Features
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
Tjunction
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Ergonomics
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Compatible Memory Card
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Execution Unit
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
USB 2.0 Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Performance
Audio Output Channel
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel 64
Embedded Options Available
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel AES New Instructions
Idle States
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel Secure Boot
Intel Secure Boot Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Display
Power
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Packaging Content
Mouse Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
Technical Details
Technical Details
Management Features

Expert Reviews

(1)
28 July 2016

The Lenovo IdeaCentre 300s is a basic budget desktop that offers a simple set of features and specs at a reasonable price, but doesn't excel in any particular area...

Affordable
Small tower design
Good selection of IO ports
Thinner and lighter than the 752 series, strong base
Excellent workmanship
Middling performance
Low storage capacity
Limited upgrade options
More limited overclocking abilities compared to 752VYG 700, rubberized surfaces attract fingerprints, major backlight bleeding (on test unit), system fans almost always active, lid could have been mo
Limited wireless range

User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 21 January 2016 by Jake M.
(Verified Purchase)

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who doesn't want to spend more than $500 on a PC for gaming, although I'm going to upgrade the video card to a GTX 750 Ti and a 500 Watt Power... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2016 by Rick
(Verified Purchase)

A+++++...

Reviewed 7 October 2016 by IloveAmazon
(Verified Purchase)

Pros: -Extremely fast processing -Very small size- fits in a small space out of the way of feet -A good number of various ports for just about everything you might want to interconnect to... Read more…

Reviewed 27 September 2016 by Kindle Customer
(Verified Purchase)

This computer is a work horse, I have not had a desk top in quite a while and I love it.

Reviewed 1 September 2016 by Tom K
(Verified Purchase)

Delivered on time and as described...

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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 300s11, 300s11i, 300s11ib, 300s11ibr, lenovo 90dq004, lenovo 90dq004h, lenovo 90dq004hu, lenovo 90dq004hus
Barcodes 00190151121331, 00190404553339

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