Lenovo Vs. HP Desktops

Desktop computers are evolving, and there are many factors to consider when choosing which model is best for you. Two major brands that offer a broad selection of desktop computers are Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo. HP is an American company with a rich history of innovation in technology. Lenovo is a Chinese company with a growing presence in the laptop and desktop market in this country. Carefully evaluate what each company offers before making your final decision.

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HP Desktop Computers

Hewlett-Packard has over 70 different versions of desktop computers in four distinct categories -- Essential, Advanced, Elite and Ready to Ship. Essential desktops are powerful and budget-friendly. Advanced desktops are business-oriented computers combining performance and expansion. Elite desktops are also business-focused and are designed with security and expansion technologies. Ready-to-ship desktops are pre-configured and shipped within 24 hours. Additionally, HP offers the opportunity to customize your desktop to meet your individual performance needs. (Ref: HP Desktops and All-in-Ones)

Lenovo Desktop Computers

Lenovo offers over 30 versions of desktop computers in three different categories --ThinkCentre, Lenovo and Erazer. ThinkCentre is a business-oriented desktop line focused on reliability, productivity and security. The Lenovo desktop models are budget-conscious models with enhanced video and audio capabilities. Erazer desktops are also focused on home use with an emphasis on entertainment and gaming. You can also customize your desktop computer on the Lenovo website. (Ref: Lenovo: Desktops and All-in-Ones)

All-in-One Touch-Screen Examples

Lenovo’s C260 is an entry-level all-in-one desktop model in the sub $500 market that receives accolades for its quality-build and impressive features. With 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and a responsive 19” touch-screen, this Lenovo model exceeds most expectations for a budget desktop. For high-end business users, the HP EliteOne 800 is an all-in-one desktop with 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid state drive for fast and reliable data transfer, a 23” touch-screen and six USB 3.0 ports for connecting other peripherals for around $1,300. (Ref: PC Mag Lenovo C260 Touch; PC Mag: HP EliteOne 800; PC Mag: The 10 Best Desktops Nov 2014)

Ultra-Slim Desktop Examples

Lenovo and HP offer ultra-slim desktop models perfect for companies wanting to deploy small desktop computers to many users within their organization. Weighing under 3 pounds, Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M73 comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office suite and includes 6 USB ports and 2 display ports. You can include up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB hard drive storage, with pricing starting at $550. The HP EliteDesk G1 is a little more expensive starting at $650. It also weighs about 3 pounds and includes 6 USB ports, 2 display ports and up to 8GB of RAM. You can choose a 120GB solid state drive or include up to 1TB in hard drive storage. HP BIOShere software is included and adds enterprise level security features. (Ref: CIO: 4 Small Computers; HP EliteSesk 800; Lenovo: ThinkCentre M Series)

Warranty and Support

HP includes either a one-year or three-year warranty depending on the desktop you purchase. Business desktops in the Elite and Advance lines are three years and home-based desktops in the Essential line are one year. HP has an extensive extended warranty and support program called HP Care Pack that is worth reviewing online. Lenovo provides its desktop computers with one-year warranties and their extended warranty and support program is detailed on their website in the Services and Warranty heading. It too is worth reviewing to learn more about their programs. (Ref: HP Care Pack and Lenovo: Services and Warranty section on its website)