Lenovo is preparing new ThinkCentre and Edge PCs that take advantage of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. The new PCs will make their appearance between June and September, and cost between $439 and $699.
Lenovo, the world's second-largest
PC companythough according to enthusiastic Lenovo staff, much of the world thinks
it's a pharmaceutical company, if they think of it at allis planning to roll
out new ThinkCentre and Edge Series PCs later this year that take advantage of
Intel's recently released Ivy Bridge processors
Small-business owners and IT
managers, both likely to know the Lenovo name, are also likely to appreciate
these machines' third-generation Intel Core processors, 15-second boot-up
times, multiscreen functionality and smarter cooling methods.
The ThinkCentre Edge 92z
Lenovo's thinnest commercial all-in-one (AIO) to date. Looking more like a
monitor than a whole computer, it measures 2 inches thick and features an
Infinity Glass front panel covering a 21.5-inch high-definition IPS LED
display. Processor options include up to Core i7, and the machine comes
equipped with the Lenovo Solution Center powered by Intel Small Business
Advantagetools for remotely managing things like updates and energy settings.
The 92z can be wirelessly connected
to an HDTV or other business display, using Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
technology. Also included are a high-definition camera, array microphone, and
voice and video conferencing capabilities.
The ThinkCentre Edge 72
desktop, also with Intel Core processor options up to a Core i7, Lenovo
Enhanced Experience 3 (EE3)Lenovo's trick for such speedy boot-up timesand a
"full package" of productivity tools and features that includes the
ability to support two independent displays with VGA and DVI ports, so users
can work separately on two monitors, according to a May 7 statement.
Another all-in-one, the ThinkCentre
, features a 20-inch LED backlit LCD panel with an optional touch screen
and Lenovo's View Management Utility for multiple screen displays. The slim
M72z was designed to take up 65 percent less space than a traditional desktop,
comes with EE3, and a choice of i3, i5 or i7 processors.
Plus, designed for markets such as
health care and education, it includes security features such as a Trusted
Platform Module (TPM) security chip, a self-encrypting hard disk drive and
Lenovo PC Auto Lock technology. The latter uses the computer's camera to detect
when the computer is unattendedSamsung's Galaxy S III won't be the only device looking at users
it is, locks it.
The ThinkCentre M72e
instead designed with large business and state government users in mind and can
come in three form factorsthe traditional tower, a smaller form factor and a
new "tiny," 1-liter desktop.
Again, users have third-generation
Intel options and EE3, plus up to 16GB of memory and optional WiFi and
The ThinkCentre M82
, not far
off the M72e, is for "mainstream business users" and comes in micro
tower and small form factor options. EE3 is included, as is the TPM security
chip and a more efficient cooling design.
The M72e, M72z and M82 desktopsand
if you can remember which those are, by God Lenovo should give you one of these
for free; perhaps there's a good reason the brand doesn't stick in people's
headshave been awarded multiple certifications for energy efficiency and
As for pricing and availability, the
ThinkCentre M72e will arrive in June starting at $499, while the ThinkCentre
M82 and M72z AIO, both arriving the same month, will each start at $599.
Arriving in July, the ThinkCentre
Edge 92z will start at $699, while the Edge 72, starting at $439, will arrive
with the sharpened pencils in September.
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