Lenovo ThinkCentre M90, M90p Desktops Tap Intel Core Chips

The new Lenovo ThinkCentre M90 and M90p, arriving in February, will feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, an enhanced Windows 7 experience, remote management features and up to 42 percent post-consumer recycled content.

Lenovo introduced two new high-performance desktops PCs for enterprises on Jan. 14, the ThinkCentre M90 and M90p. Both are the first ThinkCentre desktops to run the 2010 Intel Core vPro family of processors, which reportedly enable the machines to run multiple intensive applications at once.

Both desktops, which will be available in February in tower, small form factor and ultra small factor models, put an emphasis on security, manageability and "green" design. Both also run Lenovo's Enhanced Experience for Windows 7, which means the PCs boot up in as few as 35 seconds and boot down in less than 10.

"Our customers tell us their technology priorities in 2010, including migrating to Windows 7, are to help minimize costs and streamline operations," said Dilip Bhatia, Lenovo's executive director of ThinkCentre marketing, in a statement.

"The new ThinkCentre M90 and M90p are not only designed to help large businesses lower costs in PC management, but are equipped with the latest technologies to foster stronger productivity, ensure better security and allow IT managers to more efficiently manage large global fleets," Bhatia continued.

Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Turbo Boost and Intel Hyper-Threading technologies enable the M90 and M90p to offer performance up to 80 percent better than previous ThinkCentre models, according to Lenovo, namely the M55 and M55p.

A Power-Manager tool can also make the desktops more energy-efficient, reportedly enabling power savings of up to $43 per year per PC on energy bills. Their additional green credentials include a certified Energy Star 5.0 rating, the passing of rigorous testing by the Greenguard Environmental Institute and the inclusion of up to 42 percent post-consumer recycled content.

Several software management features on the new PCs have the management and security of a fleet of devices in mind. For example, they support the Lenovo Secure Managed Client 2.0, a remote, storage-based solution that acts like an alternative client solution for securing data storage and redundancy.

Intel vPro Technology enables managers to discover and repair PCs throughout a fleet, even when the PCs are powered off or the operating system fails. And Lenovo Hardware Password Manger enables IT manager to oversee user, supervisor, BIOS and HDD passwords, reducing the downtime and expense related to resetting passwords throughout an enterprise.

For easy transport, the M90 and M90p come with built-in top handles, and for simplified use, they have conveniently located power buttons and specially designed I/O ports for quick setup.

Pricing for ThinkCentre M90 desktop models will begin at $779, while ThinkCentre M90p models - performance models with more advanced technologies, per Lenovo - will begin at $899.

According to research firm IDC, Lenovo held the fourth largest worldwide PC market share in fourth quarter of 2009. It shipped 7.9 million units, for a year-on-year growth of 41.8 percent.