Lenovo ThinkCentre M93, With Intel, Is 'Width of a Golf Ball'

Lenovo has introduced "evolved" ThinkCentre mini towers, all-in-ones and desktops running 4th-generation Intel Core processors.

Lenovo, pushing the desktop form factor, has introduced four new products for enterprise customers.

A new ThinkCentre M93p is "just the width of a golf ball," according to Lenovo, a new Think Centre M93z all-in-one is "among the most powerful and energy efficient in the commercial space," and ThinkCentre M83 and E93 desktops feature the power of 4th generation Intel Core processors.

"While the world believed that desktop PCs would become extinct, Lenovo believed in the desktop's evolution," Victor Rios, vice president and general manager of Think desktop, workstation and visuals, said in a July 9 statement. "This is how the original Tiny came into being."

The new Tiny, he added, "takes this new evolution to the next level." Or, as the Lenovo marketing folks put it, "Tiny is the new big."

The ThinkCentre M93p features up to the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors with Intel vPro, offers a 64GB solid-state drive and an optional solid state hybrid drive (SSHD).

It includes Lenovo's Smart Power On feature, which lets users power the desktop from a wired or wireless desktop, and an Always On USB port with RapidCharge, for quickly charging connected devices, even when the M93p is sleeping.

It can be wall mounted, is also available in a Small Form Factor Pro version and is said to be 50 percent smaller than the size of a mini tower.

The ThinkCentre M93z features a 23-inch HD LED display and the option of 10-point multitouch technology. It runs Windows 8, features a Microsoft 1080p Lync-qualified voice-over IP solution, and runs 1GB of AMD Radeon HD discrete graphics for viewing 3D content, as well as 4th generation Intel Core processors, up to Core i7.

Intel's vPro technology is included and so is Lenovo's Trusted Platform Module security chip.

It's also a rather green machine, including 65 percent post-consumer components and the option of brightness controls to improve energy efficiency.

With the ThinkCentre M83, which comes in a small form factor, users again get the latest Intel Core processors, plus a 64GB SSD and an option SSHD. With the E93, there's the choice of a small form factor or mini tower. Again, it includes the last Intel processors, plus an SSHD and security features that include BIOS and HDD passwords.

The ThinkCentre M93p/M93 is available now, starting at $719. The M93z, M83 and E93 will all arrive later this month, starting at $799, $529 and $499, respectively.

Lenovo nearly tied long-time global PC leader Hewlett-Packard for sales during the first quarter of 2013, shipping 11.66 million units to HP's 11.68, according to Gartner. However, Lenovo posted the only positive year-on-year growth of any top-five company—0.1 percent, versus HP's minus 24 percent—suggesting that come the second quarter, the results may find Lenovo the leader of the pack.

Second quarter 2013 PC shipment results should be announced in a matter of days.