It's surprising how many small stores and offices take good care of their shopfront and interior decor, then spoil it by putting a bunch of dusty old PCs and monitors on show amid a jumble of cables. That's exactly the kind of business Lenovo hopes to entice with its latest range of kit. The 21.5-inch LS2221 and 23.6-inch LS2421p monitors cost $229 and $299 respectively, and come with LED-backlit panels, a claimed "10 million to one" dynamic contrast ratio, and power efficiency that exceeds Energy Star requirements. The larger model has generally better specs, with 300nits of brightness, HDMI out and an inbuilt four-port USB hub to reduce clutter. Meanwhile, the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop comes in both tower and SFF versions to suit different locations, and sacrifices "legacy ports" for a cleaner appearance. It should be available from October starting at $369, while the monitors are due this month. Further details in the PR after the break.
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Lenovo Launches New Monitor Series Tuned to Small Business Computing

Lenovo "LS" Series Complements ThinkCentre Edge Desktops


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – August 2, 2011: HYPERLINK "http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/" Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a new series of Lenovo monitors - the LS Series - to give small-to-medium (SMB) businesses a line of monitors crafted to their unique needs with large screens, bright and brilliant image presentation and touch-enabled navigational control. The 21.5-inch LS2221 wide and 23.6-inch LS2421p wide monitors are perfect deskside companions for Lenovo's series of ThinkCentre Edge desktops. Also today, Lenovo introduced the new ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop, designed for mainstream SMB users with image-raising style, advanced performance and simple-to-use features without breaking the bank.

"The new ThinkCentre Edge 71 and Lenovo LS Series monitors are designed from the ground up for small-to-medium businesses, giving them the style, features and functionality they need," said Tom Shell, vice president and general manager, Worldwide ThinkCentre Business Unit, Lenovo. "Our LS Series monitors include everything customers need: a large screen that displays eye-popping graphics, reliable technology that just works and convenient extras like touch-enabled buttons to easily adjust hardware settings."

Lenovo LS Series Eyes Crystal Clear Computing
When it comes to a visually rich multimedia LED display, the Lenovo LS monitors offer a visible difference with their 10 million to one dynamic contrast ratio. For such large screen real estate, the monitors are extremely energy efficient, exceeding the requirements for HYPERLINK "http://www.energystar.gov/" Energy Star and meeting HYPERLINK "http://www.tcodevelopment.com/pls/nvp/document.show?cid=4146&mid=455" TCO 5.0. The LS2221 wide comes with VGA and DVI connections for displaying digital video, while the LS2421p wide offers greater functionality with VGA and HDMI outputs, a four-USB port hub and up to 300 brightness level. Additionally, the monitors are equipped with capacitive touch buttons for a clean and minimalist appearance, tilt stand, modern, slim bezel design and the same three year warranty available on the premium HYPERLINK "http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:show-category-with-items?category-id=2FAF239B768947AD95895F826C34447E&menu-id=products¤t-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087" ThinkVision monitors.

Professional-Grade Image & Performance with ThinkCentre Edge 71
The glossy, polished front of the ThinkCentre Edge 71 in tower and small form factors gives business desktop computing a stylish flare. Additionally, there are no legacy ports, giving the desktop a cleaner appearance. For the total Edge computing experience, users can pair the desktop and monitor with an optional wireless Lenovo Ultra Slim Plus Wireless Keyboard and Mouse that reflects the clean and modern island-style keyboard used on HYPERLINK "http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087¤t-category-id=9F4D9F1B85C24267B579D9A60A9BDD25&menu-id=products" ThinkPad Edge laptops.

Without a doubt, the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop can double as an SMB's power-pounding, number-crunching productivity machine during the day and as a perfect entertainment device for watching movies/TV, listening to music and relaxing online off the clock. Equipped with up to Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core processors (65 watts), users have tons of performance at their fingertips, and the desktop boots extremely fast, thanks to Lenovo's HYPERLINK "http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/special-offers.workflow:ShowPromo?LandingPage=/All/US/Sitelets/Enhanced%20Experience2" Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 71.

Features include:

Large storage capacity: up to 1 TB HD or optional SSD storage and up to 8 GB DDR3 memory
Rich and robust graphics: integrated Intel graphics or choices of optional AMD discrete graphics up to Radeon Caicos with 1 GB of dedicated memory
Range of productivity tools: DVD player/burner, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB ports, security via USB port disablement and HD password protection in BIOS

The new desktop solves everyday computing hassles to make the experience more enjoyable and productive. Upgrading storage and memory requires no tools and only a few minutes. A hidden, rubber grip handle makes moving the desktop no big deal. With no expansion graphic card required, the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop offers an unbeatable value for users who need to work with two displays via VGA and DVI.

The desktop comes equipped with Lenovo's suite of ThinkVantage Technologies, including Rescue and Recovery, Power Manager and System Update to restore, manage and update the PCs easily. For times when SMBs need IT support, they can turn to Lenovo's HYPERLINK "http://www.lenovo.com/services_warranty/us/en/thinkplus_priority_support.html" ThinkPlus Priority Support program that offers a variety of services from damage and accident protection to technical assistance to online data backup.

Pricing and Availability3
Pricing for the Lenovo LS2221 wide is $229 and the LS2421p is $299.99. They will be available starting in August through business partners and HYPERLINK "http://www.lenovo.com" www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models of the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop starts at approximately $369. The desktop will be available starting in October through business partners.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries, and the world's fourth-largest PC vendor. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo's business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see HYPERLINK "http://www.lenovo.com" www.lenovo.com.