Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one is made for large businesses, but startups like it too

Tim Stevens
T. Stevens|06.11.10

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one is made for large businesses, but startups like it too
Giant corporations may have huge, sprawling campuses sitting ominously just outside of city limits, but sometimes even they are running short on desk space -- apparently. It's for those organizations that Lenovo has created the ThinkCentre M90z, which the company is touting as the "first large business-focused 23-inch all-in-one desktop." Starting at $899, it offers Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, DDR3 ram, SSD or platter storage, an integrated webcam, and of course that 23-inch touchscreen display. For more traditional establishments that like to keep things apart, there are the $1,199 and up ThinkStation C20 and C20x desktops, said to be 46 percent smaller than the ubiquitous Dell Precision T5500 and are also rack-mountable. Finally, and interestingly, there are the $259 C2230x and $279 L2321x Wide monitors, both 21.5-inch models that offer multi-tasking functionality. The former packs a port-replicator, making it easy to connect to multiple machines, while the latter can be split-screened and display two inputs at once. Hooray? All these wonderful things will be hitting fabric-walled cubicles between now and the end of July, and all are fully detailed in the press release after the break.

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Lenovo Injects Innovation into Desktop for New Breed of Business PCs

First Large Business-Focused 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop/Port Replicator Monitor & Smallest Dual CPU Workstation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – June 10, 2010: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced five new PC products that inject innovation back into the desktop computing space. The industry's first large business-focused 23-inch all-in-one (AIO) desktop, the ThinkCentre M90z, blends strong performance and IT features with sophisticated style and advanced web conferencing design. The super-compact ThinkStation C20 redefines expectations for a small dual socket workstation. Meanwhile, the ThinkStation C20x offers an extra boost of memory and more powerful processors, making it the highest performance workstation of this form factor.

Lenovo is also introducing two new "first of their kind" monitors: The first port replicator monitor - the Lenovo L2230x wide – attaches to ultraportable laptops for greater convenience and productivity in the workspace. The ThinkVision L2321x wide, the first "duo" display monitor, combines two screens into one for multitasking and running legacy applications using a widescreen display.

"While more and more people are using mobile devices, there are lots of environments where desktop products simply make more sense, and these latest Lenovo products showcase how our new innovations are leading in all-in-one desktops," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. "We believe all-in-one is the future of desktops, so we created the ThinkCentre M90z to deliver everything large enterprise customers need: no compromised performance, customized ergonomic features and a full web conferencing experience."

ThinkCentre M90z – A Full-Scale Commercial AIO

The ThinkCentre M90z has beauty and brains, packing the full performance of a traditional desktop into a slick 23-inch display. It comes equipped with choices of the latest Intel Core i5 and i3 processors, DDR3 memory, selection of hard drives or a solid state drive, a DVD player and optional WiFi/Bluetooth. The space-saving, slim AIO can fit just about anywhere in a home or office by using one of the optional ergonomic stands: frame, height adjustable, extended arm or wall mount arm.

Lenovo designers detail the story behind the design of the AIO here.
And here the Center for Severe Weather Research takes the M90z out on the road tornado chasing.

The M90z also takes web conferencing to a higher level with a number of optional features that give it both style and substance:

Optical touchscreen that can be easily cleaned/Lenovo SimpleTap interface included
Unique web camera on/off switch for physical control of the camera
Autobrightness control to intelligently save energy
Array microphone for clear audio with mute button
Touch capacitive monitor buttons for elegant convenience

While the M90z saves space and fights clutter on the desk, for IT departments, it includes a full complement of manageability features for large businesses. Lenovo's ThinkVantage Technologies productivity tools are included, and the M90z supports Intel vPro and Lenovo's Hardware Password Manager for encrypted hard drives. Additionally, users can easily remove the back to upgrade the AIO.

ThinkStation C20/C20x – A Fit for Finance & Wealth Management
Lenovo designed the ThinkStation C20 and C20x workstations with the ultra-compact, number-crunching performance needed to drive financial markets. With space at a premium at standard traders' desks, the C20's small size – it's 46% smaller than the Dell Precision T5500 and 31% smaller than the HP Z600 – without compromising on performance. Its size allows for more ThinkStation workstations to be installed in a rack or trader desk versus the competition. An analyst can also attach and run up to eight monitors. Lenovo engineered many industry "firsts" to package high performance into such a compact design. New Lenovo-developed technologies include a patented slim, rotatable optical drive and a tri-channel cooling system.

The workstations offer:

Choices of Intel Xeon 5600 Series processors
Up to 96GB of DDR3 memory on the C20x with 12 available DIMM slots
Up to two NVIDIA FX4800 class graphics
Native SAS support on the C20x
Certified for compatibility with SBFI Trading and Control Room Furniture

"SBFI believes the smaller size and reduced heat output of the ThinkStation C20 and C20x workstations will provide greater flexibility for users who have high processing requirements and are a great match for our products," said Andrew Plumbly, International Business Director, SBFI, Ltd. "This will enable users to do more with the space they have.''

Lenovo L2230x Wide and ThinkVision L2321x Wide Monitors – More Than A Monitor
The Lenovo L2230x Wide and ThinkVision L2321x Wide monitors let users do more with two-in-one capabilities. The L2230x Wide monitor makes connecting from a laptop simple and economical by combining a port replicator and 21.5-inch monitor into one device. For an 11-inch laptop, the monitor provides nearly 200 percent extra display space and an easier way to work.

The monitor connects to peripherals through USB and is the first to allow direct plug in of an Ethernet cable. The L2230x Wide provides a cost effective solution at just $259.99 compared with purchasing a port replicator and monitor separately.

Lenovo engineers developed a creative solution to give business customers the best of both worlds with the ThinkVision L2321x Wide monitor. The "duo" monitor features a dual display function so users can work in split screen mode: For example, with 2:1 mode users can view full screen PowerPoint slides on one part of the display and run other applications on the other. The "duo" inputs both VGA and DisplayPort video and comes with a vertical stand that can be height adjusted.

More Gains in Green – M90z First TCO Certified Edge AIO
All of the new PC products incorporate greener designs. As the first TCO Certified Edge AIO, the ThinkCentre M90z sets a new standard for AIO environmental considerations and ergonomics. All the products are highly energy efficient by meeting Energy Star 5.0 standards. Many of the models are rated EPEAT Gold, and the products also use high amounts of recycled materials with the M90z using the equivalent of 65 plastic bottles. Other green highlights include: The C20 and C20x are the only 80 Plus Bronze Certified compact workstations and both monitors are TCO Certified Edge.

Pricing and Availability1
The ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one desktop is available beginning immediately through business partners and later this month on www.lenovo.com with models starting at approximately $899. The ThinkStation C20 and C20x workstations will be available in mid-June with models of the C20 on the web starting at approximately $1,199. The C20x will be sold through business partners. The Lenovo L2230x Wide and ThinkVision L2321x Wide monitor will be available in mid-July through the web and business partners and are priced at $259.99 and $279.99, respectively.

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About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. 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 worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.
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