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Category: Hardware Published on Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Lenovo Wants Us to Think Small (Tiny) 

Imagine, if you will, a world where computers only measure 1.4 inches in height and are only about seven inches wide and can be attached to the back of their monitors or neatly tucked away under a desk or table. And they weigh less than three pounds!

Now, snap back to reality and check out the new Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tiny ($580).

Although there are tons of reasons to add this mini-marvel to our "I've gotta have it" list, there are a few things that make us scratch our heads in puzzlement.

 

  • This little beauty has an Intel i5 2.9 gigahertz processor, which makes it highly desirable for the price, BUT access to your programs and data are slowed down by a 5400 RPM 500 GB hard drive (I thought they stopped making them that slow).
  • You have to pay $20 more if you want built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • It only boasts four gigabytes of RAM.
  • The built-in DVD drive is a multiburner, but lacks Blu-Ray compatibility.

On the plus side:

  • It's loaded with ports. There are four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port and a VGA and DisplayPort.
  • Although it isn't for hard core gamers, it comes with an Intel HD 2500 display card and a high definition audio card.
  • It has an Intel gigabit Ethernet port for networks.
  • It comes with a 23-inch ThinkVision VOIP monitor.
  • It's quiet and cool due to what Lenovo calls an Intelligent Cooling Engine (ICE 2).
  • It comes with a three-year warrantee.
  • The ThinkVision monitor features an HD camera and a dual array microphone for solid VOIP compatibility.
  • RapidBoot optimizes the boot sequence, using RAM as a cache for boot files. This makes it boot faster, reducing BIOS post time and delaying non-essential Windows 7 services.

We've been playing with the sample unit Lenovo sent us for about a month and have yet to experience a hiccup, hang up, freeze up or glitch, which is rare these days.

This is an extremely reliable machine, but - - - given the opportunity - - - I'd fork over the extra bucks for Wi-Fi, a faster hard drive and more RAM rather than going for the basic unit.

More information can be found on Lenovo's website at  http://shop.lenovo.com.

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