ThinkCentre Edge

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The ThinkCentre Edge is a series of desktop computer from Lenovo, designed primarily for home offices and small businesses.[1] The product series features desktops in both tower and All-in-One form factors, designed to save up to 70% desk space as compared to traditional tower desktop PCs.[1]

The ThinkCentre Edge desktop series represents the first time the 'Edge' brand has been used for any Lenovo product outside of the ThinkPad product line. The first desktop in the series was the Edge 91z AIO, announced on May 16, 2011.[2]

Design[edit]

According to Paul Scaini, the Segment Manager for the ThinkCentre product line, the ThinkCentre Edge desktops were the result of a large amount of time spent on refining the overall product appearance.[3] The Edge 91z was described in the article as being the epitome of that effort, with its Infinity Glass design.[3]

In the article, Paul Scaini also indicated that while appearance was a focus of the ThinkCentre Edge series, it retained the core values of the ThinkCentre desktop product line.[3] Comparing it to the ThinkCentre M Series AIOs, Paul indicated that the Edge AIO desktops had the same serviceability and mounting features.[3] Additionally, the ThinkCentre Edge desktops included second generation Intel Core i desktop CPUs and Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0.[3]

2011[edit]

Four desktops in the ThinkCentre Edge series were launched in 2011. These were:

  • ThinkCentre Edge 91z (AIO)
  • ThinkCentre Edge 91 (tower)
  • ThinkCentre Edge 71z (AIO)
  • ThinkCentre Edge 71 (tower)

ThinkCentre Edge 91z[edit]

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z AIO was summarized by PCMag as being a reasonably priced, powerful desktop with the capacity to "give the iMac a run for its place in a design studio."[4] In terms of design, the Edge 91z was 2.5 inches thin.[4] The Edge 91z was described as being "less flashy" than the IdeaCentre desktops and AIOs.[4] However, the reviewer continued to say that the minimalist design would appeal to business users and owners.[4]

The Edge 91z was described as being simple with a seamless front and two removable feet that could be detached from the AIO.[4] The space between the two feet was open and meant to store a keyboard.[4] This was described as being different from the IdeaCentre B520 desktop, in which the keyboard storage was blocked by the speaker bar.[4]

The display on offer with the Edge 91z AIO was a true 1080p HD and, when mounted on a wall, was reported to resemble a HDTV or a large screen monitor.[4] A drawback of the screen was indicated to be the glass front panel, which reflected ambient light as well as objects within a room.[4]

An optional DVD writer was available on the Edge 91z AIO. The AIO was reported by PCMag to be lacking in "would be nice features".[4] Among these features were eSATA ports, USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI-in.[4]

The software on the Edge 91z AIO was reported to be a useful set, with the system free of unnecessary software.[4] The 30-day trial of Norton Internet Security was criticized since it was available as a free download on the Internet.[4] Other software preinstalled on the AIO included Lenovo Rescue and Recovery and utilities for the DVD burner and the web camera.[4]

In comparison with the Apple iMac 21.5 inch (Thunderbolt) the ThinkCentre Edge 91z was reported to be similar in terms of performance and specifications.[4] The iMac was described as being slightly faster on 3D-related and everyday tasks, while the ThinkCentre Edge 91z was slightly faster on multimedia benchmarks.[4] Both desktops contained similarly sized widescreens, AMD graphics, Intel Core processors, 1TB storage space, and could be used as external monitors for laptops.[4]

Detailed specifications of the Edge 91z AIO are as follows:[5]

  • Processor: up to Intel Core i7-2600S (2.8 GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
  • Chipset: Intel B65
  • Display: 21.5-inch LED 16:9 widescreen
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate
  • Storage:
    • Up to 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
    • Up to 80GB mSATA (solid state drive)
  • Graphics:
    • Intel HD Graphics
    • AMD Radeon HD6650A
  • RAM: Up to 8GB PC3-10600 1333 MHz
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 21.46in x 16.31in x 3.18in
  • Weight: 8.5 kg
  • Additional features: VGA, Microphone, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, 6 USB ports, 2 SATA connectors, Kensington lock

The ThinkCentre Edge 91z also offered preloaded ThinkVantage Technologies software, including Rescue and Recovery, Power Manager, and System Update.[6]

ThinkCentre Edge 91[edit]

The ThinkCentre Edge 91 desktop was announced on October 20, 2011, by Lenovo.[6] Unlike the Edge 91z, this desktop was not an AIO, but a traditional tower desktop in a small form factor.[6] The Edge 91 desktop was described as being a desktop designed for a "premium computing experience".[6]

Detailed specifications of the Edge 91 desktop are as follows:[7]

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i7-2400 (3.4 GHz, 8MB cache)
  • Chipset: Intel B65
  • RAM: Up to 16GB PC3-10600 1333 MHz DDR3
  • Audio: Integrated
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 7 Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional (in 32bit and 64bit variants)
    • DOS
    • Linux - Redhat, Novell, SUSE, Ubuntu
  • Storage:
    • Up to 1TB 7200RPM/10000RPM SATA
    • Up to 160GB SSD
  • Graphics:
    • Integrated
    • ATI Radeon HD5450
    • ATI Radeon HD6450

ThinkCentre Edge 71z[edit]

The ThinkCentre Edge 71z AIO was announced on October 20, 2011, by Lenovo.[6] Technology News described the Edge 71z as having a "glossy black shell" and an "impressive appearance".[8] The AIO offered a 20 inch display, up to Intel Core i5 processors, up to 1TB hard disk drives or a 160GB solid state drive, an optional Display Port and support for dual independent display.[8]

As with the Edge 91z, the ThinkCentre Edge 71z AIO offered a suite of ThinkVantage Technologies including Rescue and Recovery, Power Manager, and System Update.[6]

Detailed specifications of the Edge 71z are as follows:[9]

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i5-2500S (2.7 GHz)
  • Chipset: Intel H61
  • RAM: Up to 8GB PC3-10600 1333 MHz DDR3
  • Audio: Integrated
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 7 Home Basic/Home Premium/Professional
    • DOS
    • Linux - RedHat, Novel SUSE, Ubuntu
  • Storage: Up to 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
  • Graphics:
    • ATI Onega integrated graphics
    • Optional 1GB discrete graphics

ThinkCentre Edge 71[edit]

The ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop, like the Edge 91, was a tower desktop available in a small form factor. It was announced with the Edge 91 and Edge 71z on October 20, 2011.[6]

Detailed specifications of the Edge 71 desktop are as follows:[10]

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i5-2390T (2.7 GHz, 3MB cache)
  • Chipset: Intel H61
  • RAM: Up to 8GB PC3-10600 1333 MHz DDR3
  • Audio: Integrated
  • Operating System: up to Windows 7 Professional
  • Graphics:
    • Intel HD Graphics 2000
    • ATI Radeon HD5450
    • ATI Radeon HD 6450

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rachel King (16 May 2011). "Lenovo intros slim ThinkCentre Edge 91z AIO business desktop". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Adrian Covert (16 May 2011). "Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 91z Is an All-In-One Gone Corporate". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Paul J. Scaini (15 June 2011). "Primp, Prune & Style – Business PCs Cross Over". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Joel Santo Domingo (16 August 2011). "Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z". PC Magazine. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "ThinkCentre Edge 91z Datasheet". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Lenovo Expands Think-branded PCs for Small-to-Medium Businesses". 20 October 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Detailed Specification - ThinkCentre Edge 91". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Lenovo brings out three new ThinkCentre PCs for SMBs". 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Detailed specifications - ThinkCenter Edge 71z". Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Detailed specifications - ThinkCentre Edge 71". Retrieved 22 December 2011.