The ThinkCentre is a line of business-oriented desktop computers first produced by IBM, later Lenovo. ThinkCentre computers typically include mid-range to high-end processors, options for discrete graphics cards, and multi-monitor support.
The ThinkCentre line of desktop computers was introduced by IBM in 2003. The first three models in this line were the S50, the M50, and A50p. All three desktops were equipped with Intel Pentium 4 processors. The chassis was made of steel and designed for easy component access without the use of tools. The hard disk was fixed in place by a 'caddy' without the use of screws. The caddy had rubber bumpers to reduce vibration and operational noise.
Additional updates to the desktops included greater use of ThinkVantage technologies. All desktop models were made available with ImageUltra. The three desktop models also included an 'Access IBM' button, allowing access to onboard resources, diagnostic tools, automated solutions, and links to online updates and services. Select models featured IBM's Embedded Security Subsystem, with an integrated security chip and IBM Client Security Software.
Acquisition by Lenovo
In 2005, after completing its acquisition of IBM's personal computing business, Lenovo announced the ThinkCentre E Series desktops, designed specifically for small businesses. The ThinkCentre E50 was made available in tower and small form factor, with a silver and black design.
In 2005, Technology Business Research (TBR) observed an increase in the customer satisfaction rate for ThinkCentre desktops. According to TBR's "Corporate IT Buying Behavior and Customer Satisfaction Study” published in the second quarter of 2005, Lenovo was the only one of four surveyed companies that displayed a substantial increase in ratings.
In May 2005, the ThinkCentre M52 and A52 desktops were announced by Lenovo. These desktops marked the first time the ThinkCentre line incorporated dual-core processors and 64-bit technology. At the time of release, Lenovo also announced plans to incorporate Intel Active Management Technology in future products.
The ThinkCentre desktops available from Lenovo are:
- ThinkCentre A Series (SFF and AIO)
- ThinkCentre M Series (in tower, SFF, and USFF)
- ThinkCentre Edge (in tower and AIO form factors)
The ThinkCentre X1 is a mid-range all-in-one desktop computer announced by Lenovo at the 2016 International CES. The X1 is powered by a "Skylake" Intel Core i7 processor paired with 16 gigabytes of 2,333 megahertz DDR4 RAM and a variety of storage media such as hard drives, hybrid drives, and solid state drives. The display uses 23.8-inch 1920 pixel by 1080 pixel panel with an anti-glare coating. A 1080p webcam is mounted just above the screen. Five USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort video output, and an Ethernet port come standard. A memory card reader is optional. One variant of the X1 is a display-only device.
ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One II
The ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One II is Lenovo's second generation all-in-one desktop computer. The ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One II is unique because its modular design allows its display and internals to be upgraded as needed. The ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One II comes in versions with 22-inch and 24-inch anti-glare displays with thin bezels and optional multitouch input. Both versions use 1920 pixel by 1080 pixel display panels. Two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one minI USB 2.0 port. and a Kensington security slot are included. Options for Microsoft Windows and Google's Chrome OS are both available.
The Chromebox Tiny is a small desktop computer with 2-gigahertz Intel i3-5005U processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, a 16-gigabyte solid state drive, integrated graphics that runs Google's Chrome OS. It was designed for education and business. Its largest side measures about 7 inches square. It is 1.4 inches thick and weighs 2.2 pounds. Computers with this form factor are called "one-litre" machines in some countries that use the metric system. The Tiny can be mounted on the back of monitors or placed on walls with a VESA mount. The Chromebox Tiny has two USB 3.0 ports on its front and two more on its rear. Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are both supported. An external antenna is included to improve reception. A mouse and keyboard come standard.
The ThinkCentre M83 Tiny is small-form-factor desktop computer released in 2014. The M83 Tiny uses an Intel Core i5 processor. It comes standard with one DisplayPort jack, and Ethernet port, five USB 3.0 ports, and a VGA port. There is a customizable port that can be configured with another DisplayPort jack, a serial port, another USB port, or an HDMI port. Wi-fi is 802.11ac. Wireless accessories are supported via Bluetooth 4.0.
In 2004, an ultra-small version of the S50 was announced, the smallest desktop PC introduced until that time by IBM. The ultra-small ThinkCentre S50 desktop weighed approximately the same as IBM's first notebook (IBM 5140 PC Convertible). The ultra-small desktop was roughly the size of a New York city phonebook, or a box of cereal. The ultra-small desktop also featured a tool-free tool-less steel chassis and IBM ThinkVantage Technologies.
In September 2006, Lenovo announced that its ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkVision products received high ratings from EPEAT. A total of 42 products were rated by EPEAT. The ThinkCentre desktops received an overall rating of EPEAT silver. This indicated that all criteria for environmentally safe computing had been met – including the minimum requirements and additional optional implementations. Some of the criteria met included reduced levels of cadmium, mercury, and lead, energy efficiency, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
In September 2006, Lenovo announced several desktops in the ThinkCentre line, including the M55p, M55, M55e, A55 and A53.
In January 2007, the ThinkCentre A55 small-form-factor desktop was announced by Lenovo. The A55 was approximately 64% smaller than Lenovo's traditional tower desktops and 25% smaller than Lenovo's traditional small desktops. In September 2007, Lenovo announced the ultra-small-form-factor A61e.
Also in September 2007, two new M Series desktops were announced: the M57 and M57p.
A58 and M58e
In March 2009, two small, low-cost desktops were announced by Lenovo: the ThinkCentre A58 and the ThinkCentre M58e. The A58 desktop was designed for small and medium businesses, while the M58e was designed for medium-sized and large enterprises. The desktops were made available in both tower and small form-factor versions.
In March 2008, the ultra-small M57 and M57p desktops were announced. This was because the M57 and M57p were the first desktops from any manufacturer to receive a GREENGUARD certification. The desktops were also rated by EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 4.0, and were the first ThinkCentre desktops to feature post-consumer recycled content. The noise levels of the desktops were also low – at 4.0bels or lower.
In October 2008, the M58 and M58p desktops were announced. One of the key features of the desktop was a ThinkVantage Technology called Power Manager, allowing users to remotely control the PC's electricity use. The desktops were available in tower, SFF, and USFF.
- IBM PC
- IBM PC compatible (IBM PC clone)
- List of IBM products
- ThinkCentre A Series
- ThinkCentre M Series
- ThinkCentre Edge
- IBM NetVista
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