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Lenovo Adds Smaller PCs To ThinkCentre Line

The business desktop specifications include the choice between an Intel Core 2 quad-core or dual-core processor.

Lenovo ThinkCentre A58

Lenovo ThinkCentre A58
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Lenovo on Tuesday introduced a couple of smaller desktops to its ThinkCentre line of business desktops.

The ThinkCentre A58 is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, and the M58e is an energy-efficient model for midmarket and large companies. Combined with a Lenovo ThinkVision L1940pW monitor, the M58e can reduce energy consumption by about $40 a year, compared with previous Lenovo desktop and monitor combinations.

In releasing the products, Lenovo said it's meeting the needs of companies in the economic recession. "Customers are feeling the pinch of the challenging economic times and are demanding PCs that give them the most value for their dollar," Dilip Bhatia, executive director for global desktop marketing at Lenovo, said in a statement.

The systems ship with Lenovo's online backup service preloaded. Customers can try the service at no charge for 90 days, with a maximum of 5 GB of storage.

Both systems come with management tools to reduce maintenance costs for SMBs. Features include the ability to recover and restore files, manage energy usage, and manage passwords. Security software also is included.

Companies that need to deploy and manage Lenovo management tools, called ThinkVantage Technologies, across a fleet of PCs can do so by purchasing software from Lenovo partner LANDesk.

The desktops' specifications include the choice between an Intel Core 2 quad-core or dual-core processor. In addition, there's graphics hardware support for DirectX 10, the collection of application programming interfaces in Microsoft Windows Vista for handling multimedia tasks.

Other specifications include up to 1 TB of storage, up to 4 GB of memory, and Blu-ray or DVD burners.

The ThinkCentre A58 and M58e are scheduled to be available in the beginning of April through Lenovo or its channel partners. Prices start at $399.

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