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Lenovo Introduces Slimmest, Most Powerful All-In-One Desktop for Business Pros

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  1. btarunr

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    Lenovo announced today the ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one (AIO) desktop - the first PC in the ThinkCentre Edge family - that blends sophisticated image, purposeful function and productivity into a small, subcompact model. Equipped with up to Intel i7 Quad Core processors, the ThinkCentre Edge 91z AIO makes its debut as the industry's most powerful AIO, as well as the thinnest, measuring just 2.5 inches. It makes an ideal office or home tool for small-to- medium businesses, education customers and power professionals looking for style and high performance with the convenience of a small footprint.

    "Until recently, all-in-one desktops lacked the powerful performance many desktop users need, but the ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one turns the paradigm on its head with supercharged processing power and robust graphics all in a sporty and stylish design," said Tom Shell, vice president, ThinkCentre Marketing, Lenovo. "It forms a unique combination of style and substance, outpacing the competition in performance, fast boot up, serviceability and price."

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    Thinnest AIO Dressed to Impress
    The ThinkCentre Edge 91z AIO sports a 21.5-inch glossy high definition screen, making images crystal clear. While the screen makes a large visual impact, its industry-leading thin frame helps it fit into even the tightest of work spaces. A convenient wireless keyboard with comfortable island-style keyboard tucks neatly under the AIO to complement its minimalist look. This compact design helps save up to 70 percent of space versus a traditional tower desktop and LCD monitor.

    Features and Function With Purpose
    By definition, AIO desktops should be easy to set up. The ThinkCentre Edge 91z makes it even easier - just plug in and go. The AIO keeps this simplicity and purposeful design constant throughout its construction: From a spill proof wireless keyboard, front-facing control buttons and wall mount capability to multiple-display support, the AIO makes operation intuitive.

    Most Powerful AIO Performer
    When it comes to performance, the ThinkCentre Edge 91z comes fully loaded from "power on." With Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7, the AIO boots 30 percent faster than non-optimized models2, and with RapidDrive on optional solid state drive models, users can shave off up to 20 seconds of boot time. Armed with up to Intel i7 Quad Core processors, 8 GB of DDR3 memory, 80 GB solid state drive storage or 1 TB hard drive and optional 1 GB of ATI discrete graphics, the AIO pushes the envelope as the industry's most powerful AIO.

    The ThinkCentre Edge 91z AIO provides a first-class multimedia experience too. With support for HDMI and an optional Blu-ray DVD drive, watching high definition videos looks seamless and crystal clear. Or, users can stream video on the AIO's big screen using its WiFi capabilities. They can also video chat with the AIO's built-in web camera.
     
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    iMac. Done right.
     
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    LOL... I wonder if this is anymore expandable than an iMac or eMac. My guess is yes!
     
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    TN panel or IPS? And I think 1920 x 1080 on a 21,5 incher is a bit to much actually. Not sure about the stand either, can you put it so the system is 90 degress?
     
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    Not unless it has better than a 6750m and an IPS display.
     
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    or runs OSX [​IMG]
     
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    Built in SSD, faster CPU, AMD Radeon HD 6650A (Not that a fast GPU is needed in an all in one) and can be mounted VERSA along with a dozen of other usable features make it a far better choice.

    FYI I own the last gen iMac. I wont list the amount of issues I have had with it due to being accused of thread crapping but Apple officially blows now.

    Oh and Easy........OSX really man? REALLY?
     
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    You can get SSD on iMac, you can get faster CPUs on iMac, a simple adapter allows full VESA mounting, iMac has a more powerful GPU which is very relevant at 1080p and with Mac games gaining ground (not to mention loading Windows onto it), iMac likely has the better screen, and the iMac can even be used as an external display using the Thunderbolt port.

    So, what features does the Lenovo have to make it a better choice?

    And I have a 1st gen 20" Core2 iMac. It has been great since day one. When they first went silver, and put the shitty Tn screens in them, they were indeed a terrible value, but the current models are not.
     
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    osx is the better os and everyone in the dev community knows it. in fact, run windows 7 in a virtual machine on osx and it will run as smoothly as on a native system of the same specs. it is just the way it is. but since you cant play a lot of high end games on it then it must suck.
     
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    I love Macs, but no way is OS X better. Neither Windows nor OS X are better. Each have pros and cons.
     
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    apple took some of the best parts of the BSD kernel and redesigned it to create an elegant and very powerful operating system. windows 7 is a mish-mash of code thrown together, stripped down, rewritten and slammed together based on ancient ideas :laugh:
     
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    But those ideas still form a well running OS, with lots of features, a lot more options for programs, and that's actually more secure than OS X. What it's made from is 100% irrelevant. All that matters is the end result.

    And BSD isn't exactly the end all be all of OSes anyway, so I'm not even sure how it was relevant in this to begin with.
     
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    Substantially cheaper (starting at $699 compared to $1199) and doesn't have be taken directly to Lenovo to get serviced?
     
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    It has to go back to Lenovo for service. Everything you buy has to be shipped off for service if it ends up needing it.

    And it's cheaper because it has a lesser panel, a plastic case, and lower gpu. The $699 unit comes with a Core i3 S, 1GB ram, and integrated gfx. You pay less, but you also get less. That doesn't make it a better choice, unless low cost is your priority.
     
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    All of those upgrades will cost you an arm and a leg to do via Apple and since this is an "all in one" They will HAVE to be done by Apple. I'm sorry but after YEARS of using Macs man Ill never go back. The only reason I have this bombomatic iMac on my desk now is because my boss wants me to use it to access the VPN. Anyway WileE Ill agree to disagree with you on this one. I use them professionally. Have been for close to 13 years. Ill never go back.

    @Easy if all you are doing is playing around then OSX is great. Need to run something productive (Photoshop) there is no alternative then 64-bit win 7. For example the last gen. of Photoshop was only 64-bit on the windows platform. So I had a whole art department running 6k Apple Pros on a 32-bit app on a 64-bit OS. 16 gigs for RAM for nothing.

    They have since gone 64-bit on CS5 but shit like that makes you think. Where are most developers focusing on? 10% of the market? I highly doubt that. Simply put I run both platforms all day and windows 7 is a vastly superior OS for productivity and speed. The applacations just work better in a native win7 platform.
     
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    I find more productivity on OS X. Especially with expose. That's a matter of opinion, not provable fact. And I have been using Macs since the MacII (thanks to school). I do know their pros and cons both. I'm not some blind fanboy.

    And I have no problems upgrading my Macs.

    Regardless, nothing really makes the lenovo a better choice. Just a different one. I find the iMac to be the best all-in-one choice on the market right now. It will remain in that spot until a PC maker puts an IPS panel, and the same amount of horsepower in theirs.
     
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    Upgrading anything but the RAM on the new imacs yourself is a bitch. They have a glass front which they need a special "suction cup" tool to pop it off with. I cannot stand them. The one I have now has a hole burned into the screen from the heat of the HD. Its a common problem too. Crap. Also spend close to 12 hours a day using OSX and you will know what I am talking about. As for speed you cannot argue that. My 6-core AMD destroys my i7 Apple tower in photoshop. I install win7 on it and the i7 beats my AMD. OSX is bloated with background processes. I just do not understand why people always argue this.
     
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    Any high powered suction cup will do. The front glass is magnetic. It's very easy to poke around in, actually.

    And I have spent 12 hour days on OS X. I prefer it for productivity, period. You prefer Windows. Fair enough. A preference =/= a fact.

    And one program having an advantage in Windows doesn't make OS X a bad OS. I don't understand how people can pigeonhole entire OSes on a limited sample set like that.
     
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    Its not just one program. Its an entire suit. The main suit for all graphic designers. If it sucks running that suit, then it sucks for productivity. End of story.
     
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    And? So CS is faster on Windows. Windows is faster than Mac in GPU based stuff. We know this. Still doesn't mean Windows is better for productivity in all facets. Still pigeonholing.
     
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    Nope. Wrong. Only thing Adobe uses the GPU for in their suit is for scaling and on screen rendering. After Effects and such thats a different story. Sorry but its not pigeonholding. Its just the sad fact that CS is faster on windows and thats the industry standard. Unless you are going to argue a slower OS is better for productivity. Then sure OSX rules.
     
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    Slower in CS =/= slower in everything. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31012_7-10319612-10355804.html

    And multitasking plays heavily into production scenarios. I multitask a hell of a lot better on OS X than I do Windows. It's a hell of a lot more intuitive for me.

    So yes, pigeonholing based on a limited sample and trying to pawn off usability preferences as facts.

    And this isn't even talking about iMac hardware in particular. You can just load Win 7 onto it, and have the best of both worlds, so your CS performance point is moot anyway.
     
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    Yeah because benchmarks always represent real life scenarios.
     
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    Yeah, because opinions always represent real life facts.
     
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    All of those benches were done on a Mac. You know that right? 9.5 ring a bell?
     

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