The THINKCENTRE is a line of business-oriented desktop computers
first produced by
IBM , later
ThinkCentre computers typically
include mid-range to high-end processors, options for discrete
graphics cards, and multi-monitor support.
* 1 Launch
* 2 Acquisition by
* 3 Product series
* 4 Notable models
ThinkCentre Tiny-In-One II
* 4.3 Chromebox Tiny
* 4.4 M83 Tiny
* 4.5 S50
* 4.6 A60
* 4.7 A55
* 4.8 A58 and M58e
* 5 Environmental certifications
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
ThinkCentre repurposed as a
ThinkCentre line of desktop computers was introduced by
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
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
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
In May 2005, the
ThinkCentre M52 and A52 desktops were announced by
Lenovo. These desktops marked the first time the
incorporated dual-core processors and 64-bit technology. At the time
Lenovo also announced plans to incorporate Intel Active
Management Technology in future products.
ThinkCentre Edge all-in-one (AIO) PC
ThinkCentre desktops available from
ThinkCentre A Series (SFF and AIO)
ThinkCentre M Series (in tower, SFF, and USFF)
ThinkCentre Edge (in tower and AIO form factors)
ThinkCentre X1 is a mid-range all-in-one desktop computer
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
THINKCENTRE TINY-IN-ONE II
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.
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
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
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 August 2006, the
ThinkCentre A60 desktop was announced. It was
ThinkCentre Desktop with AMD processors.
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
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:
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 compatible (
IBM PC clone)
* List of
ThinkCentre A Series
ThinkCentre M Series
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