Lenovo's ThinkCentre M71z Desktop Brings Core i CPU, $599 Price

Nothing like the fresh smell of a new PC to get the morning started right. So thinks Lenovo, as they've just announced the latest in their biz-centric ThinkCentre line.

The new M71z is an all-in-one desktop designed for large businesses, schools and governments, but as always, there's nothing stopping the average consumer from taking advantage here as well. There's a current-gen Core family processor, a touchscreen (optional) and support for advanced video conferences.

Folks can load it up with RAM and up to 1TB of storage, or pop in a 160GB SSD for the serious Excel junkie. There's a 20" panel, DVD burner, optional WiFi, six USB ports, chassis intrusion switch and DisplayPort for viewing digital video on a second monitor. Moreover, users will get an optional 2.0 megapixel camera, VESA mount and a reasonable price tag, when it's available in the coming months for $599+.

ThinkCentre M71z Packaged with Latest Processing, Touchscreen and Video Calling Features  
 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – August 9, 2011: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the ThinkCentre M71 all-in-one (AIO) desktop designed for large businesses, schools and governments. The new AIO boasts a variety of performance features, from fast boot up to the latest second generation Intel® Core™ processor family, interactive touchscreen options and advanced video conferencing features.

“We’re seeing more and more business customers embrace all-in-one desktops for their space savings, portability and style benefits,” said Tom Shell, general manager and vice president, Worldwide ThinkCentre Business Unit, Lenovo. “We’ve built the ThinkCentre M71z to go beyond these advantages and give any business that needs it the highest levels of desktop performance.”

Unlimited Performance All in One

As part of Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 2.0 program1, the fast-booting ThinkCentre M71z starts up in as little as 15 seconds on select models with an optional solid state drive (SSD). The M71z includes choices of powerful second generation Intel® Core™ processors, rapid DDR3 memory, up to 1 TB hard drive storage or a ultrafast 160 GB SSD.   

The ThinkCentre M71z’s 20-inch display is an ideal screen size for doing work with the added convenience and cost savings of a two-in-one device compared with desktops and monitor solutions sold separately. Additionally, the desktop’s optional touchscreen makes collaboration with colleagues or clients more natural. The AIO includes a number of extra productivity and security features, such as a DVD burner, optional WiFi, six USB ports, chassis intrusion switch and DisplayPort for viewing digital video on a second monitor.

Since more voice and video calls have moved online, the ThinkCentre M71z offers an optional 2.0 megapixel camera for clear visuals and a digital array microphone for crisp voice clarity. Users can quickly change camera and microphone settings on the fly during a call in the ThinkVantage Communications Utility. Finally, the ThinkCentre M71z AIO gives users flexibility in how they like to work with their PC by allowing universal Vesa wall or desk arm mounting or an optional height adjustable stand.

Gold Standard for Green

ThinkCentre desktops incorporate several significant environmental attributes: They use a significant amount of recycled content in chassis materials. They include power supply units that surpass Energy Star 5.2 efficiency requirements, and they are EPEAT Gold rated and TCO Certified Edge for their strong environmental and usability features.  

Pricing and Availability2

The ThinkCentre M71z all-in-one desktop will be available starting in October with models starting at approximately $599. The desktop will be sold through www.lenovo.com and business partners.