All-in-one PCs:

Three Top Reasons to Want Them for Your Schools

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To address the challenges facing schools today, Lenovo All-in-One (AIO) PCs based on the 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ processor family deliver the requisite technology to meet classroom performance expectations and the ROI that allays budget concerns. Here are three reasons why your school should want them.

REASON 1: Ideal for the Classroom

Lenovo All-in-One PCs like the ThinkCentre M90z are powered by the Intel Q57 Express Chipset. This gives them the performance needed to run today’s commonly used higher education classroom, research, and administrative applications. And new Lenovo Edge 91z PCs based on the 2nd Gen Intel Core Processor family will offer the requisite performance needed to run even the most computationallyand media-intensive applications. In particular, the new processors feature improved adaptive performance that adds speed when it is needed and has built-in visual capabilities.

The Intel processors also enable students, faculty, research staff, and administrators to open multiple windows at once, providing a significantly smoother experience than that created by the aging PC fleet they already use.

The wide-screen format and resolution of Lenovo All-in-One PCs is a perfect match to support new application uses in higher education. For example, educators today rely on multimedia, video, and online courses to complement traditional teaching methods.

A recent study noted that the educational use of video on campus is accelerating rapidly in departments across all disciplines. Additionally, faculty and administrators expected their use of video in education to significantly grow.

Lenovo All-in-One PCs provide features that match these changing usage patterns. In particular, the systems are ideal for multimedia applications and videos. The devices offer a full high-definition screen, integrated speakers and Webcam, as well as graphics capabilities for superior displays. With respect to user experience, the systems are based on the 2nd Gen Intel Core processor family to deliver the performance needed to run today’s multimedia and video applications.

Additionally, the AIO form factor is a nice fit in the classroom environment. Compared to using a separate monitor and CPU, an AIO takes up significantly less desk space. And it requires fewer power cords (and outlets). All of these factors make AIO PCs easier to use in the classroom.

REASON 2: Good for the Budget

Naturally, getting these systems into the classroom requires capital outlay. Is that possible today? After all, as noted above, institutes of higher education are impacted by budget and funding cuts.

However, even with tight budgets, educational institutions can justify new equipment if it cuts costs, improves productivity, and saves money. That’s where Lenovo All-in-One PCs can help.

The integrated technology afforded by the 2nd Gen Intel Core vPro™ processor family featured in many Lenovo systems enables remote troubleshooting and software updating. Intel vPro technology is a set of security and manageability capabilities that are built into Intel processors and network adapters. Organizations using Intel vPro technology have reported ROI benefits exceeding 400 percent, with a payback period to recoup investment measured in months.

These savings come from reduced time required by IT staff to troubleshoot and fix problems. This freed up the IT staff to take on additional projects.

Furthermore, the combination of Intel vPro technology and Lenovo ThinkVantage Technologies can be used to reduce routine administrative chores such as updating applications, applying new patches, and managing software images and licenses. All of these tasks can be applied, from a single location, to every PC owned by a university or college. And the work can be done at night to minimize user disruptions.

The All-in-One PCs save money by cutting electricity consumption nearly 70 percent using Lenovo Power Manager software. This can amount to significant savings for an organization. For example, the U.S. government’s Energy Star program estimates that organizations spend between $50 and $150 per year in electricity to run each PC. Given that range, a 70 percent saving on a campus with 500 powersaving All-in-One PCs would cut electric bills by $17,500 to $52,500. Additionally, the ThinkCentre M90z’s optional ambient light sensor can further reduce energy consumption by $8 per year per PC.

Additionally, Lenovo All-in-One PCs save IT staff time. For instance, the systems can be deployed in minutes, so IT staff does not need to devote a lot of time to installation and cabling issues. Given the overall time savings, IT can focus on more strategic initiatives.

REASON 3: Flexibility

One differentiator with computers in education is that a single PC typically must support many different types of users and applications. That’s not the case in other industries where, for example, a business manager in a manufacturing firm uses a PC for one set of applications and an engineer needs a system with a completely different set of capabilities.

In education, many PCs are shared. Frequently, a classroom PC might be used by a science class one period, an English class the next, and a history class after that. Each discipline has its own set of applications and each of those applications has different performance, connectivity, and graphics requirements.

Lenovo All-in-One PCs provide the processing power to run the wide range of classroom applications. The systems’ graphics capabilities support the high resolution output needed today for a variety of disciplines. And Lenovo All-in-One PCs offer integrated communications technology—speakers, Webcam, and microphone—that empower the growing need for collaboration in higher education.

There is another capability of the Lenovo AIO PCs that can address an issue common in academic settings, but not one that comes up in business environments. Namely, classroom computers often serve multiple purposes from period to period that sometimes require the use of different operating systems. A literature or applied statistics course would typically need access to Windows applications, while a programming class might need access to Linux. Leveraging Intel vPro and Lenovo Rescue and Recovery, systems can automatically re-imaged between classes or overnight. This allows the desktop PC hardware to be shared among classes and it saves IT from the laborintensive, time-consuming task of manually re-imaging systems.

Lenovo and Intel as your technology partners

Lenovo and Intel are well-positioned to be technology partners for educational institutions looking to improve learning outcomes and their ROI.

Lenovo is the AIO desktop U.S. unit market share leader with 33 percent of the market in November 2010, according to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service. It offers a variety of Intel processorbased All-in-One PCs, allowing colleges and universities to satisfy higher education desktop computing requirements, while reducing total cost of ownership.

All-in-One M Series PCs deliver the performance required to run today’s data- and CPU-intensive educational applications. PCs in this line are easy to manage, have a low cost of ownership, and incorporate many higher end management tools such as Lenovo Power Manager, Lenovo Rescue and Recovery, and Intel vPro technology. New Lenovo Edge 91z PCs based on the 2nd Gen Intel Core Processor family will offer the requisite performance and manageability needed in academic environments. In particular, the new processors feature improved adaptive performance that adds speed when it is needed and has built-in visual capabilities.

Lenovo All-in-One C Series PCs offer great value. While not supporting many of the higher end management tools, the systems are still easy to set up and use. They are also energy efficient. Additionally, the C Series PCs are ideal for today’s multimedia-rich classroom environments. They offer high aspect rations for viewing HD and other videos with less eye strain and come with integrated DVD/CD player/burner and stereo speakers.

All of these PCs benefit from Lenovo ThinkVantage technologies, which is a suite of tools designed to significantly reduce IT costs. Lenovo’s ThinkVantage Technologies provide support for image creation and ongoing image management; system migration and deployment assistance; and disposal of PCs in a way that protects sensitive company data.

Lenovo offers a variety of enhanced warranty options as well as its ThinkPlus Priority Support service plan on new PCs. Priority Support features 24x7 priority call routing to advanced technical support, as well as multiple administrative tools. The service frees up IT staffs to address critical needs, while helping reduce or eliminate the need for continuous in-house IT support.