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Lenovo Revs Up New Workstation and Desktop Engines for Powerful Performance

   

Sydney, Australia – 30 March, 2011: Lenovo today announced the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop, two new solutions that bring users speedy performance with 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors, rapid boot up and shut down, and extra productivity features. Designed for creative, engineering and financial professionals who rely on specialised software applications to power their work, users get workstation-class performance at an affordable price, with the ThinkStation E30 starting at AU$1,699. Meanwhile, the ThinkCentre M81 desktop equips large businesses with the advanced computing features employees need to be most productive.

“Workstation users require high performance products that enable them to be more productive with their time,” said Chris Kelly, Director, Product and Marketing, Lenovo Australia and New Zealand. “The ThinkStation E30 workstation builds on our strong workstation platform, combining new rapid processing for data-crunching with more vivid and intense graphics capabilities. It was also important for us to create a product that offers extremely powerful processing on a software-certified solution at desktop prices.”

Hard Core Workstation-Class Performance

The ThinkStation E30 workstation builds on its predecessor, the E20 which was named Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine for entry-level workstations in 2010. It offers choices of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor technology with up to four cores for super fast computing when including an Intel® Xeon™ processor. Both the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop can utilise Intel® Turbo Boost™ technology to overclock on performance-laden tasks. Only Lenovo machines can stay in Turbo Boost+ mode longer for greater performance because of specific proprietary thermal engineering enhancements.

In addition to traditional hard drive storage, the ThinkStation E30 workstation offers choices of 80 or 160 GB SSD for superior performance opening, rendering, saving and closing files. For creating and consuming 2D and 3D content, the powerful workstation offers choices of NVIDIA Quadro or NVS graphics. The workstation also features SATA III for twice as fast performance and USB 3.0 (optional) for 10 times faster data transfer speeds compared to SATA II and USB 2.0. Furthermore, with up to 16 GB of 1333 mHz Error Correcting Code memory, memory-related failures are practically eliminated.

Dynamic Business Computing

The ThinkCentre M81 desktop, available in tower and small form factor, comes equipped with choices of 2nd generation Intel™ Core® processors, storage up to 160 GB SSD and choices of Intel HD graphics or ATI discrete Radeon graphics. It also comes with SATA III (optional) and USB 3.0. For more screen real estate and extra productivity, users can drive four independent displays by adding a discrete graphics card.

Both the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop are optimised for fast start up and shut down time under Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience (EE) 2.0 for Windows 7 program. EE 2.0 features a 20 second on average faster boot up time, than a typical Windows 7 computer1. This is thanks to Lenovo’s RapidBoot technology, which uses a range of proprietary optimisation techniques. The ThinkStation E30 workstation logs a 57 percent faster boot time and 38 percent faster shut down time over previous models, while the ThinkCentre M81 desktop starts up 30 percent faster.

Driving Extra Productivity

Both machines are equipped with extra features, enabling a productive computing experience. The ThinkStation E30 workstation carries certifications from leading independent software vendors in engineering, digital content creation and financial markets, including AutoCad, SolidEdge, Adobe and SolidWorks, along with support for Red Hat Linux. The ThinkStation E30 workstation also offers an optional Blu-ray player as well as features nine USB ports for connecting to external hard drives and other peripherals. The ThinkStation E30 and the ThinkCentre M81 also come with a DVD burner and player, and address office place security by including port disablement and Lenovo’s Hardware Password Manager which manages encrypted hard drives.

Lowering Energy Costs

The workstation and desktop deliver high levels of energy efficiency with reduced environmental footprints. The ThinkCentre M81 desktop features the new Power Manager utility for managing energy settings on desktop fleets. It has also been designed with 42 percent of recycled materials. In addition to high marks for energy efficiency with its 80 Plus Gold certified power supply and Energy Star 5.0 rating, the ThinkStation E30 extends Lenovo’s commitment to the environment through using 65 percent recyclable materials in plastic parts. It also meets several environmental certifications including EPEAT Gold, TCO and GREENGUARD.

Pricing and Availability2 

The ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop will be available in May. Both products will be available through business partners and online at www.lenovo.com.au. Pricing for these models starts at approximately AU$1,699 for the E30 and AU$1,649 for the M81. All prices quoted include GST.

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About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.au.

1Testing conducted by CNET Labs, Beijing in November 2010, using the independent Microsoft VTS tool to measure start-up, shutdown, resume and other Windows 7 performance measurements. 42 competitors PCs were tested from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, representing both commercial and consumer desktop and notebook products at mainstream price points. These were compared with comparable Lenovo products. Data from competitors and Lenovo PCs were averaged and compared to calculate the claims used.

2Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.