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Lenovo Launches First Desktop Line for Small Business

   

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., October 18, 2005 — Lenovo today announced its first line of desktop PCs designed specifically to meet the technology needs of small businesses — the ThinkCentre E Series. Focusing on ease-of-use, affordability and reliability, ThinkCentre E50 tower and small desktop PCs offer a new alternative for users who need standard technology for basic computing tasks. Encased in a new silver and black design, the ThinkCentre E50 delivers proven technologies, award-winning IBM service and support and data protection to simplify manageability throughout the ownership experience.

According to IDC research, small companies (defined as one to 99 employees) are primarily focused on business growth(1). Incorporating proven and reliable technologies, Lenovo E Series desktops can help small companies grow by increasing productivity and minimizing the dependence on external service and support.

"Lenovo has developed the ThinkCentre E Series line of desktops to offer small business professionals technology peace of mind. We want to reduce the day-to-day IT management hassles small businesses face by providing basic PC functionality for easy to use solutions right out of the box," said Bob Galush, vice president, product marketing, Lenovo. "In addition, small businesses can rest assured their data is safe with reliable technologies, such as Rescue and Recovery."

Automatic Crash Recovery For small businesses, system crashes and viruses can result in loss of productivity, critical data and money, and can require significant time to recover. Using Rescue and Recovery preloaded on ThinkCentre E50 desktops, users can diagnose, get help, and recover from a crash without the need of an IT staff, even if the operating system will not boot. In addition, users can employ an extra layer of support using Rescue and Recovery by pre-configuring automatic external backups to a server or external storage.

In the event users need additional help, award-winning PC service and support is available on the Internet at http://www.lenovo.com/think/support/us with innovative Web-based diagnostic and self-help tools. In addition, users can contact experienced technicians for assistance by phone through Lenovo's consolidated SupportCenter located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Think Easy, Think Express As part of the Think Express program, ThinkCentre E50 tower and small desktop PCs are available through Lenovo business partners and directly through Lenovo.com to make decisions and ordering easy for small business customers. The Think Express program provides a selection of PCs from entry level to performance models based on input from small- and mid-sized customers and Lenovo business partners.

The new ThinkCentre E50 tower and small desktop PCs come equipped with the Intel® 915GV Chipset with GMA 900 graphics and the SIS® 661FX Chipset, respectively. Both tower and small desktop PCs are available with Pentium® 4 and Celeron D® processors and six USB 2.0 ports, including two located on the front of the PC for convenient access. Toolless-entry covers further enhance the simplicity of the ThinkCentre E50 desktops by allowing users to easily access select components for quick repairs or upgrades, without the need for external service or support.

Pricing and Availability The ThinkCentre E50 is available now through select Business Partners and through www.thinkcentre.com/eseries . Prices for the ThinkCentre E50 start at $379.(2) ThinkCentre E50 systems come standard with a 1-year limited warranty.(3) For more information, see www.thinkcentre.com/eseries/upgrades .

About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992)(ADR: LNVGY) is the world's third-largest personal computing company, with a business model built on innovation, operational efficiency and investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina, and develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. For more information, see www.lenovo.com .

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* All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time, without notice. Pricing does not include tax, shipping or any recycling fees and is subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

* Warranty: for a copy of applicable product warranties, write to: Warranty Information, P.O. Box 12195, RTP, NC, 27709, Attn: Dept ZPYA/B676. Lenovo makes no representation or warranty regarding third party products or services. Support unrelated to a warranty issue may be subject to additional charges.