Lenovo updates ThinkCentre Series with M83 Mini Tower and SFF

Lenovo has updated the ThinkCentre series with the new M83 desktop PC that will be available as either a mini-tower or a small-form-factor unit (SSF). The ThinkCentre products are designed for business users who require increased processing power while maintaining a space-saving design.

With a product aimed at the business users like the ThinkCentre M83 is, it comes with a long list of useful security features. It has Lenovo’s Smart USB Protection that allows administrators to control access to all USB ports. This can prevent data theft and unnecessary risk of infections with malware and viruses. It also has the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that encrypts data and key information like passwords and digital certificates. Physical security includes a Cable lock, a Padlock Loop, a Chassis Intrusion Switch and Absolute Computrace Support.

The M83 isn’t shy about its hardware and has either a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4770 or Core i5-4430 / 4570 / 4670 processors and supports up to 32GB DDR3-1600 memory over 4 DIMM slots. It can either use the Intel iGPU for the graphics or have the Radeon HD8470 / HD 8570, Nvidia GeForce GT620 / GT630 or Nvidia Quadro 410 discrete graphics cards. The chipset used is the Intel Q85.

There’s also plenty of options to choose from when it comes to storage. The M83 has the options of 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDDs from 250 GB to 2TB and 2.5-inch 5400 RPM HDDs from 320GB to 1TB size. You can also get the M83 with 2.5-inch SSHDs in either 500GB or 1TB size and pure SSDs from 128GB to 180GB size. As optical drive, you have the choice of DVD-ROM or DVD-Recorder.

There is plenty of connection options on both models with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks on the front. The rear has four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as options for two PS/2 connectors for mouse and keyboard. It has 1 serial port default while a second can be added and the same goes for the parallel port. It also has an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector, audio jacks and supports up to three independent displays with the D-Sub VGA and two DisplayPort connections.

There’s also a choice of options on the wireless capabilities with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth combo, 802.11 ac WiFi as well as 802.11 b/g/n WiFi with and without Bluetooth. For maximum enterprise compatibility there is a wide variety of operating systems to choose from and you can have it come with Windows 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate, as well as Windows 8 Basic and Pro.

Lenovo also applied their Intelligent Cooling Engine 3.0 to the new M83 systems that will allow you to prioritising between either sound level or cooling effect. It further has the option to send out a warning before any actual overheating issues start. It has excellent energy ratings and you can get these systems with Platinum rated power supplies that have a rating of over 92% efficiency.

The mini tower measures 415 x 175 x 442 mm and weighs 11.2kg while the SFF model only measures 338 x 102 x 375 mm and weighs 7.8 kg. The ThinkCentre M83 will be available in October, starting at approximately $599

Thank you Lenovo for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lenovo

Bohs Hansen

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