Lenovo takes on the small-form-factor PC, and though it’s not the smallest out there, the company’s experience being the go-to SMB PC supplier has resulted in a small PC with big, flexible…
By Matt Whitlock
February 28, 2013
I’m not one of those people who believes the traditional ATX PC form factor is dead, but I do think the general computing populace is rapidly moving away from larger boxes. All-in-ones and small form factor PCs that you can bolt onto the back of a monitor is the future of everyday business workstations, thin clients, and anywhere else a no-frills workhorse computer is needed.
Lenovo‘s ThinkCentre M92p is the company’s take on the small-form-factor PC. Intel’s NUC (pictured with it above) has gotten a good share of the press lately with its diminutive 4x4 inch footprint, but eschews raw computational power and a lot of legacy connections and ports some businesses may still need. Lenovo’s box isn’t as tiny, but the company’s experience being the go-to PC supplier to business has resulted in a small PC with big, flexible features.
The M92p package is comprised of two separate components, the PC itself and a bracket with a slimline optical drive. The PC component measures in at 1.4” x 7.1” x 7.2”, which is incredibly compact for the amount of hardware it contains. Mount the PC in the bracket and you can attach it to a VESA mount on a monitor, bolt it to a desk, or hang it in various ways. You can skip the DVD burner if it isn’t needed.
Lenovo’s PC design aesthetic is unmistakable; a matte black finish with an unassuming, yet incredibly attractive “all business” sort of sense. ThinkCentre looks great by itself, bet less so when paired up with its optical drive.