Lenovo unveils ThinkStation E30 workstation, ThinkCentre M81 desktop

Lenovo unveils ThinkStation E30 workstation, ThinkCentre M81 desktop

Summary: Lenovo rolled out a couple of heavy-duty machines this morning: the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop. Surprisingly, they both come with budget-friendly price tags.

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Lenovo rolled out a couple of heavy-duty machines this morning: the ThinkStation E30 workstation and ThinkCentre M81 desktop. Surprisingly, they both come with budget-friendly price tags.

Both computing solutions run on second-generation Intel Core processors with Intel Turbo Boost technology and optimized for speedier start up and shut down times. However, there aren't many similarities beyond that.

Let's start with the ThinkStation E30. Designed for creative and engineering professionals alike, this workstation's power can be maximized when you tack on a Intel Xeon E3 1200 series processor. The ThinkStation also supports the creation of both 2D and 3D content if you pick NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics.

There's a lot of room for customization here, including up to 4TB of hard drive space, an 80GB or 160GB SSDs, up to 16GB of 1,333mHz memory. Some of the specs you'll see on any configuration include USB 3.0 connectivity and Windows 7 Professional.

As for the ThinkCentre M81, this one might be even more impressive considering how much is packed inside and it's just a bit cheaper (of course, depending on the configuration). Again, there are plenty of choices here, including:

  • Integrated Intel HD graphics (VGA + DP) or ATI Radeon HD5450 (DVI + DP) discrete graphics
  • Up to 2TB HDD or 160GB SSD
  • Up to 16GB of DDR3 memory
  • Optional USB 3.0 technology

This one also runs with Windows 7 Professional and sports a whopping eight USB 2.0 ports. Ready to support up to four displays (when using a discrete graphics card), this is your all-around enterprise desktop computer.

The ThinkCentre M81 will launch first in late April, starting at $599. The ThinkStation E30 workstation will follow in May and start at $629. If you're interested in ordering one for your business, both machines will be available at Lenovo's online store and through its business channels.

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  • workstation...

    "Up to 4 TB disk space" does not qualify
    as a serious workstation, IMNHO. Any decent
    mid-tower case could hold 4x3.5-inch disks, or
    a full-tower could hold 8-12x3.5's. Anything
    less is artificially brain-damaged.

    My current workstation has 20TB spinning disk
    (12TB external) and a 300GB SSD.
    cjcoats
    • RE: Lenovo unveils ThinkStation E30 workstation, ThinkCentre M81 desktop

      @cjcoats
      Previous comment ignores the fact that the above workstation is intended to be a budget-friendly entry-level workstation.

      If the above commenter were willing to mass-produce his existing workstation with the 20TB spinning disk and the 300GB SSD and sell them with a starting price of $629, I'd be happy to buy one.

      Your typical-of-engineers myopic black-or-white opinion excludes the needs and interests of most workstation users. Just because you (presumably) need more than 4 TB of disk space doesn't mean other workstation users do. Remember, your hard drive capacity does not correlate to your pen 15 size.
      johnv474