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Lenovo unveils ThinkStation E30 workstation, ThinkCentre M81 desktop

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.

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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