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Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 review

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M92

The ThinkCentre M92 is designed as a workhorse PC capable of running everyday business applications. It may not be glamorous, but it is fit for purpose as a PC for reception desks or other environments where space is at a premium.

Pros:

Compact desktop chassis, internal access for maintenance, can drive multiple displays

Cons:

No vPro support in M92 version

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £637.26

Manufacturer: Lenovo

Sales of PCs may be falling, but there is still a place in many businesses for a desktop computer, especially a compact design such as Lenovo's ThinkCentre M92 which can sit discretely on the side of a desk or even attach to the back of a monitor.

First announced in May and available to purchase now, the ThinkCentre M92 is actually available from Lenovo in three versions: a tower case, a small form factor model and the tiny chassis we have evaluated here.

The M92 line is further split into two options, with the M92p version shipping with Intel's vPro management and security technology, while the standard M92 does not include this.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92

Our review unit was the M92 version, which Lenovo supplied with an Intel 2.6GHz Core i3-2120T processor, 4GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive, making for a decent enough specification for handling pretty much any mainstream business application.

But while the M92 might come in a tiny case, it does not come with a tinier than usual price, costing £637 for this specification, despite its lack of support for vPro.

However, it should be pointed out that this appears to be in line with the price of similar compact business PCs from other big vendors, with a comparably specified Dell OptiPlex 390 Mini Tower costing about £580 at the time of writing.

For small businesses, the M92 may well suit their requirements. However, larger organisations should consider whether deploying thin clients linked to hosted virtual desktops would be more secure and cost-effective in the long run for desk-based workers.

The ThinkCentre system itself is about the size of an external DVD-RW drive, measuring about 182mm by 176mm and about 35mm thick, and can easily be positioned flat on a desk or stood on end to save even more space.

In fact, Lenovo supplies an optional external DVD drive for the M92, which can be clamped onto the system and effectively doubles its size. This was delivered already attached to our review unit in a metal frame that can then be mounted onto the back of a monitor stand or elsewhere.

 

Model: ThinkCentre M92 desktop
Display: Supports up to four external displays
Processor: Intel Core i3-2120T dual-core
RAM: 4GB (max 16GB)
Storage: 320GB WD3200BDVT 5,400rpm hard drive, optional external DVD-RW
Wireless connections: Optional 802.11a/b/g/n, or 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Ports: 4x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 2x DisplayPort, VGA output, Ethernet
Dimensions: 35x182x179mm
Weight: 4.1kg (maximum configuration)

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Daniel Robinson
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Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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