Lenovo announced updated desktops today in the form of the ThinkCentres M58 and M58p. The new computers are being billed by Lenovo as both their greenest and most secure PCs yet, largely thanks to the addition of new software. Power Manager is a new application that lets buyers monitor and control power consumption when not in front of the desktop, which is a nice feature if you decide you’re going to be away longer than you realized.
The M58 line will also be able to take advantage of something called the Hardware Password Manager, which gives more precise control over user, administrator, hard drive and BIOS passwords. It doesn’t come included, however, as it will require a separate software purchase. In addition to the new password control, you’ll be able to disable either/both USB and PS/2 ports, though this is likely to be of much greater use to business workers than to the average consumer.
As is the trend these days, Lenovo has managed to get its new desktops EPEAT-Gold certified. Despite all that green engineering, you’ll still be able to pick one up with a 9000-series Core 2 Quad processor, and multiple hard drives. The M58 will start at $499 with the p variant running an extra hundred. Both are availing in December.