Lenovo support has generally fallen into two camps: those who appreciate the company’s staid, industrial designs and those who decry the looks as boring and dated. Both camps should be pleased with the new ThinkCentre Edge 91z, which sets a standard for business design.
The new ThinkCentre Edge 91z takes a lot of its design cues from some of Lenovo’s other business all-in-one desktops, such as the ThinkCentre A70z. It goes in a new direction, however, both in design and in name. Some of Lenovo’s notebook offerings have picked up the Edge name, which cuts down on some of the ruggedness of the lineup in exchange for fashionable designs. Despite the design-centric philosophy of these models, Lenovo makes sure they’re still all business with conservative black and grey stylings and traditionally secure Lenovo software.
With the ThinkCentre Edge 91z, Lenovo popped in a 21.5-inch display that sits neatly behind a classy edge-to-edge glass cover. It’s immediately reminiscent of Apple’s iMac, which features a similar look. While the keyboard and mouse are wired at the base level, Lenovo has introduced a wireless model of each alongside; the keyboard features contemporary island-style keys and a spill-resistant membrane.
The 91z can be configured with Intel’s latest Core i7 quad-core CPUs, 1TB of hard drive or 80GB of solid state storage and optional ATI discrete graphics. For once, business all-in-one desktops are getting a pretty powerful little unit. The new ThinkCentre Edge also features video out, so extra external displays can be attached – a new feature for the latest AiO desktops. Optional Blu-ray drives can also be added, so users can buy one for business, but still use it for pleasure.
The new machine will be available starting this July, both on Lenovo.com and through select retailers. The base configuration starts at a reasonable $699.