Lenovo knows a few things really well, and one of them is how to build a solid business computer. Like the infamous ThinkPads, the ThinkCentre line of desktops is solid and dependable with great support options…and also totally grey.
Oriented toward reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) for large enterprises and schools, the ThinkCentre M75e is Lenovo’s first M-series desktop to feature AMD CPUs – in this case, Sempron, Athlon X2, Athlon II and Phenom II models. AMD’s influence extends further into the lineup, providing the M75e with its integrated and maybe future discrete graphics capabilities.
Out of the box, the ThinkCentre M75e can drive two monitors while relying on its integrated graphics alone. A low-end discrete card can be added, however (Lenovo seems to recommend the AMD Radeon HD 5450, despite the fact that it’s not a configurable option) to boost the total number of connected monitors up to four.
Windows 7 Home and Professional operating systems can be installed, as well as up to a whopping 16GB of DDR3 SDRAM – that much RAM will run you a $700 premium, but chances are pretty good that if you need that much memory you’re probably going to be getting a different system.
NVIDIA’s GeForce and business-oriented Quadro cards can be installed, as can up to two 500GB hard drives and a DVDRW/DVDRAM writeable drive. A 280 watt power supply, Gigabit Ethernet and a very thin form factor round out the system.
Available now, the Lenovo ThinkCentre 75e starts at just over $500, but that’s with a lower-end AMD Sempron CPU.