Lenovo-Branded SMB PCs in March
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Chinese PC manufacturer has included Australia as part of a major global roll-out of its brand following the acquisition of IBM’s PC Division last year.

The new 3000 range, the first ever to be offered worldwide combines the benefits of Lenovo’s considerable experience in the consumer space with the technologies it gained through the IBM acquisition.

Targeted squarely at the SMB space, there are several new desktop and notebook models with the latest processor technologies in a new silver chassis, says the company.

Over and above the hardware though Lenovo brings to bear a number of built-in tools such as virus recovery, simplified network connectivity and automatic updates, al designed to simplify the IT environments in small business settings.

For example, instead of manually locating and applying critical system updates, the Lenovo 3000 PC identifies and updates its own Lenovo software to take that arduous task off of the user, says the company. In addition, Lenovo Care tools can help users streamline maintenance tasks to keep PCs running like new.

ThinkPad-inspired technologies and the latest Lenovo innovations are combined to create well designed, dependable PCs, said Alan Munro, Managing Director, Lenovo, Australia and New Zealand.

The new Lenovo 3000 line includes new notebook PCs — the Lenovo C Series — and new desktop PCs — the Lenovo J Series and will be sold in addition to the legacy ThinkPad and ThinkCentre brands.

The Lenovo C100 notebooks are designed for mobile small-business professionals. Weighing in at 2.8 kilos, the new Lenovo C100 notebook offers complete connectivity features, such as integrated 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN, Bluetooth (select models) and 10/100 Ethernet and modem, and multimedia capabilities, such as stereo speakers with an integrated microphone for playing and recording audio and an integrated Combo or DVD Recordable drive. At 1.3-inches thin, the C100 also incorporates a 3-in-1 multi-card reader for downloading digital pictures, four USB ports and Firewire and S-Video slots.

The C Series includes an Intel 915 GM Chipset with choice of either Pentium M or Celeron M processors. Select models also feature Intel Centrino Mobile technology. Mobile users will benefit from an 8-cell lithium ion battery offering up to five hours of battery life and Lenovo’s industry-leading keyboard.

The Lenovo J100 and J105 desktop PCs are designed for small business customers and consumers they feature a choice of Intel or AMD configurations. The Lenovo J100 has the SiS 661 Chipset with choice of either Pentium 4 or Celeron D processors, while the J105 features an AMD Socket 754 board with either AMD Sempron or Athlon processors. Both the Lenovo J100 and J105 are equipped with serial ATA drive support, 6 USB 2.0 ports and front side audio.

The Lenovo J Series desktop PCs and C Series notebooks will be available in Australia and New Zealand in March 2006. Australia pricing for the J105 and J100 desktop PCs will be announced by March 1st. Prices for the C100 start at AUS $1199.