No remarkable statement to say that business needs have changed in the last couple years — in the world of computers, that’s translated into more machines built with video conferencing as one of the primary use cases, if not the primary use case, in mind. Those new needs guided the development of the Lenovo ThinkCentre neo series, their latest enterprise desktops and all-in-ones.
The ThinkCentre neo 70t is the powerhouse, and the machine that media professionals will still be looking towards. This desktop tower PC puts processing power first, with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 128GB of RAM, up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 2TB HDD/ 1TB SSD storage, and easy backup with a Smart Storage feature. That much power, especially where the GPU is concerned, makes it the one to watch for anyone who needs to do video editing and processing, or other resource-intensive tasks. Multitasking gets a boost from the Smart Cable, which connects two devices to the same screen.
The ThinkCentre neo 50s is where we start to move more towards small and medium businesses with moderate computing needs. This tower PC addresses the other big problem for small businesses these days — money is tighter. Efficiency is the big feature here, thanks to EPEAT Gold certification and the Intelligent Cooling Engine 5.0 that optimizes performance and helps reduce energy use. It’s also much smaller, and can fit more comfortably in smaller offices or backrooms.
Last up is the ThinkCentre neo 30a 24, an all-in-one device purpose-built for Zoom meetings. This one has a 23.8″ FHD display, audio by Harman, and a retractable webcam. The AI Meeting Manager offers real-time translation, voice to text, subtitling, a meeting noise editor, and Amazon Alexa Voice Interaction, making it rock solid even when the meeting is looping in people from around the globe. And, because a lot of us have been there at this point, Lenovo’s Smart Appearance can help enhance facial features and blur the background for privacy.
The Lenovo ThinkCentre neo series will arrive in March 2022, with the ThinkCentre neo 50s starting at $800 and the ThinkCentre neo 30a 24 at $1070. The ThinkCentre 70t will be available in select markets only, and pricing will be announced locally.