The Lenovo ThinkCentre Nano M90N: When Small Is Beautifulby Anton Shilov on May 13, 2019 1:00 PM EST
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People today want larger displays. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs and here is where Lenovo’s new ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes into play. In fact, the manufacturer calls it the world’s smallest commercial desktop.
Measuring like a large chocolate bar, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Nano M90N is based on a mobile platform supporting today’s key I/O interfaces, including Wi-Fi, GbE, DisplayPort, USB Type-A (3x), USB Type-C (2x), and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets. The PC was announced today yet we do not know its pricing, nor does Lenovo publish more detailed specifications of the hardware, but since today's mobile platforms feature pretty decent specs, the ThinkCentre Nano M90N should offer performance of a good notebook PC.
Being a Lenovo Think-badged device, the ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes in a signature black plus red chassis. Looking rather stylish, the unit can be placed behind a display to save precious space on the desk. Obviously, it can be placed anywhere given its dimensions.
In addition to the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT, Lenovo also announced its M90n Nano IoT version featuring extended temperature ranges and coming in a chassis featuring a better cooling.
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stephenbrooks - Monday, May 13, 2019 - link--[People today want larger displays. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs]--
Back in the 90s, we'd stack a monitor on top of a PC that was in a "slab" (horizontal tower) form factor. As most screens do not go all the way down to the surface of the desk, there is plenty of room below for a quite large PC if needed.
Valantar - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkThe problem with this is that as LCDs have replaced CRTs, desk ergonomics have changed, as have desk sizes (which have largely shrunk). Of course the ATX standard is quite large, needlessly so in today's highly integrated PCs, but even an mATX or ITX chassis with room for "standard" components (full size add-in cards, decent-sized CPU coolers, ATX PSU) would fill a very large part of a modern desk. Of course there are slimmer options, and the prevalence of SFF and "USFF" office PCs from the likes of Dell and Lenovo underscores how popular this is. There's still a market for PCs that are good enough and as tiny as possible, though. I mostly work through a docked U-series laptop, which this will match or beat in terms of performance while taking up a lot less space.
stephenbrooks - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkI like the fact they can make these PCs so small. However, the point of my post was that if you have a 23" LCD screen, there is *loads* of space below the screen. The PC doesn't even have to be that small to fit there if it's in the "slab" orientation (especially if you were to shorten the LCD stand so it sits directly on top).
fazalmajid - Monday, May 13, 2019 - linkAs always, claims of small size are meaningless without also showing the power brick.
Rookierookie - Monday, May 13, 2019 - linkLooks like a standard USB 65W charger will do.
Valantar - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkAnd with GaN power bricks like Innergie's 60C or similar coming to market, they can get _really_ small. Phone charger small.
jaydee - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkI count 4x USB type A...
IGTrading - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - linkThere is absolutely no reason this shouldn't be based on AMD Ryzen.
Icehawk - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - linkMarket. This is sold to corporate buyers and they just don’t buy AMD. In 23 years of IT I can literally count the number of AMD machines I have encountered on one hand - and this includes the Athlon heyday.
IGTrading - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - linkI know. Most often it is just stupid.
After the avalanche of Intel security issues, it proves to have been even more stupid.