IBM thinks small

While desktop replacements are usually sold on their space-saving benefits, IBM is promoting a desktop PC with a smaller footprint than many notebooks.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 29, 2004

While desktop replacements are usually sold on their space-saving benefits, IBM is promoting a desktop PC with a smaller footprint than many notebooks. The upcoming ThinkCentre S50 is 28cm wide by 26cm deep and just 8.5cm high, about the size of a telephone directory or a packet of breakfast cereal, IBM helpfully points out. “Office space is shrinking in nearly all industries, and desktop PCs need to accommodate that trend,” said Sameh Farid, regional manager of IBM Middle East’s PC division. “People need to use their office space more efficiently and every square centimeter on their desktop is important. When your desktop PC occupies a footprint even smaller than a notebook, you’ve got room for the folders, pads and documents of everyday office life.” Weighing in at just 6kg, the ThinkCentre is no lightweight however, incorporating IBM’s ThinkVantage technologies. Introduced by IBM last year, these are a range of innovations designed to make it easier and cheaper to operate systems, including rapid restore features and a tool-free chassis design. This allows components such as the hard disk and memory to be more easily changed by the user, helping to limit downtime and save support costs. Also included with the ThinkCentre S50 is a link to online support and onboard diagnostic tools and automated solutions.

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