Lenovo Takes Aim at Small Business Market With New Robust Portfolio of Self-Reliant PCs – Lenovo Care Productivity Tools to Make PCs Easy to Own, Use
RALEIGH, N.C., February 23, 2006 — Lenovo today unveiled the first-ever Lenovo-branded PCs to be offered worldwide, the Lenovo 3000 product family, one of the first truly international PC brands. Researchers, scientists and product design teams from China, Japan and the U.S. combined Lenovo’s heritage in enterprise and consumer PC technology to design an optimal computing experience for small businesses. The Lenovo 3000 product line features several new desktop and notebook models with the latest processor technologies in a new silver chassis.
According to Gartner Inc., small and midsize businesses last year spent more than $400 billion on computer-related products and services worldwide, and that amount is expected to increase in 2006.*
The Lenovo 3000 product line features built-in tools designed to help reduce IT expenses in small-business environments where every dollar counts. These tools let small business owners concentrate on their businesses — rather than their IT — with virus recovery, simplified network connectivity, and automatic updates.
“The new Lenovo 3000 product family embodies a distinct entrepreneurial persona by combining the most successful components of enterprise level, ThinkPad-inspired technologies with the latest Lenovo innovations to create PCs users can depend on,” said Deepak Advani, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Lenovo. “Lenovo will offer the new PCs as the smart choice for today’s most savvy entrepreneurs, priced to fit the budgets and computing needs of even the smallest firms.”
Lenovo Care: Worry-Free Computing
The Lenovo 3000 PCs feature a unique suite of easy-to-use Lenovo Care productivity tools that help make owning and operating a PC a worry-free experience for small business and individual users. With Lenovo Care tools, PC maintenance and service guesswork is replaced by powerful autonomic tools to help make PCs more self-reliant. 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. In addition, Lenovo Care tools can help users streamline maintenance tasks to keep PCs running like new.
Lenovo Care tools help alleviate the need for a dedicated IT help desk by offering a central location for such useful tools as:
· A one-button system recovery to help users diagnose, get help, and recover systems from catastrophic software failures caused by today’s viruses and malware.
· Automatic updates that download and install critical updates on a user-configured schedule to help keep the system operating at peak performance.
· Easy connectivity for simple wired or wireless set up for home office, office and leisure connections.
Lenovo 3000 Notebook PCs
The new Lenovo 3000 line includes new notebook PCs — the Lenovo C Series — and new desktop PCs — the Lenovo J Series — that complement the company’s award-winning ThinkPad and ThinkCentre brands.
The Lenovo C100 notebooks are designed for mobile small-business professionals who want worry-free, yet powerful PCs that offer wireless connectivity, built-in service tools and multi-media features. Encased in a stylish and functional design, the new C100 combines a sleek silver exterior with solid performance for the value- and service-conscious professional. From the makers of the award-winning ThinkPad, the C Series notebooks feature Lenovo’s world-class engineering that delivers high quality and reliable notebook PCs.
Weighing in at 6.2 pounds, the new C100 offers complete connectivity features on select models, 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.
Lenovo 3000 Series
Lenovo 3000 Desktop PCs
The Lenovo J100 and J105 desktop PCs are designed for small business customers and consumers who want a reliable, easy-to-use PC featuring modern design silhouettes. The J Series desktops feature a sophisticated color-contrasting front bezel, curvilinear design components, custom designed side-access air ventilation and several optional accessories, such as the ThinkVision USB SoundBar and ThinkPlus Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard.
In addition, for the first time, Lenovo is offering worldwide customers a choice of Intel or AMD configurations. The Lenovo J100 features a SiS® 661 Chipset with choice of either Pentium® 4 or Celeron D® processors. The Lenovo 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 desktops come in a variety of pre-configured models. All Lenovo 3000 PCs feature a standard one-year limited warranty and come with award-winning service and support available from IBM.
Availability and Pricing
The Lenovo J Series and C Series will be available starting on February 23, 2006. Prices for the J105 and J100 start at $349.00 and $499.00, respectively. Prices for the C100 start at $599.00. Financing is available through IBM Global Financing for approved customers. Lenovo 3000 products will mostly be sold through Lenovo business partners and directly via the web at www.lenovo.com.