First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
IBM Lenovo ThinkCentre M51
- Solid security
- Less than stellar performance
This machine is sluggish when it comes to business application performance, but it has excellent provisions for security, and its data backup software is very simple to use. We think the unit is way too big for what it is though, and think it could either be built smaller or even turned into a tower.
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For corporate environments where reliability and security are the most important issues when rolling out new desktops, Lenovo is hard to overlook. Its range of ThinkCentre M51 desktops incorporate hardware user authentication via Lenovo's Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0 and Client Security Software wizard, which aims to protect your data from local and remote unauthorised access. It supports data encryption on-the-fly and can be used in conjunction with an optional smart card or fingerprint reader for extra security. It also features Lenovo's Rescue and Recovery suite, which is a set of programs that can restore the desktop and back up data through a very intuitive user interface.
Physically, the M51 is a desktop (not a tower) that occupies a large footprint, yet still has a cable locking facility and also features an internal tamper switch.
Our World Bench 5 scores revealed sluggish performance from this PC, whose cornerstone is a 915G chipset-based motherboard and a Pentium 4 530 (3GHz) CPU, along with 512MB of DDR memory, an 80GB hard drive and integrated graphics. This configuration is plenty for everyday office tasks such as creating presentations, working on spreadsheets and using Internet services, but anything more than that, particularly tasks involving lots of graphics data, and the system will struggle.
The included Rescue and Recovery software can be used to create an "image" of the data on your hard drive, or onto CD using the installed DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive.
The versatile connectivity options include a full complement of legacy ports, plus a DVI port and USB 2.0 ports. For ease of use, it has two front-accessible USB 2.0 ports.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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