Research Triangle Park (NC) – Lenovo unveiled a new ultra small form factor (USFF) PC, which the company claims will consume only 45 watts of power.
The new ThinkCentre A61e, also called "BlueSky" by its manufacturer, is the first desktop offered by a major system builder that is available with AMD's low power Athlon X2 BE-2350 or Sempron LE 1150 processors. According to Lenovo, the new system is considerably smaller than its predecessor and does not take up not more space than a typical phone book.
The manufacturer claims that the power consumption of the A61e (not including a monitor) does not climb above 45 watts. Also the desktops are built from up to 90% of reusable or recyclable materials, while its packaging is also recyclable at up to 90%, according to Lenovo.
Prices for the PCs start at $400 for a system that is equipped with a Sempron LE1150 CPU, 512 MB memory, an 80 GB hard drive, a64 GB Radeon X1200 graphics chip and a 16X DVD-ROM. For an extra $100, buyers get twice the memory as well as a CD burner. The cheapest dual-core unit with a BE 2350 CPU currently lists for $649 on Lenovo's site and includes 1 GB of memory and a 160 GB hard drive.