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Lenovo's new ThinkStations  (Source: Engadget)
Lenovo expands its "Think" series

Lenovo is branching off into the workstation arena with its new ThinkStation family of products. Lenovo today introduced two ThinkStation workstations based around Intel's new 45nm Penryn micro architecture.

The new ThinkStation D10 features two processor sockets and supports Intel's quad-core Xeon 5400 series processors. The ThinkStation S10, on the other hand, uses Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor.

Both models come equipped with dual GbE network ports and multiple drive bays and USB 2.0 ports for expansion. Lenovo notes that both systems feature NVIDIA graphic solutions, but failed to give specifics.

Lenovo also touts the eco-friendliness of the D10 and S10 as both models are EPS Energy Star 4.0 compliant, feature power supplies that are over 80 percent efficient and contain over 50 percent of the materials used in construction of the chassis' has been recycled.

"For professional users of graphically and computationally-intensive applications who require a level of performance unattainable with a standard desktop PC, ThinkStation is Lenovo's best engineering at work," said Lenovo executive director of Emerging Products Marketing Tom Tobul. "In addition to offering Lenovo's highest performance and quality with leading-edge acoustics, the workstations also have an environmentally-responsible, user-centric design that further drives productivity."

Although the D10 and S10 were announced today, the systems won't actually begin shipping until January 2008. At that time, the D10 will feature a base price of $1,739 while the S10 will start at just $1,199.

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I know looks aren't everything, but....
By daftrok on 11/6/2007 8:38:37 PM , Rating: 2
These computers just look bad, even though they're awesome under the hood. Would it be too much to ask to just smoothen out the front of the tower so that people don't end up saying "What is that, a Compaq?"

RE: I know looks aren't everything, but....
By grath on 11/6/2007 9:35:22 PM , Rating: 5
One mans ugly is a lonelier mans sexy...

By murphyslabrat on 11/6/2007 11:17:02 PM , Rating: 3
Some women do look good without wearing enough make-up to be imaginary. In the same way, you don't need "ergonomics" and LED's to make a nice looking case.

Obviously, I disagree with you guys about it just looking plain. It looks "professional", but it also looks very simple and neat (which, of course, is what "professional" means ^^j)

I am not gonna pay through the nose for the brand name, but that won't stop me from admiring it.

RE: I know looks aren't everything, but....
By XtAzY on 11/6/2007 10:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I guess they have to make it look "business" like. I mean, it's almost 2008 and I think they should be a bit more stylish on their cases. PC's don't have to look that professional (of couse we do when we go to interviews, so that you'll be hired =]).

By Inkjammer on 11/7/2007 2:38:44 AM , Rating: 3
Like McDonalds, Lenovo has pioneered an industry on bland. However, unlike the previously mentioned clown-bearing empire, the "flavor" of a Lenovo system ranks above the competition due to generally higher quality ingredients.

Lenovo is the anti-Parsley. It's not for looks.

By SoundGarD on 11/7/2007 9:29:32 AM , Rating: 2
i like it. it looks like an ibm eserver .. tiny iseries :)

By JeffDM on 11/7/2007 8:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
I think it would be fine if it had a handle. A tower computer should be under the desk if at all possible anyway. I think it looks good except for the bizarre handle, but then, looks aren't that important if it's going to be hidden away.

Anyway, a handle? How often is a tower computer moved?

RE: Handle?
By JeffDM on 11/7/2007 9:11:44 AM , Rating: 2
I mean: " I think it would be fine if it didn't have a handle".

I thought that IBM kept the workstation line and only sold off the regular workstation and notebook line, so I don't understand why Lenovo has workstations too.

RE: Handle?
By totallycool on 11/7/2007 10:52:43 AM , Rating: 2
I thought that IBM kept the workstation line and only sold off the regular workstation and notebook line, so I don't understand why Lenovo has workstations too.

I guess Lenova is launching their own line of workstations, nothing to do with IBM. Thinkstation brand is not owned by IBM i believe.

RE: Handle?
By fbrdphreak on 11/8/2007 11:59:40 PM , Rating: 2
If you move computers a lot, I'd imagine one would appreciate a handle. Besides - it is removable.

as someone whos worked in IT before
By MGSsancho on 11/7/2007 3:12:39 AM , Rating: 2
I would not order them. you can stack the cases. when you have hundreds of machines, its convient to stack them on a pallet, wrap them in plastic and use a hand-truck or a forklift to move them around. i guess i could stack on the side but then it gets more scratched then necessary. also unused machines get stacked along a wall

By Rotkiv on 11/7/2007 5:06:15 AM , Rating: 2
"you can stack the cases"

I'm guessing you mean "you can't stack the cases"

By fbrdphreak on 11/8/2007 11:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
In what business do you stack unboxed computers on pallets or against walls? These are expensive workhorses - not 20 year old Dell's.

Oh, and as far as "stacking," the D10's are rack-mountable with a 3rd party kit.

By CryptoQuick on 11/7/2007 8:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to have to disagree with the folks here about the case design. The retro look is actually very refreshing in the industrial context. Consider that sickening Old Dell look, the quintessential early '00s staple of Business 1.0, and the much-improved New Dell inspires a sophisticated sentiment... They do not have personality on the level that this Lenovo chassis provides. One word that can summarize Dell's styling, throughout this decade: Meh. Where Dell attempts sophistication, HP's designs try to be stylish, but instead figure into being a tad gaudy, to my eyes.

Even minimalist designs-- which I love-- such as the Antec P180, Silverstone TJ-07 (a monolith!), or Lian Li cases... They don't share the charm that this retro look has. To me, this is like how Art Deco is to many people; it's 'classic' enough to have this charm.

Think about it; perhaps in terms of building architecture, the Art Deco of the 20s and 30s could be equated to the 'boombox' electronics design of the 80s.

There's no doubt about it, this definitely is a callback to that ghettoblaster era, but is oddly appropriate to the workstation design of '08.

The neologism on the 'tubes is now "Lenovoblaster"

RE: "Lenovoblaster"
By Amiga500 on 11/7/2007 10:06:24 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed - I think it looks neat and functional....

Put it this way - I'd rather have a square case that has no heating issues, allows easy access, and has space for upgrading (again, with no ensuing heat issues_ than a fancy one that has difficulties with any of the aforementioned.

Who cares?
By Procurion on 11/7/2007 8:49:00 AM , Rating: 2
If I don't build one before then(giving up on anything decent from AMD) this will be what I buy. Once it goes under the desk I don't care what it looks like. We all have preferences and mine is that it does the job. I don't care what it looks like. This isn't a gaming rig, anyway. By the time it's equipped with a couple of cards it'll be close to 10k.

RE: Who cares?
By Homerboy on 11/7/2007 9:03:12 AM , Rating: 2
I simply don't get people that are hung up on the look of cases, especially in a business world or a "working world" in general. The machine gets tossed under a desk, and should never be seen again. In fact if its a quality machine it WILL never be seen again until its replaced.

Vista only
By Screwballl on 11/7/2007 3:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
Remember... Lenovo is one of the companies that have a hardware lockdown so that only Vista will run on their systems.
So if you plan to use it to dualboot XP, bootcamp or linux or anything else you can forget it.

Their tech specs say:
This product is Certified for Windows Vista: Only Certified for Windows Vista

RE: Vista only
By fbrdphreak on 11/8/2007 11:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
That is incorrect on all fronts. There is no OS lockdown. The ThinkStation only comes preloaded with Vista. Lenovo fully supports XP (32-bit & 64-bit flavors of both Windows OS's). Also, you can order it with Linux Redhat and it will come with an install DVD & full support.

By sdsdv10 on 11/7/2007 8:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
I was just wondering how the S10 with the QX9650 can start at $1199 when the Intel Extreme Quad core is going to go for ~$1000 all by itself. If that price is correct, it's going to be a steal.

RE: Price?
By fbrdphreak on 11/9/2007 12:02:09 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think they meant to imply you get the QX9650 for $1199. That would be the highest CPU offered and not applicable with the "starting price."

The handle
By KorruptioN on 11/6/2007 8:05:51 PM , Rating: 3
The handle - it reminds me of my old Aptiva.

Re: the handle
By Joz on 11/6/2007 8:40:09 PM , Rating: 1
looks like the mac pro...exept its a black handle and squarish, and I hate macs so <3 lenovo

and P3 ThinkPad for life (but i like my acer more couse its more powerfull then a x year old thinkpad (from ibm actualy...but lenovo makes thinkpads now...)

RE: Re: the handle
By Hare on 11/6/2007 11:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I quess even a Chevrolet Metro and a Ferrari F40 look the same when you disregard all the differences. I like Lenovo computers and even have one of their laptops but this thing just looks ugly...

...and has absolutely nothing to do with the Mac pro.

By firebow10 on 11/6/2007 7:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
This will be a great buy.

~To bad we gotta wait until the new year for it to come out.~

Lenovo's looks
By MagicSquid on 11/7/2007 1:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
At first glance, I thought it was some sort of '80s twin cassette deck. Lenovo systems are just ugly. They look like they're about 20 years out of date.

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