The next time someone has the gall to tell you the desktop is dead or starts talking about the so-called post-PC era, feel free to slap them in the face with a trout (WARNING: Maximum PC will not provide bail money). Who knows, Lenovo might be right there with you. The OEM builder did, after all, just unveil the latest addition to its flagship M Series desktop line, the ThinkCentre M78.
Aimed at medium to large businesses, the ThinkCentre M78 comes packing AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) rather than Intel Ivy Bridge chips. The decision to build around AMD's APU platform should save businesses a bit money in upfront costs, though Lenovo touts other reasons.
"Professionals in medium to large businesses need dependable, productive and secure desktops to meet the day-to-day rigors of workplace demands," said Su Lijun, executive director, global desktop marketing, Lenovo. "We built the ThinkCentre M78 to last, equipping it with great performance, security and energy-saving features in one device."
Pricing starts at $479, which translates into an AMD A4-5300 APU (dual-core, 1MB cache, up to 3.6GHz, HD 7480D graphics), 4GB DDR3-1600 memory, 250GB hard drive (7200 RPM, SATA 6Gbps), DVD burner, and Windows 7 Professional. The ThinkCentre M78 is upgradeable up to an AMD A10-5700 APU, up to 1TB of storage space, up to 32GB of memory, and discrete GPU options.