Review: Ivy Bridge brings big performance to tiny Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p

Review: Ivy Bridge brings big performance to tiny Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p:

Lenovo's ThinkCentre M92p has much in common with the larger M92 desktops, but comes in a much smaller package.

Andrew Cunningham

Businesses are one of the last bastions of the desktop PC. Laptops and all-in-ones have infiltrated offices just as they have everywhere else, but enterprises are still buying plenty of PC towers from the likes of HP, Dell, and Lenovo.

That doesn't mean that these towers have to be boring. While Micro ATX desktops are still the norm, the advancements in technology that have allowed for thinner and more powerful laptops can be used to make a business desktop that takes up less space without giving up the power and repairability so important for businesses. Lenovo's ThinkCentre M92p isn't the first tiny desktop on the market by any means, but it brings Ivy Bridge processors, triple monitor support, USB 3.0, and management and security features that businesses like in a package that won't take up much space on your desk. Lenovo sent us a review unit so we could investigate further.

Specs at a glance: Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p
OSWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
CPU2.9GHz Intel Core i5-3470T (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
RAM4GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (supports up to 16GB)
GPUIntel HD Graphics 2500 (integrated)
HDD2.5” 5400RPM 500GB hard drive
NetworkingIntel gigabit Ethernet, optional 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth
Ports4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, VGA, DisplayPort, headphones and microphone
Size7” x 1.35” x 7.1”
Weight2.91 lbs
Other perksIntel AMT, TPM, Kensington lock, external DVD drive enclosure with VESA mount
Warranty3-year on-site
Starts at$639 (as of 8/7/2012)
As configured$689 (as of 8/7/2012)


The M92p is the smallest version of the ThinkCentre M92 desktop lineup, and it comes in a sturdy metal case that measures 7" by 1.35" by 7.1" and weighs just a bit less than three pounds. Like many business desktops, the various sizes of the M92 use the same components and drivers to make the customization and deployment of operating system images easier for administrators.

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