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Lenovo’s today announced the new ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) 23 claiming that it is the first modular AIO for businesses. Customers can upgrade the ThinkCenter Tiny-in-One AiO with all current ThinkCentre Tiny PCs (sold separately), allowing for separate refresh cycles of a traditional tower setup while offering space saving and outstanding cable management capabilities of an all-in-one PC.
Designed specifically for IT managers, the TIO delivers an outstanding business AIO experience with a brilliant 23-inch FHD display, front-access USB 3.0 audio ports, an optional ODD and an ergonomic stand that allows for tilt and height adjustment. Unlike most traditional AIOs, the TIO 23 is powered by a detachable ThinkCentre Tiny PC that seamlessly locks into the back of the monitor within seconds through a simple tool-less setup process. This unique hybrid configuration not only provides users with a clean-desk computing experience free from cable clutter but also allows users to configure their 23-inch AIO with a multitude of different chipsets and CPUs according to their needs, choosing from different ThinkCentre Tiny PC products. When it comes time to upgrade or service the system, users can simply pop the old Tiny PC out of the TIO, drop the new one in and resume back to work in less than two minutes.
There is a single standard Lenovo power adapter to power both the monitor and the Tiny PC. Being VESA compatible, users also have the flexibility to deploy the system on a variety of VESA-compatible mounts, stands, and brackets. TIO offers enhanced physical security for the Tiny PC with an advanced locking mechanism that secures Tiny and the TIO’s optional ODD module inside the system when a Kensington cable lock is attached.
The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 starts at $279 and will be beginning October via business partners and www.lenovo.com. I think this is a great concept and releasing a consumer version of the same would not be a bad idea.