Lenovo narrows horizons with Blue Sky

The Chinese PC maker releases a smaller form factor desktop PC that it promises will suck less energy and take up less space.

Slimmed-down PCs are hot right now. But most of the innovation in tiny computers is taking place in the notebook and mobile-phone industries, not the stodgy enterprise desktop space.

Lenovo Blue Sky
Lenovo

No matter, Lenovo has announced that it will launch a tiny, 45-watt desktop computer the size of a phone book. It's called the ThinkCentre A61e, or "Blue Sky," and it will be primarily aimed at businesses and customers overseas--where they still buy desktops.

The company has bestowed the "Blue Sky" moniker to denote its green qualities. Lenovo says its power supply is 85 percent efficient, and the 45-watt AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual core and Sempron processors will cut energy costs in half compared with its previous models.

It also weighs 8 pounds. The smaller form factor is meant to appeal to education, medical and financial industry customers. The price, however, will likely appeal to everyone: $399. It will be available on Lenovo.com in October.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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