Lenovo computers are a brand of personal mobile or desktop computers, workstations, or tower and rack-mounted servers designed and built by the Lenovo Company. These computers are similar to many other brands of PCs and servers, such as Dell, Gateway and Hewlett Packard. Lenovo is the largest seller of personal computers in China, and the fourth largest seller in the world. Many of the various lines of Lenovo computers were acquired from IBM in 2005.
Lenovo was founded in 1984 and incorporated in 1988 and has its main headquarters in Beijing, China. Although it was already the top seller of personal computers in China, Lenovo purchased IBM's PC division in 2005 to expand its international market share. Since then, Lenovo has marketed its acquired product lines in the United States, focusing specifically on personal and business-use computers and servers.
Lenovo offers three separate lines of desktop computers. IdeaCentre home PC computers come in a variety of configurations that provide options in form factor (the computer industry standard in component dimensions), performance and price. Another line of home PCs is the Essential models, which come either in a touch-screen all-in-one or a low-profile desktop. For business applications, Lenovo offers ThinkCentre computers, which are the more traditional desktop tower computers and follow in the footsteps of the IBM brand of ThinkCentre business computers.
The notebook computers offered by Lenovo are similar to the desktop lines in name and function. The IdeaPads provide the widest variety of configurations, from low-end budget laptops, to well-equipped media centers. The Essential line of notebooks provides a few standard configurations for general home use. Finally, the ThinkPads are a long-standing line of business laptop computers inherited from IBM and still widely used in the business sector.
Lenovo workstations provide a greater amount of processing power, typically for use in content creation, technical and scientific applications. This increased processing power is usually achieved primarily through more sophisticated CPUs, such as Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors. Lenovo offers both notebook and desktop versions of workstations. The notebook series are named ThinkPad W Series and provide improved graphics acceleration and large amounts of RAM. Its desktop workstation counterpart is called ThinkStation and provides even greater amounts of graphics acceleration, RAM and storage capacity.
Lenovo's server technology, called ThinkServer, comes in two standard formations. The desktop servers are large form-factor tower computers that act as business application servers with well-cooled cases. The rack-mounted form comes as low-profile rack servers that can be stacked and networked to provide a scalable server solution with a minimal footprint. These servers typically allow remote web management of whatever applications the servers are running, as well as RAID hard drives for massive storage and data security.
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