Lenovo Chases Green Ratings with M57 "Eco"

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Though best known for its ThinkPad notebooks, Lenovo produces lesser-known ThinkCentre desktops as well, and expanded that line today with the release of the M57 “Eco.”The company bills the Intel-based small-form-factor PC it as its “most environmentally friendly desktop to date.”

Besides setting records among Lenovo computers, the M57 also became the first desktop PC ever to receive the Greenguard Institute’s Greenguard certification, which guarantees it to be free of over 2,000 chemical emissions. It also earned the more commonplace EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 4.0 ratings.

The new models come in two variants, the M57 and faster M57p. Both can be optioned with up to 8GB of total memory, 500GB hard drives, and processors from Intel’s Celeron, Pentium Dual-Core, and Core 2 Duo lines, along with either integrated Intel GMA3100 graphics or the Intel X3100 accelerator.

To coincide with the launch of its latest small-form-factor PCs, Lenovo also unveiled its new ThinkCentre Vertical PC and Monitor Stand, which allows the monitor and desktop to lift off the desk for more workspace.

Both the M57 and M57p are on sale immediately, with prices starting at $699 for the M57.