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Lenovo ThinkCentre M58 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
760
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7300, 2.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Business

Lenovo primarily makes PCs for business, and the M58 is no exception. It's covered by a generous three-year onsite warranty, which is great for this price.

The case is around the size of a biscuit tin, so it takes up very little space. Getting inside the M58 is easy: simply press a button and swing the top of the chassis up to reveal the interior. You can fit an additional 2GB of RAM for a maximum of 4GB. You'll have to use compact laptop memory, but the replaceable DVD writer and hard disk are standard desktop components. Due to the limited space, there's no room for additional internal storage devices. The 320GB hard disk looks meagre compared with the 500GB disks that dominate this Labs, but it's more than enough for office files. There are no PCI Express slots at all, though.

The M58 has an integrated Intel GMA 4500 graphics chip, which can't cope with 3D games. The M58 was near the bottom of the table in our application benchmarks, but it's not a slow PC - it suffers in comparison with the more powerfully equipped competition.

The M58's strength is its energy efficiency. It consumed a meagre 19W when idle and just one watt more when running our demanding suite of benchmarks. In comparison, Mesh's faster Matrix II 920 Nero used 120W when idle and 168W when running our benchmarks.

The M58 is usually sold without a monitor, but you can also buy it with a Lenovo 19in widescreen display. Its 1,440x900 resolution isn't as high as the 1,680x1,050 of monitors supplied with other £650 PCs, but it's fine for working on most office documents. Despite the VGA interface, image quality was acceptable.

Lenovo's ThinkCentre M58 is ideal if you want a money-saving, energy-efficient PC for office work. It's relatively expensive for the specification but has a long onsite warranty. If you can live without the warranty and the dual-core processor, Novatech's Ion is just as power efficient but cheaper at just £263.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E7300
Processor external bus266MHz (1,066MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx10
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache3,072KB
Memory2.000000
Memory typePC3-8500
Maximum memory4GB
Motherboard chipsetIntel Q45
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption idle19W
Power consumption active20W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots1
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity320GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 4500
Graphics/video portsVGA, DisplayPort

Sound

SoundSoundMax HD Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelLG GH10N
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelLenovo L1940
Native resolution1,440x900
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLenovo KU-0225
MouseLenovo MO28UOL

Software

Software includedInterVideo WinDVD 5, DisKeeper Home Edition, PC-Doctor 5, Roxio Creator Business Edition 10.1.177
Operating systemWindows Vista Business
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantythree years onsite
Price£760
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.lenovo.co.uk

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