Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Nano PCs are incredibly tiny and ready for work

ThinkCentre Nano

What you need to know

  • The ThinkCentre Nano is built to stay out of sight, measuring seven inches wide and under an inch tall.
  • Two models: One for general PC usage and another for managing IoT devices.
  • Expected to launch in August starting at $540.
  • Complements the slightly larger ThinkCentre Tiny line.

Filling commercial spaces with a legion of PCs can mean taking up a lot of space, and that's precisely the problem Lenovo is aiming to solve with its latest miniature desktop, the ThinkCentre Nano. Billed as the "most compact commercial desktop series in the world," the ThinkCentre Nano is incredibly small, allowing it to be stowed on a desk or shelf while barely taking up any space.

It's clear that it's meant to take up as little space as possible in areas where space may be at a premium. Think call centers and other workplaces chocked full of PCs. On the rear of the PC, you'll find a set of ports that includes two USB-A ports, a single USB-C port, Ethernet, and a single DisplayPort. On the front, meanwhile, there are USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and an audio port.

In terms of specs, the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano can be equipped with up to Intel Core and Core vPro i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to two 512GB PCIe SSD storage drives. All of this comes in a package that measures 7.04 x 3.46 x 0.86 inches. The unit weighs in at just over a pound.

"ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano brings space-saving convenience and manageability to any vertical user because it can fit virtually anywhere – behind the monitor, under a table, or on a bookshelf, offering a clutter-free shared-desk work environment," the company said in a press release announcing the new PC series.

In addition to the base ThinkCentre M90n-1 desktop, the line includes the ThinkCentre Nano IoT. Built to survive manufacturing scenarios, the Nano IoT has a larger thermal operating range and was designed to handle ambient vibrations. At work, the Nano IoT can manage IoT devices and increase "responsiveness and reliability by enabling the rapid relay of information between connected IoT peripherals, sensors and devices, even in harsher commercial environments," Lenovo says.

The ThinkCentre M90n Nano and M90n Nano IoT are expected to launch in August, with prices starting at $640 and $540, respectively. If you're in the market for something small and portable in the meantime, Lenovo's current line of slightly larger ThinkCentre Tiny PC is available starting at $400.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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