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Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 USFF preview: Professional mini-system

How big should your desktop system be? If Lenovo has anything to say about it, very small. Its ThinkCentre M92 USFF (Ultra Small Form Factor) is indeed pretty tiny. Thanks to state-of-the-art hardware, the performance and features are impressive.

If you want to build a computer with a powerful graphics card, multiple hard disks, a very fast processor and lots of expansion options, then your chassis can hardly be big enough. Most typical users don't have such extreme requirements, and even slimline micro-ATX systems can have too much space left-over. That's why systems built in mini-ATX chassis are gaining in popularity, and manufacturers of office-oriented systems are following the trend as well. This Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 USFF is a perfect illustration of this.

The ThinkCentre is a little system that measures 19 x 19cm, and is only 3.5cm high if you don't count the DVD burner. The optional DVD burner sits on top of the little computer case, connected via USB. It also houses a USB hub, which leaves one unused USB port once you've connected it to the computer. The same bracket for attaching the DVD burner can be used to mount the system to the back of a monitor via the VESA mounting holes.

Despite the small size, Lenovo has managed to implement quite a few connectors on the M92. On the back you'll find two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0, VGA, a gigabit netwerk port and two DisplayPort connectors. The plug for the external 65W power supply is also located here. On the front there are two USB 3.0 ports.

The bracket is very easy to remove via the two thumb screws, and the top of the system is held in place by a single screw. It's easy to access internal components this way, which can be important in a business environment. You can read the rest of Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 USFF preview on