Category: PC

Lenovo is recalling over 50,000 all-in-one desktop PC because of risks of catching fire. The announcement was made in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The products being recalled are the ThinkCentre M70z and ThinkCentre M90z, which have been found to have a defective component in the power supply. This part is prone to overheating and poses a fire hazard. Although the recall is voluntary, Lenovo and CPSC advise consumers to stop using the said PCs immediately.

To make sure you possess the defective desktops, take note that all-in-ones feature all of the PC components (including power supply) are housed into the monitor. Both models have a matte black finish with the brand “ThinkCentre” emblazoned on the lower left corner of the monitor’s front. You also need to check the PC’s serial number and manufacturing date code, which can be found on a label posted on the unit’s underside. The list of recalled models and date codes has been published in CPSC’s website. These models were sold in Lenovo’s online store and its authorized distributors between May 2010 and January 2012, with prices ranging from $500 to $800.

There are yet to have injury cases and property losses due to the defective PCs, although the company has received reports of a fire incident and a smoke incident in the US.

In case you have a defective Lenovo all-in-one desktop, stop using the computer, unplug its power supply, and contact Lenovo (855-248-2194 or to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the power supply.

Source: Lenovo, via PC World

HP Z1 crams a Xeon CPU, pro graphics, and a 27-inch display into an all-in-one


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Over the years has covered HP’s Z series of workstations a number of times. The Z marked a big step forward for HP on the design front, and a step away from one of the companies biggest fears: commoditization. It combined high-end design with HP’s established workstation formula and resulted in both an immediate hit and a much needed differentiation point from the likes of Lenovo and Dell (who were essentially sell the same computers with a lesser set of features). The Z series models, like the Z600, have been quietly doing their job for some time but now HP is back with more big news: the Z1 all-in-one workstation.

You know the deal with workstations: lots of power crammed into a loud, big, dark grey tower. While that’s the essence of what they are, IT buyers are looking for much more, including ISV certification, expandability, reliability, serviceability, and portability (at times). You’d thing a lot of this runs counter to a workstation ever landing in the all-in-one form-factor, but HP seems to have worked out a way to make it possible. Just look at the image above — the Z1 folds down, flattening the 27-inch IPS display, and opens right up. This exposes the innards for maintenance and upgrades.

And what goes inside the Z1? This can scale from a Core i3 system with integrated graphics (basically a consumer system) to a quad-core Xeon-powered workhorse with up to 32GB RAM (or 8GB ECC) and Nvidia Q4000M graphics. Other perks include a 1080p HD webcam, SRS sound, USB 3.0, Blu-ray, tool-less internal parts, and a 90% efficient PSU.

On the expandability front you’d think the Z1 would be at its weakest, but it’s not terrible. There is no dual-CPU option but it does have four memory slots and four internal expansion slots (PCIe x16 full and three miniPCIe). The bigger hurdle will be storage — it can handle either two 2.5-inch drives or a single 3.5-inch one — and displays, where users have just a single Display Port to add on one more monitor.

The Z1 will never be the beast that you can build a Z800 into but buyers will get workstation features in a handsome, quiet system that doesn’t require any more floor or desk space than a 27-inch monitor. For the majority of buyers — especially those handling workstation-lite duties, like photo editing and less intensive 3D work — the Z1 will be a great fit. If you’re doing serious geo-spatial work and crunching terabytes of data, you’ll still need a more conventional solution.

The computer starts at $1899 and will be available in April.