Remember that huge tower PC Lenovo announced a few months ago for potential VR developers? Meet its mini-me. The ThinkStation P320 Tiny isn’t going to handle VR development, but this one-liter desktop PC will save a lot more office space while taking on the day-to-day requirements of the average office with aplomb.
Instead of the Intel Xeon processors on the larger form factors, the P320 Tiny has 7th generation Intel Core processors — not the recently announced 8th generation chips, although it’s debatable how much difference that jump will make across the whole range of chips. The Tiny will also get an Nvidia Quadro P600 GPU, which is a step down from the larger form factors. That said, it’s still nice to see discrete graphics come to these tiny office PCs. The P320 Tiny can be configured with up to 32 GB of RAM and either up to a 2 TB HDD or a 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD for storage.
Ports are always going to be important for office PCs, and there are some surprises here. On the front, you’ll find separate microphone and headset ports, plus two USB 3.0 ports. On the rear, there are four mini DisplayPorts, two full-sized DisplayPorts, a security lock, a Wi-Fi antenna, an ethernet port, and four more USB 3.0 ports. So, if you’re going to consider this, you’ll need monitors that have DisplayPort support — there’s no HDMI or legacy VGA support here.
The Nvidia Quadro P600 GPU has helped the P320 Tiny lock down a number of Independent Software Vendor certifications, from the likes of Autodesk, Dassault, PTC, and Siemens, among others.
The sleek black one-liter box can be combined with a VESA mount and a set of peripherals from Lenovo, including a keyboard, a mouse, and the ThinkVision P27q monitor. All of that plus Lenovo’s other business-friendly PCs, laptops, and tablets can be part of Lenovo’s PC as a service platform, which they’ll start offering to businesses this year. Instead of just offering tech support for business customers, Lenovo wants to help them manage everything. The plan will be made custom for each business, but in general, Lenovo will offer to supply new and up-to-date hardware and software, properly clear and dispose of old hardware, and monitor and configure everything they give you. They’re basically looking to put IT departments out of work.
The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny is available now starting at $850. If you’re interested in getting into Lenovo’s PC as a service plans, you can head here.