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If you’re a fan of imposing PCs you’ll like the look of the ThinkCentre A51p and A50, announced yesterday by IBM.

Aimed at small and medium sized businesses, the A51p features a Pentium 4 processor running in the new Intel 915G chipset. This sports the new PCI Express graphics bus, Gigabit Ethernet as standard, and DDR2 memory support. The front of the case features headphone and microphone sockets and two USB ports. The latter are widely spaced enabling multiple devices to be connected at the same time.



A unique feature of the A51p is the IBM Rescue and Recovery service. This is a one-button backup and recovery solution that enables users to restore data settings and applications after a system failure. The case is tool-less enabling IT departments to easily upgrade or replace components.

For the more value conscious, IBM is offering the A50. Based on Intel's 865 or 865GV chipset, the A50 can be specified with either Celeron or Pentium 4 processors.

To accompany the new machines, IBM has released a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution ThinkVision L170m flat panel LCD. Remarkably, it’s the first IBM LCD to have integrated speakers, which should appeal to those who need to save space. The flat panel also features a separate on/off switch for the speakers, a volume control, and two headphone jacks.

The L170m monitor will be available in August and the two new PCs from September. Estimated pricing for the A51p, excluding monitor, VAT and delivery will start from £445 and from only £250 for the A50.

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