The Bottom Line
- Windows XP Professional OS
- Full Three Year Warranty
- Lack DVD Burner
- Small Hard Drive
- Integrated Graphics
- Intel Pentium 4 630 (3GHz) Processor
- 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 80GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 48x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
- SounMax with SPX Audio
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Eight USB 2.0 Ports
- Windows XP Professional OS, ThinkVantage Software Suite, Lotus Notes
Guide Review - Lenovo IBM ThinkCentre M52
2/22/06 – IBM's focus on its computers prior to its sale to Lenovo was on corporate computers. Lenovo has gradually changed that attitude with updated notebooks, but the ThinkCentre desktop line has not changed this focus at all even with the latest ThinkCentre M52.
Powering the ThinkCentre M52 is the Intel Pentium 4 630 (3GHz) desktop processor. This is a good overall processor that provides strong performance. It is matched up with 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 memory. This should be sufficient for the system to run smoothly in most applications, but more and more systems are now being offered with a full gigabyte of memory for improved performance.
Storage is woefully inadequate for the ThinkCentre M52 compared to other similarly priced notebooks. The 80GB hard drive is very small and provides limited storage for space hungry files such as music, photographs and videos. While the system does provide a CD-RW/DVD combo drive that lets users create music and data CDs or watch DVD movies, most desktop systems now include DVD burners standard.
The graphics are powered by the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics. This is fine for basic Windows operation, but it lacks any power for most 3D applications. The system thankfully comes with a PCI-Express graphics slot to allow the system to be upgraded.
The one really bright spot for the ThinkCentre M52 is the warranty. Most manufacturers provide one year or less/ Lenovo covers the system for a full three years.