IBM upgrades, redesigns NetVista line

IBM Corp. last month redesigned and renamed its NetVista desktop client line. The ThinkCentre S50, M50 and A50p models come with IBM ThinkVantage software.

ThinkVantage includes an embedded security subsystem, which lets users lock sensitive files; ImageUltra, a graphical image management program; and Rapid Restore Ultra for one-button backup without a shutdown.

The hard drive has an external handle to pop it out for secure storage or a quick systems change. The cover lifts up to show color-coded components.

Like the NetVista line'at the moment, some NetVista models are still available, such as the M Series included in the guide on page 18, which was completed before IBM announced the change'the ThinkCentre S50 has a small chassis, 12.2 inches wide by 14.1 inches deep and 3.3 inches high. It starts at $729 for a 2-GHz Celeron processor, 128M of RAM and a 40G hard drive. At the top end, the $1,449 ThinkCentre has a 3-GHz Pentium 4 processor and 512M of RAM.

The M50, which runs Red Hat or SuSE Linux, starts at $979 with a 2.4-GHz Pentium 4, 256M of RAM and 40G hard drive. The processor is scalable to 3.06 GHz and the RAM to 512M. The multimedia A50p ranges from $699 to $1,489. The ThinkCentre A30 starts at $469.

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