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Lenovo ThinkCentre M75n Nano Desktop: AMD Athlon 3050e, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD EXPIRED

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Lenovo has Lenovo ThinkCentre M75n Nano HOTSTUFF Fanless Micro Desktop (11GW000BUS) for $179 after applying eCoupon HOTSTUFF Shipping is free.

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Specs:
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050e Processor (1.40 GHz, 2C/4T 4 MB Cache)
  • 4GB DDR4 2400MHz (Soldered)
  • 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics
  • Intel 9260 802.11AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 5.0
  • Windows 10 Pro 64
  • USB Keyboard & Mouse
  • Ports
    • Front
      • USB 3.2 (Gen 2)
      • USB 2.0
      • USB-C (USB 3.2, Gen2)
      • Headphone / Mic
      • 2x Serial port
    • Rear
      • Power-in
      • DisplayPort
      • USB 3.2 (Gen 2)
      • USB-C (USB 3.2, Gen 2, DisplayPort)
      • RJ45
Features:
  • Dimensions: 7.05" x 3.46" x 1.36"
  • The ThinkCentre M75n IoT can collect, store, and process data from IoT devices, such as sensors and cameras
  • Compatible with VESA mounting

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First the negatives:

4GB soldered memory, no extra slot.
No HDMI (but DP included, can use adapter)

Now the positives:

Completely fanless (ie Silent!)
Small and VESA mountable
AMD 3050e (2C/4T) APU with Vega 3 graphics
(equivalent to 10th Gen i3 but with far better iGU and only 6w TDP)
Two M2 slots
256GB PCIe SSD included
Intel 9260 AC/BT5 adapter included
Lots of ports (but no HDMI)
two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports
Win 10 PRO included
3yr warranty
Wireless KB and Mouse included


The memory is indeed a huge limitation, but if you look it this from a Rasberry Pi or streaming device alternative, this is a pretty neat option for not a huge price.

For folks who only need a general PC or HTPC, this would also work well. Plus its perfectly silent.

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/desk...11GW000BUS
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Those are RS232 ports because this is designed as an IoT (internet of things) device. There are plenty of current USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. It doesn't have Thunderbolt (what would at $180?) and HDMI. What else do you want? If it bothers you, unscrew the sockets and put some black tape over the holes.
The Pi is a quad core ARM chip. The 3050e is a standard X64 processor.

The 3050e boosts to 2.8Ghz from a 1.4Ghz base. The Pi is 1.5Ghz fixed.

I suspect that the Pi could be quicker on some applications, but also suspect those would be rare events. Video, I/O and overall capability will be far stronger on the Lenovo. You also get M2 vs the Pi's microSD card (or USB) storage. That's a huge difference in storage speed.

BUT...the Pi is half the price.

If you can accomplish what you want to with the Pi, it may be the better buy.
PLC devices, typically industrial or business oriented equipment. Read [wikipedia.org] for yourself.


Yes RS232 is old and slow, but in reality not all device communication needs to be fast.


You don't need gigabit to control many household automation type items.

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Would this $90 4gb quad-core Raspberry pi give this dual-core Lenovo a run for its money or even beat it in some cases?
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Would this $90 4gb quad-core Raspberry pi give this dual-core Lenovo a run for its money or even beat it in some cases?
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The Pi is a quad core ARM chip. The 3050e is a standard X64 processor.

The 3050e boosts to 2.8Ghz from a 1.4Ghz base. The Pi is 1.5Ghz fixed.

I suspect that the Pi could be quicker on some applications, but also suspect those would be rare events. Video, I/O and overall capability will be far stronger on the Lenovo. You also get M2 vs the Pi's microSD card (or USB) storage. That's a huge difference in storage speed.

BUT...the Pi is half the price.

If you can accomplish what you want to with the Pi, it may be the better buy.
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Are those TWO VGA ports on the back?! Barf, what a waste of space, im out.
Those are RS232 ports because this is designed as an IoT (internet of things) device. There are plenty of current USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. It doesn't have Thunderbolt (what would at $180?) and HDMI. What else do you want? If it bothers you, unscrew the sockets and put some black tape over the holes.
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So, what uses those ports?
PLC devices, typically industrial or business oriented equipment. Read [wikipedia.org] for yourself.


Yes RS232 is old and slow, but in reality not all device communication needs to be fast.


You don't need gigabit to control many household automation type items.
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So, what uses those ports?

No HDMI (but DP included, can use adapter)
If I can get one for a dollar, why can't they just include one!!!
Thats an age old question for countless features.

My personal peeve is lack of USB-C power delivery on laptops. Many laptops have the USB-C port,but don't incorporate PD on it. That feature would only add a couple dollars. Its far more convenient to use a small PD adapter than the typical huge standard power supply brick that comes with a PC. Plus you can use PD power banks to charge your computer when an outlet isn't available.

Anyway, we know the answer...even an extra dollar profit matters to manufacturers. Sometimes it seems absolutely ridiculous where they find that dollar though.
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Will a display port to HDMI adapter also support audio over hdmi? in particular surround sound audio like dts and dolby 5.1, or dts hd-ma and dolby true hd?
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There's no way 3050e is competitive to an i3 10th gen. It's probably comparable to like an intel pentium silver with better graphics.
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What are people using this for?
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You convinced me - this might be fun to play around with and see what creative uses I can put it to. I just bought one. Repped! Thanks!
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Hmm could be a nice torrent box.server with the specs, especially the dual M2
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