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Size does matter with the ThinkStation P320 Tiny

At approximately the size of your hand, the ThinkStation P320 Tiny is aptly named. (Source: Lenovo)
At approximately the size of your hand, the ThinkStation P320 Tiny is aptly named. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has unveiled what it claims to be the "world's smallest workstation" with the announcement of its ThinkStation P320 Tiny. The company promises "knockout performance" from a device that can fit onto even the most cluttered of desks.

With the P320 Tiny, it looks like Lenovo has taken a shrink-ray to its ThinkStation line of workstation desktops. Measuring in at a mere 1.4” x 7.1” x 7.2”, there’s no secret to how the Tiny got its name. Despite the diminutive stature of the device, Lenovo asserts that it can still deliver a wallop by packing in an Intel Core i7-7700T processor and an NVIDIA Quadro P600M GPU. Rounding off the spec sheet, the Tiny boasts two 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs (available via an aftermarket upgrade or “special bid”) for storage, and 32GB of DDR4 SoDIMM memory clocked at 2,400MHz. The device also offers a fair selection of ports – most notably sporting four mini DisplayPorts, two full-size DisplayPorts, and a total of five USB 3.0 ports.

While the small form factor might be attractive to the general consumer, it is clear that Lenovo designed the Tiny with IT professionals in mind. Touting handy features like a wireless power switch, a bottom panel that can be opened without any tools, ISV-certification, and even extreme temperature endurance, the Tiny should offer some peace-of-mind to both its day-to-day users and its system administrators.

It is rather impressive that this breadth of features can be crammed in to such a small package; as Lenovo is quick to remind potential buyers that the Tiny is “96% smaller than a traditional workstation”. With all the space the Tiny can save you, you might be wondering what to use all of that desk real-estate for. Well, if your need for screen space is just as great as your need for a spacious desk, why not hook the Tiny up to a maximum of six external displays – because it can handle that too.

Lenovo’s site lists the ThinkStation P320 Tiny as “coming soon,” but a report from PCWorld suggests that you can pick one up starting at $799 come early next month.

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Sebastian Eifrid, 2017-06-22 (Update: 2017-06-22)
Sebastian Eifrid
Sebastian Eifrid - News Editor
I am a writer with a passion for foreign language. I dream of one day becoming a polyglot. When I'm not perusing through my ever-growing backlog of books, I can usually be found tinkering with PC hardware and other gadgets. I enjoy trying to get old hardware to run newer programs and experimenting with various operating systems.