IBM Think Center S50: The Ideal Corporate Small Form Factorby Wesley Fink on October 21, 2003 10:55 PM EST
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IBM Think Center S50: BIOSThe IBM BIOS provides no tweaking or overclocking options, nor do we really expect these options in a computer system aimed at the Corporate market. The BIOS does offer full control over enabling or disabling on-board ports and on-board options like audio. Ports can also be custom-configured if required by the computing environment.
IBM Think Center S50: Special FeaturesComputer service costs and their impact on “Cost-of-Ownership” for a PC have been discussed in some detail. Another significant cost in keeping PCs running is hardware and software updates. IBM has also addressed this concern by designating the S50 a “Workhorse Computer”. Translated, this means IBM is willing to certify that the Think Center S50 will not require hardware or software updates for one year.
IBM also supports earlier Operating Systems on the S50, which will be important to many Corporate clients. Windows 98, NT, 2000, Netware, and Windows XP are officially supported. In addition to the included Kensington lock capabilities and the optional key lock, other security options are available to answer the special security needs of Corporations. These include the option of the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem. This option provides encryption of local files and advanced user authentication as two of the benefits.