Tablets are popular, but there’s still a demand for work to be done with the faster, and more familiar, keyboard and mouse combo. Lenovo knows this and has launched two affordable performers in the E31 Notebook (with a 180-degree lean-back screen) and the space-saving and power-efficient S500 SFF (small form factor) Desktop. The notebook starts at P30,990 while the desktop starts at P26,000.

Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop, Lenovo E31 Notebook

The smallish CPU above is the Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop (monitor, keyboard, and mouse are for demo purposes only). The laptop on the right is the Lenovo E31 Notebook.

Lenovo E31 Notebook – Affordable and Portable

While 14 inchers may be too big and 12.5 inchers too small, the compromise is actually the familiar 13 incher, which the E31 is. The Lenovo E31 Notebook has a Thinkpad-esque design plus the now-ThinkPad familiar full-sized AccutType keyboard that’s so comfy to use.

Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop, Lenovo E31 Notebook

The E31 borrows from the Yoga line of bend-backwards laptops. Its display can lean back until it lays flat on a table, parallel to the keyboard. I like this since it offers a way to adjust the display against glare, reduces hinge wear and tear (as is the case with normal laptops with a hinge-bend-limit), and prevents instances of the keyboard-base lifting up when the display is pushed too far.

Device security takes the form of a Kensington Lock and an optional finger print reader.

How much and what are the specs of the base config?

The Lenovo E31 Notebook starts at P30,990 for the base config of Intel Core i3 5005u, 4GB RAM, Windows 8.1, 500GB hard drive, and a 1366×768 resolution on its 13.3-inch screen. A higher config variant includes a full HD (1920×1080) display that’s great for games, movies, and presentations.

Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop, Lenovo E31 Notebook

Lenovo E31 Notebook Specs

Windows 8.1
13.3-inch (1366×768) Display (up to FHD 1920×1080)
Intel Core i3-5005u (up tp 5th Gen Intel Core i7)
4GB LPDDR3L (up to 8GB)
500GB HDD (up to 1TB HDD with 8GB Hybrid HDD, or 256GB SSD)
Integrated Intel HD Chipset (Graphics)
2 x USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, 4-in-1 Card Reader
720p HD Webcam, Dolby-certified stereo speakers
Up to 5 hours of battery life
AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys
WiFi 802.11 a/c, Bluetooth 4.0
12.72″x0.85″x9.06″ (Dimensions)
1.53 kg (3.51 lbs, Weight)

Base config above starts at P30,990.00 and is now available through Lenovo Corporate Resellers.


Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop

The relatively small but compact S500 desktop is aimed at businesses. CPUs shouldn’t be hulking and so big that they hog up so much office desk space.

Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop, Lenovo E31 Notebook

The S500’s small form factor is complemented by security features:

  • Smart USB protection at BIOS level (so that sensitive company data won’t be whisked away in USB flash drives)
  • Your encrypted USB can also serve as file coffer
  • Bluetooth Lock (when a Bluetooth paired-with device leaves range, the PC goes into lock screen)
  • Sure Erase means no worries on file leakage
  • Encrypted folders to keep your privacy, so your data is safe

Michael Ngan, Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop, Lenovo E31 Notebook

The S500 SFF Desktop is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor (up to i7) and runs on Windows 10. SSD storage boost start-up times and delivers fast response times when using multiple applications. One of its features, InstantGo*, allows quick boot up and resume. The S500 SFF also has an 802.11ac card for faster data transfer rate and comes with a dual-antenna design that yields 360-degree signal coverage.

The Base Config of the Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop starts at P26,000.


Art of the Stack

Michael Ngan, ThinkPad Stack

Orange pen above is for size estimation purposes. Clockwise from top (excluding the pen): Mobile WiFi device, Bluetooth Speaker, 1TB Hard Drive, and 10,000 mAh Power Bank.

An intriguing device teased at the launch was the ThinkPad Stack – an organized approach to bring-along devices that have come to define our mobile lives: mobile WiFi, power bank, external hard drive, and wireless speaker. Each device is stackable in any order and comes in the signature somber and corporate ThinkPad dark matte color.


Michael Ngan, Lenovo S500 SFF Desktop, Lenovo E31 Notebook

Left to Right: Francis Judan (4P Manager Commercial SMB, Lenovo Philippines) holding the ThinkPad Stack, and Michael Ngan (Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines) holding the Lenovo E31 Notebook. 


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