Lenovo has announced it has become a reseller of Varjo’s industry-leading industrial-grade virtual reality and mixed reality headsets. This news signals a deepening of collaboration between two enterprise manufacturers and simplifies the ability for professional customers to obtain a complete solution for their virtual and mixed reality workflows.
Through the reseller agreement, a user can obtain a “Certified for Varjo” workstation along with any device available in Varjo’s portfolio via Lenovo distribution channels.
Optimized for Varjo
“Many existing VR offerings in the market today are enterprise versions of a consumer designed product,” said Mike Leach, solution portfolio lead, Lenovo. “However, Lenovo’s professional workstations and Varjo’s VR and XR headsets are specifically engineered to perform in the most sophisticated and demanding enterprise use cases. Our ability to offer customers a single point of purchase for certified workstations and VR/XR devices streamlines access to the tools needed for immersive workflows that are changing the way we work today.”
The two companies collaborate and test workstations and headset pairings to deliver compatible and trusted solutions that remove the guesswork for enterprise users. As a result, this announcement marks the broad expansion of Lenovo’s certified workstations that ensure a high-performance experience when deploying virtual and mixed reality applications.
The following professional workstations in desktop and mobile versions have been certified to work with Varjo’s various headsets and are capable of delivering the power needed to achieve next-generation spatial computing:
- Optimized for VR-2, VR-2 Pro and XR-1 devices:
- ThinkStation P520
- ThinkStation P720
- ThinkStation P920
- Optimized for VR-2 and VR-2 Pro devices:
- ThinkPad P53
- ThinkPad P73
- ThinkPad P15
- ThinkPad P17
“One of the biggest obstacles in accelerating the usage and growth of professional VR/XR is getting all the right equipment sourced for an enterprise-grade set-up and ensuring compatibility between computers and headsets,” said Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo. “With Lenovo becoming a Varjo reseller, we eliminate a lot of this complexity, making it even easier for customers to adopt VR/XR in the workplace for increased productivity and ROI.”
Customers can purchase certified Lenovo workstations and Varjo headsets immediately by contacting a local Lenovo representative or by clicking on the “Contact Us” icon on Lenovo.com.
Architosh Analysis and Commentary
This is another really smart move by Lenovo, following the company’s recent decision to deliver the world’s first AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO workstation, with up to 64 cores and 4.0GHz clock speed. We completely agree with Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo about the challenges pro customers contend with when attempting the match-up GPU (especially) and CPU requirements for various VR/AR/MR headsets for professional settings. Pros need set-ups to just work and oftentimes—and I know this from personal experience—the sales folks at the opposite line in workstation sales don’t know for sure if a given workstation and its GPU options are adequate to power a specific VR/MR device. This should simply that process for the end-user.