Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review - HotHardware

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review

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Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant.  We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks). All of the scores reported below were taken with the processor running at its default clock speed.

 
CPU Arithmetic Test; Click To Enlarge


CPU Multimedia Test; Click To Enlarge


Memory Bandwidth Test; Click To Enlarge


Physical Disc Test; Click To Enlarge

The Edge 13" was a pretty middle-of-the-road contender in most of these tests. The 5400RPM hard drive wasn't exactly the fastest thing we've tested (an SSD in here would really make the system scream), but having 4GB of DDR3 memory certainly helped. For a CULV-based ultraportable, the numbers aren't too shabby, and real-world performance was better than expected.
 

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This is interesting in some ways. The market for laptops is flooded though with many competitive models from many different companies. The laptop as the mobile leg of the computer market is of course the oldest implementation of computing in the consumer market. I think the current movement to the tablet type devices will impact this considerably. I will say one thing about IBM on this aspect though. Much like Toshiba IBM is well known for making very functional devices as well as very trusted devices in this space. So I do applaud there keeping current with good solid units. Even though this market is so fragmented with different models from different companies for different usage models, that it is almost impossible to pick a single one any more.

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Great looking laptop, maybe Lenovo's best yet, but it's hampered by a lack of decent video card. Hmmm, maybe I've been spoiled by the M11x...

A good option for a business laptop nonetheless. Great review Shawn!

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Lenovos definitely suffer in the 3D video area - doing work from an R400 right now.

However, there's significant payback in the area of power/battery life. This is the first laptop I've ever used that's relatively speedy and will run for over 3 hours of "real" use. It's really a good machine for business purposes.

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Absolutely adore the red one! Lenova has really done it big! This is definitely going on my wish list! Yes

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Yeah IBM/Lenovo has been in this space for quite a long time. I remember the first laptops I used to see were Texas Instruments and IBM, although TI no longer seem to be in the market IBM is going as string as ever. I also know on a professional end many will insist on an IBM or maybe it and a very small number of other brands. Most professionals as well would not consider many other brands maybe the Toshiba professional units.

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