Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review - HotHardware

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review

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The ThinkPad Edge is one of the slimmest 13" machines out there. Fittingly, it's also bundled with an amazingly slim amount of accessories and software. Lenovo trimmed the price of this ultraportable down below $600 at the base, and there's no question that the company saved a few bucks in the accessories department. Unlike rivaling Asus units that we've seen, there's no slip cover or carry case included here. All that came in the box was the machine itself, a power adapter and an AC cord.


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As for software, we're actually delighted by Lenovo's choice to take the minimalist approach. Far too many pre-built PCs ship with loads of software that many consumers have no need for, and worse still, software that bogs the machine down, right out of the box. The ThinkPad Edge 13" that we tested features a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium, and aside from the integrated Lenovo Connectivity Panel (which helps to manage the Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connections) and a simple Lenovo overlay at the bottom (which shows your connection strength alongside a detailed battery meter), we didn't notice a single piece of bloatware. No nagging screens about registering anti-virus software that we never asked for. No pop-ups from bloatware that's parading around as legitimate software. Just a basic, clean install of the OS with a few minor Lenovo touches.


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We should mention that the top lid of our test unit was a glossy black, and unless you don't mind your machine getting scuffed up from normal travel, we'd suggest investing in some sort of sleeve or case. The lid will definitely become scratched if you just shove it into a carry-on bag one too many times.

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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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