Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Laptop Review

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PCMark & 3DMark Tests

To start things off, we fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads, stressing various system subsets in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here, and most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance

The E420s qualifies as a daily workhorse able to tackle a variety of tasks, a point that's underscored in our PCMark Vantage testing. It's not going to blow you away in any particular area, but the system boasts a solid foundation with a quad-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 7200RPM hard drive. It's sort of a Jack-of-all-trades, and master of none.

Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.

You can forget about playing Crysis and other demanding games with the visual quality settings cranked up, because the E420s relies on Intel's HD 3000 Graphics integrated into the CPU core for gaming duties. It does offer better performance than previous generation laptops, and older games are playable, but keep in mind the Intel HD 3000 Graphics engine doesn't support DirectX 11 visuals, nor is it a pixel pushing heavyweight. Lenovo does, however, offer an AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics upgrade with 2GB of dedicated video memory.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

Futuremark 3DMark11

Futuremark's PCMark 7 combines more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, Web browsing, and gaming. It's specifically designed to cover the full range of PC hardware, from netbooks and tablets, to notebooks and desktops, making it a great testing tool for virtually any system.

Futuremark only recently introduced its PCMark 7 suite, the successor to PCMark Vantage. As time goes on, we'll have a bigger sampling of scores to compare systems with, but in the meantime, we'll be posting individual screenshots, as we've done above. Using the default settings, the E420s managed a respectable 2154 overall score. If we break this down, we can see the E420s excels in computational heavy tasks -- no doubt thanks to the Core i5 2410M processor -- but gives up some performance in the storage subsystem due to its reliance on a mechanical hard drive as opposed to a solid state drive.

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