Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review
Introduction and Specifications
The ThinkPad Edge is also one of Lenovo's most connected notebooks, ever. It can be ordered with Wi-Fi, WiMAX and an optional Gobi chipset, which can connect to both CDMA (Verizon Wireless) and GSM (AT&T) cellular data networks. To date, we have yet to see a machine with as many connectivity options built in. If you can't find an 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi hotspot, there's a good chance you could connect to VZW or AT&T's data network; if you're in a major city with Clear WiMAX service, you could even connect to 4G. Of course, you'll need to activate and pay monthly for each data service you wish to subscribe to, but at least the options are integrated in case you find it necessary to activate in the future.
The ThinkPad Edge, in addition to being wildly flexible, is also amongst the cheapest options from Lenovo. It's not built quite as "tough" and "thick" as a traditional ThinkPad, which is why the company was able to set the starting price at just $549. If the allure of a ThinkPad had you hooked, but the conventional exterior styling pushed you away, the newly engineered Edge just might be the Lenovo notebook for you.
If netbooks don't offer the kind of performance you seek, and size is still a major factor, the 13" ThinkPad Edge is a fantastic choice--on paper, anyway. The ultraportable space is getting crowded quickly. Is this machine able to stand out amongst the legions of others? Join us in the pages ahead to see how our 13", Intel-based test unit stacks up.