Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review

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Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary:  In our SiSoftware Sandra tests, the ThinkPad Edge 13" trailed the reference systems in the HDD benchmarks, but managed to match up well against rivaling components in other areas, particularly when you consider the low price point of the system ($899 as tested, starts at $549). Windows 7 was well suited to the system, and the 4GB of DDR3 memory helped applications load quickly and assisted in multitasking.  The benchmarks do show that this machine is no gamer, though it's definitely up for HD video playback, which it handled with ease.  For a standard machine to handle common computing tasks, it's plenty fast. Business users should have all they need under the hood, and the 4 - 7 hour battery life is great for road warriors.

As you've heard throughout this review, the ThinkPad Edge is a fine creation. It's a new take on a familiar form-factor by Lenovo, and while purists will find plenty to love, those who prefer fresher styling options will also find this machine very easy on the eyes. It's available in three sizes (13", 14" and 15") as well as in red or black, so there's a good chance there's an Edge for you. Our 13" ultraportable test unit was an outstanding piece of kit, with an excellent keyboard and trackpad, great build quality, fantastic battery life and above average multimedia playback.

The design is top notch, and the overall user experience is excellent. The 1.3GHz CPU and 4GB of RAM are plenty to handle basic multitasking within Windows 7 as well as 1080p playback, and the integrated HDMI port means that you can use the Edge as a portable movie player with output to HDTVs. The only major task that this machine can't handle is hardcore gaming, but basic titles should play fine at lower resolutions. Lenovo has managed to mix business with pleasure on the Edge. The typing experience is amazing and business users will surely feel comfortable on it. Its stylings are fresh and modern as well.

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We personally love the mix of seriousness and fine design, and we definitely love the $549 starting price. Our $899 test machine felt like a great value, and while the ultraportable market is undoubtedly crowded, we can say that the 13" Edge is worth a look if you're in the market for a machine in this size class. For those who spend more time on the go than at home, the three way wireless communication radio is a real boon. Wi-Fi, 3G (AT&T/Verizon) and 4G (Clear WiMAX) are all available as integrated options, giving road warriors a multitude of ways to stay connected, regardless of where they are and what network they are on.

  • Windows 7 Runs Buttery Smooth
  • Great Value At $549-899
  • ThinkPad Toughness
  • Excellent Keyboard
  • Great Battery Life
  • Ultra Quiet And Cool
  • Well-Rounded
  • Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G Support


  • Glossy Display
  • Low Resolution Panel
  • No Optical Drive
  • Lackluster Gaming Performance
  • Only A 5400RPM HDD
  • No USB 3.0 Ports


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