ThinkPad 25 Anniversary Edition: Summary And Verdict
Performance Summary: After all the tests were run, and the charts reviewed, the ThinkPad 25 Anniversary Edition turned out to be a solid performer. It's not at the top of most of our results, but it
The ThinkPad 25's battery life was solid, even with the smallest of the removable batteries, and there's upside potential with larger options from Lenovo. The ThinkPad 25's keyboard is also a joy to use, but some folks used to smaller ultrabook layouts will need some time to adjust and get fully up to speed. Once you are, however, you'll wonder how you lived without a quality laptop typing deck like this. Pressed to point out a few shortcomings, we wished Lenovo offered a higher resolutions display option for the ThinkPad 25 and its audio system, though loud enough, could definitely use a bit more bass response. Finally, there's little question the ThinkPad 25's price point, which starts at $1899, puts it squarely in a premium product segment.
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On the plus side the ThinkPad 25's display is bright, colors are accurate, and its anti-glare finish does a fantastic job of killing reflections in a bright environment. It's not a standout panel at the price Lenovo is asking, but it gets the job done reasonably well. Finally, Lenovo released the machine just prior to general availability of 8th generation Intel
Some will certainly complain about the price; at $1,899 it's not a bargain machine. On the other hand, the ThinkPad 25 AE is meant to be a durable workhorse more than a gaming or multimedia machine, but it can handle a bit of both those tasks with enough gusto for most mainstream users. However, as workhorse laptops go, the ThinkPad 25 Anniversary Edition certainly lives up to IBM and Lenovo's legacy.