New Lenovo ThinkPad Edge beats Apple at style game

Lenovo's ThinkPad lineup has been known for years as a solid workhorse of a notebook. Well built and with famous keyboards, business and home users alike have flocked to Lenovo's premium notebook line. The only issue was that the things were arguably ugly. They did matte black before matte black was cool, as well as large fan grates and a focus mostly on utility rather than visual design. This has all changed.

Last year, Lenovo released their ThinkPad Edge line-up, which was a step in the right direction as far as design is concerned. This year, Lenovo is showing off their new Edge line at CES and they're a sight to  behold. Sleek lines, metal accents and a very attractive finish, along with a chiclet keyboard, make these laptops as slick as their potential owners.

Packed with the latest Intel Core i-series processors, the Edge machines come in two sizes and models. The 12.5" E220, which weighs in at about three and a half pounds, is under an inch thick. It lacks an optical drive, but is a compact solution. The 14.1" E420 is the E220's big brother and has a slot-loading DVD drive. Processor choices start with the new i3s and work their way to i7s and the machines also pack HDMI-out and an HD Webcam.

Luxury doesn't come cheap with the E220, starting at $849 USD and the E420 at $749 USD.

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With the exception of the screen, that looks very similar to their T400 range of laptops. Not that that's a bad thing, I like the look of them.

However, as far as it beating Apple on the style front...well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I dont like apple macbooks, but that thing is ugly and I do not know how it can be classed as a better design at all, my old eeepc look ten time better than that. It looks like its ment for the office and thats were it should stay!.

Erm Seriously?

Personally I am not an Apple fan, reasons to my own.

However I would most definitely rather a Mac Book Air for style than this thing!

Aethec said,
Why did they have to add that red "thing" in the center? Who uses that kind of thing nowadays?

I bet their market research in coporate environments suggests that the first unit they ship without the red nipple will fail because people HATE change!

These are workhorse lappy's or that's what they're designed to be. We use the R & X range exclusively in our company. They are as tough as nails and rarely fail. We couldn't care less about the style.

lol, i have a lenovo thinkpad t410 (work laptop) & and a macbook pro 13"
the lenovo and it's great, but it doesn't even comes close to the macbook pro.
anyway if i had to choose my next computer and it will have to be a PC, not a MAC, it will probably be a Lenovo Thinkpad T series, they might be fugly but they have a great design.

edit: it beats apple in design? lol this editor has strange tastes of design.

Always cracks me up that people pick style and looks over functionality. I would rather have something that works well than something that looks pretty and doesnt function as good.

I will take a boxy looking laptop over a sleek one any day as long as it works as advertised. Looks is just a bonus that is not needed.

I think they look great. Clearly the styling is a huge improvement over the regular ThinkPad line. Plus they've got a glass display and the 2011 Intel Core processors.

Looks very interesting, actually wonder if it will compare to the MacBook Air in this case. Certainly looks good from my perspective.

Am I the only person that likes the old Thinkpad? Sure, it was big and heavy and wasn't as sleek as the Macbooks, but it was functional, well proportioned, solid (it'd make a great weapon), and (in my opinion), looked kinda nice.

Unfortunately for Lenovo, I'll probably replace that Thinkpad with a Macbook Air.

virtorio said,
ThinkPads are great, but generally not considered pretty.

I'm not saying they're pretty per se. But there's something about the look that I like.

I think Brian may of seen the high number of responses within a short time to Warwagon's thread in the forums regarding apple mac prices - and thought he could get a repeat

On topic anyway, that looks one nice looking laptop except the ThinkPad logo - they really need to change that one day. Also would those hinges actually last a long period of time - of course they will, its a ThinkPad.

ShMaunder said,
I think Brian may of seen the high number of responses within a short time to Warwagon's thread in the forums regarding apple mac prices - and thought he could get a repeat

On topic anyway, that looks one nice looking laptop except the ThinkPad logo - they really need to change that one day. Also would those hinges actually last a long period of time - of course they will, its a ThinkPad.


I know right? That thread exploded BOOOM! It's all in the title baby!

The previous generation Thinkpad Edges look and feel pretty good (by Lenovo standards anyway). Pretty sleek machines overall.

These ones appear to lose the squared edges for a slightly tapered design, in addition to the flush monitor bezel.

mackenziepricee said,
Why does the sound in this video come out of my rear speakers.

Try asking the people who posted it on the Youtube page.

Tangmeister said,

Try asking the people who posted it on the Youtube page.

weird, anyone else have that issue? I only have stereo speakers on the laptop I edited it on, and it only records in stereo, not sure why it'd do that

What's with all the crap written all over it, in unremovable stickers? Yes, we know it's a Lenovo Thinkpad, all you really need is the company logo on the back side of the screen (a la apple/dell/etc.) and the name/model inside... Jesus christ, people have just spent their hard earned cash on it, stop turning it into a free marketing/advertising platform...

Also, ugly as hell, wtf @ title?

Um, almost every laptop manufacturer does that?

Apple - You have the Apple logo on the cover, on the inside you have macbook pro
Dell - The Dell logo on the cover, on the inside you have another Dell logo and the model.
HP - HP logo on the cover, on the inside HP logo again and the model.

Lenovo's utilitarian styling with chrome accents? Not pretty, just tacky. I think Sony's been the only one to consistently do a reasonable job of keeping pace with Apple's style game, along with Dell making an occasional appearance.

Also, buttonless trackpads make me want to smash faces. There's no possible way to operate one quickly.

random_n said,
Lenovo's utilitarian styling with chrome accents? Not pretty, just tacky. I think Sony's been the only one to consistently do a reasonable job of keeping pace with Apple's style game, along with Dell making an occasional appearance.

Also, buttonless trackpads make me want to smash faces. There's no possible way to operate one quickly.

HP has some great looking laptops with their aluminum designs too.

andrewbares said,

HP has some great looking laptops with their aluminum designs too.

They look great, but have horrible build quality.

I dont mind the display - but yeh that thing is horrible. I didnt know they still used those little mouse button things in the middle of the keyboard.. they should stop

team_NOOB said,
I dont mind the display - but yeh that thing is horrible. I didnt know they still used those little mouse button things in the middle of the keyboard.. they should stop

Why? Once you learn how to use it, it's a lot lot better than a trackpad.

/- Razorfold said,

Why? Once you learn how to use it, it's a lot lot better than a trackpad.

lol what is there to learn? You move the button with your finger and the mouse moves.. wow complicated

team_NOOB said,

lol what is there to learn? You move the button with your finger and the mouse moves.. wow complicated

Then why you complaining about it? If you've actually used one for any amount of time, you would have realized its a lot better than trackpads. The learning curve associated with it is just due to being able to move the thing accurately, quickly.

It's not like it takes up a huge amount of space that it would bug you if you don't like using it...Lenovo gives you the option.

/- Razorfold said,

Why? Once you learn how to use it, it's a lot lot better than a trackpad.

i agree. the trackpoints, as theyre called are awesome. they're one of the main reasons i always buy a thinkpad.
and yes, there is a learning curve, the older thinkpads didnt have a track pad at all, so im used to trackpoints. IMO they should remove the trackpads again

/- Razorfold said,

Why? Once you learn how to use it, it's a lot lot better than a trackpad.

I could not agree more............

/- Razorfold said,
Then why you complaining about it? If you've actually used one for any amount of time, you would have realized its a lot better than trackpads.

Enjoy your sore finger - let's compare precision and speed between your finger-killer and my Macs touchpad one of these days.

team_NOOB said,
lol what is there to learn? You move the button with your finger and the mouse moves.. wow complicated

It's not a question of KNOWING how to use it. It's about increasing your skill with it.

/- Razorfold said,

Why? Once you learn how to use it, it's a lot lot better than a trackpad.
If it was better then every machine would have one, not just Lenovo's.

That said, I can understand why some people may prefer it. Personally I'd rather carry a small mouse with me over either of those other solutions. If I'm on a bus or whatever at least a good touchpad gets you multitouch and the like.

/- Razorfold said,

Why? Once you learn how to use it, it's a lot lot better than a trackpad.

It sucks being young and having never properly used one. This is probably why I'm obsessed with keyboard shortcuts.
Off topic but isn't it annoying when manufacturers add extra function keys to the left of the keyboard, throwing off your aim for the ctrl alt and tab keys. Or when they put the f1, f2, etc keys under media keys so you need to hit the fn key to access them. I could not use my sisters new laptop.

Miuku said,

Enjoy your sore finger - let's compare precision and speed between your finger-killer and my Macs touchpad one of these days.

I don't have a lenovo laptop anymore, I use a dell. But I'm not creative enough to come up with a real comment, you must certainly have little baby fingers if using a trackpoint kills your fingers

i like the styling of my asus eee pc netbook over this or ugly grey and easy to get dirty white of apple laptops.
i'd rather have the function over form of the older thinkpads.

treemonster said,
i like the styling of my asus eee pc netbook over this or ugly grey and easy to get dirty white of apple laptops.
i'd rather have the function over form of the older thinkpads.

The macbook my wife has owned for a year looks like it did the day she got it. Maybe you should wash your hands once in awhile.

treemonster said,
i'd rather have the function over form of the older thinkpads.

Yes because IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads had such great touchpads at the end. Oh wait, they were awful and one of the biggest reasons I never bothered to get one - not to mention the finger killing awful contraption.

Edited by Miuku, Jan 5 2011, 10:29am :

rajputwarrior said,
dude, that thing is still ugly...
and solid title. fishing for hits. worked for me i guess.

Yeah, ugly, and terrible title/article. I hate news sites like Neowin a lot of the time.

andrewbares said,

I hate news sites like Neowin a lot of the time.

If you don't like the site, why'd you join? More importantly, why do you continue to come back? We won't miss you. I promise.

Mr. Chronopoulos said,

If you don't like the site, why'd you join? More importantly, why do you continue to come back? We won't miss you. I promise.

no one signs up here for the news... it's for the forum/community.

rajputwarrior said,
dude, that thing is still ugly...
and solid title. fishing for hits. worked for me i guess.

Yeah! I dont know how this can beat apple. YUCK!