TechSpot: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13" Laptop Review

The ThinkPad Edge notebook that we'll be looking at today is part of an all-new series from Lenovo announced early this year at CES. The ThinkPad Edge blends some of the things we liked on the IdeaPad with the power and legacy of ThinkPads. Aimed at style- and budget-conscious business users, this system features some firsts from Lenovo, like a new keyboard layout and a low entry price for ThinkPads at just $579.

Entry level models come equipped with AMD Athlon Neo X2 processors, which can be upgraded to an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor. Our review unit uses the Intel CPU operating at 1.3 GHz along with an Intel GS45 chipset and 4500MHD integrated graphics. There's also 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive spinning at 7200 RPM, Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 wireless, and a 13.3-inch LCD panel featuring a 1366 x 768 resolution.

Lenovo sums up the look and feel of Edge in two words: sophisticated simplicity. Read on as we explore its features inside and out.

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Lenovo is top notch. I think HPs recent offerings have been quite a bit better as well. I cannot comment on new Dells, but I do know three years ago, when I got mine, the build quality was pretty crappy, and the design was not that attractive.

Billus said,
I just love the little mouse in the middle. Reminds me off my old passed down Windows 3.1 laptop.

The trackpoint? That's kind of been IBM's hallmark

Im really pleased they have minimised the led's it's my biggest complaint for the amount of LED's and flashing lights manufacturers think we need, it's why i also love macs. The LED's are completely useless as all information is provided via the OS. Both the Mac and Windows 7 do an excellent job of providing feedback on battery levels, wifi levels etc.. The only interesting light is the powerlight as it does help when the device has the screen dimmed or is set to sleep.

REM2000 said,
Im really pleased they have minimised the led's it's my biggest complaint for the amount of LED's and flashing lights manufacturers think we need, it's why i also love macs. The LED's are completely useless as all information is provided via the OS. Both the Mac and Windows 7 do an excellent job of providing feedback on battery levels, wifi levels etc.. The only interesting light is the powerlight as it does help when the device has the screen dimmed or is set to sleep.

REM2000 said,
Im really pleased they have minimised the led's it's my biggest complaint for the amount of LED's and flashing lights manufacturers think we need, it's why i also love macs. The LED's are completely useless as all information is provided via the OS. Both the Mac and Windows 7 do an excellent job of providing feedback on battery levels, wifi levels etc.. The only interesting light is the powerlight as it does help when the device has the screen dimmed or is set to sleep.

Thats true. Do we really still need disk access indicators on laptops?

Edited by Shadrack, Mar 15 2010, 2:56pm :

Shadrack said,

Thats true. Do we really still need disk access indicators on laptops?

Uhhh. Yes? If I'm installing Windows 7 and for some reason, the installation screen appears to be frozen, I'd like the Hard Disk activity LED to tell me if stuff is still being written or not. (I have avoided having to start the process all over again for the sole reason that I was able to see that the HD LED was still going and that I had simply plugged in my bootable USB into a non-2.0 plug point.

Shadrack said,

Thats true. Do we really still need disk access indicators on laptops?

Windows 7 doesn't provide HD usage indicators on the screen by default... I can see WiFi going away, BT going away (LED wise) but power and Hard drive is kind of a must for me... along with Alpha Lock and Num Lock

LiquidSolstice said,

Uhhh. Yes? If I'm installing Windows 7 and for some reason, the installation screen appears to be frozen, I'd like the Hard Disk activity LED to tell me if stuff is still being written or not. (I have avoided having to start the process all over again for the sole reason that I was able to see that the HD LED was still going and that I had simply plugged in my bootable USB into a non-2.0 plug point.

It seems to be less-and-less useful for me. I remember installing Windows 7 Beta and there was a long "pause" for some reason during the install. No disk was flashing, and I stared at it for about 10 minutes. I decided to just leave it and walk away and when I came back the installation was complete. Just because there isn't any disk activity doesn't mean that it is locked up. Back in the day, process activity = disk activity so it was more useful. These days...not so much IMO.

LiquidSolstice said,

Uhhh. Yes? If I'm installing Windows 7 and for some reason, the installation screen appears to be frozen, I'd like the Hard Disk activity LED to tell me if stuff is still being written or not. (I have avoided having to start the process all over again for the sole reason that I was able to see that the HD LED was still going and that I had simply plugged in my bootable USB into a non-2.0 plug point.

I couldn't own a desktop or a laptop that didn't show some sign of activity. That's a lie. I have a desktop that I think the disk activity light is burned out in. I can't stand even using that machine!

Recently had to work on a couple Thinkpads. IBM/Lenovo, in their infinite wisdom of safe guarding info when it comes to bios passwords, totally sucks! You forget that password, you're TOTALLY screwed on that computer if something goes terribly wrong.

Anybody know how to bypass the bios password on a system that isn't set to boot from cd?

cork1958 said,
Anybody know how to bypass the bios password on a system that isn't set to boot from cd?

I believe there's a jumper on your motherboard for that.

Edited by snuke, Mar 16 2010, 2:58pm :

We use Lenovo exclusively at our Hospital's and have a very low failure rate. The Doctors beat the heck out of the tablets and they keep going. Great product lines. I even use one a Lenovo desktop PC at home because I am that confident in them.