Summary: Key downgrade. Lenovo tinkers around on its budget ThinkPad and gives the mini a matt screen as well as a new Athlon processor. However, we're taken aback in view of the 32 watt hour battery. Will the upgrade downgrade the previously very good mobility?
Pros: Small, light, resistant, Matt display, Keyboard, trackpoint, Acceptable performance, Quiet during load, HDMI out, Handy, matt and top input devices.
Cons: No docking port, Short battery life, Low TFT brightness, Poor contrasts, Permanently running fan, A strong battery and a bright TFT.
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is a small, sleek looking laptop with a reasonably powerful processor for a notebook in this class. While it doesn’t have the same sort of high performance graphics you’d expect from a machine with a discrete-level graphics chip such as the NVIDIA ION or AMD Radeon HD chips, the computer can handle HD video playback reasonably well, and it blows away most other portable laptops I’ve tested in CPU performance tests.
Review Lenovo Edge 11: Athlon Neo II K325 vs. Core i3 380UM
29 November 2010
Summary: AMD vs. Intel. We recently tested the Intel version of the Edge 11. Find out here how the variant equipped with AMD Athlon II Neo K325 CPU and ATI Radeon 4225 fares in a direct comparison and whether the savings potential is worth it in our detailed review.
Pros: Small, light, Keyboard, TrackPoint, Extensive communication features, Good performance for an 11" model, Good battery life
Cons: Interface arrangement, No docking port, Reflective display in a mobile travel companion
Conclusion: Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge 11 is almost the perfect ultra-portable notebook. Its chic chassis, robust build quality and excellent keyboard have made it our favourite 11.6in machine, and the sprinkling of ThinkPad business tools act as the icing on an already-scrumptious cake. We'd liked to have seen the inclusion of USB 3.0, and the trackpad could be bigger, but our criticisms are few and far between.
Summary: Super-compact, high-performance and environmentally sound that is what the Edge 11 should be according to Lenovo. The buyer can choose between AMD and Intel internals. We first examined the top model with an Intel Core i3 U380 CPU.
Pros: Small, light, Mouse replacement, Comprehensive communication features, Good performance for an 11-incher, Useful application performance, high screen resolution and extensive communications equipment in a mini-laptop in notebook format.
Cons: Interface arrangement for left-handers, Modest battery life, No docking port, Reflective display in a mobile travel companion., A stand-alone docking port is a must for a business device.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 reviewed – impressive mini laptop
28 September 2010
Excerpt: I’m a big fan of Lenovo’s mini laptops, especially of those 11.6 inchers they have on the market. And now there’s one more, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 . Unlike the Lenovo x100e, which is currently one of my recommended picks for an 11 incher , this one boosts the new Intel Arrandale ULV platform. Thus, it manages to solve some of AMD’s powered biggest problems: heat and battery life. But that doesn’t necessarily make it a better pick, read the rows below to see why.
Summary: Lenovo is best known for making robust, no-nonsense laptops which are rugged bodied for the business traveller and designed with user ergonomics rather than flashy features in mind. The ThinkPad Edge 11 is no different. In case you are wondering about the name, you can get variants of this laptop with 13- and 15-inch screens.
Excerpt: While netbooks are a cheap way to get a laptop you can carry everywhere with you, they suffer from poor performance and screen sizes. If you need a faster computer on a tight budget the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 could be the model that you're looking for. Despite its low cost this well-built 11.6in laptop has a Core i3-380UM processor. This 1.33GHz model is the ultra-low voltage model designed to fit into tiny laptops without generating much heat.