Conclusion: Dell also updated its business-oriented Vostro line recently with similarly priced models -- all carrying newer Core i3 or i5 processors, optical drives and discrete graphics options. Starting at $579 at the lower end of the range, the Edge could represent a better value, particularly when you consider it also ships with a dual core part (AMD Athlon Neo X2 L325), offers decent battery life, and keeps the same superb keyboard and lightweight design as its more powerful...
Summary: Anti-Glare. Lenovo upgrades its ThinkPad Edge models by adding an eSata port and a matt panel. The input devices remain first-class. The ultimate companion for the road available for 399 Euros?
Pros: Good Workmanship, Matt Surfaces, Anti-Glare Display, HDMI, eSATA, Sufficient Program Performance, Fast and Big Hard Disk, TrackPoint and TouchPad, Good Keyboard, Good Run Times, Nice resistant surfaces which are perfect for work, sturdy keys and a bit of flare thanks to the blinking LED and high polish. eSata port allows fast transfer between external storage devices and the laptop.
Cons: Few Extras included in Delivery, No Docking Station Interface, Weak Contrast, Low Brightness when running on Battery, High Temperature Emissions under Load, High Idle Power Consumption, Higher brightness for outdoors use. Then the matt display can really show off its potential.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 (NUE2UGE) that we've reviewed, generally leaves a good impression . The device's good workmanship and the display hinges are pleasing. The design is very plain, but elegant at the same time. The connectivity is quite extensive for a business device. We only miss a docking station port and an ExpressCard slot for extension cards. A further advantage is the UMTS broadband modem integrated ex-factory, which makes mobile internet use possible.
Pros: Plain design, Solid workmanship, Good connectivity, HDMI, UMTS modem, Good application performance, Chic color alternatives, Mouse substitute, Starting price, The basic design, the case's solid workmanship and especially the low starting price.
Cons: Meager scope of delivery, No docking station port, Glare-type screen, Poor loudspeakers, An ExpressCard/34 slot for extension cards, a docking station port, and, naturally, an office suitable matt display.
Conclusion: For all its strengths, the ThinkPad Edge is not without its weaknesses. And perhaps its biggest weakness is that it seems to be stuck somewhere between being a laptop and a netbook. Like a netbook, it's a good deal lighter than a full-sized notebook, and offers longer battery life than you'd get from most laptops, as well.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge is a very capable notebook and using it for the past two months has brought me to a conclusion similar to the one Matthew Dillon had when he abandoned his various sized netbooks in favor of a Macbook; a powerful 13″ notebook is the perfect compromise between size and use.
Excerpt: To kick off 2010 Lenovo didn’t just refresh their standard models. Sure, the T500 is now the T510, but the bigger news was the release of an new series: ThinkPad Edge . The ThinkPads have classically been a computer aimed at big businesses, but with the release of the SL series the ThinkPads shed some features and were ready for the price-conscious small business sector.
Summary: With its modern design, the $899 Edge 13 is no ordinary ThinkPad, but it offers the same kind of first-rate keyboard, pointing stick, touchpad, and screen we've come to expect from its siblings. At this price, the HP ProBook 5310m, which offers a faster CPU, faster hard drive, and an anodized aluminum and magnesium rubberized chassis, represents a slightly better value.
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An inexpensive Lenovo notebook with good speed and plenty of cool features
Good Gear Guide.au
25 August 2010
Summary: Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge 13" is a great little laptop for anyone who wants good performance and battery life in a mobile form factor but doesn't want to spend over $1000. There aren't really many things to dislike about this model, and there are plenty of things to love, such as the excellent input devices and the ability to charge your USB devices even when the notebook is powered off and unplugged.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, dual pointing devices, can charge USB devices, good battery life
Cons: No ExpressCard slot, combined microphone and headphone port, hinges a little soft, some unnecessary preinstalled software