Summary: You basically pay for what you get. It is a very lightweight machine, but there are trade-offs. The battery does not last very long, so far only 2.5ish hours with wi-fi on and screen brightness at a low level. It also runs a little hot, with the fan turning on frequently. If you only need something for web/email/word processing, then this should be good enough for you. If not, I would recommend going to the next step up.
Summary: This is an excellent buy. The keyboard layout and feel is excellent, the screen looks great, and it's extremely portable. Runs streaming music and HD video without a problem. The only "con" I can find is that it comes with a 4-cell battery, which is good for about 3 hours of moderate use (most computers in this class come with a 6-cell battery). Nonetheless, I still prefer this notebook over any other in this price range.
Summary: I have a T400 that is sometimes too heavy and a Toshiba NB205 netbook that is nice but the screen and keyboard are too small. This Edge fits in between and I find I use it more than the other two. Given what it has for a processor I find it very fast. I installed 3GB RAM and an Intel 80GB SSD. Start up in 25 seconds, shutdown in 5 seconds. Application loads and webpage changes are nearly instantaneous.
Pros: Comfortable Keyboard, Fast, Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Quality Display
Summary: Purchased the Thinkpad Edge for work and I'm loving it. Was lugging around an older Thinkpad T43 (about 5.5 lbs) and couldn't take it any more. It's amazing what a difference 2 pounds makes. There's really not much out there at this price that's this lightweight, attractive and functional. The design is very spare; there's no unnecessary status lights blinking and no goofy patterns or distractions on the outer shell or inside, which I really appreciate.
Summary: Great laptop for under 700 bucks! Does not feature the latest processor or boast incredible speed, however it works superb for everyday practical purposes like browsing the web and using Office software. This laptop is perfect for people looking for something more powerful and has a larger screen than a netbook, yet does not need a discrete graphics card and a quad-core processor. It fits right between the two ends of the spectrum.
Pros: Comfortable Keyboard, Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Quiet
Summary: I like that the Lenovo has Windows 7 Professional on it. It is lightweight, cool running and an LED screen. The battery life lasted as stated with the exception of playing games with strong graphics. I found that the description of this Lenovo was accurate in every respect. However, I do have fast typing skills, and the keyboard does not keep up with me. For the average typist, I don't think this would be a problem.
Pros: Lightweight, Long Battery Life, Quality Display, Quiet
Summary: Thinkpad = das Notebook für professionelle Tätigkeiten. Das erste mal kam ich vor vielen Jahre in Kontakt mit einem damals noch Pentium 2 Thinkpad, das bei einem großen deutschen Versicherer im Aussendienst tätig war. Ein Verwandet, der dort arbeitet, hat es gebraucht günstig erstattet und es mir vermacht. Das Thinkpad war zwar damals nicht schick, aber beeindruckte mich dann doch. Die solide Verarbeitung fand ich einfach klasse.
Pros: + gute Verarbeitung, + keine Treiberprobleme, + gutes Design
Cons: - ggf, stärkeren Akku beziehen, - Monitor zu schwach für starken Lichteinfall