Conclusion: We were somewhat uninspired by last year's Edge models. Their subpar screens, speakers, and Webcams dissuaded us from giving them a wholehearted thumbs-up. After all, as we pointed out last year in our review of the E530, not just consumers use their laptops to listen to audio and view videos and photos—in many business settings, these are regular activities.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 isn’t without its sacrifices, but with a starting price for a business laptop that starts at less than $550, that’s to be expected. You’ll have to pay extra for solid-state cache or storage. And you’ll have to live without a touchscreen, HD resolution, or backlit keys. And the screen’s color and contrast washes out quickly if you aren’t sitting dead center.
Pros: Excellent spill-resistant keyboard, Low price, Roomy touchpad, Runs fairly cool and quiet, even under load
Cons: Poor quality screen, Short battery life, Doesn’t feel as solidly built as pricier ThinkPads, No niceties like a backlit keyboard or solid-state storage
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 has a lot to offer for little money. At a starting price of less than $500 ($649 for our configuration), you get an attractive business-oriented laptop with a fantastic keyboard, an accurate pointing stick/touchpad combo, optional Windows 7 and enough performance to run most tasks with aplomb. The display viewing angles could be better, but otherwise we have few complaints. Just make sure you get the higher-capacity battery.
Pros: Responsive keyboard, Accurate touchpadpointing stick, Available with Windows 7, Convenient dock
Cons: Mediocre viewing angles, Sub-par battery life with default battery, Slightly heavier than some competitors
Excerpt: Достойная производительность. Последнее обновление Lenovo серии ThinkPad Edge с многочисленными обновлениями системы и несколькими свежими возможностями для подключения. Сможет ли он устаять под натиском конкурентов?