Reviews and Problems with Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531
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Michael B., Newegg
17 February 2014
Summary: 2. Lack of indicator lights. This is another “what were they thinking?” bozo move on the part of the design team. The only light on the unit is the power light, so there are no lights displaying disk activity, number lock status, caps lock status, WiFi radios on status, etc. So basically, if the unit is too busy to respond (say, with disk activity), one has no way of knowing the system has not locked up.
Pros: Fast CPU, excellent performance for the price.
Cons: 1. Lack of true docking capability. I didn’t think this would be a problem, but boy was I wrong. Most experienced Thinkpad business users have docks to use a real monitor, keyboard & mouse while in the office. The designers dropped the docking capability from the Edge line, so one is stuck with the horrible OneLink system. The OneLink lacks the versatility of the traditional Thinkpad docks (e.g. 2504 type and all the others) which had large numbers of USB ports, VGA &...
Pros: Purchased 4 of these for me and the guys in the office. These laptops meet all the specs we need: quad core, 16G max ram for vmware, Win7 64bit, decent sized screen and hard drive. The machine is very responsive running multiple virtual pcs in vmware workstation. Win8 DVDs in the box, I can use them to steady a table.
Cons: Needs more expandability. No esata, fw800, tb, only 3 usb ports. Depending on what you plug in, the 2 ports on the left side of the keyboard are a tight fit. For example, 2 thumbdrives might conflict physically with each other. The touchpad drives me nuts. I have adjusted every setting I can find, googled everything I know to google. In the end I, plugged in a usb mouse. Down to 2 usb ports. The screen connects to the body with two hinges at the corners, and the scree...
Good laptop but needed a few upgrades to be GREAT!
22 January 2014
Summary: The Edge E531 is a good quality laptop but needs a few upgrades to be outstanding. Lets start with the base laptop. Construction is good, not the thinnest or lightest but a good quality general home and small business laptop. Fit and finish are excellent and the keyboard touch and feedback are up to Lenovo's reputation. Good solid laptop in its price range. Now the negatives: No SSD and only 4GB memory. Those are easy to upgrade.
Summary: trying to type my comments, but the touchpad that is too sensitive and resets my curser. entire keyboard is shifted to the left. hate the keyboard, the touchpad and will be returning the computer for one that actually functions. I have always been happy with these.. this is my 3rd. Will be my last.
Summary: Its been a lit' over six months since I made the purchase and so far I'm content with the laptop. You get what you pay for ... its not a great deal but a decent buy... However, the only thing I'm not too happy with is that this model's keyboard (with numers on right) is not aligned with the screen... Its slightly slanted to the left to compensate for the adjacent numeric keypad on the far right...
Pros: Like almost everything. Not a lot of installed software that I had to remove.
Cons: Touch pad buttons do not work. You have to install a mouse to make selections. My wife has the Core i5 model with the same problem. Since I prefer a mouse this is not a big deal EXCEPT when I can't use a mouse such as in a chair at the airport.
Summary: A good, powerful business laptop. It's great for 'number-crunching' apps: it can recalculate a large spreadsheet I use in less than 20 seconds, compared to the nearly 2 minutes it took for an older Pentium machine I had. The graphics are just adequate: this is not a machine for a heavy gamer. For a 15.6'' screen size, it's not the highest resolution (1366 X 768), but it's fine for most purposes. The screen is matte finish, so glare and reflections are not problems.
Summary: This is my first laptop and everyone I talked to said to look at Lenovo because they had good products. I knew I wanted an i7 processor so when I found this one at such a good price I ordered it. It came in one day and had minimal software on it which I really liked. This unit is for home use and I have Windows 7 on my work computer so this unit coming with Windows 7 was another plus. It fits my needs very well.
Summary: Sounds better than it is. Can use either operating system Windows 7 or 8, no dual booting. No fingerprint reader even though manufacturers update website wants to install it and does so only to tell you it's not installed. Update also did not install all drivers, had device manager error. Had to find out what was missing and install driver manually to fix. Touch pad floats in the case, very sensitive even when adjusted. Had to use wireless mouse to avoid issues.
Summary: Also the bloatware. Lenovo is normally pretty good with this kinda thing, but this one is pretty full of it. I will admit that I am keeping a lot of it since most of them are optimization tools, but still. Normally I prefer a clean install of windows. If it wasn't for the (what i have heard anyway) the embedded win7 license, I would most likely have done a reinstall.
Pros: This thing is fast and it is a thinkpad, so it is well made. What more can you ask for! Plus this thing come preinstalled with win 7.
Cons: RAM ram ram, I cannot say it any more. This thing needs more than 4GB of ram for windows to even think about running efficiently. I bumped it up to 12GB with the addition of a PNY 8GB card [MN8192SD3-1600]. Now this thing purrs like a kitten