Reviews and Problems with Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531
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Powerful but not sturdy
5 May 2014
Summary: This is a powerful system I added an extra 4 GB, though I doubt I'll push this that hard. As with all new computers I had to add Office which I got through work for 8 dollars (2010 professional) :). The drawback is it is cheaply constructed it has a lightweight flimsy plastic feel to it, which explains why it is so much less expensive than the other ThinkPads, But you get what you pay for and since my laptop just stays at home traveling between rooms, it will work fine.
Summary: all in all I am very happy with this computer with the i5 processor. Runs my Skyrim game well off the SSD, slow on the HD. Other programs just scream on this, Outlook 2013 flashes up in 3 seconds.
Pros: Good solid machine. What is excellent is how easy to switch the HD to an SSD. What happens? Well temperature of the HD runs at about 40 to 45 with busy programs. With the SSD runs at 30 to 34 with the same program. I added 4 more gigs of RAM and it boots in 14 secs now, programs flash up in seconds. Big change was the "Experience Rating" it went from 5.1 to 6.4. Finally the battery life is over 5 hours with the SSD. So I definitely recommend an SSD. I got a 240 gig Ki...
Cons: nothing to complain about but the cover gets oily finger prints. Minor problem. Be careful making your 'restore DVDs" I blew it and you can only do it once from the laptop. What was great was Lenovo send me for free the Win 7 Professional restore disks, they arrived in 2 days after I asked for them. Great service.
Summary: TOUCH PAD IS TOO LARGE PHYSICALLY causing unintended cursor travel when the hand's palm (fleshy metacarpal thumb joint) just brushes the pad. Right and Left click buttons are incorporated in the touch pad, have too great a distance to travel to affect a selection. Packaged memory at 4Gb is not enough to swiftly handle operations. I had to upgrade to 8Gb by adding 4Gb ($50) to the available open slot.
Summary: Upgraded with a samsung EVO SSD, Either the laptop, or the SSD has a AES encryption chip, Makes the SSD blazing fast when running full encryption! By benchmarks were double the rated speed, don't know how, or even if the samsung benchmarker is accurate, but there is a definite speed boost when running full AES encryption using truecrypt, and a samsung EVO
Summary: For the price it's a great buy but throw a SSD in this thing and get rid of all the bloated Lenovo software and it really breathes new life into it.
Pros: Solid specs for the price, runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 for dual compatibility. Comes with the little red control stick mouse in the middle of the keypad which is a nice feature to put back in the new generation of Lenovo laptops.
Cons: Needs an SSD upgrade out of the box and in order to reinstall Windows 7 Professional you MUST order the recovery discs from Lenovo. You cannot create them and the product key is locked even if you get it from the registry on the original HDD. You cannot activate Windows 7 Pro with a retail copy disc and the product key in the registry.
Summary: I looked very hard at certified refurbished MacBook Pros before buying these. These compare very well with the technical specs of a MBP, but the build quality is not there. These are, of course, a much more economical purchase. I'm not sure they are going to last nearly as long.
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...
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 &...
Summary: If you install linux on it and have the broadcom wireless card disable powersave for wireless in the config file because it causes a kernal panic. Track pad can be annoying at times but after you get used to it, it is nice.