Conclusion: We weren’t surprised to find that Lenovo’s new convertible is a good laptop. The company’s experience in this area has paid off with Microsoft’s move towards touchscreen devices. No other convertible on the market can match the value proposition of the Twist. The Twist is a great laptop, even when the convertible hinge is taken out of the equation. Battery life is robust, the keyboard is excellent, and build quality is good.
Pros: Good build quality, Thin and light, Excellent keyboard, Great hardware value
Cons: Limited connectivity, Extremely dim display backlight, Runs hot when displaying 3D graphics, Confusing bloatware
Summary: With a relatively affordable starting price and a new design, the ThinkPad Edge loosens up the ThinkPad look--but losing an optical drive keeps it a yard short of being a top-choice compact business laptop.
Pros: Excellent keyboard and touch pad; compact body; bright display.
Cons: The chassis could easily have held an optical drive, but doesn't; better configurations drive up the price significantly.
Summary: Final Thoughts
The ThinkPad Edge is definitely another great offering from Lenovo, especially for people looking for a great mix of business and consumer features. As far as the business aspect goes you do get the ThinkVantage software suite that has a lot of very cool business features many people will like, especially the Active Protection System, which makes sure your hard drive does not get damaged if you happen to drop your laptop.
Pros: – Awesome red color on the lid, – ThinkVantage tools, – Comfortable new keyboard
Cons: – Poor battery life, – Looks a little boxy compared to the 13inch model, – Loud optical drive
Conclusion: In an effort to compete in the mid-level notebook market, Lenovo created a sleek and slim ThinkPad that’s affordable yet has a solid build. The ThinkPad Edge reaches a good balance between giving users enough power to run essential business and entertainment software while using ultra-low voltage CPUs that give the notebook long battery life by 13” notebook standards, especially with the Intel configuration.
Pros: ThinkPad build quality at a more affordable price, sleek and slim., Pro: ThinkPad build quality at a more affordable price, sleek and slim.
Cons: No built-in optical drive., Con: No built-in optical drive, not for serious gaming.
Summary: Final Thoughts
With its 1.3GHz ULV processor and small size the ThinkPad Edge fits somewhere in between a netbook and ultraportable notebook. I really don’t think we would be seeing systems like this without Windows 7. With Windows 7 you are able to have an underpowered system like this run flawlessly. We had no issues running multiple programs as well as HD video on the Edge.
Pros: – Great mix of consumer and business features, – ThinkVantage Tools, – New keyboard does not disappoint, – Great battery life
Excerpt: After over a decade of filling the same matte black boxes with fresh hardware, Lenovo has finally bowed to the design gods and attempted to put a little bit of an edge on the stiff reputation of the working-class ThinkPad. Like the SL series before it, the Edge blends familiar ThinkPad design elements with a more 21st century chassis.
Summary: If you're a fan of Lenovo's ThinkPad line, you're used to a boring industrial design that looks like it's stuck in 2002, but are willing to put up with it because ThinkPads are so rugged and just plain usable. The new ThinkPad Edge marks the first really significant change to the look and feel of the line in years, but thankfully, it retains almost everything you love about ThinkPads.