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.
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
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist review: an old form factor gets new life with Windows 8
21 November 2012
Summary: Lately, we feel like all of our reviews of Windows 8 convertibles end the same way. The ThinkPad Twist has plenty going for it: a bright IPS display, a good port selection, an affordable price and an unrivaled typing experience. Like ThinkPads past, it also offers some useful software features for businesses lacking dedicated IT departments. All good things, but what's a road warrior to do when the battery barely lasts four hours?
Pros: Excellent keyboard, Good port selection, Wide viewing angles, Useful tools for businesses
Cons: Short battery life, Performance trails without an SSD, Some trackpad issues
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: Lenovo had one of the largest showings from any single PC manufacturer at CES this year, and while sifting through the company's new lineup of machines can be a daunting task for the average consumer, it was pretty clear from the outset that the ThinkPad Edge would be one of Lenovo's standout products of 2010. In many ways, it's a departure from the ThinkPad norm.
Pros: Windows 7 Runs Buttery Smooth, Great Value At $549-899, ThinkPad Toughness, Excellent Keyboard, Great Battery Life, Ultra Quiet And Cool, Well-Rounded, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G Support
Cons: Glossy Display, Low Resolution Panel, No Optical Drive, Lackluster Gaming Performance, Only A 5400RPM HDD, No USB 3.0 Ports
Conclusion: Lenovo’s Edge is a notebook caught between extremes. It’s still too conservative to truly be edgy, but too dressed-up to feel like a real ThinkPad. It’s too expensive to seem like a bargain, but too cheap to boast powerful hardware like a discrete graphics card. It’s too big to compete with netbooks, but too small to get an optical drive.
Summary: In general, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge is a very successful updating of a staid notebook line that has been in desperate need of it for years. We found a few minor complaints (not enough status lights, for hard-drive access and Wi-Fi, for example), but the Edge still hits all the important notes - everything you love about ThinkPads is here, including a great keyboard (despite the switch to chicklet-style keys).
Excerpt: 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.