A Radical design shift. Thinkpad Edge 14, 15 Review Specs and Verdict
May 24, 2010
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14″ and 15″ Review. The ThinkPad Edge 13″ has met with some rave reviews and now has two new siblings, the more powerful 14 and 15-inch versions of the Edge.
With a radical design shift from the classic ThinkPad models, the ThinkPad Edge wasn’t created to replace the “ThinkPad Classic,” but rather was created to give small businesses and newly emerging markets an affordable, powerful ThinkPad machine. Let’s take a look at how the larger Edge versions differ from their predecessor.
Ostensibly the base model ThinkPad Edge – both 14-inch and 15-inch can be optioned with either the Intel® Celeron® Processor P4500 with dual-core or the new Intel Core i3 processor. In practice however, on the US site we have only seen the i3 configuration. Opt for the maximum 4GB of RAM and enjoy powerful multi-tasking in either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7. When setup with that package you should have no problem handling even memory-intensive software packages like Microsoft Office 2007 or Adobe Creative Suite with ease. Make no mistake these babies move right along.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 14/15 both offer plenty of memory, too, so you’ll have no trouble finding a place for all of your data and program files. Choose the 54000-rpm hard drives in 250GB, 320GB or 500GB, or opt for the faster 7200-rpm 320GB hard drive.
Although the ThinkPad Edge was created with affordability in mind, Lenovo hasn’t skimped on the engineering, especially in terms of the display. The ThinkPad Edge 14/15 feature high-definition widescreen displays that offer a maximum resolution of 1366×766-pixels. Of course, the Edge 14 has a 14-inch screen and the Edge 15 has a 15.6-inch screen. But either one you choose you’ll get crystal clear pictures with sharp details and well-calibrated color.
ThinkPad Edge Video Review
Great new Keyboard – we love it.
The full-size keyboard on both the ThinkPad Edge 14 and the Edge 15 feature the spill-proof “chiclet” keyboards that Edge users have quickly come to love. The recessed keys prevent finger slippage and decrease the number of typos and unintended navigation. Both feature a large TouchPad with large buttons for even simpler navigation. Also, like other ThinkPad TouchPads, the one on the Edge has multi-touch capability.
Lenovo knows that staying connected is vital in today’s marketplace; that’s why they’ve equipped the ThinkPad Edge 14/15 with broadband Ethernet and Intel WiFi cards. There’s even optional WiMAX and 3G/4G mobile broadband.
The ThinkPad Edge 14/15 allows peripherals aplenty, offering users 4 USB ports, Bluetooth 2.0, headphone/microphone jacks, and HDMI and VGA outputs. Unlike the Edge 13, the Edge 14/15 features an integrated dual-layer DVD-R optical drive and there’s even an option to get a Blu-ray drive.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge is equipped with four-cell or six-cell Lithium Ion batteries, which provide more than enough power to run all of your essential programs for as long as you need them. The four-cell battery provides up to 2.9 hours, while the six-cell will keep you going for around 4.5 hours.
ThinkPad Edge Specifications
Processor: Intel® Celeron® Processor P4500 with dual-core to Intel Core™ i3 processor i3-330M or i3-350M with dual-core
Memory: 2GB RAM (4GB Max)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32 bit; 64-bit); Windows 7 Professional (32-bit; 64-bit)
Hard Drive: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB 5400-RPM; 320GB 7200-RPM
Optical Drive: DVD-R (dual-layer)/Blu-ray
Display: 14″/15.6” HD Widescreen Display (1366 x 768)
Graphics: Intel HD Mobile Graphics Card
Battery:Lithium Ion 4-cell or 6-cell – 4-cell: up to 2.9 hr; 6-cell: up to 4.5 hr
Ports: 4 USB; Ethernet; Headphone Output; Microphone Input; HDMI; VGA; 7-in-1 Card Reader
The style has been streamlined on the ThinkPad Edge. There’s still the same commitment to strong frames and durable structure, but the Edge machines are curvier than other classic ThinkPad machines. The machines are available in high-gloss red or black cases and all have a silver accent running around the waist line. Very stylish!
ThinkPad Edge 14 and 15 – the verdict
Both the Edge 14 and Edge 15 have a starting price of about $650, which makes them – as Lenovo intended – the perfect notebook for small businesses. There is no doubt that the ThinkPad Edge has been a hit with pro-sumers and SMB’s. We said in our ThinkPad Edge 13 Review that this new series was potentially a big seller for Lenovo, once we all got over the shock of seeing a red ThinkPad of course.
The the ThinkPad Edge 14 and Edge 15 add a new dimension to the ThinkPad range. Our verdict on the ThinkPad Edge? Superb!
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