Power with Stunning Looks – ThinkPad Edge E220s Review + Video
February 2, 2011
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s review and buy recommendation. There is no doubt that the ThinkPad Edge E220s looks absolutely stunning. When Lenovo released the first ThinkPad Edge, it was billed as a budget-friendly essentials-geared ThinkPad. Well, the prices haven’t changed much, but the new ThinkPad Edge E220s handles the essentials and more, and brings in a real drool factor with its stunning looks.
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With a beautiful new design, new processor and memory configurations, and plenty of multimedia capability, the new ThinkPad Edge E220s is a perfect complement to any business’ technology line up, in the office, at home or on the road. Blending the best of business and entertainment, this machine gives you everything you need in a sleek, attractive, and portable package.
ThinkPad plus Sandy Bridge and the Hard Drive Revolution
The second-generation of Intel’s iCore processors – called “Sandy Bridge” – does a lot of things differently. For starters, the new iCore processors provide much more efficient operation, meaning that laptop batteries last longer, while performance actually improves. The new chips also put serious multimedia power into machines traditionally geared toward office use.
The ThinkPad Edge E220s starts with the Intel Core i3-380UM Processor and 4GB of RAM. If you’re in need of a machine that handles basic office and productivity solutions, then this is going to be more than enough, especially with the improved performance of the iCore processors.
However, if you’re looking at ThinkPad’s, then you probably aren’t the type to settle for “enough.” so you may want to option up to the Core i5-470UM Processor or hopefully Core i7 options.
Processors and memory are only part of the equation. The option combination SSD/Hard Drive configuration is where this machine really shines, and really does stand out from the crowd. Lenovo has incorporated the latest iteration of its Rapid Drive technology, which combines the speed and performance of solid-state drives with the storage capacity of disc-style drives. The seamless integration of the two means that you can store all of data on the ThinkPad Edge E220s while still enjoying lightning-fast start-ups and program loads.
ThinkPad Edge E220s – Serious Multimedia Power
If the high-definition 12.5-inch infinity-screen display of the new ThinkPad Edge E220s is the face of the machine’s new graphic capability, then the integrated second generation GPU with its 12EUs is the brain behind the beauty. The “Sandy Bridge” processor architecture feature integrated 12EUs graphics chips that more than double the graphics performance of the 1st iteration of mobile core i processors, meaning that you won’t have to purchase an extra discreet card unless you want to run real high performance stuff or high end games.
What this boils down to is that watching High Def content on the go is going to be a really rewarding experience. And you have an integrated HDMI port for connecting to a projector for client presentations or just chill and watch your favorite movie on your LCD TV.
That’s not all; there’s also an integrated Dolby Home Theater sound-card for premium sound and a high-definition webcam for clear face-to-face communication with Lenovo’s enhanced video conferencing technologies including a high definition web camera, noise-canceling keyboard software and high performance microphones and speakers for a really clear and crisp VIOP experience.
ThinkPad e220s Video Review
ThinkPad Edge E220s – Design for a New Decade
The design of the new ThinkPad Edge E220s is dramatically different from the previous generation, and while we liked what Lenovo did then, we absolutely love what they’ve created now.
The new layout provides the outstanding island-style keyboard and sizeable multi-touch TouchPad that users have come to love. Considering the size of the machine, the keyboard is extremely roomy and makes you feel like you’re typing on a much larger machine.
ThinkPad Edge E220s – lets buy one!
If you’re in the market for a stunning looking high-end ultraportable laptop, then the ThinkPad Edge E220s – in one of its many configurations – will give you everything you need and won’t break the bank. With its soft touch skin, cool metal accents on the semi-rounded edges its a real head turner, yet the ThinkPad Edge E220s embodies everything a ThinkPad should.
It has the traditional ThinkLight, TrackPoint and red accented mouse buttons, combined with the absolutely stunning keyboard and outstanding build quality. Put that together with exceptional performance in a slim lightweight chassis and the ThinkPad E220s is a best in class and a recommended buy.