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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13


$550.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:HDMI output (unlike most business-oriented laptops), VGA as well: extremely flexible! Comes with Windows 7. AMD version comes with onboard Radeon 3200 graphics - superior to the Intel GMA found on the Intel-based option.

The Cons:Glossy lid looks cheap, fingerprint magnet. Large display bezels. AMD version has poor battery life in comparison to the Intel version ~5 vs ~8 hours.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Laptop is expected to be released into the market by the end of 2009 or early 2010. This lightweight laptop is supposed to have a 13.3” high definition display. There are reports that 2 versions of the ThinkPad Edge will be released - one with an AMD processor and the other with an Intel processor.

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Product Shot 2 Again, for the AMD processor, there is supposed to be a choice between Turion X2 L625 1.6GHz processor and Athlon Neo X2 L325 1.5GHz processor. Even the Intel gives a choice between Pentium SU4100 1.3GHz and Core 2 DUO SU7300 1.3GHz processors. Other features are expected to be common with a 4GB RAM, a maximum of 500GB hard drive, Windows 7 OS, with 32-bit and 64-bit options. WiFi and Ethernet connectivity are both supposed to be offered. Even Bluetooth and WWAN might make it into this laptop. GPS support is anticipated too. Three USB ports, a media card reader, an HDMI output and a webcam are also expected to be present in this notebook. The battery is said to be either a 4-cell or a 6-cell one. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Notebook is expected to weigh just 1.6kg. In the US, it is speculated to be priced at $550.

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Pros
  • 9

    HDMI output (unlike most business-oriented laptops), VGA as well: extremely flexible!

  • 6

    comes with Windows 7

  • 6

    AMD version comes with onboard Radeon 3200 graphics - superior to the Intel GMA found on the Intel-based option

  • 6

    TrackPoint and TouchPad

  • 6

    battery life between 5h and 7.8h (on Intel CPUs)

  • 6

    Gigabit Ethernet

  • 6

    13.3" 720p capable LED backlit display (1366 x 768px resolution)

  • 5

    small form factor (332 mm x 228 mm x 17-31.3 mm with 4-cell battery)

  • 5

    stereo speakers integrated

  • 5

    ample RAM and storage capacity

  • 5

    dual core CPUs - more capable than single core Atom based netbooks or Core 2 Solo ultraportables

  • 5

    option of choosing AMD CPUs

  • 5

    lightweight (3.6lbs with 4-cell battery)

  • 4

    affordable, low price considering feature-packed machine in ThinkPad quality

  • 4

    5-in-1 card reader (SD, MS, MS Pro, MMC, xD) unlike most business-oriented laptops

  • 4

    ThinkPad quality, spill resistant chiclet keyboard

  • 4

    ThinkPad build quality

  • 3

    integrated low-light webcam (despite low-resolution spec., the integrated webcam has surprisingly good video quality - very usable for chat even in low-lighting)

  • 3

    available in glossy or matte finishes

  • 3

    features a multi-touch trackpad

  • 2

    integrates Qualcomm Gobi WWAN chip (GPS & EV-DO & HSPA!)

  • 2

    also comes in red - besides the standard Lenovo ThinkPad black

  • 2

    lacks locking clip for lid, however the high-quality metal hinge keeps the lid closed without a lock because it is nice and tight

  • 2

    keyboard is excellent! Well laid-out, excellent key touch and travel. Rounded bottoms prevent your fingers from getting 'caught' on the key edges while typing. No numpad overlay or other symbols to clutter-up the look of the keys.

Cons
  • 4

    glossy lid looks cheap, fingerprint magnet

  • 2

    large display bezels

  • 1

    AMD version has poor battery life in comparison to the Intel version ~5 vs ~8 hours

  • 1

    webcam is only 0.3MP (seriously?)

  • 1

    lacks PCI express card slot

  • 0

    fairly low powered processor options - low individual core clock speeds

  • 0

    16:9 display - ideal for media but poorer for productivity and internet browsing

  • 0

    display hinge is not up to the ThinkPad standard

  • -1

    doesn't look like the quality of the build is up to the ThinkPad level, cheap looking plastic (from the pictures)

  • -2

    eSATA and/or USB 3.0 missing from I/O port selection

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dom: #lenovo_thinkpad_edge_13 Btw, this keyboard type is really spelled "chiclet", not "chicklet". See that article on Wikipedia. Jun 1, 10
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