It's been a while since we last tested a Lenovo portable system. You may recall that the IdeaPad S10 was our top pick in the netbook roundup we released over a year ago to deliver the solid package between keyboard, screen, and build quality.
The ThinkPad Edge notebook we're about to look at today is part of a brand new range from Lenovo that was announced at CES earlier this year. The ThinkPad Edge combines some of the things we liked about the IdeaPad with the performance and heritage of ThinkPads.
Aimed at the style and budget conscious business user, this system includes some novelties from Lenovo such as a new keyboard layout and a low entry-level ThinkPad price of just $ 579. We received the Midnight Black Gloss model that you can see below, but the Edge is also available in Midnight Black Smooth (matte) and Heatwave Red Gloss colors. Again, a departure from the spartan look is typically used on ThinkPads.
Entry-level models are equipped with AMD Athlon Neo X2 processors, which can be upgraded to an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor. Our test device uses the Intel CPU with 1.3 GHz as well as an Intel GS45 chipset and an integrated 4500MHD graphics. There is also 4 GB DDR3 memory, a 320 GB hard drive with 7200 rpm, Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 Wireless and a 13.3-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768.
This is the same resolution supported by the recently reviewed MSI X-Slim X340. The ThinkPad Edge is also clocked a little slower than the aforementioned X340 and Acer Timeline 4810T. However, these two systems were Core 2 Solo systems, while the ThinkPad Edge works with a dual-core part, which should result in a nice performance advantage. no pun intended.
Lenovo lists the ThinkPad Edge dimensions as 13.07 "x 8.98" x 0.67-1.23 "(332mm x 228mm x 17-31.3mm) with an approximate weight of 3.6 pounds Using a 4-cell battery or 4.5 pounds with the 6-to-cell battery option. Lenovo sums up the look and feel of Edge in two words: Sophisticated simplicity. Read on as we explore its features, both inside and out.