Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15 is a budget-friendly small-business oriented laptop. With the new design, Lenovo has combined form and function and delivered this model known for its excellent performance.
1>Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
2> Intel Core i3-330M processor (2.13GHz, 3MB cache)
3> 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 WXGA glossy display
4> Intel GMA HD integrated graphics
5> 2GB DDR3 RAM (2GB x 1)
6> 250GB Fujitsu 5400RPM hard drive
7> Intel 1000BGN Wi-Fi, Realtek Gigabit LAN
8> Built-in web camera
9> 6-cell 10.8v 5.2Ah 57Wh battery
10 Dimensions: (LxWxH) 14.96 x 9.72 x 1.33 – 1.56″ weighing 5.56 pounds
Build and Design
The laptop comes with a silver-trimmed border, multiple glossy and matte screen cover options. The letter background is properly matched to the lid cover.
There is also an LED-empowered ThinkPad logo with the dot above the “i” glowing red when it is switched on. The Edge sports a user-friendly design with flat palmrest and bezel..
The right side of the palmrest experiences some flex under strong pressure proving that mechanical support is wanting in that area.
There’s easy access to internal components via two access panels at the bottom. One panel contains the SIM-card and WWAN PCIe slot, the other gives access to the system memory, CPU and hard drive. The larger panel gives complete access to the processor, heatsink and fan, memory slots and hard drive bay.
Screen and Speakers
The screen is a matte-finish 15-inch WXGA display panel but with very poor contrast compared to other 15-inch panels in the market. Black levels were similar to light grey, creating a domino effect, dimming most vivid colors. A “screen door effect” where each pixels appeared visible at standard viewing distances is present. Viewing angles were average too.
The Edge 15 has thin speakers fitted into the screen bezel beneath the LCD. They are quite small and don’t produce the best sound. Sound quality would improve in video conferences with the in-built webcam. It also features HDMI out, useful for connectivity to home theaters.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Te keyboard isn’t much different from the ones found in previous ThinkPad notebooks with an updated layout.
The keyboard is an island-style blending in with a traditional ThinkPad design. It is easy to type on. The keys are shaped a shallow concave, cupping fingers and quickly centering them. The keyboard layout is excellent and suited for touch-typing.
It has considerable flex even under slight to medium pressure with the maximum flex on the right side of the keyboard above the optical drive.
The laptop has a properly-sized Synaptics touchpad, with almost three times the normal surface area. It is pleasant to use, with quick response time and no considerable lag. Touch sensitivity is superb with no adjustment needed. It has some multitouch capacities-pinch-to-zoom and pivot-rotation with smooth matte finish facilitating gliding across it. The buttons have a slightly shallower clicking motion with good feedback
It also has a spring-loaded SDHC-card reader, three USB ports and one eSATA/USB connection among other ports.