After weeks of waiting, I finally got my hands on a review unit of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge (yes, I know the laptop was launched in Jan) and it turned out to be a pretty respectable mobile companion.
The Glossy Red review set ($1,189) came with a 13-inch high-definition screen, a 1.6GHz AMD Turion dual-core processor, 2GB of memory and 250GB of storage. Click here for the full specs.
I like the look and feel of this model – the ThinkPad retains the box-like design of its predecessors, but is more slim and sleek. Besides black, the ThinkPad Edge is also available in glossy red – a definite plus in my books.
Its light 1.7kg weight is a boon, too – carrying it around proved to be (relatively) painless. I like the long battery life of up to 5.9 hours, the ease of scrolling with the multi-touch trackpad, and how the webcam displays clear and bright images even under dim lighting.
However, I do have a couple of gripes – the speakers were a bit too soft for my liking, and the charge indicator on the review set seemed to be faulty – the amount of time left on the battery fluctuated at times. The lack of an optical drive was a disappointment, too.
Road warriors looking for a lightweight companion with decent specs and a wallet-friendly price tag can consider the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge.