I recently had problems with my laptop (read about it here) and I decided to treat myself to a new one. After much researching I decided on a Lenovo Edge 15 because I’ve always wanted a ThinkPad (even if this is an economy version). Specs:
- Widescreen 1366×768 screen (With ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5145 dedicated graphics)
- Core i5 processor 450M ( Dual-Core )
- 4Gb RAM, 500Gb hard drive
- Windows 7 Professional
- Wireless b/g/n and integrated 3G broadband
My thoughts: The screen has a matt finish as opposed to the glossy finish on consumer laptops. I haven’t got a preference – my work-issued Dell laptop has the same finish and it is much easier to read under bright lighting. The laptop feels very fast and responsive, and I’ve not come across any software that seemed to significantly slow it down. The laptop comes with a suite of software from Lenovo for making recovery disks, backups, managing the wireless, battery and even a selection of on-screen indicators for volume, caps-lock etc. The laptop plays games with very little fan activity and the laptop never seems to get hotter than lukewarm. I’ve yet to use the integrated 3G but the Lenovo software pre-installed sits on the taskbar and manages all aspects of networking, disabling unused devices to save power. The keyboard is responsive, and looks good too. For track-pad haters there is the ThinkPad pointer in the middle of the keyboard which can be used to control mouse functions if you prefer (though mastering this method will take some practice). Layout of the ports is a little awkward with power and USB ports on the right hand, where they get in the way for right handed users using the laptop with a mouse. I’m impressed with the build quality and the materials used to make this laptop – it feels like a much more expensive laptop and a snip for £660 (£560 after Lenovo cashback!). I’d recommend this laptop to anyone who is in the market for an all-purpose machine (and the 3G makes it good for use on the road too, subject to battery life).