Ideally, we'd like to have both, but a certain amount of compromise is always necessary. While its The ThinkPad Edge brand emerged last year as a redesigned small business-oriented line, updating the classic, staid ThinkPad look with sleeker features. The Es is a refinement and a high-end alternative, with an edge-to-edge glossy display, improved sound, and a more upscale feel. Compared with a thin incher like the Samsung Series 9 , it's a downright steal, considering the same second-generation Core iM processor is inside.
Sure, ThinkPad shopping can be a bit of headache when you factor in all the various sizes and configurations out there. The Edge Es might be the one in the middle that feels just right. Even compared with the highly hyped Lenovo ThinkPad X1 , with its larger screen, sturdier build, and faster processor, we preferred the Edge Es: its lighter weight, more affordable price, and better but still not fantastic battery life seemed like more useful features for business travelers looking to lighten their load.
ThinkPads seem to be undergoing a design evolution that's slowly seeping into the whole product line. The Edge series was the start of the ThinkPad redesign, introducing a new, modern raised island-style keyboard and larger touch pad, along with a sleeker chassis. While recent laptops including the ThinkPad X1 have also appropriated this new look, we find the Edge series comes off slightly more relaxed. Earlier in , we reviewed the IdeaPad U , a stylish Lenovo consumer-oriented laptop with slick looks and a While the Es looks like it is black at first glance, under the right light it looks like a very, very dark green.
It's a different tone than the keyboard, which is true black. A chromed plastic edge lines the top lid and the keyboard deck, highlighting the curved lines around the front lip. Inside, the keyboard-to-palm-rest proportion seems perfect: a full raised keyboard isn't quite edge-to-edge, but doesn't waste space, while the palm rests flank a medium-size square multitouch click pad.
The glossy However, the Edge has a little more flex and plastic in its chassis than the tanklike roll-cage construction of the ThinkPad X1. It's a different product--the X1 is more expensive and a larger laptop--but it bears mentioning.
The Edge Es is a perfect marriage of size and design for its weight class; this is the sort of laptop we'd prefer to carry in our bag on a daily basis. We're big fans of the ThinkPad Edge keyboard design, and the Es' keyboard feels as good as we remember. Lenovo's variation on the raised keyboard uses slightly concave keys, which offer a more centered feel when typing fast. The ThinkPad X1 had a similar keyboard that felt a bit crisper, but we found typing on the Edge Es to be a breeze.
Instead of a backlit keyboard, the Es has a small overhead LED light that shines down from the upper lid which some ThinkPads have had for years to illuminate the keyboard and surrounding area. It's actually a very smart idea for plane travel--it's cozy, like a book light for ThinkPads.
Similarly, the improved click-pad design on this ThinkPad Edge solves the reduced finger-space problem introduced by the red rubber trackpoint and its included discrete buttons. The red nub, a perennial ThinkPad offering, isn't something we use, but some business travelers swear by it.
That red nub sits between the G, H, and B keys on the keyboard, but the addition of three accompanying physical buttons below the space bar used to crowd the track pad when it, too, used discrete buttons. Now, the free space feels better proportioned. The smooth click-pad surface responds well and has cleanly clicking zones on the bottom, although it collects fingerprint smudges.
A fingerprint reader on the right palm rest can be set to any finger for biometric log-ins without passwords. The rest of the interior of the Edge Es is button-free, with the exception of the power button on the upper right. Media controls such as volume and screen brightness are executed with the function button strip on the keyboard, and are function-reversed, and you can simply press the volume key directly. The glossy ratio Screen brightness is above average, although the viewing angles degenerate quickly when the screen is tilted too far.
Then again, the Edge Es's top lid only opens up about degrees instead of the near tilting on some ThinkPads. Basically, this means you'll likely be viewing the Es' screen head-on most of the time, anyway. The stereo speakers situated in a grilled bar above the keyboard are enhanced with Dolby sound. This makes a difference when listening to movies and music: while it's not enthusiast-level, this is one of the best-sounding tiny ThinkPads we've encountered.
Volume levels get loud, and we made do with just half-volume most of the time. Being a "premium" level ThinkPad Edge, the Es not surprisingly comes with an HD Web cam that's better than you'd normally find on a inch-class laptop. The maximum 1,xpixel-resolution camera has good contrast and light sensitivity, and Lenovo's Web conferencing audio settings have pro features such as keyboard noise suppression.
The selection of ports on the ThinkPad Edge Es is more than suitable for its size--in fact, it matches what you'd find on most inch and larger laptops. Three USB 2. USB 3. A rear SIM card slot is easily accessible for 3G broadband-enabled configurations. The 1. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
Intel Core iM 2 x 1. Intel HD Graphics Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section. It retains the solid build quality that Lenovo has been known for along with their excellent keyboard designs. Expect to get about 4 hours of battery life, when other similar models get at least another hour more.
Balancing between ultraportable and full-size laptop, the inch ThinkPad Edge Es offers an exceedingly compact computing experience matched by an upscale design, marred only by subpar battery life. Its gorgeous soft-plastic and chrome design makes a bold statement in the boardroom or the coffee shop and its keyboard provides the best typing experience in the business.
Plus, its slight frame fits comfortably in even the smallest bag. Our only issue is the E's below-average battery life, though the approximate 5 hours of runtime will be long enough for many users. However, if you want the ultimate in small business style and comfort, the ThinkPad Edge Es should be at the top of your list. The ThinkPad Edge Es is a stylish ultraportable powered by a second-generation Core i5 processor and loaded with a bevy of business-savvy features.
However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
Intel Core iM 2 x 1. Intel HD Graphics Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section. It retains the solid build quality that Lenovo has been known for along with their excellent keyboard designs. Expect to get about 4 hours of battery life, when other similar models get at least another hour more. Balancing between ultraportable and full-size laptop, the inch ThinkPad Edge Es offers an exceedingly compact computing experience matched by an upscale design, marred only by subpar battery life.
Its gorgeous soft-plastic and chrome design makes a bold statement in the boardroom or the coffee shop and its keyboard provides the best typing experience in the business. Plus, its slight frame fits comfortably in even the smallest bag. Our only issue is the E's below-average battery life, though the approximate 5 hours of runtime will be long enough for many users.
However, if you want the ultimate in small business style and comfort, the ThinkPad Edge Es should be at the top of your list. The ThinkPad Edge Es is a stylish ultraportable powered by a second-generation Core i5 processor and loaded with a bevy of business-savvy features. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Es is the new-look Jaguar of small business notebooks, offering a sporty reinterpretation of a classic aesthetic. While the Edge Es's dark color, ThinkPad logo, and red trackpoint all whisper "ThinkPad," its rubberized chassis and chrome bumpers scream "jet set.
A red light sits above the letter "I" in "ThinkPad" and blinks when the system is in sleep mode, while the clean, smooth bottom makes the Edge Es look almost as attractive when it's upside-down. The edge-to-edge "infinity glass" that covers the screen adds another high-end design element to the mix.
The Edge E's only design downside is that its surfaces pick up fingerprints far too easily. At a mere The island-style, spill-resistant keyboard on the ThinkPad Edge Es has three important things going for it: powerful tactile feedback, curved keys that help you avoid errant strokes, and a comfortable, soft palm rest.
Thanks to these ingredients, we achieved a strong score of 86 words per minute on the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, better than our typical 80 wpm score. The stick provides the most accurate navigation of any built-in notebook pointing device.
For those who don't like pointing sticks, the 2. Better still, multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom are smooth. Rather than offering discrete buttons, the left and right buttons are built into the pad itself. Though we've complained about the inaccuracy of so-called "clickpads" in the past, the left and right buttons on the E's pad were quite precise and did not cause the cursor to jump when clicked.
The ThinkPad Edge Es stayed pleasantly cool throughout our testing. After streaming video at full screen for 15 minutes, we measured the touchpad at a frigid 82 degrees, the keyboard at a cool 89 degrees, and the bottom at a reasonable 96 degrees Fahrenheit.
We consider temperatures above 95 degrees uncomfortable for the top surfaces of a notebook, and degrees on the underside to be too high. Click to enlarge Whether we were streaming a p episode of Fringe from Fox. Unfortunately, the nit screen and its "infinity glass" coating are so reflective that left and right viewing angles are poor.
With a light source behind us and the screen at full brightness, video washed out significantly at angles even less than 45 degrees. Lenovo uses Dolby Home Theater v4 technology to boost the ThinkPad Edge Es's audio performance, but even with Dolby software enabled and set to the music listening profile, sound was quite tinny on the built-in speakers. Disabling the Dolby software made the music sound completely flat and dropped its volume to nearly inaudible levels.
For a The p webcam provided sharp images with reasonable color fidelity, even in low light. In our dim living room, fine details of our face were clear, and reasonably colorful despite the conditions. Unfortunately, the camera is not Skype HD-certified, so you'll need to use a different chat client, such as ooVoo, if you want to chat at x resolution. With its 1. On PCMark Vantage, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall system speed, the ThinkPad Es scored a strong 5,, well above the ultraportable category average of 4, and the 1.
However, the 2. The Es' GB 7,rpm hard drive booted into Windows 7 Professional bit in a reasonable 62 seconds, on a par with the second category average. That's a rate of The ThinkPad Edge Es is more than powerful enough to transcode video quickly. When we used Cyberlink Media Espresso to transcode an HD video, the Edge Es took just 41 seconds, more than 2 minutes quicker than the category average, but a little slower than the 28 seconds offered by the Portege R On 3DMark06, a synthetic benchmark which measures graphics prowess, the Edge Es scored 3,, about 60 percent higher than the category average and better than the Dell Vostro V's 1, score.