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The ThinkPad brand has long been associated with top-notch business-class notebooks. The famous black notebooks have appeared in conference rooms the world over, and the ThinkPad brand has come to mean fine quality business notebooks. The folks at Lenovo look to bring the ThinkPad into the […]

The ThinkPad brand has long been associated with top-notch business-class notebooks. The famous black notebooks have appeared in conference rooms the world over, and the ThinkPad brand has come to mean fine quality business notebooks. The folks at Lenovo look to bring the ThinkPad into the consumer space, and the ThinkPad Edge is the first effort to get folks to bring the ThinkPad home.

The Edge is available in three sizes, 13, 14, 15 inch screens, and all have a sporty cover that is available in either glossy black or red. Lenovo has attempted to make a consumer notebook that fits into the high-quality mold of the ThinkPad, and the Edge is a good first effort.

I have been fortunate enough to receive a ThinkPad Edge prior to launch, and have been using one for a few weeks. In the video I show the build quality and nice design touches that Lenovo has put in this first consumer ThinkPad. The model in the video is the 13-incher, with a glossy (smudge magnet) black lid. I demonstrate the unique features of the Edge, including the nice chiclet keyboard and the inclusion of both a multitouch trackpad and a ThinkPad trackstick.

I state in the video that the Edge will be available for a starting price of $450, but I have received updated information from Lenovo that corrects that figure. The Edge pricing will start at $549, still a good price for a ThinkPad product. The 13-inch model is available from Lenovo currently, and the 14 and 15-inch models will be available in the second quarter of this year.

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  1. I think that this Thinkpad looks good, and not to offend anyone here (I can tell from reading comments and other posts of the Thinkpad fanboyism) but finally it looks like Lenovo is going to make an attractive notebook.

    Why is it that “business” laptops (Latitude, Thinkpad, etc) have to be, well, ugly. I use my MacBook Pro for “business” and it is probably one of the most attractive notebooks there is. I think that the idea that business machines need to be low-key is kind of stupid. I mean I wouldn’t bring in an Alienware machine with neon lights spewing from every orifice, but to use a “consumer” notebook for business use is ok.

    Good on Lenovo for making an attractive Thinkpad!

    1. different tastes i guess. I always found the thinkpads to be no-nonsense looking. And the recent rugged dell latitudes seems to have the same kind of look and appeal.

      1. Yeah, different people like different things. I guess I just never understood the whole “business” line of laptops. Just make sturdy, well-made laptops. Period.

  2. Thanks for the early look, James!
    @Chris Smith
    I am typing this on a Thinkpad X60t and have owned only IBM/Lenovo Notebooks. I am a fan of the line, but would partly agree with your assessment. The Thinkpad “look” is, for one, a little dated, and Lenovo have not improved it, in my opinion. I used my old T41 the other day, and was impressed with how it felt in the hand. My X60t certainly is not as nice.
    And that is what’s most important, in my eyes, for business use. The notebook has to be comfortable, first and foremost.
    I love the materials used in ThinkPads; the palm rest feels amazing. You don’t sweat on it, and when warm, it has the feel of a smooth rock to it.
    However, the new notebooks in particular look dated and lack the symmetrical and functional appeal and of the older models.
    Design-wise, the Macbook (aluminium) line-up and the Acer Timeline series appeal to me. I think Lenovo could certainly do with taking some design queues.
    What I don’t like to see, though, is the move to glossy materials. I am not sure why they are so popular today; to me, glossy surfaces seem unpleasant and greasy.
    Apple has shown that it is possible to design a functional and visually appealing notebook without resorting to gloss. Lenovo should follow.

    1. Yeah except for my MacBook’s glossy screen. That is one thing that I cannot stand about it. I’d much prefer a matte finish.

  3. It’s a good thing when a manufacturer comes to market with a new, thin 13″ notebook, especially if you are a road warrior. I’m thinking the HP Envy is the better of the two, although the Envy does come at a hefty price premium.

    Those 13″ notebooks with decent horsepower inside make a lot of sense. But low-end 13″ notebooks are trumped by more compact 10″ netbooks in my opinion. For the same price, I would take the more compact device.

  4. turn.self.off Sunday, January 3, 2010

    on the price, i would say its more like the netbooks have reached the low point of the consumer laptop, then the laptop reaching down to the netbook.

    btw, i love the look and stuff on this. maybe i’ll grab one if i ever get the chance.

  5. Lenovo should design a 11.6″ ThinkPad, and price it within 499.99 price. They do have the IdeaPad but it is pretty pricey. I just use my Macbook for my desktop replacement and if I need bigger screen when traveling for my job I just bring the Mac. Not bad for starting at 549.99 though. Great video James.

    1. James Kendrick HG Sunday, January 3, 2010

      Stay tuned for exactly what you’re asking for. Midnight tonight, to be exact.

      1. I must of missed that X100e. I think the 11.6″ will be the next new selling point now that the 10″ has been out for a while. I got this feeling James is hiding a x100e at the Mobile Tech Manor. ;) but I guess we will have to wait till midnight. I see Lenovo has them available for the 5th.

    2. They have one, its called the X100e and it uses AMD processors.

  6. Will this laptop be available with a matte screen? I just hate glossy screens. If yes, one of these is going to be mine… if no, none of these is going to be mine. Period.

    1. I would agree that the matte screen is very important. I was hoping that it wouldn’t be such a big deal but I am returning my Thinkpad Edge because the screen was too glossy in almost all lighting conditions. I will stick with my t61 for awhile though I will miss some of the features of the Edge, especially the great battery life.

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