I was minding my own business this morning when the FedEx guy rang the bell at Mobile Tech Manor. The small box he handed me provided no clue what treasure might be hidden inside. Expert that I am with an Xacto knife I had that box open in 10 seconds, and my hands on a 14-inch ThinkPad Edge from Lenovo. Another two minutes and I had the Edge booting up and ready to go. I’ll be reviewing the Edge on video soon.
I have already evaluated the smallest member of the ThinkPad Edge line, and found the 13-inch model to be a nice portable notebook. I was excited to recently hear that Lenovo was expanding the consumer ThinkPad line to include models for those who prefer larger screens (14 and 15-inches). They wasted no time in sending the 14-inch model for me to give a whirl.
The ThinkPad Edge line combines many of the features that have made the ThinkPad line a favorite with businesses, with other features that appeal to consumers. The result is a thin form factor with excellent consumer appeal.
The evaluation unit is configured as follows:
- CPU: Intel Core i3, 2.13 GHz
- Memory: 2 GB
- Storage: 250GB (5,400 rpm)
- Display: 14-inch (glossy), 1366×768 resolution
- Camera: low-light capable, 2 megapixel
- Optical drive: DVD recordable (dual layer)
- Battery: 6-cell
- Communications: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Ports: 3-USB 2.0, VGA out, HDMI, USB/eSATA, ExpressCard, LAN, 7-in-1 card reader slot, audio in/out combo jack
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
- Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.17 x 1.29 inches; 5.1 lbs.
The ThinkPad Edge 14″ notebook comes in red and black; the evaluation unit is matte black with silver trim. It includes both the ThinkPad red trackstick and a multitouch trackpad for versatility. The keyboard consists of chiclet keys and is a typical spill-resistant ThinkPad model. The ThinkPad Edge starts at $599 and is $699 as configured here.
My quick impressions so far: I love the oversized trackpad. The screen is too glossy for my tastes, and I usually don’t mind them.
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