Feeds
65%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Pricey but nicey

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Review Lenovo offers its ThinkPad Edge in a massive number of permutations but they are all rather expensive and start north of £1000. My review sample was a relatively basic model that came without the 3G mobile broadband option and with the 4GB of memory installed in two modules, leaving no scope for an upgrade in that department.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

It did, however, come with Windows 7 Professional rather than the more usual Windows 7 Home Premium. This change raises the nominal price to £1095 which is then discounted to £804 on the Lenovo website.

That's a high price to pay for a laptop with a Core i5 CPU and Intel graphics. However, Lenovo has sprinkled a handful of ThinkPad magic dust to ease the pain. The keyboard dispenses with the superfluous number pad and as a result it looks rather small but feels rock solid when you type. The controls are doubled up with the superb TrackPoint nestling among the keys and three mouse buttons below the spacebar.

Further down you get a regular touchpad and two more mouse buttons.

I loved the look of the wireless and battery meters in the system tray. However, the figure for predicted battery life was refreshed every few minutes and fluctuated as the software assessed the current workload.

There are other neat touches, including air-bag protection for the hard drive and a collection of software utilities in the ThinkVantage Toolbox that include System Update 4.

God help me, I even liked the illuminated dot on the 'i' of the ThinkPad logo on the lid of the laptop.

Verdict

The original price that Lenovo lists on its website is absurdly high but the hardware is sublime. ®

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Security for virtualized datacentres

65%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Very good hardware and spec - but you'll pay for the privilege.
Price: £804 RRP

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US
Wearable will deliver 'actionable insights for healthier living'
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service
We do streaming video? It seems we do...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.