Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review for Mobile IT Managers
Lenovo's reputable ThinkPad line has a new family member -- the Edge series of laptop computers -- with built-to-order models going on sale in June. Get the inside scoop on the these mobile computing devices for your mobile office workers. Lenovos venerable ThinkPad product line has generally been geared more toward large corporate customers than small-business people, but with its new ThinkPad Edge series, the company is making a concerted effort to entice SMBs with notebook computers that put a special emphasis on simplicity -- and throw in a bit of style to boot. The ThinkPad Edge series starts at a reasonable $579, comes in 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch models. All of the screens, regardless of size, display 1,366 x 768 pixels and come in either glossy or anti-glare varieties.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15 small business laptop combines affordability with style and substance. The Lenovo laptops use AMD Athlon Neo X2, Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3-330m processors (all dual core CPUs), and they offer a variety of useful optional features including Bluetooth, an integrated fingerprint reader and a Gobi GPS-enabled mobile broadband chip for access over either AT&T or Verizon 3G networks.
The ThinkPad Edge 15 starts at $649 and includes the Core i3 CPU as standard equipment. Our Edge 15-inch test unit, equipped with 4 GB of RAM (the maximum available), a 250 GB hard disk, the aforementioned fingerprint reader and Windows 7 Professional, sells for as little as $796 from CDW, though a similar version without a fingerprint reader rings up nearly $100 more direct from Lenovo. As of this writing, the ThinkPad Edge is only available in one of several dozen fixed configurations, but Lenovo says it will begin selling build-to-order models in June.
Read the full Lenovo Edge notebook review at SmallBusinessComputing.com: