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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge (Core i5 430M) review

Lenovo's latest laptop targets the consumer with very pleasing results

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Excellent performance
  • Good screen
  • Robust build quality
  • Portability

Against

  • Limited graphics power

Many were surprised when business-centric Lenovo announced the more consumer-focused ThinkPad Edge, and this is a laptop just as suited to the everyday buyer as the business person.

The design is a far cry from the rest of the ThinkPad range. Instead of a plain black-box approach, Lenovo has painted the lid an attractive shiny red and included silver trimming to the chassis, and the result is a very desirable laptop.

The machine is as durable as it is attractive and the solid plastics give it a robust feel with the strengthened metal lid hinges only adding to this.

Minimal reflections

The 15.6-inch screen features a detailed 1366 x 768-pixel resolution and is ideal for creating word documents and spreadsheets. Like the Sony Vaio VPC-EB1S0E/WI, it isn't particularly bright, but the lack of a shiny Super-TFT finish means there are virtually no reflections to contend with.

This laptop also boasts a lid which folds open 180 degrees, making it easy to get a comfortable viewing angle wherever you are sat.

This is the first Lenovo laptop to feature an isolation-style keyboard. It provides a fantastic typing experience and is equally as firm as the Sony, the only difference being the Lenovo's keys travel a little further. If we had to choose between the two, we would opt for the Sony, however, as the lack of a dedicated numeric keypad here is a little disappointing.

Lenovo detail

The Intel Core i5 430M chip used here provides the excellent performance. This means those after uncompromised power for either work or play will find plenty to like here and you'll have no problems running both office and multimedia applications.

The inclusion of an integrated graphics card means you'll be able to play only the most basic of games, but older (and internet) games should run fine. Likewise, basic photo editing won't be a problem.

Portability is the cornerstone of any business laptop and, although there are much lighter options available, the Lenovo's 266-minute battery life is impressive – for the price at least.

A whole raft of Lenovo software is included to help you manage your power consumption and connect to available networks. The programs are intuitive, allowing you to connect to your router at home with ease, while balancing your battery life and performance requirements, for example.

Ultimately, the ThinkPad Edge impresses and the power and usability on offer make this is a great choice for both the business person and average consumer.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Product FamilyThinkPad Edge 15
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-430M
ColourMidnight Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Product Series15
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelNVL7VUK
Product NameThinkPad Edge 15 NVL7VUK Notebook
Product LineThinkPad Edge
Manufacturer Part NumberNVL7VUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

Affordable ThinkPad Edge 15 NVL7VUK Notebook for entrepreneurs with great ideas and small IT budgets. Advanced technology and built-in conveniences to boost productivity and streamline your workday.

Package Contents
  • ThinkPad Edge 15 NVL7VUK Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed1066 MHz