Author: Bob Buskirk
When you first power on the system you will notice there isn’t much extra software on the system. There is a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office though. Lenovo has made a few changes to Windows 7. First on the taskbar they have added large icons for battery level, ThinkVantage toolbox, and wireless connections. I do like these added larger icons, but some people may not like them.
The thing I was really interested in when reviewing this laptop was actually the keyboard. As I said the keyboards on ThinkPad’s are the best. They are so comfortable and have no flex in them at all. I’ve been using this laptop as my primary laptop for over a week now and I do enjoy the new keyboard that Lenovo has used, but I still enjoy the other ThinkPad keyboard much better. This keyboard definitely ranks second out of all notebooks that I’ve typed on, which says a lot about the time and effort Lenovo went into designing it.
The LED backlit screen provides you a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768, which provides you some room for multi-tasking and viewing multiple websites at the same time.
The screen itself is very bright and the color reproduction is great. When we ran the all black test on the screen there was a little backlight bleed coming from the bottom of the screen.
The ThinkPad Edge had no problem running Windows 7 with its 1.3GHz ULV processor. I even had 3 Chrome windows open, 2 Firefox windows open, Microsoft Word open, and Paint open and I had no issues at all. Battery life on the Edge is great! With the 6-cell battery we got around 6 and a half hours of battery life with general usage!
One thing that I did notice missing was the ThinkVantage button. It seems Lenovo has replaced this with the ThinkVantage toolbox shortcut on the taskbar. I really do not like the ThinkVantage toolbox; it will direct you to some of the ThinkVantage suite but also has Lenovo offers and message built into it, which makes it hard to navigate.