A beautiful laptop that is highly portable
I am a big fan of Ultra-Portables. Not a netbook, but anything between an 11” and 13” screen size usually grabs my attention. Last year, it was the Alienware M11x that I saw at GITEX and fell in love with. This year, the ThinkPad Edge 11” caught my eye and I asked Lenovo to send a review sample which arrived a couple of weeks back.
Packaged with a small sized charger and some literature, I received the glossy red back version which certainly looks nice and reminded me of my old Acer Ferrari notebook. If red is not your color, then you can also get a matte or a glossy black finish. Overall, the notebook looks really smooth provided you ignore the battery sticking out of it back.
The construction quality on the Edge 11 is fantastic to say the least. There are no creaking parts whatsoever. The screen hinges are a tad bit on the loose side though so expect the screen to move if your carry the Edge with it’s lid open. The left side has an HDMI port along with a USB port, the network socket and audio out while the right side has two additional USB ports (one of which is powered) and a memory card reader. On the back, you have DSUB and power connectors and between that, a battery bulging out.
Specifications-wise, the Edge 11 is based on a Core i3 U380 CPU running at 1.33GHz along with Intel HD integrated graphics and 2GB RAM. Lenovo throws in a 250GB hard drive for storage, 10GB of which is reserved for a system recovery. WiFi and Bluetooth are, as expected, included. While the config might not sound that great, it is a lot better than most netbooks out there.