Lenovo Edge 11″ Notebook Review

By on December 1, 2010
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A beautiful laptop that is highly portable

Good: Beautiful, Good Performance, Excellent Portability
Bad: Battery life is not so great
Price: AED 1650
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Usability-wise, the Edge is a pleasure to use. It has the new chiclet style keyboard which is the only keyboard that I like more than the one on my MacBook Pro. The keys are silent and have just the right amount of depth to them. Now, if Lenovo could only make the keyboard backlit, it would become the perfect keyboard in a laptop.

For the cursor, you have an option of either using the trackpad or the pointing stick, both of which work well. The trackpad is of decent size and supports multi-touch so you can use two finger scrolling. If you prefer the pointing stick, then you should feel right at home as well along with the three buttons located above the trackpad.

The 11.6″ screen on the Lenovo Edge looks good head on although its a bit on the glossy side. Because of the glossy features, the colors look very vivid, however, expect reflections if you have a light source behind you.Viewing angles are pretty average, both horizontally and vertically.

On the performance side, the Edge 11 is pretty zippy for standard things like browsing the web, creating a document or checking your email. The following table show how the Edge 11 compares to the Alienware M11x and the Acer Ferrari One 200, both of which belong to the same market segment.

CPU 3D Disk Overall
Lenovo Edge 11 1417 186 487 554
Alienware M11x 1094 514 684 585
Acer Ferrari 1200 704 72 368 319

As you can see from the table above, the performance on the ThinkPad Edge 11 is quite ok- almost as good as the Alienware M11x. The CPU score is higher on the Lenovo Edge 11 as it uses Core i3 compared to the Core 2 Duo found on the M11x but the Alienware laptop has a better GPU so 3D performance is much better on that.

Battery life on the Edge 11 was a bit disappointing. I consistently got just around three hours per charge which I feel is a bit on the lower side, especially with a 6-cell battery that sticks out and ruins the aesthetics of an otherwise gorgeous laptop. 

Other than that, its a great little machine that is appropriately priced at AED 1650/-

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