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By • Jan 31st, 2011 • Category: Computers & Internet


LENOVO has launched two business notebooks, the ThinkPad Edge E220s and ThinkPad Edge  E420s. The E220 has a 12.5in screen and the E420 has a 14in laptop display, and both have a chic and eye-catching design. The more portable of the two, the E220s measures less than an inch thick and weighs less than 1.58kg. The slightly larger E420 is one inch thick and weighs 1.81kg.


Internally, the E220 and E420 can be configured to run on a second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, and include a hard disk with up to 320GB of storage space. For system memory, the notebooks can be configured with up to 4GB RAM for the E220 and 8GB RAM for the E420. Thinkpad Edge E420s To maintain a slimmer profile, Lenovo left out the optical drive for the E220. The E420, on the other hand, has a slot-loading DVD burner. Both the laptops also have a spill-resistant keyboard.



When it comes to entertainment, both laptops offer enhanced sound with Dolby Home Theatre audio. Other standard features for both laptops include a high-definition webcam, HDMI port and card reader. The local pricing and availability for the notebooks have yet to be announced.
However, Lenovo’s not just updating the new 12.5-inch E220s and 14-inch E420s with those just announced second generation Intel Core CPUs, though it’s doing that as well. it has totally revamped the line with a fresh coat of soft-matte lids, edge-to-edge glass displays, and HD webcams. We can attest that the metal-accented exterior is certainly a big improvement over the previous plasticy models, but even better is that both systems aren’t as chunky as the former Edge 13 and 14, the inch-thick E220s weighs less than 3.5 pounds and the E420s, which still makes room for a slot-loading optical drive, tips the scales at 4.1 pounds. Internally, the new Edges are just as ripe with both will be available with Intel’s latest Core i5 and i7 processors, choices of 5400RPM and 7200RPM hard drives, and the E420s will have AMD’s newest Radeon HD 6630M switchable graphics option.



The screen again packs a real impact. It’s bright and vivid as you’d rightly expect from a premium machine, but what sets it apart is its “Infinity” screen. Ignoring the near-blasphemous misuse of the word infinity – it really means is that the glass finish extends all the way to the sides of the lid – the glossy finish to the whole display area helps it make an impact.

Lenovo has applied an anti-glare finish to reduce the effect of overhead lights, but we’ll wait until we get the ThinkPad into our Labs before giving a verdict on how well this works.

I’m not such a fan of the keyboard. Lenovo claims the travel is identical to the ThinkPad X100e (which happens to be my work ultraportable, so I’m well used to it by now) but the keys don’t feel quite so nice. They give a little too easily; I like a bit of resistance when we’re typing. It’s also a little noisy.

To be fair to Lenovo, this is an engineering sample so we’ll hold judgement for now. And there are some nice touches. One is the row of shortcuts at the top rather than being dominated by function buttons; this makes it much more obvious what to press if you want to reduce screen brightness, for example. If you prefer these shortcuts to be F1, F2 etc, then you can change the settings in software.

The trackpad is more interesting still. In a similar manner to the recent MacBooks, when you press it the whole thing clicks. Press at the bottom left and it’s like a left-mouse click; bottom right for a right-mouse click. It’s multitouch, naturally, and its sheer size makes it very easy to use.

Another feature borrowed from Apple’s designs – and this won’t draw universal praise – is the enclosed battery, which can’t be removed by users. Lenovo won’t yet be drawn on what the battery life is, but it assures us the battery will be replaceable by IT repair shops. At least it means the bottom of the device is nice and smooth, with only vents to break things up.

There are no ports on the front or rear to interrupt the design either, but the right-hand side of the chassis offers two USB 2 ports, one of which doubles up as an eSATA port. There’s also a full-sized HDMI port sitting there. All the left-hand side you’ll find one further USB 2 port, which also charges when in Sleep mode, D-SUB, Gigabit Ethernet and a 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro). Note there’s just one combo mic/line out socket.

The ThinkPad E220s is due to go on sale in April, at which point we’ll also find out precisely what specifications the UK models will offer. We’d expect a variety of Core i3 and i5 processors, all based on Intel’s new Sandy Bridge designs, which should mean this machine flies along.

We don’t expect it to be cheap, however. Lenovo describes the E220s as a premium laptop, and that will probably translate into prices between £600 and £1,000 depending on spec. Even so, it looks to be worth the premium at this early stage, and I’m looking forward to seeing one in our Labs running through some proper benchmarks.


source: pcpro uk

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