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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 review

£475 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lenovo

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Despite its diminutive proportions and light 1.5kg body, the ThinkPad Edge 11 boasts almost astonishing build quality. Updated, 11 May 2011

Despite its diminutive proportions and light 1.5kg body, the ThinkPad Edge 11 boasts almost astonishing build quality. It feels like a piece of precision engineering.

Despite its diminutive proportions and light 1.5kg body, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 boasts an almost astonishingly high level of build quality. It feels like a piece of precision engineering: rugged, sturdy and no-doubt helped by its smaller 11.6in screen size, totally devoid of any of the flexing and creaking you might expect from a laptop.

Given the constraints on size, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11's keyboard couldn't be better. It's fast, responsive and has just the right amount of springiness to make it a joy to use.

This is complemented by a small touchpad with left and right buttons that sit flush with the outer rim of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11's casing. Above the touchpad is another set of buttons designed to be used in conjunction with the pointing device in the middle of the keyboard. Even on the keyboard there's room to rest your hands comfortably while typing and mousing.

A 1.33GHz Intel Core i3-380UM ultra-low voltage processor powers the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 laptop at a speed we would describe as "quite slow", which is a little unfortunate. However, our review sample came fitted with a large 57Wh battery which enabled the ThinkPad to keep running for 349 minutes under MobileMark 2007. That's almost twice as long as Dell's thin-and-light competitor, the Vostro V130. While it's certainly not as thin as the Vostro, it is lighter.

Our review sample had 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive, which is good basic specification. Three USB 2.0 ports are provided, along with a gigabit network port, VGA and HDMI connectors. Audio connectivity comes in the form of combo headphone/mic socket and there's a card reader installed on the right hand side.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is however missing a few desirable features such as a fingerprint reader and 3G modem, although the latter is available as an option.

Lenovo has installed some useful and for the most part quite non-intrusive bundled software designed to simplify system maintenance and provide general help; unfortunately a large proportion of the help comes in the form of suggestions to buy further products, which are less than useful.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 Expert Verdict »

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 NVY4LUK reviews verified by Reevoo

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 NVY4LUKScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
1.33GHz Intel Core i3 380UM processor
11.6in (1366x768) matt LED backlit screen
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
2GB DDR3-1333 RAM
320GB 2.5in 5400rpm SATA 3Gbps hard drive
Intel HD graphics (Integrated)
Mono speaker
headphone microphone combo jack
3 x USB 2.0
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
MMC/MS/MS-Pro/SD slot
0.3MP low-light webcam
secondary pointing device
57Wh Li-Ion removable battery
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is an excellent piece of kit, and Lenovo’s attention to detail and outstanding level of build quality inspire absolute confidence in its reliability. However, if you want it for more than rather light computing duties, you’ll probably find the slower performance somewhat frustrating.

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