7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hard to beat when this goes on sale,
This review is from: Edge E420S 14" 320GB 4GB (Personal Computers)
1. Battery not replaceable by user (battery life 5-7 hours in normal office use)
2. No option for discrete graphics in U.S.; however, video (including 1080p) is still very smooth thanks to integrated Intel HD3000.
3. No matte or anti-glare screen (bad in areas with lots of reflected light)
4. Mediocre speakers (like most laptops)
1. Fast (but note this is the Sandy Bridge i3 - you get significant speed bump of you buy more expensive model with i5 due to turbo mode)
2. Lenovo "sleep mode" is superior. Pressing the power button or closing the lid instantly puts the laptop into sleep mode. Pressing it again or opening the cover instantly brings it up again just as it was left in a second. Laptop can stay in sleep mode for days on a full charge.
3. Keyboard has a good feel.
4. Comes with 1 4gb dimm. Easy to upgrade to 8gb.
5. 7200rpm hard drive is fast and quiet.
6. quiet, high quality slot loading DVD drive
7. The screen is fairly decent quality, which really shines when working in the dark.
8. No bloatware. Just comes with useful Lenovo utilities and a trial of Norton Internet Security. Setup was thus very easy - easier than with Dells or HPs.
9. Very attractive. Not as attractive as a Macbook Air but you certainly won't be embarressed taking this to meetings.
10. It is better (though usually more expensive) than the Lenovo e420 (or e520) in a number of minor ways: not as heavy, better DVD drive, better finger print reader, better quality screen. All it sacrifices compared to these is the replaceable battery.
This is a great laptop and a phenomenal value when it goes on sale in the five to six hundred range. I actually own the faster, more expensive model that is identical except it has the faster i5 chip inside and MS Professional instead of MS Home - and it is the best computer I've ever owned.
Usage: This is an attractive unit and geared for the travelling businessman in a number of minor ways. It is not as light as a Macbook Air but has more utility thanks to the DVD drive. Any laptop such as this with a Sandy Bridge chip inside is fine to use for all applications except for gaming, editing HD video, or other specialized professional work that requires faster graphics. If you think there's a good chance you'll use this to do gaming or HD video, then you should choose a different system that includes a discreet graphics card. But for a general purpose office/travel unit, this is hard to beat in its price/weight range especially when on sale.