Testing the ThinkPad Edge
The ThinkPad Edge is like a low-cost airline, certainly usable in the enterprise but oriented toward small business and consumer users. The battery, memory and hard drive are all accessible for depot service. My 14-inch test system had three USB ports, one powered, a combination eSATA/USB port, HDMI, a media card reader, and a VGA and network port. The Edge has a sufficient number of USB and media connectors so that the laptop would be useful in the office when connected to a external monitor, keyboard and mouse, especially when used with the optional USB port replicator. The ThinkPad Edge user experience is unremarkable. The system I tested weighs about 5 pounds and has outside dimensions of approximately 13.5 by 9.25 by 1.5 inches when closed. The glossy screen is easy to see in normal office lighting. The typing experience is not that different from a standard Lenovo keyboard. It did take a few minutes to locate some of the repositioned keys. Most users for whom the ThinkPad Edge also doubles as a personal system will likely find the repositioned keys to their liking, since media functions such as volume control and screen brightness are the primary operation of the top row keys. These keys are secondarily function keys, which is the reverse of most business-class computers.
As is common with laptops designed to work with the Windows 7 operating system, start-up and shutdown are fairly snappy. Shutdown is much faster than start-up. When I started my system with only the original ThinkVantage tools and a mainstream antivirus product installed, overall start-up time was 41 seconds. Shutdown took 9 seconds.