LCD Analysis

More bad news: the glossy screen and the standard 1366x768 WXGA resolution are mandatory in the Edge. There is no matte finish available, and while the 768p HD screen is not bad, a higher resolution option would have been appreciated, especially on a machine with business-class pretensions. Then again, the Edge is also one of the only ThinkPads with a 16:9 ratio display so maybe that says enough about its target market.

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The display is disappointing overall, ending up close to the middle in all of our LCD metrics, sometimes closer to the bottom. ThinkPads have never been known for their display quality (older IPS models excepted), and this just continues that trend. It's not fair to point a finger at Lenovo specifically, since no manufacturer really seems to care about screen quality in the face of reducing costs, but the odd notebook with a good screen does tend to pop up (ASUS G73J, Eee 1001p, and Dell XPS 1640, please stand up). This just isn't one of them.

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  • Belard - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    Lenovo has been making $500~600 low end notebooks for some time. They are the SL & R series with slower/smaller parts. To get the $500 price, its usually a Celeron system with 1 GB.

    A basic Core2Duo SL starts at $600... a friend added Wifi and WAN, more memory brought the price up to $700. The R series is now about $800 with Core2... The Ts at $1000. About 2 years ago, I bought an R61 for $550 off the shelf... not bad.
  • OCedHrt - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    it is a piece of shit. The IBM branded T60 is infinitely better. The T61 doesn't feel much better than a regular off the shelf HP or Dell or any other regular laptop.
  • hangthe9 - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    Aside from the article being nothing about the T60, the T60 and T61 have pretty much identical chasis and specs. T60, T61, T400, all hard to tell apart, all solid build.
  • Belard - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    Hmmm.... there are slight differences between the R/T-60 and R/T-61... in most reviews, the 61 series are considered an improvement.

    The IBM logo looks better thou.

    Compared to typical HP and other computers, they are easily better... for not too much more money.

    In this market, there is no way to continue selling R / T Thinkpads for $2000~4000.

    The SL is the cheapest THinkPad that looks kind of like a Thinkpad with some of the feature sets.
  • jabber - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    So it sits in the middle of a range of benchmarks. Big deal.

    Whats this going to be used for? Mainly web browsing and maybe the odd word doc.

    CULV is the ideal choice for this kind of machine. It doesnt need anymore power.

    I have a 13" laptop with the same CPU and a Nvidia 105M. Runs everything just great. I even get around 60fps in Eve Online bonus! I can use it for a days work without mains power...even bigger bonus.

    If you gave most of those machines to a group of users to do what they normally do on a laptop I bet they could hardly tell the difference performance wise between any of them.

    Benchmarks...make me dispair.
  • jabber - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link loss there at all.

    Who hooks up this kind of machine (or most laptops) to external stuff except the odd USB device...maybe less than 2%?

    Thats why they dont have the slots. Listed as 'mostly useless'.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    There was no "whining" in this article--merely pointing out that unlike most CULV laptops, this one has EC/34. It's the only feature that's out of the norm. As for being stuck in the middle, with a price that's higher than average it's certainly a problem. I don't get why you bring up other points as though we missed them. This will work as well as any CULV laptop, but it gets less battery life, it costs more, etc.

    You mention your laptop with a 105M, but the Edge doesn't have the NVIDIA 105M (or any discrete GPU option) so that's a non sequitur. For the record, it also doesn't have a Blu-ray drive, and I have a laptop that plays Blu-ray movies perfectly! Hmmm....

    No one is giving away laptops here, and that's why we have to review in comparison to other offerings. A lot of people would take any free laptop and not complain, but that doesn't mean they got a good laptop. I actually like the Edge (with matte finish) more than the Acer 1810T, as it has a nicer keyboard and feels more solid to me. It's definitely not solid like the ThinkPad T series, but many consumer laptops feel flimsy at best.

    The question still boils down to whether you'd pay $100 more for what is essentially a change in appearance. If you're willing to get an SU4100 processor instead of the SU7300, you could even get the price down ~$200. So in a crowded market, the Edge is stuck in the middle because it does nothing to stand out. We should all celebrate the athletes that finish in the middle of the pack as well, I guess?
  • Shinobi123 - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    From the picture I can't see any latch to hold the lid closed.
    And why a glossy screen? Who still uses that anyway?
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    You're correct: no latch on this "ThinkPad". It's one of the points Vivek mentioned (on page 2):

    "Most of the traditional elements of a ThinkPad are missing from the Edge. The rubberized black lid, the high-res matte screen, the ThinkLight, the lid latch, the metal hinges, the best mobile keyboard in the business, the blue enter key, the internal magnesium frame, the industrial grade casing, the boxy styling – it’s all gone. Other than the angled ThinkPad logo in the corner, the singular link the Edge shares with the classic ThinkPads is the red TrackPoint located in the center of the keyboard."

    It's not a bad CULV laptop, but it's not spectacular either. It's a middle of the road, slightly more expensive alternative to designs like the Acer 3810T.
  • strikeback03 - Thursday, April 8, 2010 - link

    Unfortunately just about everyone still uses glossy screens

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