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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 (ThinkPad Edge 11 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i3 380UM
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 11.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.53kg
Price: 700 euro
Average Score: 71.6% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 71%, features: 66%, display: 58% mobility: 83%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 84%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11

84% Review Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Super-compact, high-performance and environmentally sound that is what the Edge 11 should be according to Lenovo. The buyer can choose between AMD and Intel internals. We first examined the top model with an Intel Core i3 U380 CPU.
70% Simple yet functional
Source: Techcentral.my English
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is a decent notebook that just works. It's great for surfing the Net, getting work done and playing light games. It also starts up really fast which is always an advantage when you need to use the notebook on the go. There isn't much to dislike about the Edge 11. We were only ­bothered by the short battery life and the rather tiny arrow keys. The price is also reasonable. For RM2,099 you will be getting a ­sturdy business-class notebook with decent specifications. Overall, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is a pretty good notebook ­without bells and whistles.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Review: Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 11
Source: Gadgetmix English
The battery of the Edge 11 sticks out at the back and ideally means more. However, that is not really the case. The battery life is a disappointing 4 hours, 20 minutes and that is not even good enough to get most tasks done since that was on the lowest power settings. That means doing work while on the road might be a little inconvenient. Overall, the Edge 11 from Lenovo is a decent laptop that offers nice features.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/15/2011
80% Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 review
Source: PC Advisor English
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 90%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 11 Review
Source: Bright Hub English

Overall, I have few complaints about the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 11. It is well built, well designed, and powerful for a laptop of its size. It also is reasonably priced, although pricing will depend on your region – and this laptop is not available in the United States. I recommend the Thinkpad Edge 11 to anyone looking for an 11.6” ultraportable. The main competitors in this space – Acer and ASUS – offer similar performance.


Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2010
Rating: price: 70% performance: 70% workmanship: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 review
Source: Engadget English

See what happens when you stick with it? Yes, the third time is certainly the charm for Lenovo when it comes to its 11.6-inch laptops. The Edge 11 solves all the major issues we had with the X100e – the little thing didn't double as a space heater and lasted for over five hours on a single charge all the while providing the performance we expect.


Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2010
Rating: performance: 70% mobility: 80% emissions: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 reviewed impressive mini laptop
Source: Netbooklive English
All in all, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 is an impressive mini laptop. It is powerful, solid built, ergonomic and the battery life it offers is enough for me. However, the fact that the guys at Lenovo decided to go for the glossy finish and screen is a break dealer for me. I've had my fair share of glossiness and enough is enough. Those small details do make the difference, and if Lenovo would decide to offer a matte version of this ThinkPad Edge 11, I'm pretty sure I'd be one of its biggest advocates.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Rating: performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%

Foreign Reviews

64% Thinkpad für die Massen
Source: PC Praxis - 2/11 German
price fair, workmanship good
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 64% price: 64%
60% Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 pouces
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/22/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Test : Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 11.6″ 3G sous Core i3-380UM, un engin à vocation pro.
Source: Blogeee French FR→EN
matte display but high price
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2011

Comment

Series:

The Thinkpad Edge series, introduced at the 2010 CES in Las Vegas, were marketed as cheap business notebooks in the lower price segment for small companies and freelancer professional alike.

The main advantage of the Edge series is the premium appearance and feature of the ThinkPad line on top of an affordable price. Reliable performance, good workmanship, matte screen and especially low weight are business-oriented features. Office users should also consider the Edge for its comfortable keyboard, popular trackpoint and high resolution screen.

However, as is is a budget business notebook, corners must be cut for the Edge series to maintain its low price. First of all, as it lacks VGA, HDMI, and DVI, the user must carry an extra adapter while traveling. Average brightness and weak contrast makes the Edge not suitable for multimedia or working under sunlight. Even with the latest generation hardware, the Thinkpad Edge gets with almost 50° Celsius very hot under load on the bottom side. The battery life is also shorter due to its smaller battery – which is noticeable compared to other business laptop. Thus for a long travel, users should always have an adapter ready. The lack of a docking station also somewhat limits the usability of the Thinkpad edge.

Despite all the weakness, the Thinkpad Edge still remains an affordable business and office notebook in the lower price segment. Users with a bigger budget or demanding other features such as a good display or longer battery life should definitely look at other high-end business laptop.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


380UM: The Core i3-380UM is a power efficient ultra low voltage processor for laptops without Turbo Boost and AES functions (compared to the i5 and i7 UM CPUs). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics with 166-500 MHz) and a DDR3-800 memory controller are also included in the package.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


11.6": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.53 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews


71.6%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-10- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)