The screen's a little dull, but long battery life, decent performance and a great price make this laptop a fantastic choice.
11.6 in 1,366×768 display, 1.5kg, 1.33GHz Intel Core i3-380UM, 2.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
While netbooks are a cheap way to get a laptop you can carry everywhere with you, they suffer from poor performance and screen sizes. If you need a faster computer on a tight budget the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11 could be the model that you’re looking for.
Despite its low cost this well-built 11.6in laptop has a Core i3-380UM processor. This 1.33GHz model is the ultra-low voltage model designed to fit into tiny laptops without generating much heat. The result is that the ThinkPad Edge 11 weighs just 1.5kg, so you can throw it in a bag and carry it everywhere you go.
With such a low clock speed this laptop can’t hope to compete with models that use the regular mobile Core i3 chips. That said, a score of 50 overall in our benchmarks shows that the ThinkPad edge is around twice the speed of a dual-core netbook. It certainly feels responsive in Windows, as the Core i3-380UM has two real cores and two virtual cores thanks to Hyper-Threading.
One minor disappointment is that there’s only 2GB of RAM installed, where as we’d have liked to see 4GB, especially as the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional is installed. Fortunately, there’s a free memory slot so that you can upgrade the laptop yourself. A 320GB hard disk is good to see at this price and, even with the restore partition taking up space, gives you plenty of room for all of your documents.
While the base of the laptop warms up with use, it’s never uncomfortably hot and certainly an improvement over the similar AMD-based Lenovo ThinkPad x100e. Battery life is excellent thanks to the low-power CPU, with the ThinkPad Edge lasting just over seven ours in our light use test.
|Intel Core i3-380UM
|Processor clock speed
|Memory slots free
|Conexant CX20582 SmartAudio HD
|touchpad and touchstick
|Intel HD Graphics
|Total storage capacity
|Optical drive type
Ports and Expansion
|Wired network ports
|Wireless networking support
|PC Card slots
|Supported memory cards
|Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
|Operating system restore option
|one year RTB