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I have had my Thinkpad edge now for 2 years.
I bought a Thinkpad as my last laptop was an IBM Thinkpad, I loved the quality of them, so didn't want to move away from the Thinkpad even though Lenovo had taken over from IBM in making the Thinkpad range.
The Thinkpad looks good at first sight, but on closer looks, the silver plastic trim does not shout quality, the black also shows up finger print marks badly.
The screen was another reason I want to stay with Thinkpad as they do a matte screen, not many others do, I prefer the look of a matte screen, doesn't show up reflections as badly as a gloss screen can, you can have gloss though if you prefer.
Again not a strong point, no base to talk of, a little tinny, but by no means terrible. Volume goes quite high.
Again another reason I didn't want to move away from Thinkpad, the trackpoint is great to use, I hate using the pads, so will either use the Trackpoint or a mouse.
Not great, by no means is my laptop falling apart, and the keyboard is as good as new, even after 2 years, the design of the keyboard surround is in two parts, there is a join where you rest your hands when typing, so when you lift the laptop up, and type this puts a lot of pressure on the join and it has come slightly apart, just a bad design choice, rather than a build quality issue.
If I had to buy this laptop again I wouldn't is the truth, I would try and go up the range to the more expensive models, as I like a lot of the aspects of a Thinkpad but they have had to compromise a lot on the Thinkpad Edge to enter the lower end of the market, overall, I'm happy that after 2 years it's still working, in one piece but just wish it had that be extra sparkle, rather than a bog standard laptop.
I was lucky enough when starting my new job to acquire a Think Pad Edge 15" Screen, at first I was sceptical as I had never heard of the Think Pad before and I always have a fear when I do not know the brand as it may not be up to standard, the fear did not last long when getting to work on this laptop.
The screen is a great size I have to work between more than one document at the one time and I can put them both up on screen at the same time which saves me time and stops the frustration of jumping between documents.
The battery life is great, a lot better than my laptop at home which honestly lasts 20 minutes tops without the battery. This laptop could easy last a day without being attached to the charger again. So is helpful for me when I am presenting or in a meeting.
The sound system is great, I know a lot of laptops (including my one at home) can struggle with sound as it is not as big and mighty as the desktop that the sound can not be big either, but with the Think Pad I think the sound is clear and if you want it up loud trust me it can go loud. I do not get to try this out properly as I do not want to disturb my colleagues.
The keypad is soft which is great for me as I am a fast typist, I feel that firing my way through an email, letter (or even a review) is quick easy and comfortable, I think personally it is a lot more comfortable than a desktop keypad.
I seen this was mentioned before in a previous review but I agree 100 percent so think I should mention it too, the laptop is strong and sturdy, my laptop goes from my workplace, to my home and also with me to clients so I do take it through its paces and it still looks in perfect condition. Even though the laptop is sturdy it is not the heaviest either.
Another point I would like to make which I feel is important if you would like to use this laptop for business purposes is that the laptop looks good and looks professional, I am currently the owner of a red one and I have had many clients admire the laptop itself.
Lenovo pride themselves on manufacturing ThinkPad laptops that are "military-grade" in terms of durability, so I was little surprised when mine arrived faulty. Whilst waiting for a replacement the E520 left a good impression despite this, at least over the half a week that I had it.
Firstly, it feels very solid and doesn't creak when held at the edges. The plastic also feels very thick and sturdy. The LED screen and speakers are also excellent - which is a nice change from what I see with most laptops. This makes the E520 particularly good laptop for watching films - especially if you're watching with other people - the speakers are loud, clear and have a good soundstage.
I went a bit ape when customizing mine - so I got to try out the little extras. The fingerprint login could do with some polishing - it takes a little while for the fingerprint recognition service to load up properly after resuming or booting up. Then, depending on the finger you use it can be a bit temperamental. I recommend using your 'ring finger' since it seems to get more 'first swipe' log-ins.
The webcam, which is supposedly HD, isn't so great, but it's by no means bad.
I had no complaints with the performance of my spec, which was an i5, 4GB and integrated graphics. Seem to handle everything I threw at it - including 1080p video.
The only negative point I have with the E520 is probably the keyboard - it's not the quietest - nor the nicest to type on.
Other than this, I'd recommend a Lenovo if you can get one cheap like I did. One thing I will say is that Lenovo's customer care isn't particularly great - if anything does go wrong they will leave you waiting around - for a long time.
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