ThinkPad Edge 15-inch Overview
The first thing you notice is that the ThinkPad Edge is red! This is the first time Lenovo has gone with another color other than black on their ThinkPad’s. This will definitely appeal to consumers looking for something a little bit different. The 15-inch ThinkPad Edge also comes in Midnight Black Glossy and Midnight Black Matte. On the lid there is a ThinkPad logo and like the previous ThinkPad Edge the “i” in ThinkPad lights up when laptop is on.
This is a 15-inch laptop, but it really isn’t that big or thick at all, while the 15-inch size isn’t really considered travel friendly the 5.5lbs of the ThinkPad Edge isn’t really that bad at all. If we compare it to the ThinkPad Edge 13-inch you can see it is really not much bigger.
Starting on the right side of the ThinkPad Edge you have 2 USB ports, optical drive which is a dual layer DVD burner, power connection and a lock port. On the left side you have an audio connection, smart card slot, HDMI out, Ethernet, eSATA , VGA out and some exhaust vents. It’s nice to see eSATA on a laptop!
On the front there is an almost hidden SD card slot, I actually didn’t even notice it till I flipped the laptop over. On the back you have a few more exhaust vents and a powered USB port. A powered USB port is a USB port that will charge USB devices like your cell phone or MP3 player even when you have the laptop closed. So in total you have 3 USB ports, one of them being a powered USB port. Also notice when the battery is installed it does no stick out of the back of the laptop, it is flush.
Opening the ThinkPad Edge up you can see the nice large 15-inch screen. Above the screen is a webcam, which is a must for any consumer laptop these days.
I’ve always loved the keyboard on ThinkPad’s. I was really surprised when Lenovo changed that keyboard on the ThinkPad Edge. This new keyboard is the island-style keyboard we have been seeing on many new laptops. Don’t worry though it is very comfortable and almost on par with the older ThinkPad keyboard. You also have the UltraNav trackpoint, and multi-gesture touchpad. Our version of the ThinkPad Edge also came with a fingerprint reader.