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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:24

ThinkPad Edge gets Brazos treatment

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Cheapest 13-incher with matte screen
Just days after Lenovo introduced a Fusion based variant of its 11.6-inch ThinkPad X121, the affordable 13-inch Edge E325 got its Fusion makeover.

So far three SKUs based on AMD’s E-350 APU are listed in Europe and they all seem rather affordable. The cheapest one goes for just €379 and it’s a very nice deal. Basically, it is the cheapest 13-incher with a matte screen in Europe.

However, the low price doesn’t mean consumers will be missing out on much. It packs 4GB of memory, 320GB hard drive, 3 USB  2.0 ports, LAN, WLAN, eSATA, HDMI and a card reader. The weight stands at 1.74kg with a 6-cell battery.

lenovoedgered

The second SKU costs €499, but you get a 128GB SSD instead of the mechanical drive. This sounds like a bargain, but frankly we don’t see the point in trying to improve performance of an entry-level Fusion platform with a pricey SSD. The third SKU is a stylish red version for tech savvy ladies.

The only thing all of them lack is an OS, since they ship with FreeDOS, and this is where Lenovo saved a few pennies.
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+5 #1 Medallish 2011-07-12 10:38
Quote:
The second SKU costs €499, but you get a 128GB SSD instead of the mechanical drive. This sounds like a bargain, but frankly we don’t see the point in trying to improve performance of an entry-level Fusion platform with a pricey SSD.

QFT.
I would like to see this laptop, if they've made it right it's completely cool and quiet, however I wish they would give a 13"'er like this the Llano treatment.
 
 
-5 #2 nele 2011-07-12 10:46
Quoting Medallish:
Quote:
The second SKU costs €499, but you get a 128GB SSD instead of the mechanical drive. This sounds like a bargain, but frankly we don’t see the point in trying to improve performance of an entry-level Fusion platform with a pricey SSD.

QFT.
I would like to see this laptop, if they've made it right it's completely cool and quiet, however I wish they would give a 13"'er like this the Llano treatment.


I don't think they can make the thermals work...

The Edge series was designed for 10-20 watt processors (CULV and Neo) and Llano just doesn't fit the envelope
 
 
+4 #3 Medallish 2011-07-12 10:57
Quoting nele:
The Edge series was designed for 10-20 watt processors (CULV and Neo) and Llano just doesn't fit the envelope

Except the Edge E420 comes with a 35W I7, and we've seen that a 35W llano on average consumes less than an I7, so this should be very possible, even in Edge.
 
 
0 #4 nele 2011-07-12 11:50
Quoting Medallish:
Quoting nele:
The Edge series was designed for 10-20 watt processors (CULV and Neo) and Llano just doesn't fit the envelope

Except the Edge E420 comes with a 35W I7, and we've seen that a 35W llano on average consumes less than an I7, so this should be very possible, even in Edge.


Yeah, but isn't that the bigger, 14-inch model?

That shouldn't be a problem, but I doubt they can squeeze a 35W part in the 13-inch Edge.
 
 
+1 #5 muziqaz 2011-07-12 12:24
I think SSD version is cool. As if I was buying brazos based netbook/laptop right now I would fit it with ssd anyway.
lenovo, please spread those to UK as well.
 
 
+2 #6 Medallish 2011-07-12 12:44
Quoting nele:
Yeah, but isn't that the bigger, 14-inch model?

That shouldn't be a problem, but I doubt they can squeeze a 35W part in the 13-inch Edge.


It is, however you said Edge was designed for 10-20W's.

I actually don't think it will be that hard, We've seen 11" ThinkPads with close to 20W CPU's
 
 
+1 #7 chyll2 2011-07-12 15:39
that red Thinkpad is cool, but I will always prefer the matte black Thinkpad.. Classic!
 

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