Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s
Manufacturer: Lenovo Part number: 50382KU
- Bottom Line:
- Balancing between ultraportable and full-size laptop, the 12-inch ThinkPad Edge E220s offers an exceedingly compact computing experience matched by an upscale design, marred only by subpar battery life.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $839.00
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 05/20/2011
The good: The ThinkPad Edge E220s has an excellent balance of size and performance, with a great keyboard and touch pad and all the necessary ports in easy-access positions.
The bad: Despite its low-voltage processor, the E220s has worse battery life than other ultraportables, such as the Samsung Series 9.
The bottom line: Balancing between ultraportable and full-size laptop, the 12-inch ThinkPad Edge E220s offers an exceedingly compact computing experience matched by an upscale design, marred only by subpar battery life.
A Great All-Round Laptop
by juicydrink on June 25, 2011
Pros: Chassis design; infinity glass display; keyboard; TrackPoint; value for money; cool running temperature; lack of bloatware
Cons: A few design niggles; glossy display glares; battery is non-removable; clickpad attracts fingerprints
My parents had those old brick ThinkPads. This is not one of those. I got this laptop only a few weeks after it was released, choosing it over the ...
My parents had those old brick ThinkPads. This is not one of those. I got this laptop only a few weeks after it was released, choosing it over the more expensive X201 simply for aesthetics. Lenovo did not disappoint. The chassis itself is extremely thin and streamlined, with nice chrome accents. The color is actually a really deep green, called Moss Green, which I find quite attractive. Don't worry, it doesn't actually look like moss; it's almost black.
This laptop has an Infinity Glass display, which is beautiful, durable, and for a screen this glossy, positively repels fingerprints. Unfortunately, my friend actually borrowed my computer to do her makeup. The sunlight glare is the screen's only downfall. Resolution is nothing to write home about, but it's still very sharp.
This keyboard is amazing. The keys are well-spaced, with good travel and resistance. They are also concave, making them comfortable and easy on which to touch type. Interestingly, Lenovo has decided to assign the function keys with specific tasks (a la Mac), such as changing the volume, or controlling media playback. To access the Windows functions for F1, F2 etc., you have to concurrently depress the FN key. I like the added functionality, but I used to use Alt+F4 to close windows and it's no longer as intuitive as it used to be. Though the keyboard is not backlit, FN+Space turns on an LED located next to the webcam, which illuminates the entire keyboard. Unfortunately, the TrackPoint (which I'll cover later) overlaps the bottom left of the H key, so firm press on the upper left of the H key will pop up the plastic key.
Clickpad & TrackPoint
The TrackPoint is a Lenovo hallmark and they've refined it admirably. Personally, I like using it a lot. You don't have to move your hands far from the keyboard and scrolling and clicking are well integrated. Even if you don't like using the TrackPoint, unlike on the X120e, it doesn't vampirize space. The clickpad, however, is less refined. I'm using Apple's touch interface as a benchmark, since it is widely known and very good. Surface area is generous and the coefficient of friction is more pleasant here than on Apple's laptops, which are sometimes too slippery (IMO). Clicking is reasonably accurate, but a bit heavy. Surprisingly, pinch to zoom works nearly as well as Apple. However, scrolling is this pad's Achilles heel. There is no well-defined edge scrolling area and using it is inconsistent. As for two-finger scrolling, it's jerky and scrolling speed varies. Overall, Apple just offers a smoother experience. Also, the clickpad is made of a material which loves finger oil.
Performance and Battery Life
The E220s is equipped with Intel's latest generation Core series, specifically a low-voltage i5. CNET has done the benchmarking and you can read all that, but from my experience, this computer has been quick. In true business style, Lenovo doesn't cram this computer with bloatware. There are only a few pieces of ThinkVantage software, and usually they're quite useful. One instance is the power manager, which makes balancing performance and battery life very easy. As for battery life, it's not great, but it's not bad either. It all depends upon your settings. When I'm more conservative, I can get five hours out of the battery, which is plenty for me. The only real drawback about the battery is that it's non-removable.
Build Quality & Form Factor
Despite being part of the less hard-core ThinkPad Edge Series, the E220s is still tough. I accidentally banged it against the wall. It was undamaged. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard and overall, feels very nicely put together. I really like the 12.5-inch form factor. It's very portable due to its thin design and light weight, but doesn't sacrifice much screen real estate. I think Aesthetically, the only problem is that the chrome trim has a few rough seams and isn't of uniform thickness. This, however, is a tiny detail most won't notice.
Value & Summary
I was fortunate enough to buy this laptop while Lenovo was running a promotion. Regardless, I think the E220s is good value. You get a fantastic design, the latest Intel CPU, and ThinkPad quality, all for around $850 base MSRP. I think it compares favorably with more expensive laptops such as the 13-inch MacBook and the Samsung Series 9. If you're in the market for a portable computer, I definitely would suggest taking a look at the E220s. It offers something for everyone, and its good balance was definitely enough to win me over.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Perfect except for the battery
by staci_staci on July 1, 2011
Pros: The laptop is perfect , slim , portable , good display and its also fast .
Cons: The battery is a downside but considering the discount price i purchased mine at wiredmart.net its worth it .
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Unreliable, slow, Often get blue screen of death.
by pmason38 on August 11, 2011
Pros: Light. Does wok most of the time.
Cons: Relatively expensive and not worth it. Part of problems may be Windows 7, which is usual buggy Microsoft
Summary: Buy something else, or wait for bugs to be fixed.
Summary: Buy something else, or wait for bugs to be fixed.
0 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
sub-par battery life is deal-killer in a travel laptop
by RDH7 on May 23, 2011
Pros: sounds like a good laptop if you need something light and don't travel a lot
Cons: sub-par battery life
Summary: This sounds like a nice laptop, but with a sub-par battery life, it is not an "idea travel laptop." In a day when laptops pushing 10 hour battery life are ...
Summary: This sounds like a nice laptop, but with a sub-par battery life, it is not an "idea travel laptop." In a day when laptops pushing 10 hour battery life are not uncommon, a laptop with poor battery life is not a good travel laptop.
1 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Lenovo
- Part number: 50382KU
- Description: Clean lines. Polished metal accents. Thin and light, the 12.5-inch E220s has a sleek stylish look. Give your business an edge with this progressive, eloquent ThinkPad Edge laptop. Advanced technology and built-in conveniences boost your productivity and streamline your workday. The Edge Series offers innovative solutions and productivity-enhancing technology in a versatile, reliable, easy-to-use laptop. The E220s also incorporates HD audio output and Noise Reduction technology to suppress background sounds while on Internet calls, as well as keypad clicks when typing. Project your big ideas onto the big screen, or maybe just watch a high-definition movie. Immerse yourself in vivid digital surround sound and experience music, DVDs, or your latest gaming obsession like never before with Dolby Home Theater. Burn new DVDs, watch all of your favorite videos, and play games. Connect from virtually anywhere - ThinkPad Edge series offers various connectivity options easily managed through ThinkVantage Access Connections software. ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery restores your system settings in the event of a system crash. Active Protection System helps prevent catastrophic hard disk drive failure, keeping your data safe from accidental drops or harsh movements. Full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard with multitouch touchpad provides easy one- or two-finger zooming, rotating, and scrolling.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- System Type Notebook
- OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition
- Notebook type HD display
Processor / Chipset
- CPU 2nd Gen Core i5,
Intel 2 i5-2537M / 1.4 GHz
- Max Turbo Speed 2.3 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Cache L3 cache - 3 MB
- 64-bit Computing Yes
- Chipset Mobile Intel HM65 Express
- Features Execute Disable Bit capability,
Enhanced SpeedStep technology,
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0,
Integrated memory controller,
Intel Trusted Execution Technology,
Intel Virtualization Technology
- RAM 4 GB ( 1 x 4 GB )
- Max RAM Supported 4 GB
- Technology DDR3 SDRAM
- Speed 1333 MHz / PC3-10600
- Form Factor SO DIMM 204-pin
- Slots Qty 1
- Empty Slots 0
- Hard Drive 320 GB HDD / 7200 rpm
- Interface Serial ATA-300
- Optical Drive None
- Type 12.5 in
- LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
- Widescreen Yes
- Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Features Anti-glare
Audio & Video
- Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
- Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology
- Camera Yes
- Resolution 0.92 Megapixel
- Capture Resolutions 1280 x 720
- Sound Stereo speakers , Microphone
- Codec CX20671
- Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
- Type UltraNav,
- Features Spill-resistant,
- Wireless Bluetooth 3.0,
- Wireless Controller Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000
- Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
- Technology 8-cell Lithium ion
- Run Time 6 hour(s)
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Output 65 Watt
Connections & Expansion
- Expansion Bays None
- Interfaces USB 2.0,
Headphone/microphone combo jack
- Memory Card Reader 4 in 1 card reader ( SDHC Memory Card ),
( SDXC Memory Card ),
( SD Memory Card ),
( MultiMediaCard )
- Software Included Adobe Acrobat X Standard,
ThinkVantage System Update,
Norton Internet Security 2011 (30 days subscription),
Lenovo Password Manager,
ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery,
Windows Live Essentials,
ThinkVantage Power Manager,
ThinkVantage Access Connections,
- Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
- Color Moss black soft touch finish, authentic metal accents
- Integrated Options ThinkLight
- Embedded Security Fingerprint reader
- Features ThinkVantage Active Protection System,
Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately) ,
Hard drive password,
- Compliant Standards RoHS
- Localization English
- Manufacturer Selling Program TopSeller
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 12.3 in
- Depth 8.4 in
- Height 0.9 in
- Weight 3.3 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year - Pick-up and return
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Gold
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.8
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 3.9
- Lenovo USB Ultra Secure Memory Key - 1GB (33302966)4.49
- Action Sport Drives Birdhouse SkateDrive Ptero - USB flash drive - 16 GB (35141986)17.99 - 19.99
- Action Sport Drives Birdhouse SkateDrive Ptero - USB flash drive - 8 GB (34933084)11.99 - 12.99
- Lenovo ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse mouse (32826425)37.08 - 44.99
- Lenovo Bluetooth Laser Mouse N6901A mouse (34125322)27.50 - 39.99
- Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn mouse (34580173)27.97 - 44.99
- Lenovo N5901 Wireless Keyboard (33946637)42.75 - 69.99
- Lenovo ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint (33770417)49.17 - 70.00
- Cisco Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 router (35098697)149.99 - 216.92
- Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router (34200558)115.24 - 143.89
- ASUS RT-N12 B1 - wireless router - none - 802.11b/g/n - desktop (35025047)39.99 - 70.00
- ASUS WL-330N - wireless router - 802.11b/g/n - desktop (35224227)
- Belkin N300 Wireless N Router - wireless router - none - 802.11b/g/n - desktop (34859949)38.35 - 39.99
- Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router - wireless router - 802.11 a/b/g/n - desktop (35190485)99.09 - 149.66
- Belkin N900 Dual-Band Wireless Router - wireless router - 802.11n - desktop (35262637)195.99 - 299.34