Pros

  • Great ergonomics, fairly lightweight
  • No 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • Good webcam, four USB ports, and ExpressCard

Cons

  • Mediocre performance and battery life

At A Glance

Fans of ThinkPad keyboards and input devices should welcome this affordable, not-too-heavy model, but gamers and hard-core number crunchers should look elsewhere.

Manufacturer’s Description

ThinkPad Edge E420 14-inch LED backlit display. The computer features a 6-cell Lithium Ion battery, which can power it for up to 6 hours between charges. It also sports a spill-resistant keyboard for comfortable typing and Lenovo's UltraNav system for mousing. UltraNav combines a TrackPoint and a wide multi-gesture TouchPad for precise cursor control. The TouchPad also has Tap Zones, which allow you to assign certain functions when tapping zones on the TouchPad.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.lenovo.com/us

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number 114155U
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i3
Processor speed 2100.0 MHz
Cache size 3.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 14.0 inches
Display type Matte LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Other storage
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
General Information
UPC Code 645743397187
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • eSATA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 13.5 inches
Depth 9.1 inches
Height 1.4 inches
Weight 4.7 pounds
Weight with Accessories 5.4 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Fingerprint Reader
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)
  • TrackPoint/Eraserhead

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 98.0
Battery
Battery Life 5:05   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 285.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 391.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 241.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 444.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 360.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 482.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 237.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 345.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 208.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 42.31   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 38.49   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 34.01   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 29.72   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 15.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 11.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 29.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 25.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 17.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 16.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 32.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 28.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 10.0   Watts
Sleep power usage 0.9   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.0   Watt hours
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 350.0