For the past few weeks now, on the go and in the house, I’ve been using the Lenovo Edge 15. A classy laptop for a humble price. Running for $699 exclusively at Best Buy, this laptop packs a punch for common productivity uses and also media consumption in an interesting way.
One of the main strong points of this PC is the 300 degree screen flip to give optimal positioning for anything from watching movies to video calling a friend. Throughout the time I’ve had with this laptop, I have used the Stand Mode an incredible amount of times. I would say that about 75% of my usage has been in the Stand Mode. The 300 degree angle is sufficient most of the time I’m using it, with an extremely impressive viewing angle.
Something that really stood out to me when I picked this up for the first time was the feel. If something doesn’t feel right on a device, I won’t enjoy using it. That being said, the metal chassis on the Edge 15 is a great touch. Like I said, this computer feels very classy. It feels well-built and very sturdy to the touch. It’s a good weight when carried around and it’s comfortable to use. So in no way does the Edge 15 feel cheap or crappy in some aspect.
With 6 GB RAM, it boots up at a fast speed and handles pretty well. I haven’t come across any issues with the software (Windows 8.1) or any hardware issues either. It’s definitely packing enough storage for a normal everyday laptop at 1 TB.
One issue I tend to have with this – and it may only be me – is the keyboard. On my desktop I have a keyboard with thick deep keys, which I like because they help me feel my mistakes when typing. The keyboard on the Edge 15, though, is thin. I can’t really feel myself pushing down on it and it’s hard to catch the mistakes you are making with those keys. Like I said, it might be, but it’s something to note. Speaking of the keyboard, it does come with backlit keys, which do help and give it that extra little nice touch.
Something else to note is the battery life. All-in-all it wasn’t anything special. It claims to have up to 8 hours, but remember that’s up to. Maybe it will get 8 if you really check your usage. I usually got only about 5 hours in watching video and doing some writing.
Speakers are good for watching a movie and chilling out. They aren’t phenomenal but they suffice well enough. It took me a good while to actually figure out that the speakers were at the bottom of the laptop, which makes sense because when you want to watch something, you put the device in stand mode, making the speaker face upwards.
Everything runs really fluidly and does a great job of keeping up. Personally I am a fan of Windows 8.1, and with the touch screen packed onto this thing, everything fits well together. Touch screen apps are responsive and look great. So I didn’t have any issues excpet for the occasional McAfee pop-up, but other than that, outstanding.
You can’t possibly expect a lot from a 1.0 MP camera. It’s not that great, and I honestly would be a lot happier with at least a 3.0 MP camera. So other than that, there isn’t much else to go on.
- Intel Core i5-4210U (1.7 Ghz)
- Windows 8.1
- 15.6” IPS FHD (1920×1080) display with 10-point Multitouch
- Intel HD 4400 Graphics
- 1TB Storage
- 6 GB RAM
- Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater Dual Array Digital Mic
- 1.0MP front camera
- 5.1 lbs.
- Dimensions: 11.1” x 10.8” x 0.78”
After my time with this laptop, I have to say that I really enjoyed using. Everything together puts this at a great laptop. With the specs it has, the price is decent and could compare to a more expensive laptop. After looking over everything the score for the Lenovo Edge 15 came out to a 7.2. If you are looking for something with a good build for a good price that’s fast and great for movies and anything media, definitely consider the Edge 15. You probably won’t forget.
Just a reminder, this laptop is the $700 dollar variant of the two Lenovo Edge 15’s available this holiday season. There’s also a $900 variant which I can only imagine is much better and faster.