At some point most of us will be in the market for a new laptop and unfortunately there are a lot of choices to be thought about and made when this time arrives. Such as one being if you are wanting to replace your desktop with a laptop, or upgrading your current laptop. Then there’s questions about what exactly you need and want with a laptop such as storage space, a 1080p monitor, 11 inch, 15 inch, 17 inch or many other things. While we can’t make those decisions for you, we are going to break down the Lenovo Edge 15 and tell you if it’s worth it, what all kind of features it has and more.
Lenovo Edge 15 Specs
Lenovo Edge 15 Design
Right out of the box, the design of this laptop impressed me. At only 0.78″ thick, it truly is one thin laptop. As well, the aluminum chassis feels extremely solid. The lid has a speckled look, upon opening up the laptop, the main portion has more of a brushed aluminum look which gives it a higher quality build look and feel.
Being so thin, the laptop does not contain an optical (CD/DVD) drive, but to be honest, I rarely even use one anymore anyways as most everything can be transferred through USB keys or even cloud services like Google Drive. Lenovo has also included a few applications (discussed below) to get around not having an optical drive.The keys on the keyboard are pretty low set as well, giving them a low profile, and are soft to type with. One of my favourite features on the keyboard was how the traditional function keys have taken a backseat to functions that are used more often by the average user. In order to use F1-F12, the user is required to hold the Function key down and press the F key of choice. This allows more common functions, such as volume controls, toggling the touchpad, airplane mode, screen mirroring, and screen brightness to be adjusted with only one key press. The F key that most people use, F5 to refresh, still refreshes as the default function.
The keyboard is one of the most important aspects of any laptop, and the Edge 15 does not disappoint. Keys are well spaced and surprise, surprise, back-lit too! The model I am testing is only $699, and at that price, manufacturers do not always include this awesome feature. It makes typing at night a breeze, and best of all, it can be turned off with a function key. If you want to conserve battery, or minimize light in a room, function + space bar turns it on and off.
Typing on the keyboard is a dream, as I am able to type fast and without typos. While Lenovo’s key design with rounded buttons seems odd at first, it should not negatively impact your typing. Actually, I find that if anything, it may even help.
The track pad can sometimes be finicky (and frustrating), but overall works as expected. Using two-fingers to right-click doesn’t always work, despite my making it so in the settings. For best results, I found using the bottom right corner for right-clicking to be optimal. If you are using the Edge 15 as a full-on desktop replacement, you may want to invest in a mouse; something I would recommend on all such machines.
The 15.6 inch display is big and bright, and despite being “only” 1080p, looks wonderful except for the one feature I really dislike on a laptop, a screen with a gloss finish. Whether you are watching movies from Netflix or YouTube, your eyes will be very satisfied. Unfortunately, you cannot watch DVD or Blu-ray movies, as this laptop does not come with an optical drive. This is understandable, as optical drives are falling out of favor with consumers, and adds bulk to a laptop’s design.
I’m not one to use a computer or a laptop in the dark often as I’ve been told it’s even worse for your eyes than us staring at a screen all the time in the first place. With the Lenovo Edge 15 though, I found it really nice and really decent to do. Especially when you had the keyboard back light on, it just added a bit to the over all experience and didn’t make it too terribly bad. However, it’s not something I did for several hours, so that might be a different experience to do that.
Using the Lenovo Edge 15 on the default settings I was able to get about 3.5 hours (including about 15 hours of sleep mode) out of it before it warned me I had 10% of battery power left and that it needed to be charged. I didn’t really use the laptop heavily so to speak. I mostly did browsing of the internet within the Google Chrome browser and watched a few videos via YouTube and of course my social networking stuff such as Google+ and Twitter. Pretty decent battery life for what I used it for, and the battery life can be extended by putting the laptop in Power Saver mode. For this being a lower end laptop so to speak, battery life is very acceptable and the Lenovo Edge 15 even charges very quickly so when you’re running low, you don’t have to wait long periods of time before you can use it again.
The sound on the Edge 15 is really decent for a laptop at least while it’s in laptop mode. When I first fired up the system and viewed a video or two from YouTube, I wasn’t quite sure where the sound was coming from. Lenovo has placed the speakers under the front edge of the laptop, so when in Laptop Mode the sound bounces off of the resting surface for really decent sound. However, this means that the sound goes up and has nothing to bounce off when in Stand Mode. While the sound is still OK when the laptop is used in Stand Mode, there is a noticeable difference and it isn’t quite as crisp and loud as when the laptop is in Laptop Mode. In my opinion the Lenovo Edge 15 really should have put the speakers above the keyboard as most laptops are done as this would have given a much better sound while in both modes.
There are a lot of laptops available in the $500 $750 price range so it makes it difficult to decide which one to get when you’re in need of one. For me, the Lenovo Edge 15 has pretty much everything I’d prefer in a new laptop. Plenty of storage space with 1TB of space, a great display at 1080p(except for that glossy finish), decent battery life and decent sound from the speakers. Throw in the fact that you can take a few screws off the back of the laptop and quickly and easily upgrade the RAM or the hard drive and you have a really great laptop at $699. One thing to remember is that this is a BestBuy exclusive so you won’t find the Lenovo Edge 15 anywhere else.
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