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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13″ Review
Having been reasonably surprised by the baby Lenovo ThinkPad X100e, it’s the turn of its larger, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13 to hit the SlashGear test bench. As with the X100e, the Edge 13 trades some of Lenovo’s traditional styling in favor of a cheaper price tag and the possibility of a few more mainstream consumer sales. Has it lost its way in the process? Check out the full SlashGear review to find out.System overview and design
To be fair, while Lenovo are pushing their high-gloss black or red lid colors, you can also get the ThinkPad Edge 13 in traditional matte black. Still, the notebook has more of a consumer style approach than the rest of the ThinkPad line, although build quality is still high. There’s little flex in either the lid or the base, and the whole thing measures a decent 1.2-inches thick; that doesn’t make it the slimmest ultraportable around, but the Edge 13 doesn’t feel unduly chubby either.
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While the Edge 13 line kicks off at $579 with an AMD Athlon Neo X3 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, our review model steps up to Intel’s Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz from their CULV range. That’s paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB 7,200rpm hard-drive, along with Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The 13.3-inch display runs at 1366 x 768 – and floats in the midst of a reasonably chunky bezel – with a low-light capable webcam on top. Unfortunately it has a gloss finish, rather than the X100e’s matte coating.
As for ports, there are three USB 2.0, both VGA and HDMI outputs, an ethernet port and a 5-in-1 memory card reader, along with a combined audio in/out socket. No optical drive, which isn’t unusual for a machine of this size, though you don’t get an ExpressCard slot either. The standard battery is a 6-cell 64Whr LiIon pack, and there’s the traditional Lenovo TrackPoint nubbin in the center of the keyboard along with a broad, multitouch-capable trackpad underneath.
Performance and benchmark
A CULV notebook will always be a choice of mobile longevity over performance, but the ThinkPad Edge 13 manages to impress nonetheless. We ran it through Geekbench, a synthetic test of processor and memory performance, and it scored 2086 points overall. That’s a little less than double the X100e’s score, and more than twice what an Atom N450 processor can manage. In daily use, the Edge 13 was swift enough to handle reasonable multitasking, and while you wouldn’t reach for it if hardcore gaming was intended, it’s capable of playing streamed YouTube HD video back smoothly. Hooked up to our HDTV via HDMI, the ThinkPad was also content pumping out 1080p footage from locally-stored files, too.
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Lenovo rate their standard battery as good for up to eight hours runtime, and that proved a reasonable estimate. In general use, browsing the internet over WiFi and occasionally playing audio, the Edge 13 managed just under seven hours, while solidly playing video cut that down to a little over five. We found the area underneath the hard-drive became particularly hot by the end of this latter test. Lenovo preload their own Power Manager app which promises extended battery life at the cost of scaled down performance, though we didn’t find it made a vast difference to eventual runtimes.
Still, for its balance of performance and longevity, combined with excellent build quality and a brilliant keyboard, there’s plenty to like about the ThinkPad Edge 13. The glossy display is a mild frustration, but otherwise this is a solid machine with plenty to offer both business and consumer buyers. The $799 sticker price can be undercut by around $100 if you shop around, and at that point the Edge 13 almost becomes something of a bargain. With its glossy lid the Edge 13 might stand out from the ThinkPad rank and file, but the family lineage is strong where it counts.
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The ThinkPad T490 feels very much like a ThinkPad laptop — that is to say, if you’ve seen one or two of the company’s most recent models, you’ll know exactly what to expect with the new T490. The image below shows the new ThinkPad X390 on the right and the ThinkPad T490 on the left. The only discernible visible difference — on the exterior, at least — is the X390’s smaller size.
As shown in the image above, both the X390 and the T490 are very prone to fingerprint smudges. These prints can’t be fully buffed away with a dry cloth, and instead require a wet wipe or something similar to wash away.
Buyers get the familiar dark ThinkPad design paired with a shiny silver ThinkPad logo on the lid, silver hinges, and a generous air vent along the right side.
The keyboard is excellent, mirroring the one offered on the new X390 model. The trackpad retains the same top functionality, plus the fingerprint sensor is conveniently located next to it. The iconic red TrackPoint persists nestled in the keyboard with the latest T Series model.
The latest trend in ultrabooks is a general eradication of anything but one or two USB-C ports, plus possibly a 3.5mm combo audio jack. Lenovo hasn’t followed that trend, and offers the latest ThinkPad T490 with a full port loadout, including USB-A and USB-C, HDMI, Ethernet, and an audio jack. Most of the ports are located on the laptop’s left edge; the right side primarily features a large air vent.
Visually speaking, anyone who has owned a ThinkPad laptop from the last couple of years will find the T490 very familiar.
– 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265U Processor (1.60GHz, up to 3.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 6MB Cache)
– 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U Processor (1.80GHz, up to 4.60GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8MB Cache)
– Windows 10 Home
– Windows 10 Pro
– 14.0″ HD (1366 x 768, 220 nits) anti-glare
– 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080, 250 nits) IPS anti-glare
– 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080, 300 nits) IPS anti-glare multi-touch
– 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080, 400 nits) IPS with PrivacyGuard (Coming Soon)
– 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080, 400 nits) IPS Low-power
– 14.0″ WQHD (2560 x 1440, 500 nits) IPS glossy with Dolby Vision HDR, 100% Adobe color gamut
Memory: Up to 32 GB DDR 2400 MHz
Battery: Up to 16hr
Storage: Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
– Integrated Intel® UHD 620 graphics
– NVIDIA GeForce® MX 250 2 GB
– Dolby Audio Premium
– Dual far-field microphones
Dimensions: 12.95″ x 8.94″ x 0.70″
Weight starting at:
– FHD IPS / touchscreen & non-touch: 3.35lbs (1.52 kg)
– FHD low power: 3.23lbs (1.46 kg)
– FHD with PrivacyGuard: 3.67lbs (1.67 kg)
– WQHD: 3.17lbs (1.44 kg)
– WWAN: Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE-A Cat9 (Optional)
– WLAN: Intel Dual-Band 9560 802.11 AC (2 x 2)
– Bluetooth 5.0
– 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (one Always On)
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
– MicroSD card reader
– Smart card reader (Optional)
– Headphone / mic combo
– Micro-SIM slot
– HDMI 1.4
– RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
– HD 720p with ThinkShutter privacy cover
– Hybrid Infrared (IR) with ThinkShutter (Optional)
– Spill resistant
– Bottom-load backlight with white LED lighting (Optional)
– Fast Online Identity (FIDO) authentication capabilities
– dTPM 2.0
– Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader (Optional)
– ThinkShutter, webcam privacy cover
– PrivacyGuard (Optional)
– Kensington lock slot
– ThinkPad Thunderbolt Dock Gen 2
– ThinkPad Basic/Pro/Ultra Dock
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn
My first impression of the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is wholly positive – but it’s not because this device is the latest and the greatest in high-tech innovation. Instead, this Lenovo notebook feels more like a fantasy – a good fantasy – in which the phrase “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” works in the world of devices that age out after 2 or 3 years of use. What we’ve got here is a real rarity – retro done right.
The ThinkPad 25 comes with a lovely box whose creators put real, actual effort into executing. Instead of just placing the notebook in a box with the required manuals and cords and whatnot, just a bit more time seems to have been put into the design of the packaging. While it’s not the most extravagant setup I’ve ever seen, it’s certainly a top-notch marriage of simplicity and brand-first presentation.
The users this notebook aims for aren’t the average consumer – as such, they’re treated to a look back at the history of the ThinkPad in a tiny book included with the box. The box opens to a pair of fold-out doors that, in opening, lift the center of the first section of the box up and out. This first section contains the short history of the ThinkPad as well as three of the main TrackPoint caps.
The interior of the box is entirely black and red – and the red matches the color of the TrackPoint caps, as it well should. The book is a paperback, I should note, and is not an end-all guide to the ThinkPad. It’s written by ThinkPad designer David Hill, but for a real all-encompassing guide you’ll want to go elsewhere. Think about checking out “Richard Sapper, Edited by Jonathan Olivares” from 2024, or “How the ThinkPad Changed the World – and Is Shaping the Future” published this year.
Under the first section is the ThinkPad itself, wrapped in a thin piece of material to keep it free from dust, etcetera, on the trip from the manufacturing plant to your home. This ThinkPad is delivered with its battery in a separate compartment, easily attachable before turning the device on. Also in the box is a power cord and a tiny setup manual (which you wont need) – and each of these is delivered inside its own compartment.
This notebook’s essence rises above its individual parts and power. I’ve not turned the device on yet as I write this section of this article, and I’m already really impressed. If Lenovo wanted me to feel like they’ve put massive amounts of effort into reviving the original IBM ThinkPad, and all of its original-style greatness, they’ve done so. The industrial design of this device is extraordinary.
Above you’ll see the Lenovo logo as it appears on the ThinkPad. Notice how it’s a bit subdued while the ThinkPad logo is bright, and issues a callback to the original ThinkPad’s emblazoned IBM logo in three colors. This device is not Lenovo trying to change history, but to honor history while it brings a great design into the present.
The keys feel good, the buttons seem to all be here, and there’s more ports than I’ll know what to do with. This device seems to be going exactly in the opposite direction of Apple’s latest machines – what with their removal of ports and whatnot. This is a good thing – not least of all because I and we are a big fan of variety in this smart gear and device universe.
We’ll be rolling out a full review of this Lenovo ThinkPad 25 very, very soon. If you have any specific questions about this device or have any tests you’d like me to run, hit me and us up at @t_chrisburns and/or @SlashGear right this minute.
The branding may not have changed, but the tech certainly has. This updated X1 Fold is clearly more polished and streamlined than the version I saw at CES 2023, with a larger screen, new use cases, and enhanced tech. But is it ready to go mainstream?Laptop, tablet, and more
The X1 Fold’s 16.3in display can be used at full-size either as a tablet or in landscape or portrait orientation thanks to its matching collapsible kickstand.
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But it also folds in half, giving you a 12in laptop with two screens – usable either in book form as a makeshift ereader, in laptop form with an on-screen keyboard, or using the optional keyboard (complete with Lenovo’s trademark TrackPoint and a haptic touchpad), which can itself be used either detached via Bluetooth, or magnetically attached to the lower screen to create a true traditional laptop setup.
The typing experience is better than you’d expect from a keyboard only held on with magnets. It doesn’t feel loose or flexible, with a solidity to the magnetic grasp that makes typing surprisingly satisfying.
That means the ThinkPad X1 Fold can serve as laptop, tablet, and all-in-one desktop PC, making it among the most versatile Windows 11 devices around. That’s if you have the compatible keyboard and case of course, which come as standard in Europe but are an optional extra if you’re in the US.
It’s portable too: the tablet itself weighs just 1.3kg/2.8lbs, rising to 1.9kg/4.2lbs if you include the stand and keyboard – which stack together when folding, for an overall package that has the same footprint as a 12in laptop, albeit a fair bit thicker. It’s also fiddlier and slower to pack up than simply closing a laptop lid, but ultimately that feels like a small price.
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Lenovo has clearly thought carefully about making the most of each orientation. The X1 Fold is equipped with a surplus of microphones, speakers, and USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, so that in any configuration you’ll get stereo sound, dual microphones, and at least two accessible USB-C ports.
It’s not short on power either. 12th-gen Intel U-series chips power the laptop/tablet hybrid, with a choice of i5 or i7 silicon. Up to 32GB RAM and 1TB storage add to the sense that, when properly kitted out, this could be a powerful productivity device – though with no discrete GPU option it won’t suit creative power users.
Lenovo has opted for an OLED panel, and promises 100% DCI-P3 colour coverage and support for Dolby Vision HDR content. It supports Lenovo’s Wacom-powered stylus too, while a thin bezel keeps it looking sharp.
A new bell-shaped hinge has been introduced along with the larger display, and it allows the two sides of the device to remain flush when closed, something Samsung’s phones still can’t. The crease is subtler too, and hard to spot unless you know where to look .Fold vs Fold
After a slow start, folding phones are beginning to draw mainstream appeal, led by strong sales for last year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3, both bolstered this August by updated fourth-gen models.
But it took Samsung three generations to begin to generate interest beyond enthusiasts, and Lenovo is still only on attempt number two. This is a clear progression from the prototype-y first-gen X1 Fold, but is the market really ready for a laptop screen that folds?
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That’s not even touching on the question of durability. Many buyers upgrade their phone every two years, if not sooner, but laptops are expected to last a little longer.
Lenovo says the device as a whole meets the military-grade MIL-STD-810H standards for toughness, and that the hinge itself can survive 30,000 folds – enough for five years of use if you fold and unfold 16 times a day, though depending on your usage you might fold it much more often than that.
Samsung’s success so far is also in large part down to price cuts last year, and it’s the $2,499/€2,999 start price that will likely be the biggest obstacle to success for the X1 Fold when it goes on sale this November.
That’s with the lowest specs available, and in the US it doesn’t include either the keyboard or stand. Lenovo hasn’t yet said how much those will add to the cost, but expect the full kit to be prohibitively expensive.
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It might help that Lenovo is no longer the only player in the space. Asus has joined them with its ZenBook 17 Fold OLED – first revealed in January at CES, but just yesterday confirmed to launch in December for a whopping $3,999. Suddenly the ThinkPad X1 Fold looks positively affordable.
Buyers still seem nervous about paying double for a phone that folds, so spending two or even three times as much as a typical laptop may well rankle – especially with doubts about durability.
If you’re still a skeptic, Lenovo has also launched a few more traditional products this week at IFA, including the affordable P11 and P11 Pro Android tablets, and the first-ever Chromebook with a 120Hz display.
Also find out what won our Best of IFA 2023 awards.
Though the Vibe K5 Plus won’t stand up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we think that for a price of only $149, it’s fairly impressive. Featuring an octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor coupled 2GB of RAM, 13Mp camera and Dolby audio, it’s not a smartphone to be sniffed at. We’ll give the smartphone a more thorough review and verdict once we get it back to PC Advisor Towers and put it through its paces.
With so many flagship smartphones being released at MWC 2024 including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, it’s easy to understand why some may overlook Lenovo’s latest smartphone offering. While it’s a mid-range phone instead of a high-end flagship, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus features a fairly impressive spec – especially when compared to its price tag. We spent some time with the device at MWC 2024, and here’s what we thought. Also see: Best new phones, tablets, laptops & more at MWC 2024.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is an interesting beast – featuring specs like a 5in HD display and a rear-facing 13Mp camera, you’d expect the K5 Plus to cost around £200-300. However, this isn’t the case as Lenovo has announced that the K5 Plus will only set potential customers back $149. It makes it a mid-range phone with a budget price tag, and although UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, we’ve got our hopes up that it’ll translate to a cheap phone in the UK too.
Now, in terms of release date, it gets a bit sketchy. Both the Lenovo Vibe K5 and K5 Plus will only be going on sale in emerging markets like Asia, India or South America, which will make it pretty hard to get a hold of in the UK – although if you have the will power, it’s a pretty decent, cheap option to have. With that being said, the company has confirmed that the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus will be available in March 2024.
Read next: Best budget smartphones of 2024Lenovo K5 Plus review: Design and build
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a fairly nice looking phone, sporting an aluminium body with fairly small bezels around the edges of the display. The main design feature that stood out to us during our time with the smartphone was that it was lighter than we imagined, weighing only 142g and measuring in at only 8.2mm thick. While it isn’t exactly as thin as an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy, it costs a fraction of the price.
In terms of colours, it’ll be available in three flavours – silver, grey and champagne gold, which is similar to the iPhone lineup).
On the rear of the device you’ll find Dolby Atmos speakers, which should provide users with decent sound quality without the need for headphones. Although with this being said, the company claims that the technology will also improve the quality of audio when using headphones, so, if true, it’s a win win situation.Lenovo K5 Plus review: Features and spec
The Lenovo Vibe K5 and the K5 Plus are both the same size, which makes them pretty hard to differentiate. The only real difference is in terms of spec, as the K5 Plus is the beefier option of the two. The K5 Plus features a 1080p HD 5in IPS display that we found to be pretty crisp, although it isn’t the brightest screen we’ve ever seen.
As well as a full HD display, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus features a 1.5GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. We found the phone to be extremely responsive during our time with it, with apps opening instantly and no complaints in the gaming department; although we’d need to confirm its processing power by performing benchmark tests back at PC Advisor Towers. You’ll only get 16GB of internal storage (which is understandable when marketing a phone for emerging markets) but potential customers will be happy to know that the K5 Plus features a MicroSD card slot, offering up to 32GB of external storage.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus also features a 2750mAh battery, which should provide users with decent battery life, although we’d need to confirm this with tests. However it doesn’t really matter too much, as Lenovo has given users the option to swap out the dead battery for a new one. It’s a feature that many Android fans love, as it will give them more battery life without having to buy an expensive charging case/power bank, only a cheap replacement battery.
In terms of cameras, the K5 Plus features a rear-facing 13Mp camera with auto focus and an LED flash, although the front facing camera is a little more disappointing. While it’s still 5Mp, it’s only fixed focus so you won’t get perfect selfies from the smartphone, but it’ll be fine for the likes of Skype.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus also features a dual-SIM setup, although the feature is only going to be available in “certain markets” so we’ll have to wait and see if a UK-compatible version becomes available.Lenovo K5 Plus review: Software
In terms of software, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus comes running Android Lollipop 5.1, although it isn’t quite stock Android. Those with a keen eye will notice that the operating system features a Lenovo-themed ‘skin’, although this is mainly cosmetic and doesn’t add/remove any features of the Android operating system.Specs Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus: Specs
5in 1080p HD display
Octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor
16GB internal storage, expandable by 32GB
Removable 2750mAh battery
Dolby Atmos speakers
Microsoft tried lot of new features in Windows 11 and with their new Chromium based Edge browser. Edge bar is one such an attempt to combine the widgets feature in Windows 11 with Edge settings. Using Edge bar you can use the default widgets or add site tabs and keep you updated while working on other tasks. In this article, we will explain how to access Edge bar and customize the settings.Edge Bar with Microsoft Edge
Edge bar is the feature comes with the latest Microsoft Edge browser in Windows. Though Edge browser has a Mac version, Edge bar is a dedicated feature that is only available in Windows. As the name indicates it opens a fixed sidebar with default list of widgets. You can customize these widgets and rearrange them as per your convenience.Opening Edge Bar
There are multiple ways to open Edge bar with Microsoft Edge browser.1. Open from Settings Menu
This is the easiest way to launch Edge bar from the browser’s default menu.
Launch Edge Bar from Menu2. Open from Edge Settings Page
This is similar to above method to open Edge bar from browser’s settings page.3. Open Edge Bar with Shortcut URL
Unfortunately, there are no direct keyboard shortcuts available in Edge to open Edge bar. What you can do is to open the Edge shortcut URL edge://settings/edgeBar in address bar to go to the Edge bar settings page. There on you can launch the bar as explained in the above method.Features of Edge Bar
Edge bar opens with default set of widgets from the right section of the screen. Unlike Windows widgets which open on top of other apps, Edge bar will occupy the space and adjust other windows to the left. However, you can customize this behavior and add new tabs to the bar’s sidebar.
Drag the bar to change the position on your screen.
Access weather, top stories and feeds which is a first tab by default.
Access other default tabs to open Bing search, Outlook and LinkedIn.
Add or delete new tabs below the default tabs.
Change the layout, pin or unpin and autohide the bar.
Minimize the bar to system tray icon and open back when needed.
You can quickly open any website URL without opening Edge browser app.Customizing Edge Bar Options
If you really like Edge bar then make sure to customize the settings to use it productively without disturbing your work.Changing Edge Bar Layout
We recommend using the smaller layout so that it will not change the size of other windows and intrude in your work.
Change Edge Bar Layout
Search only layout will show you a search box which will help you to open a webpage URL or search with Bing.
You can also use “Enable floating button” to change the Edge bar as a floating icon on the screen to quickly access when needed.
Edge Bar Search Only Layout and Floating IconCustomizing Top Stories and Feed Adding New Website in a Tab
In addition to the default tabs, Edge bar allows to add your favorite websites.Auto Launch Edge Bar when Starting Computer Problems with Edge Bar
Though Edge bar is useful to access your custom tabs, it can be annoying due to the following reasons:
We do not know why Microsoft is aggressive in pushing their MSN feed without an option to disable. The problem is that the feed will show in the local language where you are located instead of your preferred language/location. For example, you will see the MSN China feed if you have purchased the laptop from China. This is absurd as Microsoft forcibly redirects due to restriction from government instead of allowing users to customize or disable the feed.
You cannot rearrange the order of default widgets and tabs.
You can open Edge bar only through the Edge browser. However, the bar will stay even you close the browser. So, it is a confusion why this called Edge bar and part of Microsoft Edge browser.
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