The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge has a consumer-driven design that goes a few steps beyond SL-series ThinkPads. While the SL-series looks like a ThinkPad with the rubbery paint replaced with matte-black paint, the Edge has a completely new shape and contrasting paint scheme. The borders of the screen cover and keyboard are trimmed with silver plastic. The top cover on our review unit is matte black, but Lenovo offers it in other colors too. Another subtle change is the standard indicator lights have been replaced with a single red LED that also happens to be the dot above the ThinkPad i. The design is so different from other ThinkPad models that if you were to cover the logo with another sticker, few people would recognize it as a ThinkPad (In fact, most people wouldnt believe you right now even if you said it was a ThinkPad.)
Screen and Speakers
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge comes with a glossy 15-inch WXGA panel. The panel rates average compared to other 15-inch screens we have reviewed. Color and contrast are adequate but fall short of some nicer panels when we have seen on the market.