Lenovo adds new ThinkPad Edge models, 11.6-inch x120e

Lenovo's latest ThinkPad Edge laptops have styling tweaks and new processors; plus, there's a new 11.6-inch ThinkPad.

The 12.5-inch Lenovo ThinkPad E220s.
The 12.5-inch Lenovo ThinkPad E220s. Lenovo

Just about a year ago, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad Edge series, an updated, low-cost redesign of the ThinkPad targeted at small businesses. The 2011 updates to the ThinkPad Edge series, announced today, bring new second-generation Intel Core i processors as well as a bolder, sleeker design in the 12- and 14-inch Edge E220s and E420s.

The ThinkPad Edge E220s, perhaps the most attractive of the bunch, has an unusually sized 12.5-inch screen but dimensions and weight that more closely match an 11.6-incher. The E220s is less than an inch thick and weighs under 3.5 pounds but lacks an optical drive, while the larger-screened, 14.1-inch E420s has a slot-loading DVD drive.

Both the E220s and E420s have a smoother matte finish, metal touches on the corners, a large clickpad, and HDMI ports, as well as Dolby Home Theater audio technology and an HD Webcam. Processors will range from second-gen Intel Core i3 processors up to Core i7. The new Edge laptops also have Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0, which Lenovo claims significantly improves boot-up time.

The stylistic improvements are impressive, but come at a price: the E220s starts at $899, which puts it in a premium territory. The E420s will start at $749, but both are more expensive than last year's ThinkPad Edge laptops.

The 14- and 15-inch ThinkPad Edge 420 and 520 will offer more affordable alternatives, essentially carrying over last year's Edges with new processors and starting at $599. All new ThinkPad Edge models will be available in April.

Lenovo has also announced a successor of sorts to last year's 11.6-inch ThinkPad x100e: the ThinkPad x120e will start at under $400 and keep its 11.6-inch screen, but use AMD's new Fusion E-Series CPUs. We really liked the x100e, and all signs point to the x120e being an affordable improvement. Lenovo promises improved battery life, an HDMI port, and a release date in February.

We'll be checking out these new ThinkPads firsthand when we touch down at CES in Vegas.

Read the full CNET Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X120e

The Bottom Line: The AMD Fusion-powered ThinkPad X120e is an 11-inch ultraportable that's better and more affordable than last year's model, making it an even better choice for small-business buyers. / Read full review

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