Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13: Sliced!

Launch SRP: S$1189

Edgy Internals

Edgy Internals

While the exterior now looks refreshing, the interior has also undergone changes. Your usual matte screen found on ThinkPads has been replaced with a glossy screen that's often seen on the lower-end ThinkPad SL and IdeaPads series. Lenovo has stated they may consider matte versions of the screen in the future, but market forces have dictated their choice of a glossy screen for now.

The interior sports a glossy screen with no matte option in sight for now.


The most noticeable change however, has to be the keyboard, where Lenovo has done away with its usual keyboard style and has implemented what they call an isolation keyboard. Chiclet keyboards have become really popular these days, and Lenovo's ThinkPad has also wisely jumped on the bandwagon to appeal to the masses.

The keyboard has been redesigned to what Lenovo calls an isolation keyboard, with individual keys instead of the usual ThinkPad design.

Yes, the keyboard, admittedly the most famous design aspect of the ThinkPad series, has changed. Fortunately, Lenovo has managed to keep the best aspects of the keyboard intact despite the chiclet set up. Typing on the keyboard is a pleasure, and your fingers will love the added spaces and slight curve of the keys. The Function keys' role has also been swapped as they now function as multimedia buttons unless the Fn key is held down, then they work as normal F1-F12 keys.

A redesign also means the area around the trackpoint gets tweaked too.

The Function keys have now taken on the role of multimedia functions so there's no need to press the Fn key to access them. However, you will have to press the Fn keys to activate the traditional but lesser used F1-F12 keys.

If you're hoping the keyboard would feature the larger ESC and DEL keys that we loved on the Lenovo ThinkPad T400s, Lenovo has informed us that this wasn't implemented due to space constraints of the Edge 13's six-row keyboard.

Focusing on the trackpoint and trackpad, both generally work fine though we did once encounter a weird bug where the trackpad just locked into scroll mode. A reboot cleared the issue and we didn't see a repeat of the bug. Lastly, the notebook's audio quality was fine, and volume was decently loud; you'll find the speakers located at the bottom of the notebook near the front.

[While the keyboard has been tweaked, the trackpad remains pretty much the same.]

The speakers are located at the underside front of the notebook.

The Good
Excellent build
Cheap price
Good keyboard
The Bad
Glossy cover is fingerprint smudge magnet

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