The ThinkPad Edge E420 laptops that Lenovo showcased at the CES 2011 in January have started shipping.
The new Lenovo ThinkPad Edge machines are carrying a price tag of $700 in the United States, which makes one expect (rather hope) that the entry-level E420s would be priced around Rs. 32,000 in India – the cheapest of the ThinkPad lot.
Lenovo has not revealed when the Edge E420 laptops – targeted at small to medium businesses (SMB) – will hit the Indian markets, but April-end seems likely. The laptops bundle performance with a chic, modern and clean appearance. Suggested read: Best laptops for business travelers in India
The 14-inch Edge E420s offer choices of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. The base model runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS. Also see: Lenovo ThinkPad X120e unveiled
Keeping in mind busy professionals, Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 in these laptops speeds up boot time by 30 percent on select models with Rapid Drive technology.
Optional 2GB AMD Radeon switchable graphics are available to further accelerate the laptop’s performance. The base model ships with 4GB RAM and 250GB hard disk drive.
The Lenovo ThinkPads have a LED-backlit Infinity Glass display which gives a TV-like appearance with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
The laptops feature wireless connectivity technologies like Wi-Fi and optional mobile broadband. There is no in-built Bluetooth support.
The ThinkPad Edge E420s boast a 720p HD webcam and keystroke noise suppression software for best-in-class video calls experience. The Lenovo machines have a slim, slot-loading DVD player/burner, an HDMI port and Dolby Home Theater sound.
Other features of Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s include spill-resistant keyboard, data recovery system and fingerprint ID.
A 48.8Wh battery powers the laptops. The Edge E420s are highly portable at a weight of less than 2 kilograms.