Lenovo one of the well-known laptops maker has announced the launch of its new laptop with price affordable namely, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431.The E431 powered by feature a third-generation Intel Core i5-3230M processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive, and 4GB of system memory. While these specs don’t seem too impressive compared with components in some ultrabooks, the system is actually a very good performer on our benchmark tests. The E431 completed the Handbrake video encoding test and the Photoshop CS6 test many minutes faster than other budget systems. It will certainly last longer that way. Expect a good three to five years of service from the ThinkPad Edge E431.The E431 also comes with a fingerprint reader located to the right of the trackpad, in case you or your clients require biometrics for security or one-touch login needs. The trackpad itself is large, multi-touch, and is just as responsive as the pointing stick.
The row of 12 function keys at the top of the keyboard all function as the icon denotes (vol+/-, mic off, search, etc.) and F1-F12 requires the user either hold down the Fn key or activate the FnLock. This makes more sense than the reverse, particularly since F1-F12 kind of lost their charm after Windows replaced DOS. You can reverse the Fn key behavior in a control panel if you prefer F1-F12. The E431 still has its DVD burning optical drive, contributing to the system’s 4.44 pound weight. The system comes with a full set of I/O ports, including a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, SD card reader, and an Ethernet port. There is one nit, since the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports are all the same black color. You’ll need sharp eyes to see the USB SS icons next to the ports on the left side of the chassis. The industry habit of blue USB 3.0 ports would’ve been a more prominent and identifiable. The details related to the specs of the device are discussed below.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 Laptop Specifications
- Type : Business, Small Business
- Processor : Intel Core i5-3230M
- Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
- Graphics Card : Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Screen Size : 14 inches
- Screen Type : Widescreen
- RAM : 4 GB
- Networking Options : 802.11n (2.4 GHz only)
- Processor Speed : 2.6 GHz
- Primary Optical Drive : Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
- Storage Capacity (as Tested) : 500 GB
- Storage Type : HDD
- Weight : 4.44 lb