Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E135 (3359-A55)

Thinkpad's sell at a premium price. The Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E135 with an AMD E2-1800 Accelerated Processing Unit is an example of this. This 11.6-inch laptop has the typical HD (1366 x 768 pixel resolution) display, 2 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, USB 3.0 and HDMI out. The laptop is reasonably light at 3.3 pounds and less than an inch thick. For an operating system you get Windows 8 (64-bit) The inclusion of a 64-bit version of Windows is a nice touch since you can upgrade RAM to 4 GB or more without changing the operating system. 

All this will cost you Php26,900.

For the same money you can get the Windows 8 powered touchscreen 11.6-inch Asus VivoBook X202e with a Intel Core i3 processor. For 3K less, at Php23,990 you can get a 11.6-inch Sony Vaio E which has the almost same specifications as the Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE 135. Is there any reason to select the Thinkpad? 

If you want a touchscreen, the Asus VivoBook X202e is the way to go. The keyboard on that unit has a lot to be desired, but it is bad enough to be a deal breaker for someone who wants a touchscreen. If you don't need a touchscreen, you can get better keyboard with the Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E135 and the Sony Vaio E.

The keyboard on the Sony Vaio E is a good one, but I still like the keyboard on Lenovo's E-series Thinkpads better. The Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E135 also comes with a larger battery than the Sony Vaio E. The 6-cell battery on the Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E135 should give you 5-6 hours of real world use. You can expect only about 4 hours from the Sony Vaio E. The advantages of the Sony Vaio E, are the lower price and more RAM, at 4 GB.

Personally, I really like Lenovo's keyboards. That would make it the better choice for me among the low cost set, despite the high price.


  1. would you have recommendations for a bang-for-the-buck ultraportable with great battery life?

    1. Asianic is offering on promo a Acer TravelMate B133 laptop at 16.9K with a free copy of Windows 7 starter. That should give you 4.5-5 hours in real world use.


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