Reflections on one week spent with Lenovo’s latest darling. A very technical review with a bit of tenderness
The Lenovo ThinkPad E420s made its grand debut in the first quarter of 2011 and is now being sold worldwide. The E420s is a 14-inch notebook that’s ideal for small and medium businesses who don’t have the resources for a lot of hardware. It looks classy and turns dark green (the product literature calls it moss black) when cast underneath a bright light. The matte coating is also a tasteful aesthetic feature and offers a nice grip.
The E420s provides a comfortable typing experience with its smile-shaped keyboard, TrackPoint stick, and a touchpad, not to mention its spill-resistant surface. Seeing its official product launch at a hush-hush invitation only event, the secret behind its spill resistance is actually quite simple. The engineers made sure that in the case of a dreadful coffee leak over the keyboard, the offending liquid would seep through it, leaving the hardware relatively dry.
The smile-shaped keys are another commendable feature; it helps the user avoid adjacent-key errors as well as cut the noise—none of that annoying clackity-clack when you’re typing up a storm. This is also the first ThinkPad which has a keypad light, so even if the keyboard does not have a backlight it’s still illuminated by a tiny lamp beside the notebook’s webcam. The function keys are easy to use since you really don’t need to press another key just for it to work.
E420s’ 14 inch 1366x768 glossy display, made of ultra tough Corning Gorilla Glass, offers excellent resolution and doesn’t affect image quality, even on different angles. Thanks to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 chip, the E420s is able to handle most video modes. The E420s is powered by Intel core i5 and Windows 7 Operating System. Beyond the OS, scrutinizing the E420s other details reveals the usual accouterments for plugging stuff.
As you turn it around you will see a cluster of ports: two USB ports, a yellow tinted charger for external devices like iPods, mobile phones and others that work on a standby mode, and an HDMI port for movie lovers. There’s an earphone and microphone socket as well. Then of course you’ll see the ventilation and cooling panel next to the earphone jack.
On its left is a memory card reader and a slot- load DVD-ROM burner. This is one of the factors that keeps the notebook thin and light weight, totaling a measly four pounds. Additional external features include an outlet for LCD projector and next to it is the SATA port and Ethernet port. You will also see a small cover right beside the Ethernet port which is also a memory card reader. The Lenovo ThinkPad E420s’ battery is non-detachable. The battery manages six decent hours so charging the E420s should be habitual. Should the situation need, removing a single screw allows easy access to its hard drive, a convenience that fares well compared to other laptops and/or notebooks that would take about 30 minutes to do the same.
As a tech-savvy person with an eye for gadgets, the Lenovo E420s has a peculiar charm all its own. It’s a strong contender for office types whose busy schedules demand that they move a lot.
Connections? It’s Wi-Fi enabled and has Bluetooth, guaranteeing your mobile devices using the ThinkPad E420s would always be possible. Finding Wi-Fi signals isn’t really a problem. Having tested other laptops to their limits, I must say that E420s has the best capacity in detecting hot spots and easy access as well as faster Internet connection.
A very satisfying notebook, I would say that as time passes by Lenovo keeps their notebook line competitive. The E420s might not be as sexy as a tablet, but judged by the standards of its peers, it’s a beautiful machine.Connections? It’s wifi enabled and also has Bluetooth, guaranteeing your mobile devices using the ThinkPad E420s would always be possible. Finding WiFi signals isn’t really a problem. Having tested other laptops to their limits, I must say that E420s has the best capacity in detecting hot spots and easy access as well as faster internet connection.
A very satisfying notebook, I would say that as time passes by Lenovo keeps their notebook line competitive. The E420s might not be as sexy as a tablet, but judged by the standards of its peers, it’s a beautiful machine.
Print ed: 10/11