The Lenovo ThinkPad E420s is a consumer-oriented 14-inch notebook with a pretty decent starting price of $699-$799, but this holiday weekend (and through July 6) it’s on sale in Lenovo’s online store for $665. For that price, it’s built with an Intel Core i3-2310M processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, an HD 1366×768 720p glossy display, Intel HD 3000 graphics, and 4GB DDR3 at 1333MHz of memory. The system also comes with a 320GB capacity hard drive at 7200rpm.
In our review of the E420s, we said that its build is a bit different than other ThinkPads, it’s simpler and has less keys. The notebook features an “edge to edge” glossy display and the lid, palmrest, keyboard, and the bottom of the notebook have a rubber non-slip coating. There is also a metal alloy “support” in the chassis to add to its durability. The keyboard is Chiclet-style with extra spacing between the keys to aid with typing. The system weighs in at 4.14 lbs.
Our review unit contained an Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor, which you can currently choose in the customization screen in Lenovo’s web store for an extra $50. We said that the processor did plenty well in handling “everyday tasks and office productivity” and that the amount of included memory will definitely allow users to multitask. In our synthetic benchmark tests, the E420s did better than the HP ProBook 4425s in overall system performance and almost as well as the Dell Inspiron 15R (PCMark Vantage).
Another great highlight of this system is how well it did in our battery test. It was able to last six hours and 27 minutes with the included Li-polymer 48.8Whr battery. You cannot, however, remove this battery from the machine since it is Li-polymer and integrated (internal).
Other specs and features:
- Fingerprint reader
- USB/eSATA combo, powered USB, 1 more USB
- VGA, HDMI
- DVD burner
- 4-in-1 media card reader
- Dimensions: 13.7 x 9.3 x 0.9
- 1-year Lenovo limited warranty