Many regard Lenovos as trustworthy computers, particularly good for businesses and other venues where absolute reliability is a must. This of course is often reflected in the price, but I must say there are some cheaper models from the ex-IBM manufacturer, too. One of those is Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E555 20DH002QUS, a 500 bucks AMD powered laptop. We’ll try to examine if it’s as good as the brand name could lead you think.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E555 20DH002QUS is powered by AMD A6-7000 dual core processor. Dubbed as Kaveri, it’s a Summer 2014 release with clock rates varying between 2.2 and 3.0GHz depending if the turbo boost feature is on. It’s not a very common processor, without many benchmarks available, but usually AMD A6s can be compared to Core i3 CPUs from the Intel side. So, there should be enough performance for all the daily workloads, including some multitasking and gaming too.
A good 8GB memory is installed on the system. As far as I know, it’s installed as two 4GB chips. You can upgrade the RAM to 16GB if you feel the need by replacing the old modules.
While some more expensive ThinkPad Edge E555 models come with an HDD/SSD hybrid, this one sports only a good old hard drive. It’s 500GB in size and runs on 7200 revolutions per minute. As such, you get upper hand in speed compared to common 5400RPM drives. The storage of half a terabyte is good for 1000s of photos, pieces of music and other smaller files.
Now here’s one the best things about this computer: It has Windows 7 Professional (64-bit). So you don’t have to get used to Windows 8 yet.
Display and graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E555 20DH002QUS contains a mainstream 15.6″ matte display with 1366×768 resolution. The panel type is TN (twisted nematics) as one could expect from this cheap laptop. The image quality won’t probably blow your mind but will suffice for mainstream use.
There’s a graphics chip called Radeon R4 (Kaveri) integrated in the processor. Again, not many benchmarks are available for that one, although it can be roughly compared to the (in)famous Intel HD 4000. As a result, I wouldn’t keep my expectations high about the gaming performance. Minecraft and bunch of other titles with lower system requirements will run fluently, but many newer first person shooters or other graphics heavy titles won’t reach more than 20-30FPS on low settings.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E555 20DH002QUS contains three USB ports, a common amount for cheap notebooks. Two are USB 3.0 so you’ll enjoy faster transfer rates on those.
If you’re planning to plug the laptop to a bigger monitor, you can do so through the legacy VGA or newer HDMI output.
The networking consists of a standard Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 adapter and a WiFi card. Bluetooth 4.0 is likewise available.
The laptop features a DVD burner, so working with discs is effortless. The same goes for memory cards, there’s a 4-in-1 card reader installed for SD, SDXC, SDHC and MMC formats.
The built-in webcam with 1280×720 video resolution can be used for video chats on Skype.
Something else to consider?
As for portability, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E555 20DH002QUS is similar to other 15.6 inchers. It weighs 5.4 pounds and sports a 6-cell 48Wh Li-Ion battery, so at least four hours of running time should be expected. Whether that’s enough for you is an entirely different question.
The keyboard is not backlit, it’s not so expensive model. There’s of course a numeric keypad on the right hand side, so quick access to number keys is guaranteed.
Summing it up
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E555 20DH002QUS is an affordable office laptop, made with businessmen and other people on the go with mind. It does that job alright, although the bulky size of 15.6″ and battery life of just 4 hours could be better for the road warriors. Performance is sufficient for all the office tasks, programming and other stuff enterprises might do. For the price, the laptop doesn’t offer any exceptional value, but office and business users it should find it an acceptable choice nonetheless.