Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13: Not your Father's ThinkPadby Vivek Gowri on April 7, 2010 1:40 AM EST
More bad news: the glossy screen and the standard 1366x768 WXGA resolution are mandatory in the Edge. There is no matte finish available, and while the 768p HD screen is not bad, a higher resolution option would have been appreciated, especially on a machine with business-class pretensions. Then again, the Edge is also one of the only ThinkPads with a 16:9 ratio display so maybe that says enough about its target market.
The display is disappointing overall, ending up close to the middle in all of our LCD metrics, sometimes closer to the bottom. ThinkPads have never been known for their display quality (older IPS models excepted), and this just continues that trend. It's not fair to point a finger at Lenovo specifically, since no manufacturer really seems to care about screen quality in the face of reducing costs, but the odd notebook with a good screen does tend to pop up (ASUS G73J, Eee 1001p, and Dell XPS 1640, please stand up). This just isn't one of them.