Lenovo Releases ThinkPad Edge E220s and E420s Notebooks

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Lenovo's stylish line of notebooks aimed at SMBs features enhanced video conferencing technologies.

Computer maker Lenovo announced a line of notebooks aimed at small to medium-size business (SMB) computing with contemporary designs and extra features to help companies go beyond business computing. The ThinkPad Edge E220s and E420s laptops feature an infinity screen, a matte finish and real metal accents. The notebooks are also engineered for business performance, featuring increased processing capabilities and integrated graphics in the upcoming second-generation Intel Core processor technology, Lenovo's Enhanced Experience 2.0 for rapid bootup and a range of wireless connectivity technologies.

The notebooks also offer multimedia features such as Dolby Home Theatre audio and high-definition video conferencing. The 12.5-inch ThinkPad E220s measures less than 1 inch thick and weighs less than 3.5 pounds with a 40.7 Whr prismatic battery; the 14-inch ThinkPad E420s starts at just 1 inch and 4 pounds. Both feature metal accents that frame the black, soft-matte exterior. The keyboard is spill-resistant, and the E420s has a hidden, slot-loading DVD player and burner.

The Edge E220s and E420s will be available beginning in April through the company's Website and business partners. Models begin at approximately $899 and $749, respectively. The Edge E420 and E520 will be available beginning in April with models starting from approximately $599. The E420 and E520 will sport upcoming Intel Core technology and the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 with Rapid Drive on select models.

The notebooks come equipped with Lenovo's enhanced video conferencing technologies, including a high-definition Web camera, noise-canceling keyboard software, and upgraded microphones and speakers. They also feature an HDMI port to show presentations to clients or to watch media on a PC monitor or flat-screen TV. Additionally, the notebooks feature wireless connectivity technologies including WiFi and optional mobile broadband and 4G/WiMax.

Lenovo created the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 to speed up boot time by 30 percent on select models with Rapid Drive technology (comparing averaged data from Lenovo EE2.0 PCs with averaged data from 42 competitor products of similar configuration). Rapid Drive takes advantage of an SSD for faster boot speed. Lenovo also optimized the preload, drivers and BIOS for speedy startup.

"How we think about PC design and the entire computing experience is changing," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of the Think Product Group for Lenovo. "The new ThinkPad Edge premium laptops give users technology that's extremely personal, beautiful and powerful so they can accomplish their business goals and keep up with their personal lives."