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Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the sound and portability. The price and performance also get good feedback. The screen and design get mixed opinions, while some have doubts about the battery and touchpad.

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usability, reliability, durability, touchpad, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on

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This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i3 3120M 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated GraphLenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i3 3120M 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graph

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: David A. P. (

Awesome deal


I added an 8 gig stick of RAM to give me 12 to play. It's great for all my work paperwork and some light to moderate VS2010 programming. I travel with it and sometimes covet having a smaller lighter version while on those long plane rides. The big...

Very fast for the price. I7 awesome ; Great RAM expansion. 16 gigs ; Decent size hard drive. 500 gigs. It was tempting to look at the ssd competitors, but not worth the price difference ; Came with windows 7, and a windows 8 restore disc

I hate manufacturer versions of OS's. I don't like the bloat ; I am buying it with company money and it's a company asset for a while. When it is mine, I will put a reasonable OS on it without all the trash. It really does great for a Lenovo spin on...

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (

Lenovo E531


I do not prefer the springy touchpad for myself but it can be gotten used to, or one could use a mouse. All in All, Lenovo does a good job

I was not happy with the touchpad on the first unit I ordered. It seemed flimsy but I was living with it though I ended up returning it because it died after delivery to a client in San Diego. (I wonder if the Border Patrol scanned/zapped it at a...

I got a second E531 a few days later (Win7 is important to me) and the 2nd touch pad was much better. Seemed the first one had a sizeable gap between the touch pad and the recess the touchpad sat in which seemed to be a bit sloppy. The second one...

Dec, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (

Awkward Right Click


so we have to make it a special point to TRAIN our students "how to right click" each time because they immediately complain that they don't have a right click function. Please don't buy this laptop unless you like things that are...

Sufficient tech specs for the price point

The secondary/right click function is horrible and ruins the product. It's unintuitive, awkward, and you will need to compensate and change the way you interact with it in order to actually use it. This is the worst "feature" we've ever seen, and makes...

Dec, 2013

Consumer review by: Louis (

Killer Value


Stupid fast. Reliable chipset and hardware. Thinkpad quality

Work got this for me and I was less than thrilled. It took me a moment to get used to the keyboard feel, but now I prefer it to my home laptop

Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: NurseStudent (

Not a fan


I would not recommend this computer, unless you aren't able to find anything better in this price range and price is your main constraint.

Newegg has the lowest price on this laptop, trust me - I checked everywhere since this was a school required computer

When you open the laptop the screen does not feel stable enough to me. It wobbles back and forth under its own weight, and simply seems flimsy. The bottom of the laptop involves several plastic components that fit together, and after two weeks of use...

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: Matthew (

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 N4IDLUK


Overall the laptop has a great design and good performance for everyday office needs ; It came with Win 7 which I'm not a fan of ; I installed Win 8 with classic shell and this runs like a dream ; Definitely recommend it

The laptop outer casing leaves the laptop looking cheap looking after a few days ; You start leaving fingerprints all over it and it can spoil the looks ; The only blip on an otherwise fantastic laptop

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: Carl (

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 N4IDLUK


Installed Linux no problems at all (specifically in this case for a Customer: Ubuntu 14.04) ; Here is the tech spec ; ThinkPad-Edge-E531 Kernel: 3.13.0-40-generic x86_64 (64 bit) ; Desktop: Gnome Distro: Ubuntu 14.04 trusty ; Machine: System: LENOVO...

Windows LOL ; Nothing bad really, because it was exactly what I expected based on the spec ; It's UEFI, that can be good or bad, depending how you feel

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: sandra (

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 N4IDLUK


just a good all rounder

not realy anything to say

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: dboezm (

Lenovo Thinkpad E531 laptop


With the satisfaction on the Thinkpad E530 I purchased two years ago, I purchased a newer model E531 last Ausust, and has been using it for about 6 months time by now. It is the replacement model for E530. I purchased an i5 processor running on Window...

Reliable with good performance, self contained hardware, good value for money,

It comes with Norton Antivirus, which personally I do not like, and is troublesome to uninstall it

Feb, 2014

Product Specifications


Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Rear camera:No / Yes


Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business


Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / No


Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.65
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes


2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:No / Yes
4G standards:WiMAX

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Celeron 1000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-3100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:64896 / 65700 / 71458 / 71465 / 72056 / 72058 / 72059 / 72060
Processor package size:31 / 37.5


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition: Yes
Password protection: Yes


Operating System Language:
Recovery operating system:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Technical Details

Built-In Optical Drive: Yes