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Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 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 really like the portability and sound. The price and performance also get good feedback. Reviews about the keyboard and battery are different. The touchpad and durability get negative comments.

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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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: David A. P. (newegg.com)

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 (newegg.com)

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 (newegg.com)

Awkward Right Click

 

so disappointed...now 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 (newegg.com)

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 (newegg.com)

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 (reevoo.com)

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: Matthew (reevoo.com)

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 (reevoo.com)

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.

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Carl (reevoo.com)

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 (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 N4IDLUK

 

just a good all rounder

not realy anything to say

Dec, 2014
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Conoxant 20671 / Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced v2 / HD / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:48 / 62
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 62
Battery life (max):10 / 5.7 / 6 / 6.2 / 8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Front Camera:N / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Rear camera:N / No / Y
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: / Yes
EPEAT compliance: / Gold
RoHS compliance:No / Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product: / Black / Black, Grey / Red / Silver
Form Factor: / Clamshell
Housing material:Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio: / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:150 / 200 / 300
Display Diagonal:13.3 / 15.6
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD+ / Not supported
LED backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: / No / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y

Docking station

Docking station connecting interface:Lenovo OneLink
Docking station Ethernet LAN:Y
Docking station HDMI port:Y
Docking station headphone out:Y
Docking station included:Y
Docking station microphone in:Y
Docking station USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 710M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 710M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.65
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard language: / English / German
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: / No / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor: / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots: / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:N / No / Y / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN:No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 95984.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60 / 5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60 / 5 - 43

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Conoxant 20671 / Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced v2 / HD / HDA
Chassis type:
Display:
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Quantity:1

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N / No
Line-in: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N / No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 65 / 90
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express / Intel QM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18 / 22 / 24 / 25 / 26
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / No / Y / Yes
L3 cache:3 / 6
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express / Intel QM77 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:1000M / 2030M / I3-2348M / I3-3110M / I3-3120M / I3-3130M / i3-3210M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I5-3320M / I7-3632QM / i7-4500U
Processor boost frequency:3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor model:1000M / 2030M / I3-2348M / I3-3110M / I3-3120M / I3-3130M / i3-3210M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I5-3320M / I7-3632QM / i7-4500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
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 Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168 / PGA988 / rPGA988B / Socket 1224 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / L1 / P0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:64896 / 65700 / 65708 / 71458 / 71465 / 72056 / 72058 / 72059 / 72060 / 74542 / 75460
Processor code:SR0MY / SR0N0 / SR0N1 / SR0N2 / SR0WX / SR0XD / SR0ZZ / SR16Z
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.x
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):No / Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed: / FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, RS-MMC, SD / MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 3.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface: / SATA / Serial ATA II
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:24
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 129 / 24 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 320 / 500 / 524

Technical Details

64-bit computing: Yes
Built-In Optical Drive: Yes
Hot-swap:
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.71 / 9.65 / 9.84
Height:0.98 / 0.984 / 1.05 / 1.39
Height (front):1.05
Height (rear):1.17 / 1.18
Weight:3.75 / 5.38 / 5.4 / 5.42 / 5.49
Width:14.8