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Lenovo Edge E545 (20B20011US) Notebook AMD A-Series A6-5350M (2.90GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8450G 15.6" Windows 7 Pro 64-bit pre-installed / Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Upgrade Media and License Included

  • AMD A-Series A6-5350M (2.90GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8450G
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Pro 64-bit pre-installed / Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Upgrade Media and License Included
  • DVD±R/RW
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Shawn S.
  • 12/2/2014 5:10:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThinkpad Edge

Pros: Has Windows 7 pro with free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. This is a lower end machine at a great price.

Cons: None so far. Lower end machine with a great price

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  • Zachary W.
  • 11/30/2014 5:28:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI don't know what to say.

Pros: It's got a decent battery life if you're going to use it for writing papers and surfing the internet. The screen is sizeable for the price. I would definitely recommend this for someones mom or dad though i would throw away that windows 8 disc before they find it.

Cons: I've had this for about 3 months now and i've already had to send it back because the hard drive was defective. Then upon return it lost its ability to connect to wifi and the audio port was shorted out so i could only use the laptops integrated speakers. I'm not sure what to expect from this final send in but if it comes back like this again i'm not going to keep it.

Other Thoughts: It ran Dota2 on directX8 with about 27fps so if you have to use it for a game in a pinch it will work.

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  • Howard J.
  • 10/29/2014 10:57:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood budget laptop, better for techies...

Pros: [If you are seriously considering the e545, read whole review before deciding, please]

Good and reasonable prices if you catch it on a sale (I got mine here for 369).Classic Thinkpad bento box body with rubberized finish. At just over 4 pounds, the e545 is still light enough to be portable despite its massive screen real estate. Despite being the budget "Edge" series, the e545 still comes with Lenovo's full suite of tuning and management programs and shock-drop (called "Airbag") protection for the hard drive (which should be mandatory for all laptops honestly). Spill-resistant keyboard is fantastic despite left-skewed track pad. Keyboard still comes with the classic trackball for those who still use it. Battery estimates are honest when laptop is not under load and screen is on dimmest setting.Comes with secureboot for Win8 users. At such a low entry price, lots of room to upgrade for those who know how or have friends who do.

This laptop comes with Win7 preinstalled, but the recover disks to upgrade to a Lenovo factory version of Windows 8. Make sure you make two sets of Windows 7 factory recovery discs using Lenovo's simple software and put those discs in a safe place. The Windows key is buried in the BIOS, so no, you cannot use the key anywhere else nor is it on the body of the laptop.

*DO NOT install Win8 on the e545, you will hate yourself if you do!* If you must experiment, make sure you have the Windows 7 factory recovery discs you made in case you want to revert.

Cons: Most important: Wifi drivers from Lenovo's website are terribly out of date and as such, the out of box WiFi performance is abysmal (see my "Other Thoughts" for the fix to this problem). This is why 1 egg is dropped off. Lenovo, if you are reading this, fix the Realtek Wifi! Speaking of which, the newest versions of the e545 being shipped now DO NOT come with bluetooth anymore (don't bother buying the Broadcom card and doing it yourself, it's rubbish).

No activity light of any kind; you only get two power LEDs which are cleverly located in the dot on the "i" in "Thinkpad" on the lid and palm surface of the lappy. At 5400 RPM, this laptop will be slow for more demanding users. The HHD activity light will be sorely missed for those sticking with the built in HHD. There is a freeware program to replace the activity light as a screen icon solution, so download that program if you need it.

You have to make your own Windows 7 recovery discs. Lenovo is not unique in doing this, but with the factory HDD spinning at 5400 RPM, this takes forever (90 minutes for 5 DVDs made). Plan ahead to do this because if you don't, there is no why to get WIN7 back on this Laptop unless you buy it yourself.

Other Thoughts: About the WiFi: The combined WiFi/Bluetooth half card was a failure, so Lenovo quietly snuck it out and replaced it with a Realteck WiFi only solution. As you go about updating the laptop out the box, go online and download Realtek R181 WLAN drivers dated 04-17-2014. This will fix the intermittent WiFi problem. Lenovo's last wireless driver updates are from 02-2013, so because I had to learn how to fix this issue myself, I took an egg away.

The Edge series is Lenovo's budget line to get new users into the elite laptop legend that is the Thinkpad. That being said, the e545 is not a 'cheap' computer in that it will fall apart (it most certainly will not) but it is low cost, which means things must be sacrificed. I have a 8-core AMD desktop with triple monitors, so a $1200 desktop replacement laptop would have been a waste for me, so starting off low and upgrading will work for me. I already installed a Crucial M500 256 GB SSD that was also on sale when I ordered the e545 and this laptop is now smoking fast. I will spend another $100 to upgrade to Crucial 8GB ram (4x2) and this laptop will out run most on the market. Lastly, I can easily upgrade the processor to the AMD A10 APU and get the better Radeon on board graphics to run most of my games at a medium or better framerate. I'll be in for $800 total once the upgrades are done, but I can do this slowly and my e545 with outgun most 15 inchers two years from now. If space is an issue, the dvd drive can be swapped out for a HDD with a kit. DO NOT upgrade to the Broadcom Wifi/Bluetooth card if you can find it, it is terrible to the point of uselessness.

I got Win 7 Ultimate with a university license but without an onboard hardware security solution, i cannot really take advantage of Bitlocker easily. Next Thinkpad I buy will have a fingerprint reader.

HDD lights are being phased out as SSDs are honestly too fast. Additionally, the lights burn battery. The e545 has onscreen pop up icons that show you the wifi, num lock, scroll lock and caps lock statuses if you toggle them, so this is not really the end of the world, its just different. For people sticking with the slow 5400 rpm HDD, the lack of a status light will be sorely missed because start up times are painfully slow for those of us with powerful modern desktops.

Win7 is being phased out at the end of October 2014, so I narrowly avoided Win8 on a non-touch screen laptop. I will not upgrade the OS until I'm forced to.

With a SSD added, the e545 will still be under $500 but have a standby life of 7 hours-plus and be more or less bomb proof. Though Windows has most of the useful tech tools built in to the OS, Lenovo's central suite of tools are rather useful and has a few hardware testers that Windows does not.

Final word: Great budget laptop for mom or dad, even better comp for those techheads on a budget who need a portable comp to complement their epic desktop arrangements.

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  • Layton L.
  • 10/6/2014 6:38:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBe Careful Who You Buy From

Pros: I'm sure it's a fine computer but I RMA'd it immediately for the reasons listed in the cons.

Cons: Packaging from "Antonline" was awful. The computer box was bouncing around inside the shipping box with just some crumpled paper to protect it. Then when I got the laptop box out of the shipping box I noticed that the security seal was broken on the laptop box. I went ahead and got the computer out and examined it and the plastic was warped on both the base and the screen bezel in between the hinges. It makes me think that it was a return that they then tried to pawn off as new. Never again from them. And with sellers like that, I'm not so sure about New Egg anymore.

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  • Jacob G.
  • 9/7/2014 10:11:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent small business laptop

Pros: I have ~25 of these units in service now and have never had issues beyond PEBKAC errors with them. Once you clean all the bloatware off, they are fast enough for everyday office use.

It comes with Win 7 Pro pre installed, but also has licensing and an install disk for Win 8 Pro. This means any immediate OS upgrades are already purchased for the machine.

Most of the units I have in service are used for day-to-day document preparation. There is a lot of time spent in MS Office. I do have one that is used in a development environment and will probably up the amount of RAM so it can support emulators and IDEs better. Speaking of which, it can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM (2 - 8GB ddr3).

As for hardware, it is not a gaming computer nor is it capable of warping time to know what you want to do before you do. It is just a computer. With that said, most of the parts that can be upgraded are accessible behind one removable panel. I am unsure if the processor is accessible without complete disassembly as I have not upgraded that particular part. But if you want to go SSD and more RAM, it is quick and easy.

Overall assessment. Great value for what you get from a trusted name in business related hardware. I will likely continue to order this model until it is no longer available.

Cons: From my experience, it does not support XP mode out of the box. You must first hunt down an update so you can get virtual machines to run on it. If your business requires the use of old-outdated software (government agency software), then this is a minor set back as you have to hunt down and install this update first. The hotfix to resolve this issue is Microsoft KB2519949.

As with any new computer, there is a lot of bloatware. Simple to uninstall though.

It only supports, out of the box, one external monitor. You can achieve 3+ displays however by purchasing USB external video cards such as the EVGA 100_U3_UV39_KR UV Plus+ 39 (Newegg Item # N82E16815101012). You will need one of these for each monitor past the first one.

Other Thoughts: I do not personally use one of these daily but I do manage a network with ~25 units of this model on it. It is quick and easy to get this from out of the box and onto an employee's desk.

I can not speak to the track pad experience of other users as all of these units have replaced desktop units and have external KVM hooked up; all my users have additional external equipment. I have not received any complaints concerning the track pad however.

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  • Rodney H.
  • 9/7/2014 7:15:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo Edge E545

Pros: Does every thing I need it to do. Solid construction, all the parts work very well. Absolutely no issues with this machine.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: A nightmare to upgrade to windows 8 and then to Windows 8.1. Luckily I cloned the OS to separate SSD's so I can always go back if I want, but Windows 8.1 seems to be fairly similar to Windows 7 once you get rid of the bloat ware.

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  • Cassandra B.
  • 8/21/2014 12:48:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Experience & Service

Pros: You get what you order, speedy delivery. High quality laptop for a fraction of the cost!

Cons: None.

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  • JR A.
  • 8/12/2014 5:21:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBe FOREWARNED !

Pros: There would be plenty of pros, I'm sure; If one could use the machine.

Great machine if you are from Outer Bhumpheuk; live in or near a cave, and you can spend endless hours drooling over High Technology from other side of world.

Cons: You cannot use it: The 'Think' is that I think that the touch pad is absolutely fiendish!

If you are accustomed to a mouse and touch-typing it will take you about twelve seconds after you've popped the hood before you want to throw it across the room in frustration.

Other Thoughts: I cannot Think just now: I have just spent a half hour on this thingk, only to find out that I have to use it as a wall decoration.

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  • Drew K.
  • 7/26/2014 8:10:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Product

Pros: Looks nice in the box

Cons: trackpad is very clumsy and the screen resolution is not what expected

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  • George A.
  • 7/25/2014 7:36:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer be ware

Pros: None!!!

Cons: When I got this laptop opened it, went through set up process when finished battery would never charge passed 99%. call tech support and after a lot of useless stuff then thry said would send new battery and charger. Well 2 days later got new battery same problem! Had to send laptop back took 5 days it's working right now but I can't recommend this to anyone based on my experience.

Other Thoughts: save you money. This was not the fault of Newegg or seller but Lenovo

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