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ThinkPad Edge E531 (68852BU) Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

  • Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
  • DVD burner, 9.5mm high, fixed, not removable, tray-in
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jhampa S.
  • 4/28/2014 6:49:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThinkPad Edge E531 with i5 3230M

Pros: Good solid machine. What is excellent is how easy to switch the HD to an SSD. What happens? Well temperature of the HD runs at about 40 to 45 with busy programs. With the SSD runs at 30 to 34 with the same program. I added 4 more gigs of RAM and it boots in 14 secs now, programs flash up in seconds. Big change was the "Experience Rating" it went from 5.1 to 6.4. Finally the battery life is over 5 hours with the SSD. So I definitely recommend an SSD. I got a 240 gig Kingston drive mine.
My specs
i5 processer
8 gigs ram
240 gig SSD

Cons: nothing to complain about but the cover gets oily finger prints. Minor problem. Be careful making your 'restore DVDs" I blew it and you can only do it once from the laptop. What was great was Lenovo send me for free the Win 7 Professional restore disks, they arrived in 2 days after I asked for them. Great service.

Other Thoughts: all in all I am very happy with this computer with the i5 processor. Runs my Skyrim game well off the SSD, slow on the HD. Other programs just scream on this, Outlook 2013 flashes up in 3 seconds. Happy camper

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  • Nicholas C.
  • 3/11/2014 11:08:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNeeds SSD upgrade

Pros: Solid specs for the price, runs Windows 7 and Windows 8 for dual compatibility. Comes with the little red control stick mouse in the middle of the keypad which is a nice feature to put back in the new generation of Lenovo laptops.

Cons: Needs an SSD upgrade out of the box and in order to reinstall Windows 7 Professional you MUST order the recovery discs from Lenovo. You cannot create them and the product key is locked even if you get it from the registry on the original HDD. You cannot activate Windows 7 Pro with a retail copy disc and the product key in the registry.

Other Thoughts: For the price it's a great buy but throw a SSD in this thing and get rid of all the bloated Lenovo software and it really breathes new life into it.

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  • Nelson C.
  • 2/20/2014 8:30:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo Think Pad E531Excellent Laptop for the Money

Pros: I love this Lenovo Think Pad you can upgrade the memory Up to 16 GB Max DDR3. You can upgrade the HDD up to 1TB and install a SSD 500 GB Storage it has a Micro 24 GB NEFF Memory for windows 8.
The reason I got it was it came with window 7 Pro
and they gave you the disk for window 8 Pro.

Cons: You have to backup window 7 Pro to save it as a Restore disk.

Other Thoughts: Very happy with this purchase The selling Points were numeric keypad be able to upgrade the memory and the hard drive to SSD and has the Integrated Fingerprint Reader and Bluetooth

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/23/2014 11:16:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat PC however Did not come as advertised

Pros: Great value for the money

Cons: Advertised as windows 7 came as windows 8

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  • Jim H.
  • 12/26/2013 5:19:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLenovo E531

Pros: 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 checkpoint on I-8 as I was driving to SD on I-8.)

Cons: 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 seemed different with much tighter tolerances. The whole touch pad is still on springs or whatever, but the replacement unit seems much better.

Other Thoughts: 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

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  • Milton S.
  • 12/15/2013 7:20:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None, if they stop srewing with my computer i might give better review!!!!!!!!

Cons: Lenova keeps changing my settings. I have unchecked light tapping about 20 times and they keep putting check back in the box. it is totally disgusting. i know they made the computer but i bought and paid for it and i should be the one decide what settings i want!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jim H.
  • 12/11/2013 6:37:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI don't like the touch pad

Pros: Nice looking, nice quality.. Lenovo, HP and Dell offer Windows 7 through late 2014!
That's how I ended up with this computer.
but I am familiar with Lenovo quality and like it.

Cons: This laptop has a very strange touchpad. The whole touch pad moves when I right or left click.. Seems to be on springs or something. To me, it is hard to right click, etc.. Seems sloppy and often have to do it several times to get it right.. often it bumps the cursor attempting to right click

As elegant as Lenovo is, this touch pad seems sloppy to work with.. The latest Lenovo tech guy says all E531 Thinkpads use this touch pad.

Other Thoughts: I have a very attractive Lenovo Ideapad.. beautiful quality computer. And a desktop with an early Lenovo flat screen.
All very nice

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  • Chris M.
  • 11/19/2013 12:41:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: -Windows 7 Preloaded with windows 8 upgrade disks
-solid keyboard
-Fast I5
-good general use laptop

Cons: -Cheap plastic case
-NO Windows 7 COA Sticker

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  • Luis I.
  • 11/3/2013 7:00:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Laptop for the Money

Pros: Excellent value. Windows 7 Professional. Great keyboard. Good form factor (small bezel, edge-to-edge keyboard). Great for general business use and home entertainment / iTunes / Movie watching.

Cons: Touchpad buttons at the top are sometimes difficult to right-click, especially when using the pointing stick. Not a gaming powerhouse but very good all-round machine and is able to run mainstream games at lower graphics settings.

Other Thoughts: Very happy with this purchase, we purchased 2 for the family and are 100% satisfied - Windows 7 Professional was a major selling point. Touchpad takes some getting used to but I've come to expect this from all new-to-me laptops. Very disappointed in the reviewer that gave "1 egg" for what was likely an honest mistake in the factory software rollback, skewing the results and misinforming others.

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  • Marvin R.
  • 10/24/2013 4:03:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWarning: WINDOWS 8

Pros: Intel i5 - Great Processor!

Cons: The description states this laptop comes with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. It DOES NOT! Windows 8 Pro is preinstalled on this computer.

Other Thoughts: Chat support didn't get the idea that doing an RMA Replacement was unhelpful when the replacement would come pre-installed with the current problem, and waiting 3 - 4 weeks to receive a refund and then re-order another laptop with the possibility of it coming with Windows 8 was out of line for my current need. Thank you Microsoft for allowing a downgrade!

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