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Lenovo 20B20011US ThinkPad Edge E545 AMD A6-5350M(2.90GHz) 15.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Notebook

  • AMD A-Series A6-5350M (2.90GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8450G
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • DVD±R/RW
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Learn more about the Lenovo E545 (20B20011US)

Model

Brand
Lenovo
Series
Edge
Model
E545 (20B20011US)
Part#
20B20011US

General

Operating System
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
CPU Type
AMD A6-5350M(2.90GHz)
Screen
15.6"
Memory Size
4GB DDR3
Hard Disk
320GB
Optical Drive
DVD±R/RW
Graphics Card
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
Video Memory
Shared memory
Communication
Gigabit LAN and WLAN

CPU

CPU Type
AMD A-Series
CPU Speed
A6-5350M (2.90GHz)

Display

Screen Size
15.6"
Resolution
1366 x 768

Operating Systems

Operating System
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Graphics

GPU/VPU
AMD Radeon HD 8450G
Video Memory
Shared system memory
Graphic Type
Integrated Card

Hard Drive

HDD
320GB
HDD RPM
5400RPM

Memory

Memory
4GB
Memory Speed
DDR3 1600

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type
DVD-R/RW

Communications

LAN
10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN
802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN

Input Device

Backlit Keyboard
Non-backlit

Supplemental Drive

Webcam
Yes

Power

Battery
6-cell lithium ion

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Thomas W.
  • 4/17/2014 2:49:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood performer

Pros: Feels solid, snappy for a laptop without an SSD.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Good laptop for normal everyday use- not a gamer. Liked it so much I bought another one 1 week after the first. I don't want to be forced to buy a laptop with Windows 8 later. Normal amount of bloatware that has to be removed.

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  • Hugh H.
  • 4/16/2014 9:02:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsTouch Typists Steer Clear

Pros: Pros:
-Non-gloss screen - the best for serious word work.
-Matt black finish: it's still a smug magnet but should age better than most glossy finishes
-The 3 USB 3.0 ports are a + (but they should ALL have been!)

Cons: -I've been using this model for less than a month as of this writing, but I am already tending toward agreement with several of the negatives expressed in other reviews: speed is underwhelming; painfully slow boot up; it has hung and crashed several times already; experiencing wi-fi problems (which may not be fully the fault of the machine); the hard drive is pathetically small for a such a big chassis; the click-trackpad is tricky. The right lower corner does nothing on my machine. I had presumed that it would act as the right mouse button.

-Cosmetics: Lenovo is in love with silver-ish trim. My previous E50 had that and - as anyone who carries a lappy around could tell on first sight - the wear shows up soon and makes the unit look old. Just as with indicator lights, Lenovo can't spend the extra nickel for real metal trim, OR, simply stick to ALL black plastic!

-I don't understand the praise I read here for the keyboard. I can touch type and this is the WORST Lenovo keyboard for that purpose that I've yet encountered. (I go back to the IBM Selectric typewriter: a tank with a keyboard you could not kill.) To be sure, even Lenovo's worst "may" be better than the best of some other brands. (The keyboard on my E50 was not bad.) But the E545's is a grave disappointment to me. The keys are spaced too far apart and are too large for my average-size male hands. (Microns matter in typing!) They somehow manage to click and yet feel spongy and actually wobble beneath my fingers. So, even my $5 plug-in keyboard is a great improvement and a must for me. So sad

Other Thoughts: The fault lies not in our stars, dear Brutus....(or something like that).
I realize now that I spent a little too little. $50 more (and a sale) could have meant a considerably higher level of power and quality overall, even from Lenovo. I was fooled twice.

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  • James P.
  • 4/13/2014 2:16:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThinkPad Edge E545 is Solid and Reliable

Pros: Good, writer's keyboard. Solid and reliable laptop. Windows 7 Pro a plus. I own a higher end, more expensive ThinkPad T530 and bought the budget ThinkPad Edge E545 as a backup for a Windows 7 laptop. While the Edge keyboard doesn't have all the bells and whistles and premium screen as does the T530, I find myself using the Edge almost as often and would be happy with it should it ever become my main laptop.

Cons: None yet. I and everyone I work with hates Windows 8 and it's stunted our desire to buy new computers. If you bought this with Windows 8, then it would be a con. Buy it with Windows 7 and make a backup disk as soon as you get it should you need to reinstall the operating system at a later date.

Other Thoughts: Good, writer's keyboard. Solid and reliable laptop. Windows 7 Pro a plus. I own a higher end, more expensive ThinkPad T530 and bought the budget ThinkPad Edge E545 as a backup for a Windows 7 laptop. While the Edge keyboard doesn't have all the bells and whistles and premium screen as does the T530, I find myself using the Edge almost as often and would be happy with it should it ever become my main laptop. The Lenovo ThinkPads are good business and everyday laptops with a good reliability track record. So far, the Edge E545 has been a joy to work with.

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  • paul b.
  • 4/9/2014 7:34:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice looking with problems

Pros: Good looking laptop. Decent visuals. Low reflection not glossy on the screen. Not glossy on the case. Good for writing documents and browsing the internet. OK for watching and listening to videos - OK speakers. It's not HD but I knew that a head of time. That is why it works as a writing station - bigger more visible fonts etc.

Cons: The wi-fi interface worked only intermittently. It would stop working and not reconnect unless I shut the system down and let it sit. I set all the power options so as not to let the power manager turn it off - this did not help at all. The latest driver was already installed. I returned the unit to Newegg because of this and ordered a middle of the road Acer with the same screen res and approximate weight but with an Intel I5.

The other con is that the system was under powered but I would have kept it if the wi-fi had worked.

Other Thoughts: SInce I have seen this problem reported in other units by other users I can't recommend it.

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  • Glenn C.
  • 4/8/2014 5:45:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate - still not a good latop

Pros: Same. nice keyboard. Decent Look. Can upgrade. Comes with Windows 7 (you do not want windows 8 without a touch screen, period.). Works great with openSuSe 13.1, not so well with Windows 7 or 8.1

Cons: SLOW. Do yourself a favor uninstall the Lenovo power manager - use windows settings. Lenovo Power manager crashes - causes issues. Should have come with an A8 or A10 processor. The A6 is pathetic on performance (even compared to a 2 year old Thinkpad T410 M520 which is bad). No LED's to minitor Hard Drive, Wan/Lan. This is a joke, since the machine is already slow - you do not know if it is reading the hard drive or hanging.

Other Thoughts: This laptop had potential. The Lenovo software uses Adobe air, which is very bad, crashes, etc. At minimum uninstall the power manager. Install more memory. For the price an only an A6 Lenovo did wrong to the customers with only 4 gigs of ram and an A6 processor. Install 8, better yet 16GB. I have had good luck with the Gskill F3-1600C9D-16GRSL with this laptop. Install a 7200 RPM hard drive, or an SSD if you can afford it. the performance becomes better with both options, and battery is not suffering too much with the 7200 RPM. Basically - buy for Windows 7 since there is no touch screen, then plan on updates - Like memory, hard drive and processor (to an A8 or A10). With that said, this machine is not engineered properly with price point. BTW, I have a degree in Electrical and computer engineering. This is a bad machine for the price.

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  • Aaron K.
  • 3/21/2014 8:28:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat lappy for the price.

Pros: Came with Windows 7 price was great for what you get. Gave you the discs to intall windows 8 if someone would rather have it.

Cons: Overall a good notebook but it does have the junkware on it so be prepared to get rid of that stuff.

Other Thoughts: I would recoomend it for anyone that wants a decent laptop at under $450.00 especially if you don't want windows 8 that was a good reason to buy for me. Newegg was great too no problems with shipping.

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  • Michael D.
  • 3/16/2014 10:18:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot your Father's ThinkPad

Pros: Excellent keyboard layout and feel, lots of USB3.0 ports, HDMI out, easily serviceable.

Cons: Washed out screen, defective Bluetooth and wifi, FN-key/F5 combos not always detected.

Other Thoughts: This laptop was a real disappointment. If you're thinking like I was "Wow, I can get a ThinkPad for $450?", stop thinking that now. The original KB is there as well as the red pointer thing and they feel great. But the underlying hardware/foundation is just not there.

The BT never worked in mine and the WiFi was spotty right out of the box. It would connect/disconnect at random times. The screen was a washed-out mess. Horrible contrast and colors that no amount of fiddling with the brightness or Intel HD Graphics control panel could make better. Additionally, the FN-key/F5 combos to turn off the camera, adjust the volume etc worked when they wanted to.

On top of it all, The Windows 7 Pro operating system that comes preinstalled is a downgrade from Windows 8. There is no license key sticker on the laptop. So forget about reinstalling W7.

The higher-end ThinkPads might still be the real deal, but this is not. Avoid.

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  • Glenn C.
  • 3/13/2014 7:40:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsJunk - cheapened laptop

Pros: Affordable and nice keyboard

Cons: Slow, even with 16 Gigs Ram (upgrade). NO LEDS. Can not tell if hard drive is spinning, caps lock is on, or num lock is on. Cheapened to the point of not useful. Debating returning.

Other Thoughts: Buy another laptop. No LED's to even tell the basics such as hard drive spinning, caps lock, or num lock.

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  • Wyatt W.
  • 2/21/2014 7:37:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Deal

Pros: Light and compact, the matte finish on the outside makes it easier to hold onto. 4gig speed in a less than $500 model is pretty good, too bad that it isn't an easy upgrade to 8 or this thing would scream. I wanted the Win7 Pro pkg due to Network ease of compatibility but am happy for the 8pro upgrade included.

Cons: Little things that you would expect for the price tag honestly. Not as uber as some models, but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I read a couple reviews complaining about win7/win8 issues. People need to remember that this is not the fault of the computer or manufacturer. Although, a written explanation that Win7 is embedded and that the Win8 discs are an optional upgrade would help to cut down on initial confusion.

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  • Daniel J.
  • 2/15/2014 8:00:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThinkpad Edge E545 is awesome

Pros: I've had the laptop for a few months now and I have not found anything at all wrong with it.

Cons: the con (which I don't really consider a con) is the display is average. Nothing super special but not very bad either. Storage space is low compared to other hard drives but it is more than enough for the average user.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to EVERYONE looking for a computer if they

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