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Pros: Simple design (some would say boring), solid build quality, fast 1st Gen i3 processor, proven HM55 chipset (no Intel bloatware as in the HM77), good keyboard with TrackPoint (the little red pointing device), good screen (no glare issues), decent touchpad, some good ThinkVantage tools, excellent serviceability - very easy to upgrade both memory and storage plus fan cleaning or replacement will be a snap
Cons: Worse speakers of any notebook I have purchased since my Compaq Contura 3/25 and tweaking through the Realtek HD audio manager does help much; no glossy finish, no rubberized coating, no silver trim like other Thinkpad Edge models - just textured black plastic which looks and feels cheap (BTW unlike other online resellers Newegg's pictures of this 0579-6AU version are accurate); slow performance with the stock 2Gigs of memory (fortunately a very easy upgrade on this model and RAM is cheap right now), poor battery runtime with the stock 6 cell battery unless you use an aggressive power savings setting, just 3 2.0 USB ports (one of which is the combo USB/eSATA port) and no always on power USB port as in other Edge 14 models
Other Thoughts: This Edge 14 is not a real Thinkpad but what do you expect at this price? A real Thinkpad like a T series will cost at least 2 1/2 to 3 times as much. That being said, I actually really like this notebook, especially at this price. It is well made, has a fast processor, a good keyboard with TrackPoint (a must for me), and is easy to upgrade/modify/maintain. I bought this notebook to replace a Edge E420s that had died a early death. The Edge E420s was faster, thinner, lighter, and better looking. But it did not last long due to bad EEPROMs on its motherboard. And the E420s was not maintainable - in fact even its battery was not user serviceable. This Edge 14 is the exact opposite. I have already upgrade to 8 Gigs of memory (Crucial 2x4GB kit, $36 here at Newegg), a SSD (Crucial M4 128GB, on sale for $110 here at Newegg) and a 9 cell battery ($115 here at Newegg and it is a Lenovo part so no issues with the ThinkVantage power manager). So now for less than I paid for my E420s brick I have a lightening fast notebook that runs on battery for six to seven hours easy (got to love a SSD with a 9 cell battery). So if you can get past the cheap plastic look and can use a screwdriver and do some basic upgrades (more memory is a must) than this could be a notebook for you. I am very happy with itREAD FULL REVIEW