Lenovo's Edge 15 is a reasonably priced business notebook that bends into a handy presentation mode. The laptop's flexible hinge lets you bend it back 300 degrees, getting the keyboard out of the way for a better view of the 15-inch touch screen. It also delivers a handsome, minimalist design; a comfortable keyboard; and an HD webcam that's great for videoconferencing. It does have a few clear shortcomings — particularly, its lackluster battery life. But the Edge 15 is still an extremely solid midrange pick for business users, and it starts at just $569. While you wait for our full review, read on for three features that make it good for work.
It's hard to overstate the importance of a good keyboard in a business laptop, and that's what the Edge 15 delivers. It has well-spaced, sculpted keys that make touch typing very comfortable. It also includes a full 10-key number pad that makes crunching numbers a breeze, as well as full-size arrow keys for navigating around documents. The keyboard's main weak point is that it's a bit shallow and thus doesn't offer quite as much feedback as more premium notebooks do.
The Edge 15's flexible design is very useful, though a bit gimmicky. The screen flips back 300 degrees, so you can use the keyboard as a stand for the touch-screen display. That could come in handy when you want to show off a business presentation or slideshow to a small group. However, it's not as flexible as convertible laptops like Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro, which bends back a full 360 degrees so you can use it like a tablet.
A decent webcam is important if you plan to use your notebook for meeting remotely with colleagues or clients. The Edge 15 includes a solid 720p webcam that captures detailed images for videoconferencing sessions. Plus, the Edge 15's dual speakers are louder than average, so you'll have no trouble hearing the person on the other end of the call.