Go for the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E431 (6277-4XQ) if you are looking for a notebook which performs equally well in all aspects, be it business or entertainment. While the Intel Core i5 processor makes it a sound business partner, the 1GB graphics card and Dolby speakers provide high quality entertainment. The absence of any user friendly OS is a big drawback though.
Display and Design
The Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E431 (6277-4XQ) flaunts a sharp 14-inch HD LED backlit Anti Glare display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels that allows you to stare at the screen comfortably without straining your eyes. From the outside, it may look dull and chunky with a thickness of 34mm. However, it has a comparatively lesser weight of 2.13kg.
Processor and OS
On the inside, it is packed with a mighty 3rd generation Intel Core i5 CPU sprinting at 2.6GHz and based on HM77 Express chipset. It is assisted by a standard 4GB DDR3 RAM which can of course be expanded up to 16GB via 2 DIMM slots for better response.
The 1GB Intel HD 4000 GOU handles rich graphics proficiently without much lag. Although the lack of any preloaded OS in a laptop of this price is disappointing, you can overcome it by installing one of your choice.
Camera, Storage and Multimedia
The Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E431 (6277-4XQ) is armed with a webcam for online video calls and offers quick response with its 500GB SATA HDD functioning at 7200 rpm. It also features a SuperMulti DVD RW Drive which enables you to retrieve high quality movies and games at ease. The stereo speakers powered by Dolby Advanced Audio v2.0 provide theatre like sound.
Battery and Connectivity
The Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E431 (6277-4XQ) sports a 6 cell Li-ion battery which guarantees a backup of up to 3 hours. Connectivity wise, it is loaded with features like Gigabit Ethernet, 4-in-1 card reader, VGA port, HDMI out, Bluetooth v4.0, WLAN, 2 USB 3.0 slots and 1 USB 2.0 port.