Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, Display resolution, Display performance, much longer boot up time
"After reading a lot of reviews regarding Edge E530 and its price i decided to purchase it but my experience was avg(Satisfactory) not good. As per my opinion its boot up time is much longer while my machine is i5 3210 with 6GB ram. It is major drawback of this machine. Over all performance is good."
"I got this laptop 2 days ago,This is not portable laptop,It is good if you work only at home or in office, I mean you can't carry this laptop every where like as T series.This is not strong likeas T series. I recommend this laptop for people that they are not travelling with laptop and They like bright screen. The Screen is too bright , I don't like this too bright screen."
"I got this computer to replace a 6 year old Dell Studio laptop. I wish I didn't. The worst thing about it is the touchpad. It is terrible. It moves when you try to click on things and you end up either not clicking or in the wrong place. Sometimes it seems like you have to try a few times before it works. It is not very good at connecting to the internet. I have wifi and my Dell works much better when online. Every other computer I have bought comes with some sort of office software, so I assumed this would too, but no. Also while this is no fault of lenovo, I hate windows 8!! It is a very frustrating computer to use."
"I have been using IBM notebooks for about ten years now. Two models which satisfied me. good built, stable. but this E 530 Think Pad is nothing like them at all. Has been the most expensive so far but has the slowest performance when working on pictures and is instable with the 7 Home Premium. It´s ok though for the non working part like watching video. But I needed it to edit and send pictures, to write and surf the internet. I guess this will be my last IBM notebook. If it wasn´t just 5 months old I´ld trash it for it is slow and hangs itself up often. So for some parts of my work with pictures I use my old z60m which has developed a fan problem after 5 years of use"
"This E530 is a replacement for a 3-1/2 year old G530 that refuses to boot. I was very happy with the G530, so the E530 was an easy transition which I have own for a little over a month. I consider the E530 to be better built and performance is increased. My E530 is a quieter running machine and is the absolute basic model in the E530. The only thing that I'm not sure about is the touchpad. It has a textured surface and has the capability to right and left click. This is a feature I am not use to at this point and tend not to use. I was happy to be able to purchase a Thinkpad at a very reasonable price. I was able to get Windows 7 on the E530 which was very important in my decision to purchase it."
"Really it can only handle 8 gb ram and has the worst touch pad in the industry. the only redeeming feature is that you can upgrade it to windows 8 and get some functionality. I use a laptop for virtual systems practice and had always trusted Lenovo but this time they failed me and they failed big. The documentation on the outside of the box was inconclusive and misleading."
"I purchased the Thinkpad E530. I got the fingerprint reader, Windows 8, 8GBmemory, 500GB harddrive, 3rd gen i5 processor up to 3.3 GHz. I love almost everything about this machine. Windows 8 was weird at first, and I did think it would be pointless w/o a touch screen, but I really do like it now.The computer starts up quickly too. The fingerprint reader is such a cool feature as well-- I can sign into anything with a swipe of a finger. The only downside to this computer is the touchpad. If you click it and your finger is not at the very bottom, the mouse jumps. But, I dont even use the touchpad anyways. I use the little pointer thing all the time now. Its much easier/convenient. The touchpad really isnt even needed. The keyboard is also very nice too."
"I got the laptop about 3 weeks ago. The finger print reader temporarily hangs the browser for a few seconds before letting me scan my finger. Also, I usually pick the laptop up from the front holding it right next to the mouse pad. However, there seems to be a gap or something which makes a really loud squeaky noise. It happens on the other side of the mouse pad too. Every where else on the laptop, it seems really solid except these two places. I am not sure if it's just me or if someone else has faced this problem. Overall though, I like it so far. Also, the screen is way too bright. I am always running it below half of the brightness."
"First time using a product from Lenovo, and very impressed with this laptop. Love the full keyboard plus number pad. The macro keys for opening a folder window, auto folder search, locking the computer, and opening a calculator are BRILLIANT. I can't tell you how many times, within days of using it, I've used those keys. Very quick and efficient. No problems with the track pad, keys are perfectly spaced out. The laptop a decent weight, great screen, even comes with a built in camera. All around, I will definitely be looking at this laptop for my next personal laptop choice."
"I received this computer as a gift from someone and it did work fine for about a month or two and then the keyboard started to go haywire. When you hit certain buttons on the keyboard, it would show up as something totally different. Example, whenI hit "c" the computer would do a combination of "enter" and "b|". There are about 5 or 6 keys that do this but I did try to re install the keyboard.. diddn't work. I looked it up and many other people have the same problem. One person even posted that he sent it in to lenovo, it was fixed, a few months later the same problem happened again. I wouldn't recommend anyone getting this computer unless you want to because pretty disappointed in the next few months ALTHOUGH I was able to fix it by adding a external keyboard to it, it kind of ruins the purpose of having a laptop.. also the battery life isnt well at all.. I have about 20 minutes of battery life and the computer is 2 years old. My macbook pro, which I bought 4 years ago can still hold over 7 hours of battery."
"I just go a 530 with 24 inch screen and a docking station, or what IBM/Lenovo calls a docking station. First so far I'm overall happy with the purchase and the docking station is compact so it does take up less room. My complaint, there is NO on button on this thing!!!!! I have to open the laptop and trun it on. Now I'm sure some of you think oh well but I am a firm believer in truning the computer OFF if not in use. I mean first why waste electricity and I just don't trust a computer lift on when it's internet connection is always open. It's a pain in the A_S to open the computer just to start it up. It's like an automotive engineer who engineering the oil filter on the motor right over a cross member or something that the oil runs on instead of a straight shot to the oil pan. DA"
"The first thing I do when getting a new computer is to patch it with Microsoft Windows Updates. This laptop kept failing everytime when trying to patch. I exchanged it for another one and the same thing happened. The keyboard has no cap and number lock indicator. I am returning this and going with another competitors brand."
"Because of Intel SBA installed on this system, I would recommend avoiding purchase. I own one, and the SBA program slows down the system considerably and has resulted in the dreaded "blue screen of death" 3 times in as many months. There is no way to de-activate or turn off SBA, and Lenovo will not provide "free" support to determine if it is safe to uninstall the program. Unfortunate for Lenovo as a poor intel program is giving them a black eye and bad ratings."