"This was my first laptop and I have had so many problems with it so far, having to do with the screen not working, then the display inverter going bad as well. I will never buy this computer again and would not advise people to buy it either. It is a cheap computer made by cheap people. Lenovo makes better computers than this model."
Cons: Display resolution, Memory, Included Software
"This laptop was purchased mainly for schoolwork, but as it turns out, an AMD A10 is capable of playing almost every game out there. I installed Steam and grabbed a lot of Source games and they all run perfectly maxed. I also used Photoshop and stuff, and the OpenCL accelleration that they A10 offers made it much faster than the Intel equivalent. This is does work and plays games equally well."
"I am very familiar with computers, and I chose the Thinkpad Edge E535 based on its winning specifications: solid processing power, great battery life, highly useable feature set, and reasonable price
My Configuration: Processor AMD A-Series A8-4500M Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Display type 15.6" W HD (1366x768) AntiGlare, Midnight Black Total memory 4 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM) Pointing device UltraNav with FingerPrint Reader Hard drive 320GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm Battery 6 cell Li-Ion Battery 62WH - 75+ WiFi wireless LAN ThinkPad a/b/g/n Wireless & Bluetooth 4.0 (2x2 ABGN & BT 4.0)
The Good: The AMD A8-4500m is a capable processor and it handled everything I threw at it from word processing to viewing HD videos online to playing some older computer games (Bioshock). The chassis is relatively light weight and well designed, though there is a little bit of wiggle in the battery. 3x USB 3.0 ports! HDMI and VGA! Bluetooth 4.0 and 2x2 Network Performance is great! Some ThinkVantage Utilities such as Power Manager, Fingerprint, Airbag, etc. are very nice. Runs cool and quiet. 62WHr battery isn't physically larger than the 48WHr one, and I got 6 hours out of a single charge with moderate to light use (note taking, web surfing, presenting).
The Bad: Single Channel Memory default configuration. AMD APU's need dual channel memory to reach peak performance. Simply swapping the memory from 1x 4GB to 2x 2GB dramatically increased the Windows Experience Index for Graphics, from 4.1/6.1 to 6.7/6.7 5400 RPM HDD is very slow. Windows Experience Index of only 5.5 No Additional Optical Drive choices.
The Ugly: Display is very bright and contrast is BAD. Vertical view angle is POOR. The E535's matte display is the worst display I have never seen. The combination of bright display and low contrast is the perfect combination for eyestrain and fatigue. Color accuracy and black levels are also abysmal. Since the contrast ratio is so low, shadow detail in photographcs get crushed into a gray mess, and even bright colors end up looking dull.
Conclusion: Overall, I really wanted to like the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E535, but the poor screen ruined this machine for me. Personally, I think the screen is the MOST IMPORTANT part of a laptop since it's a fundamental element of the user interface. If I can't stand the screen, then the other components don't begin to matter."
Cons: Screen size, Storage, Display resolution, Included Software, Display performance
"I have been a daily computer user for most of my life, so in that time I have encountered notebooks of many different varieties. Having used everything from Atom-based netbooks to premium MacBooks, I can say that the E535 holds its own with the best of them.
Given the slagging the review press had given AMD's first outing with the Bulldozer microarchitecture, Zambezi, I was concerned about the performance profile for the Trinity mobiles emerging this year. I have found that it performs capably in a variety of tasks at a level well above its price point, and within striking distance of the i5's territory. My main workstation is an aging dual CPU system with 8 cores, and I've found that many of the tasks I have used it for are quite happy running on half as many Trinity cores at their slightly higher clockspeed.
The build quality of the notebook is excellent, the best I've seen personally outside of unibody constructions. The keyboard is comfortable and quiet, with the perfect amount of key travel. The display panel, sadly, leaves much to be desired, with its low resolution and poor contrast levels betraying the otherwise excellent quality of the device. Why does a 768p display belong with a discrete-class GPU? The hinges on this display, however, are quite firm and the display does not move unneccesarily with my own motions.
My unit features the upgraded battery, which allows me to work for several hours away from a power socket without worry. The relatively svelte body and light weight make this an excellent choice for working on the move, at a much lower price point than any current-generation quad-core Intel mobile solution available today.
This is the best quality notebook I have used to date, exceeding the quality and usability of much more expensive equipment. Its only downfalls are down to OEM decisions such as refusal to offer SSD storage and proper resolution display panels, once again knee-capping an excellent product to favor more expensive segments with cherry-picked feature sets and Intel stickers."