Best Back-to-School Laptops for 2011
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s ($699)
Future captains of industry, taken note. A sporty interpretation of the classic ThinkPad, the E420s has chrome trim, edge-to-edge infinity glass, and a rubberized chassis. Its spill-resistant keyboard is among the best we’ve ever used, and we like that it has both a touchpad and a TrackPoint. Inside, a 2.3-GHz Core i5-2410M CPU, 320GB 7,200-rpm hard drive, and 4GB of RAM will provide all the power your student needs, and its 6 hours of battery life will get them through a full day of classes.