The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 starts at a reasonable price of $ 783 for a basic model, but the $ 1,383.20 model I’ve tested is worth the price of the upgrades. In return you get a regular laptop with 16 GB of RAM, a glare-resistant Full HD screen, a fast 256 GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Pro and one of the best backlit keyboards on a laptop. Add $ 15 and you can replace it with an extended battery that allows you to use the system for more than 17 hours. In any case, the T470 is the laptop you should have for your staff, making the more expensive Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon at level C the last choice for business notebooks.
Classic aesthetics, new functions
The matt anthracite gray exterior has a soft touch surface and the red TrackPoint controller in the form of an eraser is where you expect it in the middle of the comfortable keyboard. The T470 measures 0.79 by 13.25 by 9.15 inch (HWD) and weighs 3.74 pounds with its standard three-cell battery. Replaced with the extended six-cell battery increases the weight slightly to 4.15 pounds. Although not the lightest or slimmest laptop, it is only a bit bigger and heavier than competitors like the Dell Latitude 14 5000 series (5480) at Dell, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470s and the HP EliteBook 1040 G3. You will have no problem plugging the T470 into a laptop bag designed for laptops of 15 inches or smaller.
IT teams will love a new feature built into the chassis: removing the keyboard and accessing the motherboard is now a matter of loosening two screws, instead of the multiple screws and tabs of last year’s model. Lenovo also adds a single USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 technology, compared to the two minimum ports of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro. However, it also has a traditional USB 3.0 port and the ThinkPad AC adapter connector on the left side of the notebook. On the right you will find an Ethernet port, an HDMI connection, a headphone connection, a Kensington lock port, an SD card reader and two other USB 3.0 ports. This comprehensive choice of ports is much more convenient than MacBook Pro, requiring awkward adapters for USB Type A, HDMI or Ethernet connectivity.
Always the best keyboard
The backlit keyboard is splash-proof and every scalloped button provides a comfortable ride. After using the shallow keyboard on the Apple MacBook Pro, the T470 is almost luxurious. Typing multiple hours at once is no problem on the T470, a feature that he shares with the X1 Carbon, the $ 1,079.10 ThinkPad T470s at Lenovo and virtually every other ThinkPad in recent years. Although still good, the keyboards in the HP EliteBook 1040 G3 series and the Dell Latitude 14 5000 series as business flights to the first class of the ThinkPad. It features a built-in TrackPoint pointing device for ThinkPad veterinarians and a touchpad with the touch of a button under three physical mouse buttons. The Touchpad uses Microsoft’s TouchPad technology, so Windows 10 updates the drivers automatically, simplifying support. The fingerprint reader on the right side of the keyboard works with Windows Hello and can be integrated with your organization’s security policy for shortcuts in your accounts.
Image and sound: suitable for companies
The system loudspeakers are below the base, aimed at the front of the laptop. They offer enough volume to fill a small room, but are tuned to voice instead of layered music or sounds from videos. They sounded good when watching lectures on YouTube, but the moment I played movie trailers like Dr. Strange and The Avengers, the sound effects and the music deteriorated the voices and damaged the clarity.
In the same way, the non-glare coating on the 14-inch contactless screen smeared the reflection of the room, but softened the colors. IPS screen with full HD resolution (1920×1080) offers enough space to work, but has a score of 220 nits, identical to the Dell Latitude 14 5000 series, but much darker than the screen 2560 x 1600 resolution of the MacBook Pro (500 nits) or $ 799.99 Dell Dell 13 Touch to display the resolution of Dell 3200 by 1800 (400 nits). Having 220 nits is enough for office documents, but you will need one of the last two notebooks if you take a critical look at photos and videos or use the laptop outside. The T470 comes with a one-year warranty.
A 720p webcam is centered above the screen where you expect it. The two-row microphones are located next to the camera and offer noise reduction for web conferences and others. The quality of the camera is perfect for individual or one-to-many webcasts via Skype for Business or other services.
Take the extended battery, trust me
An Intel Core i5-7300U processor with Intel HD Graphics 620 supplies the T470. The performance is comparable to that of other business systems, including those with slightly faster Core i7-7600U processors. He scored 3132 points on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional test, which was only slightly slower than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad T470s and HP EliteBook 1040 G3 1 $ 299.00 Amazon. He was competing with the Dell Latitude series 14 7000 equipped with a Core i7 (7480) $ 1 029.00 Dell on multimedia testing (Handrake, 02:04, Cinebench, 356 points Photoshop 3:31), which corresponds to the last on the Handbrake score and Dell’s lead on CineBench with 4 points. Like most business laptops with built-in graphics, the T470 has not returned the 30 frames per second we consider playable in the Heaven (24fps) and Valley (29fps) tests, but it was close to the Apple MacBook Pro.
Battery life is a highlight for the $ 783.20 T470 at Lenovo. It is equipped with a three-cell internal battery and an external battery with three cells and a hot-swappable battery. The combination of the two three-cell batteries lasted 9 hours and 21 minutes during our reduction test. However, a removable six-cell battery costs only $ 15 more and it is worth it. Allows you to turn off the computer for 17 hours and 39 minutes. It is much longer than the Apple MacBook Pro (16h26), the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 1 397.99 $ at Amazon (15h59) or the Dell Latitude 7480 (13h03). With the hot exchange and delivery of new batteries, you can extend this number of overtime hours.
The classic business laptop
In many ways, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 could be close to the ideal for businesses. It has a classic aesthetic, is powerful enough for most office tasks, is comfortable enough to satisfy a wide range of business users, can be configured up or down, depending on your budget and needs, and has an autonomy from 17.5 hours single load. It costs less than his two brothers and sisters, the T470s and the X1 Carbon (which also has more ports than). I have no problem assigning the latest Editors’ Choice for professional notebooks to the ThinkPad T470, which replaces the X1 Carbon.