Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review → The Lenovo ThinkPad T470 is the perfect mainstream business laptop available on the market, because of its epic battery life, incredible keyboard, and a plethora of ports. For users who need a little more power, Lenovo makes the ThinkPad T470p, which ups the ante with a quad-core Core i5 or i7 CPU, an optionally available 2K screen and optionally available Nvidia graphics. Beginning at $944 ($1,308 as reviewed), the 14-inch T470p has slightly better performance than its slimmer sibling, however, for a comparatively minor bump in speed, you need to dwell on a heavier chassis, no Thunderbolt 3 port, and half the battery life.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Specifications
Processor 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7440HQ
RAM 8 GB
Storage 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display 14-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080)
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 630
Dimensions 13.3 x 9.25 x 0.94-inches/ 3.6 poundsback to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Design
Even amongst ThinkPads, most of which have the identical raven-black aesthetic and boxy shape, the T470p appears boring. Rather than using the identical luxurious, soft-touch materials as on the regular ThinkPad T470’s lid, sides and bottom, Lenovo put plain matte plastic on all sides of the T470p.
The ThinkPad T470p has many of the ports a productivity user would need, with one big exception: In contrast to its siblings — the ThinkPad T470 and T470s — the laptop lacks a Thunderbolt 3 port. Contemplating that the T470p is meant to be the high-performance model in the group, Lenovo’s choice to exclude probably the most powerful port available on the market is baffling. Excessive-end users can neglect about outputting to some 4K monitors, connecting to the fastest external drives or charging the device via a standard docking station. The re’s no regular USB Type-C port, either.
On its left facet, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470p homes a USB 3.0 port, an audio jack, Lenovo’s proprietary power connector and an optionally available smart-card reader. The right facet comprises a Kensington lock slot, an Ethernet port, a mini DisplayPort, and two more USB 3.0 ports. An SD-card reader is located on the front lip. It’s worth noting that, although the ThinkPad T470p makes use of Lenovo’s proprietary flat connector, it requires a 90-watt charger rather than the 65-watt units that come with most ThinkPads.
Measuring at 13.3 x 9.24 x 0.94 inches and weighing 3.6 pounds (with the three-cell battery), the ThinkPad T470p is noticeably bigger and heavier than the standard Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (0.79 inches thick and weighing 3.48 pounds), the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon ( weighing 2.4 pounds and 0.65 inches thick) and the Asus’sPro B9440 (weighing 2.4 pounds and 0.6 inches thick). The Dell’s Latitude 5480 ( weighing 4 pounds and 0.9 inches) is a tad heavier than the T470p. For those who use the six-cell battery, which more than doubles the battery life, the T470p’s weight will increase to 4 pounds, and the bigger battery adds a slight tilt to the laptop’s bottom.back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Keyboard, TouchPad, and Track Point
Lenovo’s ThinkPad keyboards have a well-deserved status for being among the many greatest in the industry, and the T470p’s typing surface lives up to that legacy. With a deep 2.3 millimeters of the vertical key journey (1.5 to 2 mm is good) and 74 grams of actuation force required to press the keys (65 to 70 grams is good), the keys have plenty of feedback and by no means let me bottom out while typing.
Like most different Lenovo’s business laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470p has two entirely different pointing devices: a touchpad and a TrackPoint nub. I strongly favor the TrackPoint because it provides probably the most accurate navigation you will get on any laptop and lets you move the pointer without lifting your palms off the home row.
However, even for those who don’t like pointing sticks, you will have a nice experience with the 3.9 x 2.2-inch buttonless touchpad. In my testing, the pad offered clean movement through the desktop, several apps and a drawing session in Windows Paint. It also responded precisely to multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipe.back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Display
The Lenovo ThinkPad T470p’s 14-inch, Full-HD 1920 x 1080 display isn’t notably bright or vibrant. However, it’s more than enough for productiveness. When I played a 1080p trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, colors like the purple titles and the blue in Yondu’s skin appeared a bit muted, with a bit yellow bias. Although the fine details, like the markings on Drax’s skin and Groot’s bark, had been sharp and prominent.
Based on our colorimeter, the T470p can reproduce an average 69 % of the sRGB color gamut, which is way below than the category average for a 14-inch laptop (94 %), the Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (104 %) and the Asus’sPro B9440 (103 %). The regular ThinkPad T470 (73 %) and Dell’s Latitude 5480 (71 %) have also been a bit better.
The screen reached 229 nits of brightness on our light meter, which is under the category average (255 nits), the Asus’sPro B9440 (291 nits) and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (275 nits). The regular ThinkPad T470 (234 nits) was a bit brighter, whereas Dell’s Latitude 5480 (202 nits) was fairly a bit dimmer. Thankfully, colors stayed mostly true at wider viewing angles, fading just slightly as we moved past 45 degrees to the left or right.back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Graphics
With its built-in Intel HD Graphics 630 GPU, our ThinkPad T470p scored 80,577 on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark test. That’s slightly better than the average (78,337) and much higher than the scores from the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Asus’sPro B9440, Dell Latitude 5480 and the regular ThinkPad T470, all of which have the dual-core processors with Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 620 GPUs. However, for those who plan to do a lot video or picture editing, we suggest configuring your ThinkPad T470p with an optionally available Nvidia’s GTX 940 graphics card (extra $80).back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Audio
The Thinkpad T470p’s sound system are loud enough to fill a mid-size living room and clear enough to play music or videos. While listening to the Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” there was a clear separation of sound between the percussion and vocals, both of which stayed clear. AC/DC’s guitar- and drum-heavy “Back in Black” sounded good overall, with just a small hint of tin from the drums.
Like other Lenovo laptops, the ThinkPad T470p also comes with Dolby Audio enabled by default and the ability to modify between Music, Voice, and Movie profiles. Disabling the Dolby’s setting made the music sound much hollow.back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Hardware and Performance
With its quad-core Intel’s Core i5-7440HQ CPU, with 8GB RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD storage, our review configuration of the Lenovo ThinkPad T470p is powerful enough for critical multitasking and major productivity duties.
On Geekbench 4, a benchmark that measures the overall performance of the laptop, the ThinkPad T470p scored a strong 11,590, which is way higher than the 8,845 category average. This score was also enough to beat the scores from the Intel’s Core i5-7200U-powered regular ThinkPad T470 (6,699) and Asus’sPro B9440 (7,197) and the Intel’s Core i7-7600U-enabled Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7,879) and Dell’s Latitude 5480 (8,530).
Office workers will admire the ThinkPad T470p’s capability to crunch numbers with great speed. The laptop completed our spreadsheet macro test, which includes matching 20,000 names with their addresses, in quick 3 minutes and 22 seconds, which is significantly faster than the category average (4:25), the Asus’sPro B9440 (4:02) and the regular ThinkPad T470 (4:01). However, opponents with Intel’s Core i7 CPUs finished the duty in similar times. The Dell Latitude 5480 was even 10 seconds faster.
The Thinkpad T470p’s 256GB PCIe SSD took just 17 seconds to repeat 4.97GB of blended media files, for a transfer rate of 299.4 MBps, which is comfortably higher than the 217.2 MBps typical average. The regular Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (267.8) and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (242) were a bit slower, whereas both the Dell Latitude 5480 and the Asus’sPro B9440 had been well under 200 MBps.back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Heat
The Lenovo ThinkPad T470p stayed significantly cool throughout our heat tests. After we had streamed a FullHD video for 15 minutes from YouTube, the laptop’s touchpad measured a cool 79.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the keyboard hit just 81 degrees, while, the bottom surface of the laptop reached 87 degrees Fahrenheit. All of those temperatures fall nicely beneath our 95-degree consolation threshold. But do expect some rising temperatures if you opt for Nvidia’s graphics card over the integrated Intel’s graphics card.
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Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Battery Life
The ThinkPad T470p can just about last through a workday, however only for those who use it with the optionally available six-cell battery. With the six-cell battery, the laptop lasted a strong but unimpressive 8 hours and 50 minutes on our Battery Test, which includes steady internet browsing over Wi-Fi. That time is longer than the average (8:12) and the Asus’sPro B9440’s mark of 8:26. However, the regular Lenovo ThinkPad T470 with its six-cell battery lasted an epic 17 hours and 25 minutes, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon endured for 12 hours and 21 minutes, and finally the Dell Latitude 5480 died after 11 hours and 37 minutes.
Don’t even consider using the T470p with the default, three-cell battery. With the low-capacity battery on board, the machine lasted only 3 hours and 7 minutes — less than half the category average. In contrast, the regular T470 lasted an above-average 8 hours and 39 minutes when using its three-cell battery.back to menu ↑
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Review – Configuration Options
The ThinkPad T470p begins at $944. For that price, you get a 1080p screen, an Intel’s Core i5-7330HQ CPU with 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a three-cell battery and Intel’s built-in HD 630 graphics. Our $1,308 assessment configuration, which presents the perfect stability between price and performance, one-ups the bottom model with an Intel’s Core i5-7440HQ CPU with 8GB RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD storage and a six-cell battery. It can save you $80 on this config by going with the slightly slower Intel’s Core i5-7300HQ processor.
On Lenovo.com, you’ll be able to configure the laptop with as much as a Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD and a 2560 x 1440 display. Whatever else you select, it is best to spend the extra $15 to upgrade to the larger, six-cell battery and a minimum of a 256GB SSD, which adds $210 to the price.back to menu ↑
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Lenovo’s ThinkPad T470p presents the robust performance, an excellent keyboard, and a sturdy chassis. For those who like the original T470 but feel like you need to have a quad-core processor in your laptop, a 2K screen or low-end Nvidia graphics, the T470p is a good selection.
However, for others, the regular Lenovo ThinkPad T470 is a much better alternative, because of its longer battery life, soft-touch design, and Thunderbolt 3 port. Additionally, at least in the tests we ran, the performance gap between the ThinkPad T470p and the ThinkPad T470 was small and would probably shrink further in case you were to get a ThinkPad T470 that had a Core i7 processor. Buyers who want a much lighter and classier laptop that costs more can go for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which has an all-soft-touch chassis and 12 hours of battery life.
However, if you need to squeeze every iota of processing power out of a mainstream business laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad T470p may very well be a great alternative you.back to menu ↑