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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review: The method of business-class notebook PCs used to watch a simple rule: You’ll be able to have an extremely powerful notebook with a lot of ports, however, you can’t have both at the similar time. We review the top-tier configuration of the latest Lenovo ThinkPad T470s. Also a healthy amount of memory as well as new Kaby Lake processor and storage, the Chinese producer also implements a brighter WQHD panel. We’re a bit shocked by the weak cooling efficiency because the ULV processor can’t utilize its full potential.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Specification

Processor: Intel Core i7-7600U 2.8 GHz

Display Size: 14 inches

Mainboard: Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH

Battery Life: 51 Wh, 4339 mAh Lithium-Ion

OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

Weight: 1.364 kg

Price: $2256

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Design

The ThinkPad T470s has the similar trendy however simple matte black aesthetic as most of Lenovo’s different business laptops. It’s only dashes of color are provided by the red power light in the logo and the red TrackPoint pointing stick towards its keyboard. At 1.364 kg and 0.74 x 13.03 x 8.93 inches, the T470s simply a much heavier and thinner than its 2016 predecessor, ThinkPad T460s (13 x 8.9 x 74 inches, 3 pounds).

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Keyboard, TrackPoint, and TouchPad

Lenovo’s ThinkPad keyboards turn into a well-deserved status as the most effective in the industry, because of their strong tactile ideas, sturdy base, deep travel and large, smile-shaped keys.

The area of the touchpad together with the dedicated TrackPoint buttons didn’t change, either. However, the touchpad is now a Precision touchpad, where inputs are processed by Windows directly and not a third-party driver. There’s a small strip between the touch-sensitive surface and the TrackPoint buttons, which doesn’t accept inputs and wastes space. The three TrackPoint buttons (middle and left one in particular) clatter a bit more than on the updated ThinkPad T470 as properly, however, this doesn’t affect the handling.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Display

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The ThinkPad T470s’ 2560×1440, 14-inch touch screen offered sharp images, correct colors, wide viewing angles. When I noticed a 1080p trailer for Captain America: Civil War, nice features such as the lines in Steve Rogers’ forehead and the ridges in Captain America’s helmet seemed quite clear. Lenovo provides the ThinkPad T470s either with Full HD or WQHD panels.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Graphics and Audio

It has an Intel HD Graphics 620 has 24 Execution Units (just like earlier HD Graphics 520) running at 300 – 1150 MHz. The efficiency depends on a lot of the memory configuration; it should be comparable to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 920M in combination with a quick DDR4-2133 dual-channel memory.

The T470s offers a few of the richest audio I’ve listened from a business notebook. It comes with an Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH – High Definition Audio.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Hardware and Performance

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With its 16GB of RAM, 1 TB NVMe-SSD from Samsung and Intel Core i7-7600U 2.8 GHz, our review configuration of the ThinkPad T470s offered strong efficiency that was more than sufficient for any mainstream productivity process.

The Lenovo ThinkPad is properly equipped for all office workloads. However, the less costly models are equipped with trendy processors and SSDs as properly. The subjective performance should therefore not be a drawback for any model. The everyday efficiency of the ThinkPad T470s is superb. The fast NVMe-SSD ensures an extremely responsive system with short loading times if you launch applications.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Battery Life

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The battery capacity of the two integrated lithium-ion batteries was slightly improved compared to the earlier model and is now 51 Wh. The first battery is charged to 85%, then the second one to 85%, that takes 40 minutes each. Lenovo also has a USB-C port with an “Anti-Fry” safety to prevent damages from faulty USB-C power adapters. The connector is automatically closed when it detects the wrong voltage.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review – Configuration Options

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Our sample carries the designation 20HGS00V00 and represents the high-end campus (student & teacher) model for $2256. It’s equipped with the quickest ULV Core i7 processor Intel currently gives a WQHD panel, a generous 1 TB NVMe-SSD from Samsung and 16 GB RAM. There is no similar Topseller model for regular customers so far. However, it should be a couple of hundred Euros more costly. A corresponding model in Lenovo’s online store currently retails for almost $3063.

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Conclusion

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We’ve already talked about that Lenovo didn’t change the chassis of the ThinkPad T470s compared to the earlier T460s. The T470s is a fully new build with an even heavier and thinner chassis. Its stability and build high quality can simply meet the high beliefs we’ve for a notebook with a price far north of $2256.

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