Introduction, Design Features
With a attainment of a Lenovo ThinkPad T470ThinkPad T460 it replaces, that is a good thing: The ThinkPad T470 retains a best-in-class build quality, unrivalled keyboard, and oh-so-welcome swappable battery of a predecessor. New for 2017 are a latest Intel Core-i processors (in a 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” line), a somewhat tweaked chassis, support over recent USB for Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a few other enhancements.
At underneath $900, a starting cost for a T470 bottom indication is attractive, and configuring in a faster CPU, a improved screen, and other pivotal niceties still nets out to a reasonable cost if you’re selective. On a exam build, a extras totaled out to a $1,288 final cost during this writing, accessible approach from CDW and a small some-more or reduction from other resellers. That’s not bad for a laptop that can expected withstand daily use for five-plus years if we take caring of it. The ThinkPad T array is done for long-term use, and even in Computer Shopper’s possess parent-company offices, lots of employees bruise divided a day on a reduction of ThinkPad T laptops going behind to a ThinkPad T440, 4 generations ago. If that’s not a covenant to a line, we’re not certain what is.
ThinkPad T470s we reviewed a few weeks before this model, that comes in china or black, there’s still usually that one paint for a ThinkPad T470: matte black. It competence not be a trendiest-looking laptop available, though a “rubberized” finish is cool to smudges and fingerprints. And honestly, anyone deliberation a mainstream T-series appurtenance is not looking for trendy. This is a line whose pattern thrives on it being staid.
The framework contours are also informed T-series, with squared-off edges and nary a bend or a finish in sight. The box measures 20mm thick, that creates it marginally thinner than a ThinkPad T460ThinkPad T470s we reviewed a few weeks before this model (18.8mm, tapering to 17mm; it’s in hint a slimline chronicle of a T470). The ThinkPad T470 framework also has fewer screws than on a T460 model’s, creation it easier to use for IT departments that still do that kind of thing.
As for weight, a ThinkPad T470 comes in during unequivocally reasonable 3.6 pounds with a removable three-cell battery extrinsic or 3.9 pounds with a extended six-cell pack. That creates it 3 ounces lighter than a effusive T460 model, though heavier than a 2.9-pound ThinkPad T470s. All considered, the ThinkPad T470 isn’t a thinnest or lightest 14-inch ultrabook on a market, though it’s still underneath an in. thick and ideally portable. Opting for a extended battery also gives a appurtenance a good lift during a rear, as we can see below.
In box you’re wondering, because not usually go for a skinnier indication (itself an glorious business ultraportable), opting for a ThinkPad T470 over a “s” various nets we that user-swappable battery, that is a singular and acquire thing among ultrabooks these days. Turning over a T470, we were happy to see a informed outlines of a battery in a bay. We roughly wept…
Moreover, a battery is not usually user-replaceable, it’s hot-swappable. The ThinkPad T470 incorporates an inner three-cell battery in further to a removable battery, along with a record that Lenovo dubs “Power Bridge.” When a removable battery starts to run low, we can barter it out for a uninformed container though powering down a appurtenance or plugging in, given a inner battery will keep a laptop going. And when a laptop is on AC power, a inner battery charges first, so it’s always prepared to go.
If we are purchasing a gangling battery, we suggest we opt for a six-cell. (The three-cell is a customary issue.) Yes, it adds bulk, though it protrudes from a bottom of a device usually adequate to put it during a gentle angle for typing, and it provides a available handhold to boot, as we can see here…
The battery coherence alone is value carrying a ThinkPad T470 on your brief list if we are a critical business traveler, though a T470 pattern also has continuance as a offered point. The lid is done of a magnesium hybrid that’s lightweight nonetheless strong, while a bottom of a clamshell is glass-reinforced plastic. The appurtenance meets or exceeds a standards for 8 MIL-STD 810G troops acceptance (a.k.a. “MIL-SPEC”) tests for bearing to humidity, vibration, sand, automatic shock, altitude (operating during 15,000 feet), low heat (kept during -4 degrees F for 72 hours), high heat (cycles of 70 to 140 degrees F), and heat startle (a pitch from -4 degrees F to +140 degrees over dual hours). Then Lenovo engineers covering on their possess tests for dust, bumps, electrostatic discharges, drops, and things being forsaken on a lid, among other hazards.
We’ve used—and praised—a lot of ThinkPad keyboards over a years, though in terms of feel, a keyboard on a ThinkPad T470 competence be a company’s best bid yet.
As before, a island-style keyboard is spill-resistant, means to withstand a few ounces of H2O though repairs to a unit. If we are a complicated hold typist, you’ll conclude a rock-solid feel; there’s no flex in a middle, as we’ve gifted with some keyboards. Key thrust (the volume of up-down travel) is mark on, while a size, spacing, and ever-so-slightly cupped figure of a keys creates for fewer mistakes as your fingers pierce from one to a next. The usually slight disproportion we understand from prior ThinkPad keyboards is reduction heard feedback as we press a key. Of course, some users competence cite this near-silent keyboard, generally if we are disposed to typing in meetings or after-hours with someone perplexing to nap in a same room.
In short, a island-style keyboard is a best we’ve used on a business laptop (really among all laptops, exclusive a few freakish, outrageous gaming laptops with loyal automatic keyboards), and a new chronicle seems a bit quieter than a one on a prior model. The all-new hold pad is ample and responsive, and a classical TrackPoint indicating nubbin is there for a dozen or so humans left who are skilful during regulating it…
For we hunt-and-peck typists, you’ll conclude a backlight that delivers a soothing white light by a letters on a pivotal tops. Speaking of pivotal tops, we also conclude a “multimedia Function keys,” where a primary assign of a tip quarrel of keys is to control actions such as volume/mute, shade brightness, toggling to an outmost display, and branch off Wi-Fi, contra being F-keys first. No need to worry with a Fn-key combo unless we indeed need F11. We also adore a microphone tongue-tied button—a lifesaver when you’re on a discussion call from home and a dog starts barking—as good as a little LEDs embedded in a corners of that mic tongue-tied key, a orator tongue-tied key, and a Caps Lock pivotal to uncover when those are activated.
We mentioned a TrackPoint indicating stick, nestled between a G and H keys; it has a possess set of dedicated left/right buttons above a hold pad. The ThinkPad T470 does underline an all-new hold pad contra what is on a ThinkPad T460. The roomy, single-piece pad (which has rodent buttons integrated into a reduce corners) is a Microsoft Precision Touchpad that aims to order that gestures do what on Windows machines, such as a accessible three-finger swipe: pierce your fingers adult (toward a keyboard) to switch to “task view” to see thumbnails of all now open applications, or down to see a Windows desktop. And instead of creation use of third-party drivers, as with a hold pad sourced elsewhere, a drivers are built in to Windows 10; hence, any indispensable updates are delivered in a normal march of updating a OS.
The ThinkPad T470 can be systematic with one of 3 14-inch screens. (All are LED-backlit.) The bottom indication comes with a 1,366×768-pixel twisted-nematic (TN) panel. While we like that fortitude for a 14-inch shade (less squinting and zooming for those of us over 40…er, make that 50!), we would spend a additional $70 and step adult to a 1,920×1,080 in-plane switching (IPS) panel, as on a exam unit. Not usually do we get full 1080p fortitude for examination HD video or some-more simply regulating dual windows side by side, a IPS panels have many wider observation angles so we don’t have to worry about a tone and/or liughtness change if viewers are seated off-center. If we are a fan of Windows 10’s hold abilities, spend another $50 for a touch-enabled 1080p IPS row that Lenovo offers.
The shade on a section exhibited glorious liughtness and clear, pointy text. Colors popped, and video looked terrific. In short, it’s a top-notch row that’s a pleasure to work on. We were also tender with a sound complement in a ThinkPad T470. The twin 2-watt speakers offer surprisingly good stereo subdivision for a laptop, and copiousness of volume for pity display audio with a organisation fabricated around a discussion table. As with many laptop speakers, a drum response is lacking, though we didn’t notice any writing or exaggeration even during tip volume. Oh, and note another reason to opt for a extended six-cell battery: It rises a bottom-mounted speakers off a table aspect usually adequate to emanate fuller sound.
The one common member in a multimedia apartment is a 720p (a.k.a. 1-megapixel) Webcam. It’s workable enough, though images are particularly low-res compared to a multi-megapixel video we can get from your phone.
As for connectivity features, a ThinkPad T470 delivers all we are expected to need. Yes, a VGA pier went divided a integrate of iterations ago, though for video connectivity we get an HDMI-out pier and a multipurpose USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 port. The latter offers faster throughput for a latest peripherals (really, usually applicable in that clarity for removing a many out of an outmost SSD or RAID array) and also supports delivering video outlay adult to 4K fortitude on Thunderbolt-equipped outmost displays.
The Thunderbolt pier also facilities Lenovo’s “anti-fry protection.” When regulating a Type-C pier to assign phones or other devices, intelligent electronics inside a ThinkPad T470s monitors voltage levels and prevents feeble designed third-party chargers and accessories from promulgation improper voltages that could repairs a ThinkPad.
Rounding out a list of customary ports/slots are 3 normal (Type-A) USB 3.0 ports (one of them powered, for charging connected inclination even when a laptop is off), an Ethernet jack, a headphone/mic combo miniplug jack, and an SD/MMC memory label reader. Lenovo offers an discretionary SmartCard reader for businesses that need it. (One competence consternation because these are still around in this age of biometric security, though it’s common for supervision buyers to charge this turn of security.)
How do a ports mangle out around a edges? The blueprint on a left corner is a USB-esque rectilinear Lenovo energy jack, a USB 3.0, and a Thunderbolt Type-C port, as good as a spacer for a SmartCard slot…
The right corner is home to a other dual USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI out, a Ethernet jack, a SD slot, and a nick for attaching a confidence lockdown cable…
Our exam section came with a 256GB solid-state expostulate (SSD) for onboard storage, that is a lowest-capacity expostulate Lenovo offers on this model. The other dual choices are a 512GB SSD (a discount during $90 extra, down from Lenovo’s too-high initial ascent cost of $320) or a 1TB SSD (a reasonable $230 upsell when on sale, as against to a listed non-sale cost of $570). Lenovo is putting a interest in a belligerent that a mainstream business cover should have an radically crash-proof SSD, and we can’t disagree. But we do skip being means to configure in copious, inexpensive onboard storage in a form of a normal tough drive. Then again, we also skip carrying an visual expostulate and/or a second tough expostulate in a swappable brook like in a approach chunkier T-series models of yore, so we’re clearly display a age.
Other pivotal connectivity facilities embody dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 wireless connectivity, and a choice for a 4G wireless broadband chipset ($180) built in. For security, a T470 comes customary with dissimilar Trusted Platform Module (TPM) electronics to assistance hoop authentication and encryption chores, and Lenovo offers an discretionary fingerprint reader (a $20 uptick). The latter is a imagination new “Match in Sensor” reader, where a identifying points of a fingerprint picture are stored on a chip in a sensor procedure itself, not on a horde machine, for faster response and reduced hackability.