Lenovo IdeaPad V470
A laptop for businessman
Finding a laptop for the businessman-type is quite a quest, ever since shops are flooded with special discounts for the season holiday for all kinds of laptops aimed at students, housewives, kids and other privileged categories of buyers. Lenovo moved fast and seized the opportunity to breach the gap by releasing the Lenovo IdeaPad V470 that they chose to describe as a “business casual” product. But don’t make the mistake of disregarding this offer by reading just the “casual” word, because this laptop is very serious about security issues. This all sounds very good, but is the product efficient in a real test? More on this below.
The case of the IdeaPad V470 is entirely made of metal and the modern look is entirely different from the glossy plastic material you’d expect from Lenovo. The laptop screams “professional”, but, once you get over that, you realize that the thick metal exterior looks somewhat odd among today’s laptops, as if you made a trip back in time 6 years ago. Opening the lid of the device we noticed an aluminum deck, a black screen and a black keyboard with black buttons. An interesting thing: the key for Power has several small holes from which light shines.
Raise your hands those of you who love the keyboard on an IdeaPad laptop. The one on the V470 is without flaw and never once will it give you an error while typing. But, as much as we’d want to give this keyboard the maximum mark, we can’t, because it doesn’t offer backlight, so you’ll have to keep the lights on when working from home during night hours. And, if that wasn’t enough, don’t expect the gadget to have a large touchpad, because you’ll be in for a disappointment. The one used by the Lenovo V470 is really small and thus really cumbersome, because gestures such as the ones made with 2 fingers are difficult when you try them. To the right side of this touchpad sits, for security measures, a reader of fingerprints; according to our tests performed for this review, this feature worked very well when we wanted to protect the password of our laptop and the other means of security, a hard drive encryption, made our device even safer.
2.2 GHz Intel Core i3-2330M processor
People who adore bright and sharp displays are in luck, because the IdeaPad V470 comes with bucketfuls of brightness and sharpness. The latter remains strong even when looking at movies and such from various angles. The resolution, though standard, doesn’t take away from the laptop’s charm. Audio is characterized by strong and clear volume, both of which are possible due to great speakers.
The one responsible with supplying speed and power is a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i3-2330M processor. Multitasking worked well, but the laptop heated a bit, although it was nothing major. Boot time for Lenovo’s IdeaPad V470 was 1 minute and 8 seconds, not one of the best results ever, but still acceptable. 3 minutes and a half were necessary when we transferred 4.97GB of multimedia files at 23.2 Mbps. From a gaming standpoint, the graphics are resistant enough to allow users to play basic games.
2MP webcam included
Conducting video chats with people you’ve left behind is possible thanks to a 2MP webcam that offers a surprisingly good performance.
4 hours and 30 minutes was the maximum life reached by the laptop’s battery, which is not saying much and the company should do something about that. Lenovo is offering 1 year of warranty for this model.
Like we said in the beginning of this review, the IdeaPad V470 is Lenovo’s best business casual laptop and it does what it was intended for in big heaps.
|Operating System||Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium|
|Processor type||Intel® Core i7-2630QM processor|
|Frequency||2.0 Ghz with Turbo Boost up to 2.90 GHz|
|Number of core||4|
|CPU cache||6 MB L3|
|Screen resolution||1366 x 768 (HD), 16:9|
|Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® 520M 1GB|
|RAM memory||Up to 6 GB DDR3 1333 MHz|
|Storage cappacities||750GB 5400rpm|
|Audio||2.0 speakers (Two 1.5W speakers)|
|Camera specs||2.0 MP HD camera|
|Network onnectivity options||WLAN : 802.11 b/g or b/g/n WiFi|
|Bluetooth : Yes|
|LAN : 10/100/1000|
|Optical Drive||Tray-in RAMBO drive (DVD/CD Combo burner/reader or Blu-ray Disc)|
|Ports||1 x USB eSATA Combo|
|1 x headphone|
|1 x VGA|
|1 x HDMI|
|1 x mic|
|3 x USB2.0|
|Battery Life||approx 3 hours|
|Total weight||2.184 kg (4.81 lbs)(with 6-cell battery)|
|Size||Height : 20.7 – 31.3 mm|
|Depth : 234.6 mm|
|Width : 340 mm|