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.

Metallic case

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.Lenovo-IdeaPad-V470

Small touchpad

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.

Review conclusion

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.

Technical specifications

Operating SystemGenuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Processor typeIntel® Core i7-2630QM processor
Frequency2.0 Ghz with Turbo Boost up to 2.90 GHz
Number of core4
CPU cache6 MB L3
Display diagonal14.0″
Screen resolution1366 x 768 (HD), 16:9
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® 520M 1GB
RAM memoryUp to 6 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
Storage cappacities750GB 5400rpm
500GB 5400rpm
250GB 5400rpm
Audio2.0 speakers (Two 1.5W speakers)
Camera specs2.0 MP HD camera
Network onnectivity optionsWLAN : 802.11 b/g or b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth : Yes
LAN : 10/100/1000
Optical DriveTray-in RAMBO drive (DVD/CD Combo burner/reader or Blu-ray Disc)
Ports1 x USB eSATA Combo
1 x headphone
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
1 x mic
3 x USB2.0
Battery type6-cell
Battery Lifeapprox 3 hours
Total weight2.184 kg (4.81 lbs)(with 6-cell battery)
SizeHeight : 20.7 – 31.3 mm
Depth : 234.6 mm
Width : 340 mm