Lenovo's ThinkPad T470s - A No-Nonsense Business Powerhouse
Lenovo has carved out quite a business for itself in the laptop space over the years, led more recently by premium machines like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. However, there are obviously many more models in the ThinkPad family of products, beyond just the top-shelf X1 Carbon line. In the more affordable ThinkPad T470s (starting price of $959), you will find a thin, light ultrabook with many of the features Lenovo is known for, including the usual fantastic keyboard setup and solid performance.
At just 2.9 pounds, you’d be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t pack much punch, but this Kaby Lake powered ultrabook can get the job done. The T470s is available with a 14-inch 1920x1080 (HD) screen and a choice of a silver or black carbon fiber chassis. The ultra-thin lid hides shaped key caps with backlighting, the traditional red trackpoint mouse and a rather sizable trackpad with two button control above it.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-7300U|
|OS||Windows 10 64-bit Home edition|
|Display||1920x1080 HD 14-inch display|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Storage||NVMe SSD 256GB|
|Camera||720p HD camera with Mic|
|Networking||Intel Dual Band Wireless AC(2x2) 8265, Bluetooth Version 4.1|
|Ports: Left||Power, USB 3.0, headphone, SD card slot|
|Ports: Right||Smart card reader, Thunderbolt 3, 2 USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, SIM card|
|Battery||Two for a combined 49.5WH|
|Dimensions||13 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches|
|Warranty||1-year depot or carry-in|
|Price||$1,319 as tested, starting at $959|
Lenovo was able to pack in quite a few IO port options in the T470s. The left side features the power jack that looks similar to a USB port, a USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack and an SD card slot. The right side, though, is really loaded: it has a Smart Card reader, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, a microSD card slot and a space for a Kensington lock.
There is also a proprietary docking port on the bottom of the T470s, something the X1 Carbon does not have.