- Decent overall performance
- Excellent battery life: 6 hours
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Low price
- Below average audio (two small speakers)
- Low res glossy screen
- Boring design
The Lenovo B470 is an excellent value for small office and home users. The latest Intel processors provide great performance and battery life.
The Lenovo “Essential” B470 is a decent-performing small-to-medium business notebook with a portable 14-inch form factor. The B470 offers an Intel dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint reader, and either Intel HD or NVIDIA graphics. The system also provides an excellent 6 hours of mobile battery life.
Our Lenovo B470 Review Unit Specifications:
- 14.0″ 720p HD glossy display (1366×768) with LED backlighting
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor
- NVIDIA GeForce 410M (switchable to Intel HD)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM (1333MHz)
- 500GB Hitachi hard drive 5400rpm
- Intel 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1
- DVD-multi (dual layer) optical drive
- 6-cell Li-ion battery (48Wh, 10.8V)
- Fingerprint reader
- Integrated webcam
- Weight: 6.61
- Dimensions: 1.30 (H) x 9.22 (W) 13.37 (D)
- One-year limited warranty
- MSRP as configured: $999
Build and Design
The new B470 “Essential” notebook features an all-black matte plastic design with textured horizontal lines on its display lid. The lid has rounded corners and the screen surround is covered in glossy plastics. The design is quite standard and unassuming, which is fine considering that it’s an “Essential” business notebook. The only design element that might possibly make this notebook stand out from other business notebooks is its glossy plastics surrounding (and on) the display. The gloss will also collect fingerprints and dust easily.
The plastics used in the display are weak at the corners if you bend them inward, although, the “ripple” effect on the LCD isn’t created. The lid as a whole just is not as durable as it should be; this could have been helped by adding a bit of brushed aluminum. The display’s hinges are average; that is, it keeps the lid in place, but it’s pretty easy to bend the display back and only somewhat harder to bend forward.
Under the keyboard inside the chassis is a hard metal backbone to keep the keyboard from flexing under pressure, a great move by Lenovo to help the otherwise average build quality. The bottom of the notebook holds a standard plastic matte build, and is extremely sturdy thanks to the strong chassis. Remove five screws to open the bottom up to upgrade the RAM, SIM card slot (select models), hard drive, and the Mini PCI Express Card slot compartment.
The overall build quality is above average. The complaints we did have involve the average screen hinges, easily-bendable plastic lid, and the use of gloss on and around the screen (which is kind of odd for a business-oriented notebook). The design is modest and pretty standard; which is fine for its class and intended use.
Ports and Features
The port selection on the B470 is quite expansive. It includes a 6-in-1 memory card reader, four USB 2.0 slots in total (one eSATA combo), HDMI, and a helpful GPU switch. The ports the selection lacks is a SuperSpeed 3.0 slot and ExpressCard.