Lenovo IdeaPad V470 Battery Life, Heat and Noise

December 26, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (60,199)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Heat and Noise
A low whirring noise can definitely be heard from the exhaust vent on the left side of the notebook when the V470 is exerted. It’s somewhat bothersome, but goes away almost completely if the notebook is running at normal capacity. The notebook reached a peak of 96 degrees Fahrenheit when we ran one of the benchmark tests that measures full system performance. The 96 reading was taken from the bottom-center of the notebook. The V470 is an extremely lap-friendly notebook and users will never have to worry about it over-heating.

Battery Life 
The V470 has a 6-cell 48Wh Lithium-ion battery. During our battery life test, we set Windows 7 on the “Balanced” power profile, adjust the screen brightness to 70%, connect to a wireless network, and refresh a text-heavy web page every 60 seconds. The Lenovo V470 remained active 5 hours and 28 minutes during the test. This is about average for a notebook in this class, but we expected the V470 to hold out an hour or so longer.

Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):

CONCLUSION
The Lenovo IdeaPad V470 is the way to go if you’re looking for a notebook that combines good performance with a charming design, mid-level display, and an extensive port selection. Lenovo found a way to pack some impressive features into this notebook without raising the pricepoint. The notebook feels great in your hands too thanks to super-comfortable brushed aluminum material throughout. 

While the $599 pricepoint seems too good to be true for a notebook that has only a few flaws, if you’re considering this notebook, you may want to also consider upgrading the processor for even better results.

The biggest flaw with the V470 lies in its build quality. While the palm rests and chassis backbone are both constructed well, the display cover is just about as flimsy as paper. The display could surely crack if not handled carefully at all times. That being said, purchasing a better warranty than the limited one-year should be in order if you’re going to go with the V470.

Pros:

  • Attractive design
  • Substantial port selection
  • Above average display with a mid-level contrast ratio
  • Surprisingly good audio
  • Good starting price ($599)

Cons:

  • Flimsy display cover 
  • Slow hard drive


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