Review: Lenovo B470

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By M.R. Gavin

I recently bought a new game and tried it on the Lenovo B470 test unit. Unsurprisingly, I got more than what I expected.

For a game fan like me, it has always been hard to find the perfect laptop. I always stumble upon notebooks that don’t support enough graphics or keeps lagging. I almost gave up finding one, until I got my hands on a Lenovo B470.

I was able to play my games properly, thanks to the B470’s Nvidia GeForce 410M that delivers amazing graphics. Its 13.3-inch screen is just enough for any kind of laptop needs. Although a little smaller than the average 14-inch notebook screens, but it certainly works well with almost everything.

There are plenty of ports on the sides like VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 4 USB 2.0 ports (one of which is an eSATA/ USB combo drive), audio ports, 6-in-1 card reader, and optical disk drive and burner. The keyboard is chiclet type and a bit curved in for easier typing. The touchpad is wide with two separate mouse buttons which makes it easier to navigate.

I tried running multiple applications all at the same time and it doesn’t lag. Even high-definition movies were not a problem at all. I can see all the graphical details on the games. I usually have to adjust the brightness of my notebooks to make it just right for the eyes and to save on energy consumption but this notebook is really clear and bright despite the fact that it was on power-save mode. Its 1366×768 resolution is capable of 720p HD viewing, and can go as high as up to 1080p HD when connected to an HDTV.

The B470 comes with an integrated 3G and Wi-Fi makes connectivity easier while on the go, but the short battery life is a downer. It could only last three hours on full charge. If you carry around this Lenovo notebook, be sure to bring the AC adapter.

Lenovo B470 has the second-generation Intel Core i3 processor with Sandybridge graphics. It is also packed with Lenovo’s business features such as OneKey Rescue System that can protect and restore data in case of a crash and DirectShare for syncing files with another computer without using the Internet connection. It also has RapidBoot technology which makes startup and shutdown faster.

A fingerprint scanner is situated on the lower right of the keyboard; this gives additional protection for the laptop and the users. This makes it safer from hacking or unauthorized usage of the notebook.

While I was using it, a friend even admired its metal finish that looked classy and elegant. Definitely, the Lenovo B470 combines work and play with its features and special add ons. It’s design makes it sleek and stylish without sacrificing good functionality. There’s even an option to get a B470 bundled with Windows 7 home Premium or Professional.

Specifications:
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 home premium or professional
PROCESSOR: Intel Core™ i3-2310M Processor ( 2.10GHz 1333MHz 3MB )
MEMORY: 4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
DISPLAY: 14.0” HD Glossy

What’s Hot:
 • Curved chiclet-type keyboard
• Clear and bright screen
• Nvidia GeForce 410M

What’s Not:
 • Short battery life

Bottomline:
In a very reasonable price, Lenovo B470 is your lappie either for home or for business.

Buy Meter: 9.2

[This review originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of Gadgets Magazine]