Lenovo IdeaPad V470 review: Lenovo IdeaPad V470

You could customize your V470 in a wide variety of ways, spending all the way up to $899 for one with a quad-core Core i7 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 750GB (but 5,400rpm) hard drive. Some versions also have Nvidia GeForce 520M dedicated graphics; ours, and most V470 models, only come with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics.

This particular model's 2.2 GHz Intel Core i3-2330M CPU is an entry-level processor in Intel's 2011 Sandy Bridge Core i-series lineup. Its performance is still good for the average user, but benchmarks reveal it's noticeably slower at both single- and multitasking. I kept multiple windows open streaming video and doing other projects and the laptop fared fine, although the left-hand-side fan began to get noisy and warm. The included integrated graphics will be fine for basic, casual gaming and other media-oriented tasks, enough for a basic user to get by (basic video editing, photo processing, and the like).

Juice box
Lenovo IdeaPad V470 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.6
Sleep (10 percent) 0.73
Idle (25 percent) 7.24
Load (5 percent) 31.3
Raw kWh 33.36
Annual energy cost $3.79

The included six-cell battery yielded unimpressive results: 3 hours and 54 minutes of video playback. That's well below the 5 hours-plus mark we've seen on a number of laptops this year. The Dell Inspiron 14z, at a similar price, has a battery that lasted over 5 hours on the same test.

Lenovo includes a standard one-year warranty with the IdeaPad V470. On Lenovo's Web site, that base warranty can be extended at time of purchase up to three years for an additional $99, or $160 with accidental damage protection and in-home service. Webchat and an easy-to-find 24/7 toll-free number can be found on Lenovo's Web site, along with software downloads and documentation.

Here's the real question: will a small business customer, or even an average user, find a laptop like the Lenovo IdeaPad V470 an attractive option? Most likely not: a thin MacBook Air might be a better bet for style, and there are plenty of equally affordable Core i3 laptops on the market to compare against that offer equivalent bang for the buck. Lenovo's construction quality, keyboard, and a fingerprint reader are the V470's biggest draws. They're not enough to make this laptop transcend being an utterly average, albeit highly functional, machine.

System configurations
Toshiba Satellite L755-S5214
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad V470
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-EB44FX/WI
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.53GHz Intel Core i3-380M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 128MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Asus U31SD-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 520M / 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

HP ProBook 5330m
Windows 7 Professional w/ SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,315MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

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MSRP: $599.00

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  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 4.9 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - fixed
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • CPU Intel Core i3 (2nd Gen) 2330M / 2.2 GHz