The Good The Lenovo Essential B470 looks sharper than some of Lenovo's other budget laptops, and includes a basic Nvidia GPU.
The Bad While everyone else is shaving inches and pounds from midsize systems, this is still thick and heavy, especially for a laptop with a 14-inch screen.
The Bottom Line The Lenovo Essential B470 is priced alongside Intel Core i5 laptops from other PC makers, but at least tosses in an entry-level GPU.
|Lenovo Essential B470 Intel Core i5-2410M||Lenovo Yoga 920||Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)||Dell XPS 13 (late 2017)|
|Price||—||$2,098 Amazon.com||$950 Dell, Inc.||$2,149 B&H Photo-Video||$1,200 Dell, Inc.|
Lenovo Essential B470 Intel Core i5-2410M
We've previously looked at a laptop from Lenovo's Essential G series (), and now it's time to check out the Essential B series. If you're unclear on the difference, Lenovo helpfully offers that the B series consists of "budget laptops for working at home or at the office," while the G series is described as "everyday laptops at a great price."
While the descriptions can be a bit of a head-scratcher, looking at examples of the two lines side by side it's clear that the B series, represented here by the $669 Essential B470, is the slightly more upscale of the two. The plastic of the body is matte rather than glossy, and the more compact dimensions of the 14-inch body (as opposed to the 15-inch Essential G570) help it feel more portable and purposeful.
As both Essential laptops we've reviewed use Intel's Core i5 2410M processor and have identical amounts of RAM and hard-drive space, the big difference under the hood is the B470's Nvidia 410M graphics card. It's about as entry-level as GPUs get, but it will give you better gaming performance in most cases than the default integrated Intel HD3000 graphics in the G570.
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