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Customer reviews for Lenovo IdeaPad V470

14" robust and portable notebook.

Average customer rating:
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6 of 6(100%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for IdeaPad V470
Review 1 for IdeaPad V470
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
audition8

It is a good laptop

Date:February 22, 2012
"I used it for some vedio edition. Basically this laptop did it work pretty well. I used Ulead software, before this laptop, I used the same software at a Dell with signal core and a HP with a dual core. Neither laptops could do the job well. It probably because it is a i7, or Microsoft updated their operation system. Anyway, I am satisfied with my purchase.
I also have a Lenovo W701 using i7 Q720, at 1.6 Ghz processor, which is much slower than this one.
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Review 2 for IdeaPad V470
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Reliability 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Caterpillar
Location:Quezon City, Philippines, unit bought in NJ
Owned Product:Less than a week
Operating System:Windows 7 Home
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more

V470 i7 2630QM

Date:October 19, 2011
Pros: Security Features, Build Quality, Processor, Included software, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage, solid performer, good software bundles from lenovo, nice to have ms word & excel come free
Cons: os and data all in one partition, a little weak audio, useless hard to figure out lights, it could use a usb 3.0 instead of esata, hard to open dvd drive due to v shape side, have a lighted keyboard for future versions
"Specs:
i7 2630qm, 6gb ram, 14" LED,
The build is very good. It is very close to a Thinkpad. No flexing on the top, except on the side near the dvd drive. But the keyboard is solid with no flexing or play.
The look is very stylish, professional. If you are a teen you will feel embarrassed because it has no colors or linings to denote that is for the young. I think of a cadillac or a Camry if I liken this computer to a car. It looks solid, sturdy, and it is solid and sturdy.
The screen is bright and clear with sharp text. The only problem I found was it has a magenta and overly red cast. Good thing there is a way to correct via software.
The keyboard is superb, typical of Lenovo. Coming from my old Dell 5-yr old Dell Inspiron 1505, it is light years ahead. It has a good tactile feel and response. I am a touch typist and it is a joy to use. And it is the the same for all keys. I like the layout of the keys too. It makes sense. It is well spaced and one will find it hard to press certain keys by accident. I wish it had backlit for nights I use it as it is hard to see some buttons in the dark.
This leads me to some of the lights and ports of the v470. To me, this is one of the weak points. The lights are too small to see from most angles even in a dark room. And even if you can see them, one will not know what they are for. You can't read the label attached to the light. Accessing the button on the dvd drive and at the sides is also hard to do as you have to really move the notebook to see where you are going to plug in or press a button or access the sd card slot.
It has 3 x usb 2.0 and 1 x eSATAp, hdmi, vga flash card ports and they are well positioned. They are all on the side, except the flash reader which is in the front. My beef with the design is that it is V angled like a boat that it is hard to touch-feel where the ports are, especially the dvd player/rec.
The power on switch is also well placed with the small recovery one-key button small enough not to be accidentally touched.
There is a switch on the front right to quickly turn on or off the wi-fi. It is near the card reader.
There is a small light near the 2.0mp webcam. At least I know it is on and is viewing me. The video quality is good even in low light, though it is not digital camera standards. Still it is very good for a webcam. The software that comes with it is also good. It lets you capture stills and do other things with it, even do motion activated capture.
I think the sound is a bit weak. It should be louder if volume is boosted as some videos sound is weak. The audio is clean though, but it is not tinny, but it does lack the base spectrum. This is where the Y series is better. Mind you, the audio is not soft, just not that strong if you get weak audio. But for normal sounds-video, normally it is enough. But it can be overwhelmed if the environment is a bit noisy ambient wise.
If the the V470 had a stronger video card, and better speakers, it will beat the Y-series overall. But that is the way it goes so pray that the audio sources are loud enough otherwise, in a noisy room, the speakers are not that powerful.
Entering the bios setup, it is all straight forward and nothing much can do to tweak it one way or the other save basic functions. There is no way to overclock it and it's ok since turbo boost for me is a better implementation of smart way of saving battery but still run fast when it needs to.
This leads me to a very good software in the win 7 with lenovo. The energy saving modules and ability to choose different settings and configure them is well thought of. I like the ability to tell the v470 not to charge the battery in full when I am plugged in most of the time and this helps preserving the life of the batt by being charged only 40-50% of capacity.
The various energy settings also helps, and the super energy savings really pulls down the usage by keeping the cpu running below 1ghz! I tried the other settings, but leaving it on BALANCED usually is the best compromise overall regardless of task. You can create your custom power profile if you want.
I still have to test the battery life, but based on partial use, I think this will give me 4 hours give or take 15-30 min depending on usage. It is not exceptional for a 6-cell but it is not bad IMO. Typical I'd say, for browsing with wi-fi, about 30-40% brightness, and maybe playing an mp3 music on the side on low volume. I use this normally plugged in so, I am not worried. But I do want to get a 4-5 hours of use for minimal audio playing or even 1 movie viewing.
I tried the unit on my past video editing projeccts in Sony Vegas and it rendered very quickly, even faster than my 2.5 year old desktop with a Q8200 2.3ghz quadcore OC'd to 3.2ghz 4gb ram. I can get faster than 1:1 render time with HD, and that is not even running full 100% in render using all cores and threads. I notice that the Intel i7 2630qm chip throttles down to protect itself from overheating, hence I can't get 100% cpu usage. I get about 75-80% tops. Maybe if I can get it to run with a fan underneath it, I can make it run full throttle.
This shows the greatness of the i7 sandy bridge. In fact, even if it is rated at 2.0ghz, with turbo boosting to 2.9ghz. I notice that Lenovo managed to get to run 2.6ghz on avg, but without maxing the cpu cores. And it also is able to run it sub sub 1ghz (800mhz) to at 4 watts only if it needs to! This is very good as it shows that one can get longer batt life, but if need be, it can run 2.6ghz average with the cpu choosing w/c which core to turn on and off and what voltage and freq to run it to get the job done.
This means, the chip can really run higher ghz, except the TDP is monintored and throttled down if it gets too hot. I notice this when rendering as I seldom get to 100%. I suppose if I can run it in a cool place and with a fan, I might get it to run 2.9ghz or even at 2.6ghz but 90-100% on all 4 cores. These are the things I want to see if I can boost it further.
I don't want to OC this. I think Turbo Boost 2.0 already does a good job managing the power needed to get a job done. Even if I can peg this to 2.9ghz OC'd, it would not be efficient as it is not often needed and would just waste power and battery life. Tubo Boost is the best way to get OC on demand and underclock when loads/demands are low. You get an auto OC, underClocking. No need to manually tweak things.
This is important to me as this is the main use of this v470 is for multimedia editing. I could go for an i5 but since I edit video an photos, I got a i7 and a solid unit, instead of going for the better sounding and more versatile Y or Z series. I didn't get the Y or Z series as the Y is more solidly built. The built-in security and anti-shock (HDD) features also help prevent the HDD from crashing and losing data. Very important for business use.
The HD is a WD 750gb 5400rpm. I get 690gb usable for data, though I hate the way that Lenovo partitioned it. The 690gb drive C has the windows 7 home premium in it, but it also is where Lenovo expects you to keep your data. Not good. If they partition crashes, the data is lost with the windows. Though you could use one-key to re-build the partitioin with Win-7, you lose your data. Bad idea.
I wish they put a 50-70gb on the win-7 on drive C, and leave the rest for data to another partition where we can put our data on drive-D. I can't re-partition without messing with the ability to use one-key recovery. I will lose that if I change the partition size. Maybe later I can find a way to do that without losing the one-key recovery.
The hdd is not fast, but with their Enhanced Experience (EE), it seems to be like a 6400rpm and not 5400 rpm drive. With the boot time reduction software, even for a spindle drive, I was able to get down to 22 sec to boot from Win 7. But I expect it to slow down once I put in my programs in. Getting an SSD or a hybrid is still the best approach. It is nice to experience booting at least 35 sec and shutting down in just 10 sec or less even with a 5400 rpm drive.
The fingerprint reader works and it is no longer a pain to log in. It is also used to encrypt or decrypt files. The other good news is that there are no bloatwares in it, except maybe a couple. I didn't like the anti-virus for example. And it comes with a free MS Windows Word and Excel, so that is good in case you are into these 2 softwares. It has no Powerpoint, though. I had to install Open Office for that.
There are many other things I want to cover but I've written long enough.
Is the V series good for all? I think the Y series is better. However, if build and reliability is more important plus the security features, as one for business or serious none-gaming or overly multimedia work, the V series is better.
I think the unit is very good. I need to use it for 3-6 months to get to know it. But right now, as is with the few days with it, I am pretty satisfied. I hope it also lasts as long as my DELL. I don't mind the HD or DVD conking out as long as the keyboard, LED, and motherboard hold up. I got a U$72 extended 3-year warranty on it for such possible trouble. If I don't get to use it, good, but I think I will. I am a heavy user and multimedia editing does task the machine heavily that my 1 year use is equal to 2 years with other people.
Will I recommend the V470 to others?
Yes. But I would recommend this only to those who need a solidly built, and reliable unit. This is not for games, or multimedia playback. Creation yes, playback, no as it's speakers and video card is not as good. But for the price of U$749 (managed to lower to U$719 no tax ), it's a good buy for a i7 quad with 6gb ram. Such unit should last you for 3-4 years. By that time, we will have windows 8 and Intel processors that can run 1 whole day on the same batteries and can be charged by solar power. That will be about 2014-15."
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Review 3 for IdeaPad V470
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Tangent
Location:Louisville, KY
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows 7 Premium
Processor:Intel Core i5
Memory:4 GB or more

Excellent laptop for home/office/student usage

Date:October 11, 2011
Pros: Weight, Warranty, Security Features, Display resolution, Processor, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: sound
"I wanted to buy a professional non nonsense laptop without lots of bells and whistles (which are never used) in the range of 600$-700$. This laptop is pretty professional looking.The key boad is very nice (though it does not have backlit keyborad).The diaplay is good.The metalllic finish is cool and sturdy. I like working on this laptop. Its not loaded with bloatware.
Web camera and sound is average."
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Review 4 for IdeaPad V470
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
JonM
Location:Bismarck
Owned Product:1-6 months
Operating System:Windows 7 Home
Processor:Intel Core i5
Memory:4 GB or more

Excellent Product

Date:October 10, 2011
Pros: Weight, Bluetooth, Video card, Build Quality, Input/Output compatibility, Processor, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: Display resolution, Battery
"This is a very good buy especially for the specs and build quality you are getting for the price. The keyboard feels great, although the mouse glitches once in a while but not often. The general quality of the machine is good and the performance and boot for a laptop is good too. The battery isn't the best, but it has nice features such as a camera, metal finish, fingerprint reader, etc. I would highly recommend it."