Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 Review

IdeaPad Y470

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 is a 14-inch screen laptop that’s got a lot of performance punch, don’t underestimate this laptop based on its size.  If you’re looking for a laptop that’s portable but still has the power to tackle intensive 3D rendering applications and offers great gaming performance then the Y470 should interest you.  Add to that the great speakers and screen and you also have a laptop that can double as a capable mini media center.   The following is a review of the Ideapad Y470 I recently purchased, the specs of the laptop under review are as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2630qm Quad Core, 2.0GHz (overclocks to 2.90GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Optical Drive: DVD-RW
  • Storage: 500GB 7200RPM HDD at purchase, 80 GB Intel 310 mSATA SSD Installed after market
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Wireless: Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated 2.0MP Camera
  • Ports:  1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB eSATA Combo, 6-in-1 card reader (SD/SD-pro/MMC/MS/MS-pro/XD), headphone port, microphone port, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet RJ-45, 2 Mini-PCl ports
  • Total Price: $924 pretax (including $50 for 2 year warranty upgrade, doesn’t include mSATA SSD price)

At the time of this writing I have had the IdeaPad Y470 for about two weeks giving me ample time to use and test it. However, before starting the review, I want to point out a couple of things regarding the Y470 under review:

  • First, the price of $924 is not the standard pricing on the Lenovo Canada websitewhere this Y470 was purchased, I used a 20% off coupon code in conjunction with a sale taking place on the Lenovo Canada website at the time of purchase.   The Y470 laptop normally retails for $1,399, although 20% coupons appear to pop up fairly frequently, so check what’s available before you buy.
  • Second, I had issues getting the laptop shipped.  Shipping and final delivery of the Y470 ended up taking about one month as it was lost in transit on the first attempt.  I was unhappy with the way that was handled by Lenovo customer support which left a bad taste in my mouth regarding Lenovo support in general.  First impressions are lasting so it will be hard to get over that.

Now on to the review!
The IdeaPad Y470 is a 14.1 inch laptop and the best analogy I can think of to describe it is being equivalent to a mini-Austrian body builder.   It may not be as big and powerful as other laptops, but for its size the Y470 has a surprising amount of strength under the hood and stands out among other 14-inch laptops as being more powerful.   I researched other 14-inch laptops at the time of purchase and the only other option I could find that came close in terms of specs was the Alienware m14x from Dell.  It is true the Alienware m14x boasts a more powerful Nvidia 555M graphics card inside, but because of this the m14x is bulkier and less portable.  The Lenovo Y470 has a lot of pros, and a few cons and I will cover each of these aspects in the review.

Lenovo Y470 Build and Design

IdeaPad Y470 lidIdeaPad Y470 bottom

As you can see from the pictures included in this review, the Y470 just looks classy.  The grey/brown/taupe color is subdued and pleasing and makes for a much more interesting look than a solid single color laptop.  The chassis that supports and protects the laptop internal components is solid and sturdy, there is no creaking or flex when you pickup the laptop. The palm rest area of the keyboard has a plastic feel on the surface but the rigidity of the palm rests would lead you to believe it is metal as there is zero flex.   Overall the build quality of the Y470 is quite high, but there are a few notable exceptions I will mention.  The biggest complaint I have is with the the bezel surrounding the screen, it is at least an inch on all sides and glossy, which to me looks cheap looking even if the designers thought it might be classy.   My previous LG R500 laptop screen, by comparison, has a much thinner bezel around the screen and is matte, which reduces annoying reflections and avoids attracting fingerprints.   My other minor complaint with the Y470 build is that on the right hand side of the screen frame bezel it seems a little loose, I assume this is due to fact the antenna wire for the wireless card runs underneath it, though I am unsure.

Lenovo Y470 Keyboard

IdeaPad Y470 keyboardThe Lenovo Y470 has a chiclet style keyboard and is a pleasure to type on. The keys are firm, well spaced, and allow for an accurate, relatively high typing speed.   With that said, I do have a few gripes to air.  My previous LG R500 laptop keyboard provided a more comfortable typing experience for a number of reasons. First off, the Enter key on the LG R500 is horizontal, whereas on the Y470 it is long vertically, this makes no sense ergonomically when you are moving your pinky finger laterally to hit the key.  Secondly, the built-in number pad on the LG R500 is incredibly useful and I really miss having it. I understand that with a 15.6 inch laptop there is more room in the keyboard area to fit a number pad, however, the Y470 is very wide for a 14-inch laptop (as evidenced by the wide screen bezel) and it seems to me a number pad could have been integrated.  If not at the very least it should include a nice and horizontally wide Enter key.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 TouchPad

The Y470 touchpad is textured, which I happen to like.  The Touchpad is responsive and highly usable.  I’m not as in love with the Y470’s mouse buttons though, I prefer the feel of my old LG R500 mouse buttons. The Y470 does not have separate left and right mouse buttons but rather employs a single long button, from a usability perspective this is inferior to having two buttons, though maybe it looks more sleek.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 Screen


The Y470 has a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366×768, this resolution is to be expected for a laptop of this size. I would have liked to see a higher resolution 1600×900 option, but for me a standard resolution will suffice. The vertical viewing angles are not optimal, but they are passable. The screen presents colors that are nice and vibrant, and this is helped by Lenovo’s included OneKey Theatre software.  The OneKey Theatre software is pretty neat, if you are watching a movie or viewing pictures the screen will automatically adjust to become more vivid. The program is reasonably good at auto-detecting, although certain movie formats require you to touch the button manually.  The OneKey Theatre button is conveniently placed above the keyboard next to the volume controls.

Lenovo Y470 Speakers

IdeaPad Y470 speakerThe Lenovo Y470 speakers are, simply put, incredible.  I considered the speakers in my old LG R500 to be above average, but the speakers in the Y470 are still better as they are more crisp, clear, and powerful.  The laptop comes with JBL branded speakers and include SRS Premium Sound software to back them up.  The OneKey Theatre can detect when you are watching a movie and enable the simulated surround sound. I have had no need to increase the volume past 50% and tend to keep it around the 30% level for just about everything. These small speakers also produce reasonably rich bass, which is surprising.  Overall the Y470 speakers are much better than what you get in the average laptop.

IdeaPad Y470 Heat, Cooling and Fan Noise

Now to cover one of the best features of this laptop: the cooling system. While researching new laptops before my purchase I found a lot of systems using the new Intel chips combined with a discrete GPU ran very hot under a heavy work load.   Some system owners reported their laptops got so hot that the processor actually started throttling back to reduce power consumption and heat. I have put the Y470 under heavy load for hours and it manages to stay relatively very cool. The padded feet under the laptop keep it about 1.5 cm off the table, which provides plenty of clearance on the underside for the fan there to draw in air.  To help things further the exhaust grill is massive, taking up almost half the length of the left side of the laptop.  The exhaust grill also contains a huge copper heatsink to aid in cooling.  The cooling fan itself is silent under normal load, and still not overly loud even when the processor is being run at full power. Fantastic cooling capabilities!

Lenovo Y470 Storage and Optical Drive

Moving to the drives, the DVD drive is a standard tray loading drive, a slot loader would have been a sexy feature to have,  but as the DVD drive will see next to no use it bothers me little.  As a matter of fact, I would love to see these optical drives removed entirely and the extra space be devoted to either cooling or a decrease in overall laptop size.

A size comparison of the mSATA SSD

The Y470 was originally configured with a 500GB 7200RPM spinning hard drive which, if I recall correctly, was Western Digital manufactured and performed as you would expect. The real gem here is the aftermarket mSATA that I installed.   For the uninitiated, mSATA stands for Mini-SATA and is a new format for ultra-small Solid-State Disks (SSDs).  Very few laptops support this new technology but the Y470 happens to be a laptop that does.  This was actually a big factor in my decision to buy a Lenovo laptop.  The SSD drive I installed using the mSATA connection is TINY, it’s about the size of a small potato chip.  The small size is great, but more importantly the 80 GB Intel 310 mSATA SSD I installed as my primary drive is faster than Mila Kunis is hot, we’re talking SATA 2 speeds. Having three drives in a 14 inch laptop is a real treat. The mSATA runs the operating system and all the programs so I can take advantage of its speeds, meanwhile the HDD stores all my media and other files.

Lenovo Y470 Performance

As you might expect, with an Intel Core i7-2630qm Quad Core 2.0GHz processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB dedicated graphics card and a speedy SSD mSATA drive the Y470 veritably screams with performance.  Add to that the fact the Intel Core i7-2630qm can overclock to 2.90GHz using the Intel TurboBoost on board and you can literally charge through just about application you throw at it and gaming can be a joy.  If you’re a fan of fast boot times, then how does 12 seconds sound?  That’s the kind of fast boot up performance you get thanks to the use of an mSATA SSD.

Comparing the Y470 performance to other 14-inch laptops is almost unfair, but we’ll do it anyway just for fun, below is a screenshot of the amazing score of 12,160 PCMarks that the Y470 got when running the PCMark Vantage system benchmark:

PCMark Vantage Score

And here’s how that score compares to other recently reviewed 14-inch laptops featured on this site:

LaptopPCMark Vantage Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 – Intel Core i7-2630qm, Nvidia 550M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel SSD12,160 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM3,204 PCMarks

Yes, that’s right, the Y470 was twice as fast as the next closest ThinkPad E420 laptop with a Core i5 processor.  Now do you believe me this thing is fast?

IdeaPad Y470 Ports

The Y470 has a good selection of ports for a 14-inch laptop, including the new USB 3.0 technology and all important HDMI port.  Here’s a rundown of what you get in terms of ports on each side along with a picture:

On the left you get a monitor out port, HDMI port, Ethernet LAN port, 2 USB 3.0 ports

IdeaPad Y470 left side

On the right side you get a USB 2.0 / eSATA port combo, optical drive, standard USB 2.0 port and the power jack port

IdeaPad Y470 right side

No ports are located on the back

IdeaPad Y470 back view

On the front right side you get the media card reader slot

IdeaPad Y470 front view

There are two switches on the front, one of which turns the WiFi on and off, while the other switch turns the discrete GPU on or off.  Some people have complained about the Nvidia Optimus graphics not detecting the switch properly, I have yet to see a problem with such a thing.

IdeaPad Y470 Battery Life

Battery life is an important factor for many, especially if you plan to be away from a power outlet for long periods of time as is typical with a student usage pattern.  The battery life on the Y470 is excellent, I was able to achieve just over 6 hours under light to moderate usage and with the screen dimmed.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 Conclusion

The Y470 laptop, aside from a couple of build and design issues, is nearly perfect and fits my needs well.  It packs some serious hardware, has the cooling system to handle it, looks great, and has the sound and video capabilities to make you feel like your getting blown away like the guy in that old Maxell commercial.  If you are willing to sink more money into the Y470 after purchase, installing the mSATA SSD, which retails for around $199 from NewEgg.com, really helps the machine fly.  If fast boot times get you excited you’ll be impressed by the 12-second boot time I get with the Y470 with the mSATA SSD installed. I highly recommend the IdeaPad Y470 as a laptop choice, especially if you are able to catch it on sale and find a coupon to sweeten the deal.
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54 responses to “Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 Review”

  1. Andrew says:

    wow, I can’t believe the performance the Y470 gets, those are some seriously nice specs for a 14-incher. Nice review Rob!

  2. Michael says:

    Rob. I want to reiterate that your review was indeed comprehensive and well done.
    However, I wanted to verify your battery life numbers. Other than the issues you cited regarding build, the other issue regarding this machine has been poor battery life. Every other review I’ve seen has speced the latter at under 4 hours. Indeed the battery that ships with the device is rather anemic. I’d love your insight regarding this discrepancy.

    • Rob says:

      Hi Michael, thanks for the comment. From what I understand, the i3/i5 and the i7 models come with different batteries. Apparently, the i3/i5 version comes with a 48Wh battery, whereas the i7 comes with a 62Wh battery. I believe most people tend to get the i3 version or i5 version – so that’s where some of the discrepancy probably lies.

      Also, I’m not sure how much it helps, but the mSATA is a smaller energy draw than the standard platter drive.

      From my experience, at full brightness, watching a movie from the platter drive with the sound at a reasonable movie level, I get about 2.5 hours. Enough to fully watch from start to finish.

      Dimming the screen to about 3/10’s with light usage such as internet browsing (no video/minimal sound), the battery runs about 6 hours. Now I haven’t actually sat down and browsed unplugged for that long, however based on the high-level usage time above, and monitoring the battery charge over the course of 2-3 hours of unplugged usage, it appears (convincingly) that it will hit 6+ hours.

  3. Jeanette says:

    Rob been searching high and low for a reasonable review for weeks upon weeks. Couldn’t find one but bought one that is expected any time now. So grateful for your time so far but I have on question. I am not particularly tech savvy but do basic maintenance myself and would love to avoid the additional cost if I can as I already spent more than my budget on the machine. Your review has convinced me to go SSD.
    My THREE small questions are:
    How easy it to install the MSata SSD in this machine?
    Did you install yourself.
    If not how much did it cost for the drive installation.

    Thanks Rob

    • Rob says:

      Hi Jeanette, the SSD really does add a lot to the system. To answer your questions:

      1. Very easy to install. Look at the picture of the bottom of the laptop. You will see a small compartment in the lower left. There is 1 screw to remove, then you can open that panel. The mSATA plugs in there. Mine didn’t come with a screw, but you will need a tiny screw to hold it in place… I believe it is 2mm (I actually just took one out of a calculator that was lying around).

      That should answer questions 2 and 3. Aside from that, if you don’t know anything about SSD’s you will need to either get someone who does, or do some reading. This was my first, so I had to do the reading.

      This was probably the best source of information for me:


      It is a step by step guide to setting the drive up once it is installed. I didn’t do all the steps, but it does give you useful information on how the drive works. There are also a couple other pages worth looking at on that site, and also there is some good information on the notebookreview forums. Have a look at that information before you buy so that you know what you’ll have to do. (feel free to post questions on that forum, the people there are very helpful and friendly).

  4. Jeanette says:

    Rob, I have never post a question on any site that got answered so not only was I not expecting one, but surely not such a timely one. To add to it all, it was very very useful. Pity all I can say is thank you.

  5. Jeanette says:

    Hi Rob
    Just a quickie. Been reading quit a bit both the site you sent and other forums specifically about use and installation of the mSata. It is mentioned on a notebook review forum that the ‘space’ allocated for the msata in the lenovo machines is the WWAN card slot.
    When I check the tech specs on lenovo’s page it clearly says for the Y470 the WWAN “is not applicable”. Been surfing a while for confimation with out success.

    I have ordered the very same specs you mentioned above so figured it best to ask you ….Was it the WWAN slot you used and if not can you confirm which slot will the SSD fit into.
    Thank u much

    • Rob says:

      Hi again,
      Tell you the truth, I have no experience with WWAN at all. But I do know that the WLAN card is connected to the mini-PCIe port next to the normal Hard Drive in the larger compartment in the laptop. The smaller compartment has an additional mini-PCIe slot that is wired for SATA (the WLAN port is not) – so this is where you install the drive. I believe it is also the same slot you would use for WWAN or a TV Tuner.

      Hope that helped.

  6. Jeanette says:

    Hey Rob. Got it!! Proud i figured it out. 🙂
    Thanks again

  7. Athelin says:

    Hi Rob
    Grateful for the review.Waiting on mine to arrive, same specs as yours. You have convinced me to go with the Solid State. But I ran into a snag trying to order it. You describe yours as a 80 GB 310 mSATA SSD by Intel. Decided to try here http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/solid-state-drives But they have some options that have confused me. As you can see from the link, they separate the solid state drives into
    (1) mSATA SSD,
    (2) mSATA Mini SSD and
    (3) SATA Mini PCI-e SSD.

    I doubt they interchangeable. Can you confirm for me which one fits the Y470. The one wanted to buy is the http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/mydigitalssd-64gb-50mm-bullet-proof-msata-ssd/ but it also gets confusing because it was described as a mydigitalSSD mSATA (Mini SATA PCI-e) SSD. So it describes one product as #s (1) and (3) above. Would love to have your guidance on this.

  8. Athelin says:

    Hey Rob
    Saw this comment on a site while surfing for an answer…… “to make it short: you need miniPCIe SSD card. miniSATA / mSATA and miniPCIe / mPCIe looks exactly the same but the transfer protocoll and pin assignment is different. Don´t buy Intel´s miniSATA, you will destroy the SSD, because the electricity Pins on both standards are different!”

    This advice was being given for some Asus lappy. So it might not apply to our y470 but i suspect he might be right about what the difference is.

    The best thing to do is the use the one you did but just want to make sure I have your description DEAD RIGHT as the product names are so close.

    • Rob says:


      That drive you are looking at is fine. I was considering the 128GB of it myself. As far as it goes, any 50mm mSATA SSD will work (Intel, MyDigital, Renice, there’s a Samsung that is only sold OEM, etc…).

  9. Gerhart says:


    Did you install rapid drive? if yes, can you tell me how? or is it better if i just remove my hdd, plug in a msata, install os via dvd backup, insert hdd, boot from msata, then reformat hdd? If i recall, rapid drive will help you by transferring (real time) application you use into ssd, and others to hdd.

    will appreciate any comments! thank you for your time!

    • Rob says:


      I did not install Rapid Drive. I plugged in the mSATA and did a fresh install off the DVD (I did not need to remove the HDD to do this – I set the DVD as the primary boot drive in the BIOS). Then I reformatted the HDD (remove the partitions to get full use out of it – I believe Lenovo has it in 4 partitions).

  10. Leo says:

    Hi, is the display glossy? in a video of youtube, the Y470 looks antiglare display.

  11. Leo says:

    Hi, I want to buy this laptop, but I’m not sure because actually I’m living out of USA, and automatically I can lose the guarantee, my worry is that some component fails. I want to take advantage of the offer! But It is a risk!

    • Jeanette says:

      Leo I live outside the US and I feel your reservation. I bought it while on a good sale in August but did not make it into the US til a month later. The full return and return policy ends ONLY three weeks after purchase. I was not happy with a few things and wanted to return and could not. Then they suggested i send it in for servicing which my warranty allowed but I was leaving the States in a week and just have to live with it on a prayer that it does not recur.

      I am basically not happy with this laptop. What have I learnt. Never to buy a laptop online without at least viewing one in the store, and using the display model to type and try etc.

  12. Nicholas says:

    I have this laptop. I ordered and received it about 2 months ago. I briefly read your review and agreed with everything. As a software developer I wanted something that I could use for work and play. I was considering an Alienware 14x as you mentioned but that was too flashy, yet still rather comparable with the hardware specs.

    My only gripe with it, is the glossy screen. I really dislike glossy screens and I may have never bought this laptop if I hadn’t glossed ( pun intended ) over the specs so quickly before buying. Regardless, this is a really nice laptop for anyone considering it.

    Nice review!

  13. will says:

    Nicholas, I’m interested in this laptop, do you think that is a good purchase? do you have any problem with this laptop? I agree with you about the glossy display, the glossy screens are very ugly!!

    I’m undecided if buy the Dell Vostro 3450 or the y470.

    • Jeanette says:

      If its not too late to give my advice. Go with the Vostro. I owned a Dell Vostro 1500 for four years prior to this and there is sooooo much about it I preferred. But bear in mind so much is up to personal liking but I speakers on my Dell were vastly superior to this JBL. The keyboard and touch pad far more to my liking. Far better built. If the specs/price are more or less the same go with the Vostro. The web cam on my Vostro? Also head and shoulders above the Y470. I have already decided to go get a web cam that can be attached. There is no way this is gonna be sufficient.

      The only major downside on the Vostro will probably be the weight.

  14. Nicholas says:

    I looked at the Dell Vostro 3450 (14” , i7-2620M 2.7Ghz CPU). Honestly, first off I don’t like Dell. I have a Latitude E6510 that I use every day for my desk job as a programmer. I can bash this laptop all day and Dell, but sticking strictly with a comparison of these two laptop, the Lenovo beats hands down. The three main things that hurt the Dell in this comparison are the GPU performance, amount of RAM and no Blueray(!?). The GeForce GT 550M is roughly 10% better in performance (http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6630M.43963.0.html). The Dell only comes with 4GB instead of 8GB like the Lenovo. It’s a joke on Dells part to install Windows 7 64-bit and only give you 4GB. You’d be better off using XP.

    I knew when I bought a laptop a couple months ago I wouldn’t be 100% happy with ANYTHING I got, but this laptop comes damn close. It gives you the most bang for your buck, especially when it’s $500-600 off the original price.

    The only other complaint I have about the Lenovo is that it doesn’t feel as sturdy as I would like. It feels a lot like the Macbook 13” I bought in 2006 (which I recently sold). The laptop is fairly light, and the screen is thin so I’m always am a little more careful with it than my Dell (which is a brick).

    Other than that I can’t find anything I dislike about it. As a software developer I find it great for personal projects. And as a casual gamer, having the GT 500M, I should be able to play most new games at max for at least a year (Diablo 3!!! I can’t wait).

  15. will says:

    Nicholas, thanks for your help. I’m a student of Computer Science Engineering, comparing the y470 – 085524U ($800) with the Dell Vostro 3450 configured like this:

    Ram 6GB
    amd radeon 6630m
    Core i5 2410m
    Antiglare display (The more importante advantage)
    500 GB HDD 7200 rpm

    Which is better? I’m not a crazy gamer, 10% more performance in graphics, is really important? I’m undeceided!! lol

    • Nicholas says:

      Even with those specs you posted, I still think the Lenovo is better. I’m not much of a gamer either ( maybe 5 hours a week total ). If you get the Lenovo you won’t be upgrading anything as soon. The i5 2410m is dual core. CPU’s aren’t getting faster, the frequency has maxed out with current technology. So the only other way to increase performance is to have more processors. Plus, the extra 2GB of RAM is worth it. I tend to find laptops have a max life of 3 years before users need to start considering upgrading components or just getting a new laptop ( I usually go with the latter ). You’ll be luckily if the Dell last you 2 years before you start to get frustrated with performance issues.

  16. Kieron says:

    Rob, great review. I also recently got my y470 and love it. I agree with the issues you raised but wanted to point out that the keyboard layout depends on the market in which the laptop is purchased. I got mine from Lenovo’s US site and the ‘Enter’ key is horizontal. Guess they changed up the Canadian version because it’s supposed to be multilingual?

  17. mpsa says:


    Thanks for a great review and set of instructions/recommendations. I got the exact duplicate system, including the Intel mSATA 80GB SSD. However, after installing windows on the SSD (and nothing else) I get 26 sec boot time (measured by the Lenovo EE Boot optimiser), not 12 seconds. Is there any principal/major SSD tweak to the system that I might be missing?


  18. John says:


    How long did it take for your order to ship. I ordered pretty much the same thing. I just want to know when you ordered and when you received. Also what was your estimated ship date? I just would like to know because I’m eagerly waiting for mine to arrive.

  19. Rob H says:


    I’m actually writing you from the laptop in this review and I gotta say that I love it. I even installed an ssd and now its super powerful.

    Since writing this review, have you used your headphone jack?

    There seems to be interference coming from the rest of the computer that causes tiny but annoying blips and squeaks when using any type of earbuds/headphones. There has been some talk about turning off wireless or running on battery power to stop the noise. Or even removing McAfee anti virus software. but that seems like a wash, this noise sounds like electromagnetic interference, completely mechanical issue.

    Have you noticed this issue?

    If so, is there a solution?

    Seems to be the only draw back to this otherwise amazing laptop. Maybe us y470 owners can expect a company fix/recall?

    Thanks, Rob H.

    • Rob says:


      Sorry for missing a bunch of questions over the last couple of months. I now live in Japan and it was a long and awkward transition. Bottom line, I now have internet and time again.

      Rob H, I have actually read that people are experiencing the headphone problem. I had never used headphones with this computer before 2 days ago (snuck away at work and played Civ V), so I was curious to see if I had the problem. Thankfully I don’t. I’m not sure what causes it, and as you said some people seem to have found various fixes.

      Like you, I’m inclined to believe it’s hardware related judging by the descriptions of the problem (ie: lack of shielding). All I can really suggest is to keep checking the forums (Notebookreview is a good one) and you can try contacting Lenovo (although their customer service is poor as noted in the review).

      On a side note, regarding the laptop’s durability, I took a pretty massive tumble on my bike about a month ago with this laptop in my backpack. I was going about 30 km/hour at the bottom of a hill when I hit some earthquake damage on the road and launched about 6 meters past my bars.

      My first thoughts were: I hope the laptop isn’t destroyed. I hope my bike isn’t destroyed (it was a few meters away from where I ended up). My wrist feels broken (it wasn’t). Either way, there is a small crack beside the DVD drive, and the speaker grille on that side is warped, but other than that it still runs perfectly (there was some static at first, but that went away on its own).

      Take that for what it’s worth, the laptop can take at least moderate punishment.

  20. sam says:

    I also have a Ideapad Y470 with the 750 gb hdd, I had previously bought a SSD drive (OCZ Vertex SAtA II). Can I use it with this laptop? If so, do I need to get an adapter? Can I use it along with the hard disk drive?

  21. Don says:

    Hi, great review here. I bought a Y470 and a 64GB mSATA to go with it, but I have no idea how I can get it to work. Would you mind outlining the steps you took to install & get the mSATA SSD to function? Thanks a lot!

  22. Gunay says:

    I have a question on m-sata port of Y470.

    from the review, I have seen that this port supports several ssds.
    I wonder if this port supports the speed of new generation m-sata 6G ssd like runcore T50
    for example,

    It says it is compatible with Y460 and Y560 models. So, before I proceed I want to know if it is compatible with Y470 too

    Any comments on this?

    Thank you

  23. Emir Turk says:

    I too got my Y470 i7 today. If you are not using the optical drive, you can get a drive caddy and install a second hard drive. I purchased a Kingston HyperX SSD. This even doubles most ssd/msata ratings.
    I like this laptop.I upgraded from a HP dm4 i5 laptop. Check lenovo outlet often. You can get a brand new one $100 less.

  24. Turtoni says:

    Thanks for taking the time out to put this excellent review together.

  25. hal thorne says:

    Eagerly awaiting my Y470, but getting concerned. First promised ship date NLT 2/2/2012, update is now 2/24/2012. The customer service reps are abysmal, I’ve been lied to twice on this problem. Last stand is day after tomorrow. Got a 2d tier manager involved, I’ll have to wait to see how good he is. What is wrong with Lenovo????? This will be almost 7 wks to get a laptop if I’m lucky.

    • Steve says:

      Hey, same thing with mine……but even worse! I ordered mine on January 14, 2012 and currently it is showing a ship by date of April 20, 2012!!!!!Yikes.

      I have called Lenovo and that is all they can tell me now, 3 months for an internet order that is not a good way to offer internet purchases!!!!

  26. Roberto says:


    This review is fantastic. I was on the fence between this laptop and the Z470, which has an i5. Once i read this article, I knew immediately that I wanted to upgrade to the Y470. Thank you so much.


  27. Joshua says:

    Great review Rob, but quick question I am about to purchase a new laptop and im stuck deciding between the Hp Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition and the Lenovo IdeaPad 470p. Here are the specs I’m looking at for each computer maybe you can help shine some light on this topic. Im not all that tech savvy but I plan on using the computer for entertainment such as GAMING, movies, and other media. Which of these computers delivers the best performance for the reasons i listed and why? (emphasis on the gaming :D)

    HP Pavillion Specs:
    2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM (2.2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
    1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7470M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]
    6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    15.6″ High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366×768)
    SuperMulti DVD burner
    802.11b/g/n wireless LAN and Bluetooth with WiDi
    6-cell Lithium-Ion battery

    Lenovo Ideapad Specs:
    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor ( 2.2GHz 1333MHz 6MB
    AMD Radeon HD 7690 1GB
    8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
    14.0″ HD Glare with integrated camera 1366×768
    750GB 5400 rpm
    DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
    6 Cell Lithium-Ion
    Intel 1000 BGN Wireless
    Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR

    hopefully this is enough info.

    • Andrew says:

      The AMD 7690M is definitely a superior gaming card there, I’d estimate 15 – 20% better than the 7470. Processor is the same, screen resolution is the same, go with the Lenovo Y470p! Let us know what you end up deciding.

  28. Dan S says:

    Hi all, i ordered the y470 085255u back in mid october for about $750 (came to over 800 with tax) and i must say i am extremely pleased with it. It runs most new games at high settings with nary a hiccup (the max screen resolution is only 1366×768; at this lower res, games such as skyrim and even bf3 run great with high settings). The speakers are also exceptional and are noticeably louder than many other laptop speakers i compare them too. for the price, this laptop is probably one of the best in its class (14 inch). I havent bought an msata SSD for it yet, but i may in the future as they are expensive and i also live outside of the states.

  29. Trixie P says:

    Can anyone tell me how much it weighs?

  30. Jeanette says:

    Gave up my 4 yr old dell vostro 1500 for overheating. To spend $1000 for this laptop that was heating up as much in less than 6 months of use. Even the Dell would have to get much hotter before freezing. The speakers are laughable, could not believe. I don’t know what you guys owned before but these are simple unexceptional. The dell vostro was vastly superior in speakers. The keys made me wanna cry. They are open to collect dust but too close to the base to clean easily…looks tacky as youa re looking beneath it during use. The build quality is also poor. I appreciate their recovery software but not worth the money.

    Another comparison is the instabilty of the hard drive. Just shiting the laptop while on registers problems on this machine. Again the dell being my frame of reference had no such misgivings. I am just bowled over by how disatisfied I am.

    Good luck to the rest of you but this is a buy I regretted.

    its an unimpressive machiine that produced BSOD twice the first week of use.

  31. NEVILLE says:

    I just want to clarify if this laptop lenovo y470 is one of the best for 3d gaming then why they have not assembled t.v tuner rather than there is mini slot ptovided ,if i have to assembled internal t.v card tuner in the laptop will there be lot of disturbance in the system or i feel that the manufacture knew that by installing this t.v card will not give 100 % performace ,so i feel better i used external t.v box for this same laptop other then no issue.


  32. JaguarSKX says:

    As an owner of a Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 which I bought back in July/Aug 2011, I can say that this is a pretty good laptop to play games with at a reasonable. The speakers are pretty good too at least compared to my old IBM ThinkPad T40 from 2003.

    While the Y470 remains pretty cool to the touch while playing games, the truth is the CPU is close to overheating. Using Core Temp, I measured the CPU temps to be 90C – 92C while playing games like Crysis 1, Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 1. The games ran fine and the laptop was stable. While testing GTA 4, the CPU temp hit 99C and the laptop started to throttle. Other than testing games, the other strenuous tasks I had this laptop do was encode videos. The CPU hit about 82C. A bit high, but better than when playing games.

    The GT 550M seems to be adequately cooled by the laptop. It reached 71C while playing games. I was actually hoping it would be in the mid 60’s, but 71C is not bad.

    The Y470, Y470p, Z470 and the soon to be released Y480 all use the same chassis so high CPU temperatures should be similar for all those laptops. Based on some research a couple of Y470 and Y470p owners decided to replace the thermal paste between the CPU and the heatsink. The result was about a 20C drop in temperature according to them; that’s a significant improvement. I have not tried to do it yet on my Y470 since doing so will void the warranty… And I bought a 2 year warranty extension. However, I am seriously contemplating taking my Y470 apart to apply some Arctic Silver 5, IC Diamond, or Phobya HeGrease Extreme thermal paste.

    The above link is to my review of the Y470 at Tomshardware. It will be updated with results after I decide to replace the thermal paste.

  33. JaguarSKX says:

    Sorry. I am unfamiliar with this site. You need to click on my name to be redirected to my review. The link is as follows though.


  34. James says:

    Hey thanks for the detailed review on this PC. I have a Lenovo E420s that I’ve been pretty happy with for travel and primary work use but I’m getting into more video editing and was wondering if it’s worth it to switch out. Here are my current specs.
    Lenovo E420s
    Intel Core i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz
    8GB RAM
    80GB Intel 310 mSATA SSD
    500GB Hitachi Travelstar HD
    No Graphics Card
    I just downloaded the PCMARK 7 with test results of 3440. Don’t know much about this test. Is this apples to apples? If so the Y470 tested here be 4 times faster and it sounds like it might save me a considerable amount of time. I love the look and pretty thin design of my e420s but I’ll be willing to drop this in a second if I can get 4 times the performance for about the same price.

    Any feedback on this would be much appreciated.

    • James, video editing actually uses the processor quite a bit and not so much the graphics card, so the graphics card really won’t help you speed up things for that kind of software. The faster Core i7 Quad Core processor would however give a bit of a shot in the arm. It wouldn’t be 4-times faster, but it would probably be around 30% faster than the Core i5 you currently have.

  35. James says:

    Thanks Andrew this helps a lot. This is good because I can get some more battery life without a dedicated graphics card. I don’t game at all so my primary purpose is faster video editing. Are there any other factors I should consider when upgrading to a new Lap Top for this purpose?

  36. Roberto says:

    Rob, awesome review of the y470 but i’ve still got one question. Can i use SSD’s other than msata? I’m having a hard time finding good quality SSD’s like the intel 520 in msata.
    Thanks! I can’t wait to read your answer

  37. Sadiq says:

    Rob, I have had the Lenovo Ideapad y470 for over three years now. Last year, I upgraded it to Windows 10 operating system. Since then, for some reason, the boot time has significantly increased. I have upgraded all the drivers as best as I could find, but the problem is not solved. Any advice.
    Second, and more importantly, if I install a msata SSD in it, is there any way to transfer the operating system and the executable program from the hard drive to the SSD? If yes, please guide me as to how can I do it. Otherwise, it would be quite time consuming the start from scratch, that is, wipe off the hard drive, install Windows 10 to the new SSD, make it primary and the hard drive secondary, and reinstall all the executable programs.
    Any help you may or anyone else may provide will be truly appreciated.

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