Lenovo Y470p First Look and Video


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p was released just last month and has quickly caught the attention of many buyers who want a portable laptop with gaming capabilities for under $1,000.  The Y470p sports an AMD 7690M graphics card, a big improvement over the Nvidia 550m graphics card the plain old Y470 comes with.  You have the choice of either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor depending on how much you want to spend.  The Y470p we have has the Intel Core i5-2430m processor and was purchased for $749 during a sale event at Lenovo.com.  The full specs of the Y470p we have is below:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2450M (2.50GHz, 3MB cache)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon 7690M 1GB
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Display: 14.0” 1366 x 768 resolution, glossy finish
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Storage: 500GB HD 5400RPM
  • Optical Drive: DVD Burner
  • Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion
  • Wireless: Intel 1000 BGN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Ports: HDMI,  VGA out, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 2.0 / eSATA combo Ethernet (RJ-45),
  • Dimensions: (WxDxH): 13.6″ x 9.4″ x 0.8″ to 1.3
  • Weight: 4.85lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year

Y470p Unboxing

The IdeaPad Y470p arrived in a black box with an orange handle, somewhat suggestive of the actual design used on the laptop.

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Inside the box the laptop was braced by a couple of Styrofoam holders and then a box with documentation and power cord inside.

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And here’s everything out of the box, you get the Y470p laptop, battery, power cord & adapter and then setup manuals and guides:

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The shipping for the Y470p took only a week from order on Lenovo.com, most impressive, the quoted time was two weeks.

Lenovo Y470p First Thoughts

I did a quick video overview of the Y470p that I posted to YouTube and you can watch below:

Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p Overview

Lenovo Y470p First Thoughts

We recently reviewed the Lenovo Y570, and basically everything that was said about that laptop in terms of build quality and design holds true for the Y470p.  The case material used in the Y470p is a strong ABS plastic with a stamped aluminum finish on top.  The Y470p lid has a unique looking brown/grey coloration with dimpled design pattern made to look like that of a circuit board.  This design comes on top of a brushed aluminum finish, but the aluminum is just a thin skin on top of ABS plastic.  It is not solid aluminum like the MacBook Pro or HP Envy lineup is.  Around the lid is an orange color trim for a bit of design flare.  Upon opening the laptop you will see an inside that has a brush metal finish with a slight purple tinge to it.  At the top of the keyboard are some media buttons with purple backlighting.  The one annoying thing regarding the design is a glossy bezel around the screen that goes out of its way to attract fingerprints.

Lenovo Y470p

Performance

One cool thing about the Y470p is that the graphics are switchable between integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics and the dedicated AMD 6790M.  You can manually switch graphics by right clicking on the desktop and going into the AMD Catalyst Control Center, you can even select which applications use dedicated versus integrated graphics:

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The performance from the AMD 7690M graphics will be enough to play just about any modern game, you may need to tweak the graphics settings a bit in a game such as Skyrim to get the frame rates in the 30 range, but you won’t have to sacrifice too much detail to get there.  We ran a couple of benchmarks to demonstrate the synthetic performance you can get using PCMark Vantage and 3DMark 11:

Laptop PCMark Vantage Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p (Intel Core i5-2450m, AMD 7690M, 6GB RAM, 5400RPM HD) 6,727 PCMarks
HP Pavilion g6z (AMD Fusion A4-3305M 1.90GHz, 4GB RAM, 5400RPM HD) 3,322 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad X130e (AMD E-300 1.30GHz, AMD 6130, 4GB RAM, 5400 RPM HD) 1,981 PCMarks
HP Folio 13 (Intel Core i5-2467M 1.60GHz, Intel HD3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD) 9,026 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 1440 Review (Intel Core i3-370M, Intel HD, 6GB RAM) 4,931 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM 5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM 5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM 3,204 PCMarks

 

Laptop 3DMark 11
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p (Intel Core i5-2450m, AMD 7690M, 6GB RAM, 5400RPM HD) 1,339
Dell XPS 17 (Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, Nvidia 550m, 6GB RAM, HD 7200RPM) 1,041

The one bottleneck in the Y470p is the slow 5400RPM hard drive.  That can be remedied by inserting an mSATA SSD in the mini PCIe slot that’s open like we did with the Y470 reviewed last year.  That’ll cost you around $180 and is only recommended for techies that know what they’re doing, the performance payoff is substantial though.

There’s more to cover regarding the Y470p, we’ll be back with a full review next week!

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7 Responses to Lenovo Y470p First Look and Video

  1. DragonRider February 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Andrew,
    Regrading the Wireless: I don’t believe the Wireless: Intel 1000 BGN 802.11 a/b/g/n, is really a a/b/g/n capable card, to allow communicating on the 5 GHz band. The Intel 1000 BGN does not have the “a” associated with the card. Your co-reviewer Rob, who reviewed the Y470, also made the same mistake in his review. Lenovo does not offer ANY IdeaPad, with a “stock” wireless card that will do the Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) transmission.

    I bought my Y470 with the Intel 1000 b/g/n, and I was very upset that I didn’t check this point out more thoroughly. I would hate, for any user to buy this Y470p, based on this review, thinking it has the a/b/g/n 5 GHz dual band connection. The Intel 1000 b/g/n card only uses the 2.4 GHz band.

    See this Intel link for the low down:

    http://communities.intel.com/thread/21844

    Thank you,

    DragonRider

    • Andrew Baxter February 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      DragonRider, thanks for the correction and being very specific there. I’ve updated the specs and will make sure to mention that in the full review. Thanks, -Andrew.

  2. Solarion February 28, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    I also ordered the Ideapad Y470p. Lenovo has a sale for the version with the Core i7, 8GB memory, 750GB storage for $799.

    I’m surprised that received your machine so quickly. Lenovo had my estimated ship date near the end of March. Hopefully, the date is just an overestimation on Lenovo’s part.

    Your reviews on this site definitely helped my decision to purchase this model. I was aiming for a Thinkpad model, but money is rather tight.

  3. Tony March 4, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Looks like a great system, how is the heat and noise?

    • Tron March 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Tony, the noise is variable. There is a button that allows for fan control profiles. Silent(very very quiet), Normal, Efficient thermal dissipation, and Dedusting which switches the fan to super high to low to get the dust out.

      Heat is normal for a laptop, a little hotter when the high performance GPU is activated. I haven’t used any programs to check the temps.

  4. Daniel March 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    Hey Andrew!

    Would it be possible to tell the approx. weight and dimensions of the package that shipped from lenovo ?

    Thank You!

    Daniel

  5. Tony March 15, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Do the touch sensitive buttons work out of box?

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