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Lenovo Thinkpad T470 - Is this a good price and configuration

desidude007

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Hello,

I am looking to buy a Thinkpad laptop for home office and mobile office use, i.e. I am an independent contractor in financial services and was happy with a Thinkpad T-Series laptop several years ago.


I was referred to a current Thinkpad sale that ends tonight, on the Lenovo site, in the U.S, I am in the U.S, for a Thinkpad T-470 with the following specs:

Processor : Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.5Ghz)
Operating System : Windows 10 Home 64
Operating System Language : Windows 10 Home 64 English
Display : 14.0 FHD(1920x1080) IPS Touch
Memory : 8GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM
Graphics : Intel HD Graphics 620
Top Cover Material : Standard PPS (PPSU Poly) cover
Camera : 720p HD Camera with MIC
3Y Depot/CCI upgrade from 1Y Depot/CCI
3-yr Accidental Damage Protection compatible with Depot/CCI warranty
3Y International Services Entitlement
Keyboard : Keyboard Backlit - English
Security Chip : Hardware dTPM
TPM Setting : Hardware dTPM2.0 Enabled
Hard Drive : 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5", SATA3
System Expansion Slots : Smart Card Reader
Front Battery : 3 Cell Li-Ion 24Wh Front
Rear Battery : 3cell Battery 24Wh Rear
Power Cord : 45W AC Adapter (2pin) - US (USB Type C)
Wireless : Intel Dual Band Wireless AC(2x2) 8265, Bluetooth Version 4.1
WWAN Selection : WWAN
Integrated Mobile Broadband : Integrated Mobile Broadband upgradable
Display Panel : 14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080), PPS, Multi-Touch, WWAN, No WiGig, 2D Camera
Language Pack : Publication - English

Total price - US $940, I presume tax is extra.

I am wondering whether I should:

a) Change the battery - to a ThinkPad Battery 6 cell Li-Ion (72Wh) Cylindrical Rear

and

b) Do I need the touchscreen or should I just get the 1920*1080 without a touchscreen? I do not really use the touchscreen in my day to day computing so far.

I appreciate your help, thanks in advance

Thank you
 

mrblotto

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1. upgrade the battery
2. dont bother with the touchscreen, unless you're doing a lot of presentations or you're positive you have no fingerprints to leave smudges on the screen ;)
3. Immediately update the wifi driver on it (if not anything else)
 
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mrblotto

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Oh damn....I didn't even think spinners were offered anymore as 'standard'.....d'oh! Yeah, swap that thing out for an SSD fo shizzle!
 
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desidude007

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Thank you all @mrblotto @Chaotic42 @whm1974

I think I have a SSD with me at home so I am not wanting to configure the ThinkPad to include an SSD and pay extra.

But if you know of any SSD Black Friday deals let me know and I can get another one.

So for that price...$950...would you opt for another brand/etc

What I really like about Think Pads is the trackball - the red cursor in the middle of the laptop. I like to use that as a mouse pointer.
 

daveybrat

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That red thing in the middle of the keyboard is called an Accupoint. Most Lenovo Thinkpads and some Dell Latitude's have them.

I would search around a bit more, $940 for that laptop is way too much for what you are getting.
 

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