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Lenovo ThinkPad E570p I7-7700HQ 20JAA00FAU Review
The 3-Minute Lenovo ThinkPad E570 Review
Reliable but underwhelming
By Melanie Hawthorne | October 8, 2017
Features & Design: 3.5/5 ● Performance: 3.5/5 ● Value: 4/5
The best thing about the Lenovo ThinkPad E570 is its consistent performance, even when running multiple applications, throughout the day. The keyboard and trackpad are easy to use, the screen is decent (generally speaking), it’s quiet, and it has a surprisingly good graphics card.
The first thing to note with the ThinkPad E570 is that its body feels a bit cheap. It’s not particularly stable and doesn’t give the laptop a “solid” feeling. The screen brightness is not particularly stellar either. It won’t be a problem if you're mostly using this laptop inside, but it may be a struggle if you are hoping to do some open-air work. There's also no backlit keyboard. It can be a small minus for some but, in this day and age, it's a pretty basic thing not to include.
Is it for you?
If you're looking for a work machine and want to something different than a Dell or HP, the E570 is definitely worth considering. It's going to keep running smoothly whether you've got a day full of meetings or need to work with several programs at once. It’s not a bad option for students either.
Some of the different versions of the E570 give you better performance, but all the variations give you solid battery life. The dull screen means it's not really designed for outside use nor will it really stand up to modern games, but it’s far from being a deal breaker unless you’re a gamer.
“Good audio quality and a surprisingly solid graphics card were other nice finds.”
Meet the Lenovo ThinkPad E570
There are plenty of laptops available for the modern office worker. However, many people (and businesses) are still firmly Dell or HP users. Lenovo is working on breaking into this market with the ThinkPad E570. They've priced this 15.6” model well, sitting a little cheaper than its competitor from Dell.
Lenovo offers some good configurations for the E570. Those looking to keep to a budget can opt for a slower, but capable i3 processor while those who need performance, can choose a faster i7 processor. The ThinkPad E570 was designed to not to look out of place in an office and it's plastic casing ensures that it doesn’t get too expensive.
What we like
The main focus of the E570 has been on performance and ease of use. By making the ports user and office-friendly, the ThinkPad E570 has put itself in a position to be a great addition to almost any workspace. The laptop boasts good battery life with a battery that can last over 5 hours; perfect if you have a busy day full of meetings. It’s also easy to customize for those who want to change out some of the hardware.
Making the ThinkPad E570 easy to work with has clearly been a goal for Lenovo. That’s why it isn’t surprising that it has a great feeling keyboard and responsive trackpad. While some may quibble over Lenovo’s positioning, no one can argue that the E570 also offers a good selection of ports. Good audio quality and a surprisingly solid graphics card were other nice finds. For a machine that isn't geared towards video editing or games, they’re a great plus.
What we don’t like
Firstly, the laptop’s body is something that will jump out at you. It’s made of plastic, which isn’t shocking for a mid-range laptop. However, the plastic is a bit flexible in certain areas and doesn’t give the E570 a particularly stable feel. The screen is something that is worth mentioning as well. The colours and screen brightness are lacking. It's still fine for presentations but it makes using this device outside in the sun almost impossible.
The absence of a backlit keyboard was also a little surprising. This really isn't a huge problem, it's just a little strange to not have included it. Though, it appears to be one of the trade-offs that was needed to improve the battery life and lower the weight.
Should you buy it?
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad E570 is a good mid-range laptop that’s definitely worth a look if you’re a busy office worker or student. The long battery life means this computer can stay online when you need it and has great performance if you opt for the i5 or i7 processor. Some unexpected finds on the E570 that make it even more interesting are its good audio quality and quality graphics card. While this isn't a laptop to game on or to really use outside, it makes up for it in other ways. For its price, it offers solid specs and stands tall with its competitors. While it's not going to break any records, the ThinkPad E570 is worth taking a look at if you’re in the market for a reliable laptop for work or school.
About the Author / Melanie Hawthorne
Melanie is a web developer turned writer based in the UK. When she's not reviewing computers, she's probably out and about learning about the newest software advancements on the market...or reading a good book and thinking about it. She also runs her own tech blog.