A 15-inch workstation for experts, Lenovo’s ThinkPad T570 has the full numeric keypad and bigger presentation that you won’t discover on its younger sibling, the ThinkPad T470, while offering comparative solidness and (discretionary) long battery life. Beginning at $1,073 ($1,607 as tried), the T570 offers all that anyone could need execution for substantial performing multiple tasks, alongside an agreeable console and pretty much every port you might require.
|Size:||14.4m x 9.9m x 0.8m (LxWxH)|
Design: Keeps it simple, smart
The ThinkPad aesthetic is a simple, clean, time-tested look, and Lenovo didn’t tweak it on the T570. The raven-black lid features a soft-touch coating (though it’s not as luxurious as the coating on the ThinkPad T470), while the bezel deck and underside are made of a sturdy-feeling black plastic.
Weighing 4.2 pounds and measuring 0.8 inches thick, the 15-inch ThinkPad T570 is lighter than the 15-inch Dell XPS 15 (4.6 pounds, 0.7 inches) and heavier than the 2016 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (4 pounds, 0.6 inches). Due to their smaller chassis, the 14-inch ThinkPad T470 (3.5 pounds, 0.8 inches) and the Dell Latitude 5480 (4 pounds, 0.9 inches) are lighter.
Switching the default, 3-cell battery out for Lenovo’s 61++ extended battery adds a hump to the back bottom of the T570, raising the far end. The extended battery also adds about 0.45 pounds of weight and and about 0.3 inches of height.
Lenovo placed the T570’s power port, the Thunderbolt 3 port and one USB 3.0 port on the machine’s left side. Over on the right, you’ll find two more USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-out port, an Ethernet jack, a headphone jack and an SD memory reader. The fingerprint reader is to the right of the touchpad. Of the T570’s competitors, all but the Latitude 5480 offer Thunderbolt 3, while the MacBook Pro and XPS 15 are the only ones that lack an Ethernet port.
Durability and Security: Strong, with decent protection
The ThinkPad T570 is designed to pass several MIL-SPEC durability tests, including those for operating in extreme temperatures (minus 4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and surviving shocks and vibrations.
All configurations of the ThinkPad T570 feature a TPM chip, for securing sensitive information, and a fingerprint reader, for Windows Hello logins. If you configure the laptop with a CPU that supports it (Core i5-7300U or Core i7-7600U), you’ll get Intel’s vPro remote-management technology.
Display: I find this lack of brightness disturbing
Streaming the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer on the ThinkPad T570’s 15.6-inch panel, I noted the display offers passable color, minimal brightness and decent detail. The 1080p panel offered rich, inky-black tones and allowed me to see the fine rock particles Rey levitated during Force training. But the blue skies looked washed out, and the normally red dust clouds were rendered in a maroon hue.
According to our colorimeter, the ThinkPad T570 produces 73 percent of the sRGB spectrum. That’s tied with the ThinkPad T470’s score (73 percent) and near the showing by the Latitude 5480 (71 percent). The 95-percent category average is much higher, and you’ll also find more color in the MacBook Pro (116 percent) and XPS 15 (188 percent).
The ThinkPad T570’s touch-screen panel accurately tracked my touch as I navigated the desktop and doodled in Paint. It also recognized left and right swipe-in gestures for app navigation and opening the Action Center.
Keyboard, Trackpoint, Touchpad: Comfy, but we expect more
The T570’s keyboard offers a strong typing experience that compares favorably to most laptops but doesn’t match up to the the best ThinkPads.
Testing it out on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I click-clacked my way to 82 words per minute, exceeding my 80-wpm average. While its keys offer a decent 1.6 millimeters of travel and 61 grams of required actuation force (we hope to see 1.5-2.0mm and more than 60 g), the ThinkPad T470’s keyboard was much snappier, with 2mm and 70 grams, respectively.
The ThinkPad T570’s red TrackPoint nub offers the industry-leading accuracy and comfort we’ve come to expect from Lenovo pointing sticks. Its convex shape makes it easier to move than the concave-shaped sticks we find on some Dell and HP business laptops.
Audio: Sweet sound in need of tweaks
The ThinkPad T570 provides high-quality, Dolby Audio-enhanced sound, provided you adjust its presets. When the laptop filled our large conference room with Paramore’s “Hard Times,” I noted that bass sounded strong and synths hit accurately. However, singer Hayley Williams’ voice sounded muffled by ambient instrumental noise. I fixed this by opening the Lenovo Settings app, tapping on the Audio/Media section and switching the preset from Music to Voice.
Performance: Good enough for mainstream multiasking
The ThinkPad T570 configuration we tested features a Core i5-7300U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD, which together offer strong multitasking capabilities. I saw no stutter after splitting my screen among a 1080p YouTube video and 12 Chrome Tabs (including Slack, TweetDeck and Google Docs).
This ThinkPad earned a decent score of 7,347 on the GeekBench 4 general execution test, which is simply over the 6,739 imprint from the ThinkPad T470 (Core i5-7200U, 8GB). It’s beneath the 11,390 classification normal, the 8,999 from the Latitude 5480 (Core i7-7600U, 8GB), the 13,911 from the XPS 15 (Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB) and the 13,215 from the MacBook Pro (sixth Gen Core i7, 16GB).
The ThinkPad T570 completed our OpenOffice efficiency test shortly and 34 seconds, putting barely out of date from the Latitude 5480 (3:12) and the XPS 15 (3:23). All things considered, it’s quicker than the 3:58 class normal and the ThinkPad T470 (4:01).
You can play recordings on this PC, however you most likely shouldn’t take a stab at messing around. The coordinated Intel HD 620 designs in the T570 helped it gain a humble score of 64,581 on the Ice Storm Unlimited illustrations test. This is beneath the 88,221 standard journal normal yet inside the scope of different PCs that have coordinated designs, similar to the ThinkPad T470 (62,912) and Latitude 5480 (73,623).
Battery Life: 15+ hours
The ThinkPad T570 lasts a long time on a single charge, provided you use the optional 6-cell battery. With the extended battery on board, the T570 lasted an epic 15 hours and 37 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test.
That’s not quite as long as the time of the T470 with 6-cell battery (17:25), but it beats the tar out of the category average (7:11), and the showings by the Latitude 5480 (11:37), MacBook Pro (10:32) and XPS 15 (8:23).
However, if you don’t get the 6-cell battery and its 0.4 pounds of additional weight, you’ll have to deal with far lower battery life. With the 3-cell unit on board, the ThinkPad T570 lasted just 6 hours and 11 minutes on our test. Whichever battery you get, you can always swap it out. The T570 uses Lenovo’s Power Bridge technology, which combines an internal 3-cell battery with the removable 3 or 6-cell unit, so you can change batteries without ever shutting off your laptop.
Heat: Warm bottom, cool top
As long as you don’t place the T570 on your lap, it feels cool to the touch. After we streamed 15 minutes of HD video on the notebook, our heat gun registered temperatures of up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit on the laptop’s underside, which obliterates our 95-degree comfort threshold. That’s not a huge problem, because this laptop is too large for most people to balance it on their legs. Its touchpad (82 degrees) and G & H keys (87 degrees) didn’t present such a problem.
Software: Minimal, but still there
Lenovo preloads the ThinkPad T570 with a standard set of software, including the company’s proprietary apps. Lenovo Settings houses a ton of options, such as Dolby Audio presets and Battery Stretch mode for extending your endurance. You also get Candy Crush Soda Saga, March of Empires and Sling TV, so get ready to uninstall some bloatware.
At publication time, Lenovo.com was not yet selling the ThinkPad T570. CDW sells the $1,607 ThinkPad T570 we tested, which features a Core i5-7300U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p touch screen and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD. The $1,073 entry-level T570 includes a Core i5-7200U CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB and 7,200rpm HD, and a 1080p nontouch display.
For the most speed, check out the $1,678 T570, which packs a Core i7-7600U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a nontouch 1080p display. None of the CDW laptops come with the 6-cell battery, which costs $139 when purchased separately from Lenovo.com.
The ThinkPad T570 offers a comfortable keyboard, fantastic battery life and solid multitasking performance. A dim screen and warm bottom mean that this laptop is good enough for the office, but not quite sleek enough for frequent business travel or good enough for creative professionals.
Productivity workers who are willing to consider a smaller, 14-inch laptop will get longer battery life, a bright screen and a better typing experience from the ThinkPad T470.
High-end users and creative types will prefer the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro, which offers a fantastic display, but that machine starts at a whopping $2,399 ($800 more than the T570). Those who don’t need a business notebook will prefer the Dell XPS 15 , which costs a bit more but is much thinner and has a far better screen. However, if you’re looking for a durable, powerful 15-inch business laptop, the ThinkPad T570 could be your best choice.
|Size||14.4 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches, 1.1 inches thick with extended battery|
|Weight||4.2 pounds, 4.8 pounds with extended battery|
|Hard Drive Size||256GB|
|Hard Drive Type||M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Headphone, HDMI, Ethernet, Docking Connector, USB Type-C, USB 3.0|
|Wi-Fi Model||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265|
|Touchpad Size||2.6 x 3.9|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD 620 Graphics|
|Card Slots||SD memory reader|
|Highest Available Resolution||1920 x 1080|