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Lenovo ThinkPad L570 (7200U, Full HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Katherine Bodner), 04/19/2017

Kaby Lake upgrade. The ThinkPad L570 is first and foremost a Kaby Lake upgrade. The new CPU generation brings a slight improvement in performance and is responsible for the considerable increase in battery runtime. Our test unit is sold without an operating system.

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The Lenovo ThinkPad L570 is a 15.6-inch business notebook. It is the successor of the ThinkPad L560, which we have already tested previously. While the exterior has not changed since the last version, we found several new features on the inside. The L570 uses Intel's Kaby Lake processors, while the L560 models were equipped with Skylake CPUs. The ThinkPad lies somewhere in between the entry level and mid-range segment of business laptops. Therefore, there is a lot of competition around. Some of the competitors are: the HP ProBook 450 G4, the Dell Vostro 15-5568, the HP ProBook 650 G3, the Dell Latitude 15 E5570 and also the ThinkPad E570.

Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600 (Thinkpad L Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, single channel, 21.20.16.4627
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, Lenovo LP156WF6-SPK4, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, 512 GB 
, PCIe 3.0 x2, connected via M.2 on SATA Express adapter, 450 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC293 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 Express Card 34mm, 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30.85 x 377 x 255 ( = 1.21 x 14.84 x 10.04 in)
Battery
48 Wh, removeable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11.7 h
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.38 kg ( = 83.95 oz / 5.25 pounds), Power Supply: 304 g ( = 10.72 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
949 Euro

 

Case

Lenovo has made no changes to the case since the ThinkPad L560; the L560 and L570 are identical in construction. The case is made of black plastic and is in the well-known angular ThinkPad design. There is a maintenance hatch on the bottom of the base unit, and the battery can be removed.

There is not too much to criticize regarding workmanship. The gap dimensions are good, but you can feel some sharp edges from protruding parts (display frame, top of the base unit). The device has not been trimmed completely. There is also some room for improvement in terms of stability. The base unit can be bent without too much effort in the usual areas (on either side of the keyboard and below the ClickPad). The base unit can also be warped, which should not happen with a device of this price. At least warping the lid does not lead to image distortions. Neither does pressure on the back of the lid. The metal hinges keep the lid tightly in position, but it does rock a little after opening. You cannot open the lid with one hand without giving it a strong jolt.

Overall, the ThinkPad has similar dimensions and weight as its competitors. Only the Dell rival is a little lighter.

Size Comparison

There have been no changes to the ports since the ThinkPad L560. Lenovo continues to offer four Type-A USB ports of the USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard. Additionally, there are two video outputs. Should you need more ports, there is a docking port at the bottom of the device which is intended for a Lenovo docking station.

Left side: power supply, Mini DisplayPort, VGA connector, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), ExpressCard slot (34mm), memory card reader (SD)
Left side: power supply, Mini DisplayPort, VGA connector, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), ExpressCard slot (34mm), memory card reader (SD)
Right side: combined stereo jack, smart card reader (non-existent in our test unit), DVD burner, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type), security lock slot
Right side: combined stereo jack, smart card reader (non-existent in our test unit), DVD burner, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type), security lock slot
Back: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), Gigabit Ethernet
Back: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), Gigabit Ethernet

SD card reader

The L570’s memory card reader is one of the faster versions available. It can transfer 250 jpg files (each of about 5 MB) at a speed of 72.6 Mbps. The reader works just as well as competitors’ models. Only the Dell Latitude 15 E5570 features a considerably faster reader. We test all memory card readers with our reference card (a Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
155 MB/s ∼100% +113%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
85.38 MB/s ∼55% +18%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
72.7 MB/s ∼47% 0%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
72.6 MB/s ∼47%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
68.1 MB/s ∼44% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
62.5 MB/s ∼40% -14%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
25.2 MB/s ∼16% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
89 MB/s ∼100%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
87.6 MB/s ∼98%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
81.71 MB/s ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
72.3 MB/s ∼81%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
25.5 MB/s ∼29%

Communication

Intel’s network chips are often used for laptops in the business sector, including the ThinkPad. The chip (Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265) is mounted on the Wi-Fi module and supports not only the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, but also the faster ac standard (2.4 and 5 GHz). Under optimal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity, short distance between notebook and server PC), we received good transfer rates. The Gigabit Ethernet chip (I219-V) from Intel does its job perfectly.


Additionally, you have the option to add an LTE modem to the ThinkPad. Both a free slot and necessary antennas are in place. The SIM slot is beneath the battery slot.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
576 MBit/s ∼100% +60%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
495 MBit/s ∼86% +37%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
361 MBit/s ∼63%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
205 MBit/s ∼36% -43%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
651 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
602 MBit/s ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
434 MBit/s ∼67% -33%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
268 MBit/s ∼41% -59%

Security

The ThinkPad has a Trusted Platform Module (2.0) as well as a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. There are also various security functions in the device’s BIOS and they support Computrace.

Webcam

The built-in webcam produces quite good results. The maximum resolution the camera can produce is 1280x720 pixels.

Operating System

Our test unit is sold without an operating system. To do our tests, we installed Windows 10, which installed quickly and easily. We would not recommend using Windows 7. You can install the operating system, but Intel does not provide a graphics driver for Windows 7. Additionally, Microsoft offers no more Windows updates for Kaby Lake computers which have Windows 7 installed. The same is true for computers with Ryzen processors from AMD. If you want to continue using Windows 7, you should go for the Skylake-based ThinkPad L560.

We also did a trial run installing Ubuntu Linux 16.10. This operating system can be installed just as quickly and easily as Windows 10. All hardware components are recognized and configured - including the Wi-Fi module and function keys (volume and brightness regulation).

Accessories

The usual accessories are included: a Quick Start Guide and warranty information. Lenovo also has a lot of accessories that can be purchased separately, the most interesting ones probably being the range of docking stations that Lenovo offers. The Lenovo Basic docking station is currently the cheapest model available and can be bought from about 120 Euros (~$130).

Lenovo Basic docking station
Lenovo Basic docking station
Lenovo Basic docking station
Lenovo Basic docking station

Maintenance

There is a big maintenance hatch at the bottom of the base unit, which is held in place with three screws and several plastic clips. Once you have removed these, you can access the hardware (working memory banks, SSD, Wi-Fi module, BIOS battery, M.2 2242 slot) and clean the cooling fan.

maintenance hatch
maintenance hatch

Warranty

The ThinkPad has a one-year warranty, with the possibility to expand the scope and warranty period. For example, you can purchase a three-year on-site warranty for about 160 Euros (~$170).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Lenovo has also stuck to its predecessor's tried and tested chicklet keyboard. The smooth, concave keys have medium travel and a good pressure point. While typing, the keyboard gives way a little in the middle, but this was not particularly annoying. Overall, Lenovo has used a very good keyboard, suitable for users who type a lot. One thing we cannot understand is why they will not insert a backlit keyboard. That should be part of the basic features for a device like the ThinkPad. 


Touchpad

The multi-touch ClickPad is about 10 x 5.7 cm (~4 x 2.2 in) large. This offers a lot of space for using gesture control. The smooth surface lets the fingers glide easily and the touchpad responds to inputs even in the corners. It has short travel and a clear pressure point. A further mouse replacement is the TrackPoint, which gives a good impression and allows precise movements of the cursor. The three corresponding mouse buttons are easy to use and have a good pressure point.

input devices
input devices

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The matte 15.6-inch display of the ThinkPad has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Brightness (252.2 cd/m²) and contrast (613:1) are not particularly impressive. We would have expected a minimum of 300 cd/m² and 1000:1. The price alone would require these standards. Good: The display has no PWM flickering at all.

234
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 276 cd/m² Average: 252.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 272 cd/m²
Contrast: 613:1 (Black: 0.45 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.01 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.69 | - Ø
56.3% sRGB (Argyll) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.39
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
AH-IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Vostro 15-5568
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-73%
-67%
-77%
-69%
-96%
-79%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43 (24, 19, Plateau)
39.2 (18.8, 20.4)
9%
38 (16, 22, Plateau)
12%
47 (22, 25)
-9%
44.8 (16.4, 28.4)
-4%
51 (23, 28)
-19%
47.6 (24.4, 23.2)
-11%
Response Time Black / White *
11 (7, 4)
28 (12.4, 15.6)
-155%
27 (9, 18, Plateau)
-145%
27 (10, 17)
-145%
25.6 (6.8, 18.8)
-133%
30 (10, 20)
-173%
27.2 (10, 17.2)
-147%
PWM Frequency
200 (50)
50 (40)
Screen
-12%
-37%
-41%
14%
-44%
-46%
Brightness
252
250
-1%
345
37%
236
-6%
243
-4%
201
-20%
222
-12%
Brightness Distribution
85
92
8%
95
12%
90
6%
75
-12%
77
-9%
82
-4%
Black Level *
0.45
0.29
36%
0.65
-44%
0.56
-24%
0.24
47%
0.43
4%
0.56
-24%
Contrast
613
903
47%
540
-12%
407
-34%
1008
64%
498
-19%
409
-33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.01
8.49
-69%
11.02
-120%
10.02
-100%
4.65
7%
10.68
-113%
10.36
-107%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.69
8.11
-120%
13.14
-256%
10.66
-189%
3.39
8%
11.32
-207%
10.9
-195%
Gamma
2.39 100%
2.37 101%
2.7 89%
2.48 97%
2.7 89%
2.26 106%
2.21 109%
CCT
7023 93%
6300 103%
16626 39%
11800 55%
6246 104%
12204 53%
10084 64%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
37.07
3%
52
44%
39
8%
36.69
2%
38
6%
37.69
5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56.3
57.94
3%
81
44%
61
8%
57.66
2%
59
5%
57.92
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-43% / -24%
-52% / -43%
-59% / -49%
-28% / -2%
-70% / -55%
-63% / -53%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected90 % brightness setting

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6272 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Thinkpad vs. sRGB
ThinkPad vs. sRGB
ThinkPad vs. AdobeRGB
ThinkPad vs. AdobeRGB

The color accuracy ex-works is quite OK with a DeltaE 2000 deviation of 5.01, but Lenovo should strive for a value below 3. The display has no problems with a blue cast. We tried calibrating the display, which did improve color accuracy a little. After that, the color deviation went down to 3.61 and the grayscale was more balanced. The screen cannot display the Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces. The color accuracy is at 56.3% (sRGB) and 36% (AdobeRGB).

The provided color profile based on our calibration can improve the screen’s color accuracy. Before you use our file, make sure that you have the same display model (manufacturer and model number) as our test unit. Otherwise, the color accuracy could actually deteriorate. It happens quite often that screens from different manufacturers are used within the same notebook model. 

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
11 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 58 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

Lenovo has equipped the ThinkPad with an IPS screen with good viewing-angle stability. This means that the screen can be read from any position. The notebook can only be used outdoors if the sun is not shining too bright.

Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (direct sunlight)
Outdoor use (sunlight from behind)
Outdoor use (sunlight from behind)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Lenovo’s ThinkPad L570 is a business notebook in the 15.6-inch segment. The Kaby Lake processors used in all ThinkPad L570 models offer more than enough processing power for all their usual areas of application. The device has specifications typical for business laptops, such as a docking port and TPM. You also have the possibility to mount an LTE modem. Our test unit is a special edition model for students, which is available for 870 Euros (~$931) in Germany. At the time of testing, we could find only two other models available.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

Lenovo uses Kaby Lake processors for all models of the ThinkPad L570. Our test unit contains the Core i5-7200U - a mid-range dual-core ULV processor (TDP: 15 watts) that should easily accommodate the needs of most users. It offers more than enough processing power for office and internet applications, so for most users it will not be worth buying a ThinkPad model with the stronger Core i7-7500U processor. The slight increase in performance would mean a clear increase in price.

The Core i5 processor works at a base speed of 2.5 GHz, which can increase to up to 3.1 GHz (both cores) thanks to the Turbo. The Turbo is used to full capacity both in battery mode and mains operation. We can test whether the Turbo is in constant use by running the Multithread Cinebench R15 test in a loop for about 30 minutes. The results of the ThinkPad are consistently at the same level, which means that there is no drop in performance.

single thread
single thread
Multithread
Multithread
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The results of the various CPU tests are at the same level as those of other notebooks equipped with the 7200U CPU. Our ThinkPad did better than its predecessor, the ThinkPad L560, which was equipped with a Core i5-6200U (Skylake) processor - the immediate predecessor of the 7200U processor. The slightly better test results of the 7200U can be ascribed to a higher operating speed. As for the technical side, there is hardly any difference between Skylake and Kaby Lake.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7964
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11360
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4987
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
30.24 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.68 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.48 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
38.57 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
330 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
128 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼75% +14%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼66% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼66% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼66%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
124 Points ∼64% -3%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
122 Points ∼63% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼59% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
355 Points ∼17% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼15% 0%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼15%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
320 Points ∼15% -3%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
319 Points ∼15% -3%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
310 Points ∼14% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼14% -12%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
4987 Points ∼56%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
4942 Points ∼56% -1%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
4657 Points ∼52% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
4313 Points ∼49% -14%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
11360 Points ∼23%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
11073 Points ∼22% -3%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
10667 Points ∼21% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
9987 Points ∼20% -12%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
6453 Points ∼21%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
6314 Points ∼20% -2%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
6172 Points ∼20% -4%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
2905 Points ∼62%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
2874 Points ∼62% -1%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
2818 Points ∼60% -3%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
6782 Points ∼25%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
6556 Points ∼24% -3%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
3633 Points ∼65%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
3508 Points ∼62% -3%
Geekbench 4.1
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
7110 Points ∼39%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
3704 Points ∼77%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
238.56 Points ∼71% +12%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
218 Points ∼65% +2%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
214.17 Points ∼64% 0%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel Core i5-7200U
213.74 Points ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
208.94 Points ∼63% -2%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel Core i5-6300U
119.79 Points ∼36% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel Core i5-6200U
110.11 Points ∼33% -48%

System Performance

A fast NVMe SSD and a strong Core i5 processor mean a fast system. The PCMark results were very good. The device has good enough performance for office and internet applications. A slight increase in overall performance could be reached by mounting a second working memory module in order to activate dual channel mode.

There are two working memory banks.
There are two working memory banks.
PCMark 7 Score
5464 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3520 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3293 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4600 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4725 Points ∼73% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
4666 Points ∼72% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4600 Points ∼71%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
4573 Points ∼70% -1%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
4301 Points ∼66% -6%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4118 Points ∼63% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
3861 Points ∼59% -16%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
3550 Points ∼59% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3520 Points ∼59%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
3331 Points ∼56% -5%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
3282 Points ∼55% -7%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3163 Points ∼53% -10%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3149 Points ∼53% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
2886 Points ∼48% -18%

Storage Devices

The system memory is an NVMe SSD from Samsung. It is a M.2 model (2280), although the SSD is not connected to an M.2 slot, but to a SATA port via an adaptor. This is a SATA Express port - not SATA III. The former is the successor of SATA III. SATA Express basically combines SATA and PLI Express 3.0, so that you can connect both NVMe SSDs and common 2.5-inch SATA drives. The data is transferred via PCI Express and up to four PCIe 3.0 lanes can be used. The ThinkPad has 2 lanes (= PCIe 3.0 x2). That means the maximum data transfer rate is at 2 Gbps.

Lenovo has installed a NVMe SSD.
Lenovo has installed a NVMe SSD.
SATA Express
SATA Express

The transfer rates that we measured are at the same level as those of other notebooks equipped with the same SSD. Installing Samsung’s current NVMe driver did not improve transfer rates. We did the CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD benchmarks with the standard driver from Microsoft installed, as well as with the Samsung driver (version 2.1). The results hardly differ.

CrystalDiskMark (Microsoft NVMe)
CrystalDiskMark (Microsoft NVMe)
CrystalDiskMark (Samsung NVMe)
CrystalDiskMark (Samsung NVMe)
AS SSD (Microsoft NVMe)
AS SSD (Microsoft NVMe)
AS SSD (Samsung NVMe)
AS SSD (Samsung NVMe)

The ThinkPad offers a further option: The device has an M.2 2242 slot that is actually meant for an LTE modem (antennas are already installed). Alternatively, you could also mount an M.2 2242 SSD. The device’s maintenance manual explicitly states this. We tried it out, and both Windows and Ubuntu Linux can be installed easily and boot properly.

The M.2 slot is primarily intended for an LTE modem.
The M.2 slot is primarily intended for an LTE modem.
But you can mount SSDs in it, too.
But you can mount SSDs in it, too.
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Sequential Read: 1412 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1110 MB/s
512K Read: 833.3 MB/s
512K Write: 920 MB/s
4K Read: 56.8 MB/s
4K Write: 138.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 539.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 444.8 MB/s
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017-20HQS03P00
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
HP Spectre 13-v131ng
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Lenovo ThinkPad T470-20HD002HGE
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Dell Vostro 15-5568
SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-96%
-97%
-59%
-28%
8%
16%
-6%
-6%
-55%
Write 4k QD32
444.8
1.036
-100%
0.859
-100%
100.2
-77%
319.2
-28%
225.6
-49%
495.6
11%
416
-6%
425.4
-4%
229.4
-48%
Read 4k QD32
539.2
1.367
-100%
0.826
-100%
383.3
-29%
529.5
-2%
518.3
-4%
601.2
11%
497.1
-8%
496.2
-8%
296
-45%
Write 4k
138.9
1.022
-99%
0.866
-99%
96.59
-30%
123.4
-11%
139.4
0%
172.2
24%
140.2
1%
134.6
-3%
55.97
-60%
Read 4k
56.8
0.488
-99%
0.337
-99%
34
-40%
34.3
-40%
54.66
-4%
60.97
7%
57.47
1%
55.46
-2%
29.02
-49%
Write 512
920
55.33
-94%
43.45
-95%
119.7
-87%
414
-55%
1229
34%
1098
19%
911.3
-1%
861.6
-6%
368.5
-60%
Read 512
833.3
39.65
-95%
16.34
-98%
393.6
-53%
759
-9%
864.8
4%
814
-2%
753
-10%
810.6
-3%
363.4
-56%
Write Seq
1110
111.7
-90%
99.95
-91%
155
-86%
468.1
-58%
1550
40%
1383
25%
1088
-2%
1076
-3%
466.8
-58%
Read Seq
1412
113.6
-92%
109.4
-92%
474.7
-66%
1140
-19%
2065
46%
1827
29%
1090
-23%
1155
-18%
497.8
-65%

Graphics

Lenovo does not offer a dedicated GPU for the ThinkPad. Only integrated GPUs from Intel are used in this notebook. In the case of our test unit, it is an HD Graphics 620 GPU. This supports DirectX 12 and works at a speed of up to 1000 MHz. The results of the 3DMark benchmarks are average for this graphics unit. You can achieve a slight improvement in graphics performance by mounting a second working memory module (active dual channel mode).

3DMark 06 Standard
7810 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1550 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
52860 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5745 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
764 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
343 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4243 Points ∼8% +195%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2092 Points ∼4% +45%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1440 Points ∼3%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1384 Points ∼3% -4%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1298 Points ∼3% -10%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
1296 Points ∼3% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1225 Points ∼2% -15%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
3545 Points ∼9% +333%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1637 Points ∼4% +100%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
819 Points ∼2%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
763 Points ∼2% -7%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
762 Points ∼2% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
652 Points ∼2% -20%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
640 Points ∼2% -22%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
21835 Points ∼13% +211%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9122 Points ∼6% +30%
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7032 Points ∼4%
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6300U
6586 Points ∼4% -6%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
6554 Points ∼4% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6126 Points ∼4% -13%
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
5855 Points ∼4% -17%

Gaming Performance

The device’s hardware can play quite a lot of games, but for smooth frame rates, you have to content yourself with low resolution and quality settings. Still, you can only play games that are not too demanding on the hardware. The frame rates can be increased with a second working memory module, as the graphics core has a higher capacity in active dual channel mode. But even then demanding games such as “Mass Effect Andromeda” cannot be played.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 62.731.418.49.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 40.323.919.86.9fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 312315.66.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

Work tools such as the ThinkPad should make little to no noise if possible. Here, the ThinkPad does not disappoint. While idling, the cooling fan is often at a standstill and you can hear no noise. Even when the cooling fan runs at low speed, it is hardly audible. Under load, the fan still makes little noise. During our stress tests, we measured a sound pressure level of only 33.1 dB(A).

In our forum, many users of the ThinkPad L560 mentioned that in certain situations the cooling fan would suddenly start running on high. This does not seem to be the case for the ThinkPad L570 cooling fan.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
DVD
38.2 / dB(A)
Load
33.2 / 33.1 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.3 dB(A)
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX
Dell Vostro 15-5568
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Noise
0%
-3%
-7%
-1%
-11%
0%
off / environment *
30.3
29.4
3%
30.7
-1%
31.2
-3%
29
4%
31.6
-4%
29
4%
Idle Minimum *
30.3
30.1
1%
31.5
-4%
31.2
-3%
29
4%
32.6
-8%
29
4%
Idle Average *
30.3
30.1
1%
31.5
-4%
33.2
-10%
29
4%
32.6
-8%
29
4%
Idle Maximum *
30.3
30.1
1%
31.5
-4%
34.3
-13%
29
4%
33
-9%
29
4%
Load Average *
33.2
33.4
-1%
34.6
-4%
36.6
-10%
34.3
-3%
38.9
-17%
33.9
-2%
Load Maximum *
33.1
34.7
-5%
33.3
-1%
34.7
-5%
40.1
-21%
38.9
-18%
37
-12%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.837.437.537.237.82534.135.832.634.434.13133.833.630.929.133.84031.931.831.531.531.95033.333.731.830.233.36333.834.432.332.733.88031.53128.527.631.51003131.127.726.4311252626.724.824.8261602726.824.424.22720027.32724.924.827.325025.325.522.522.125.33152625.622.522.42640024.124.621.720.924.150023.323.920.520.423.363022.622.819.519.722.68002322.918.918.923100023.222.718.218.223.2125022.12217.817.722.1160020.820.617.317.520.8200020.119.817.117.220.1250019.919.517.517.119.9315019.619.71717.419.6400019.21917.117.319.250001919.117.317.419630019.119.117.117.319.180001918.91717.4191000018.818.81717.518.81250018.818.716.917.318.81600019.118.817.217.419.1SPL33.333.230.330.333.3N221.41.42median 22.1Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600median 22median 17.8median 17.7median 22.1Delta2.92.92.92.62.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The ThinkPad during the stress test.
The ThinkPad during the stress test.

The ThinkPad reacted to our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running for at least an hour) the same way in mains operation and on battery. The processor works at full capacity for a few seconds, and is then throttled down to 1.6 GHz; the graphics core clocks at between 950 to 1000 MHz. The device hardly heats up: during the stress tests, the temperatures remained below 40 °C (~104 °F) at all measurement points.

There is no need to worry about strong throttling of the CPU. In day-to-day use, the complete turbo speed is available. Our stress test represents extreme scenario that will not occur during your everyday work.

Max. Load
 36.1 °C30.3 °C23.12 °C 
 32.7 °C21.2 °C23.6 °C 
 26.6 °C28 °C24.1 °C 
Maximum: 36.1 °C
Average: 27.3 °C
23.3 °C26.2 °C32.3 °C
23.1 °C25 °C33.1 °C
23.3 °C23.9 °C25.3 °C
Maximum: 33.1 °C
Average: 26.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  34.3 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX
Dell Vostro 15-5568
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Heat
-20%
3%
-33%
-21%
-24%
-18%
Maximum Upper Side *
36.1
37.2
-3%
31.9
12%
37.3
-3%
46.6
-29%
44.3
-23%
38
-5%
Maximum Bottom *
33.1
36
-9%
32.1
3%
41.5
-25%
49.1
-48%
46.3
-40%
39
-18%
Idle Upper Side *
23.7
30.7
-30%
23.5
1%
34.2
-44%
24.6
-4%
27.8
-17%
25.7
-8%
Idle Bottom *
24.1
32.8
-36%
25.3
-5%
38.8
-61%
25.1
-4%
27.7
-15%
33.8
-40%

* ... smaller is better

Thermal profile, top of base unit (load)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (load)
Thermal profile, underside (load)
Thermal profile, underside (load)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, underside (idle)
Thermal profile, underside (idle)

Speakers

The ThinkPad’s stereo speakers are positioned at the front of the device. They produce quite a good sound, but lack bass. We recommend using headphones or external speakers for a better listening experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.242.12534.444.63129.145.74031.545.15030.243.76332.745.58027.645.910026.44612524.846.816024.249.220024.850.725022.154.431522.459.240020.961.850020.46663019.770.180018.971100018.268.6125017.768.1160017.568200017.268.6250017.169.3315017.466.8400017.365.1500017.464.2630017.363.9800017.464.81000017.563.81250017.356.31600017.449.2SPL30.379.3N1.446.8median 17.7Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600median 64.2Delta2.6735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 8% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 20%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequenzdiagramm im Vergleich (Checkboxen oben an-/abwählbar!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

There are no anomalies regarding power consumption. While idling, we measured a maximum power consumption of 7.7 watts, which is a good value. During the stress test it went up to 28.2 watts. If the CPU was not throttled, the value would have been higher. The rated output of the power supply is 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 7.4 / 7.7 Watt
Load midlight 30.6 / 28.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX
Dell Vostro 15-5568
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Power Consumption
-11%
2%
-5%
-32%
-23%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
4
5
-25%
4
-0%
4.5
-13%
2.8
30%
3.8
5%
3.3
17%
Idle Average *
7.4
7.9
-7%
6.9
7%
7.6
-3%
6.3
15%
6.6
11%
6.8
8%
Idle Maximum *
7.7
8.6
-12%
7.6
1%
8.7
-13%
6.9
10%
11.3
-47%
7.7
-0%
Load Average *
30.6
27.5
10%
29
5%
28.5
7%
51.6
-69%
38
-24%
30.9
-1%
Load Maximum *
28.2
33.7
-20%
28.7
-2%
29.2
-4%
69.7
-147%
45
-60%
40.3
-43%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

During our practical Wi-Fi test, the ThinkPad battery reaches a runtime of 8:54h. In this test, we simulate the battery capacity by regularly opening websites following a script. The energy profile is set to “balanced”, energy saving functions are deactivated and the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m². The battery ran for 8:09h during our video test. During this test, we play the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules and energy saving functions are deactivated; the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m².

The ThinkPad L570 clearly outstrips its Skylake predecessor. This is because of the Kaby Lake processor. No change has been made in terms of battery capacity; both the L560 and L570 contain the same 48-Wh batteries.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 23min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38)
8h 54min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 08min
Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L560-20F10026GE
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 48 Wh
HP Probook 650 G3 Z2W44ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Dell Latitude 15 E5570
6300U, HD Graphics 520, 62 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 41 Wh
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 45 Wh
Dell Vostro 15-5568
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Battery Runtime
-31%
-7%
15%
-12%
-15%
-14%
Reader / Idle
1163
698
-40%
765
-34%
1231
6%
883
-24%
746
-36%
1011
-13%
H.264
489
277
-43%
402
-18%
571
17%
512
5%
WiFi v1.3
534
406
-24%
467
-13%
632
18%
462
-13%
513
-4%
357
-33%
Load
128
109
-15%
177
38%
151
18%
129
1%
123
-4%
110
-14%

Verdict

Pros

+ IPS screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ runs silently
+ hardly heats up
+ NVMe SSD
+ good battery runtime
+ maintenance hatch

Cons

- no backlit keyboard
- no Type-C USB port
- 12 months warranty only
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad L570 20J9S01600. Test unit provided by Campuspoint.de
In review: Lenovo ThinkPad L570 20J9S01600. Test unit provided by Campuspoint.de

Compared with its predecessor, the ThinkPad L570 is first and foremost a Kaby Lake upgrade. The Kaby Lake processor offers only a slight performance increase compared with its Skylake predecessor, but it does bring advantages in other areas: The battery runtime is significantly longer and can last an entire day at university.

Kaby Lake offers increased battery life.

Just as it should be for work tools, the device hardly heats up and runs quietly. The cooling fan does not suddenly turn up for no reason, which many users criticized the ThinkPad L560 for.

An NVMe SSD ensures a quick and nimble system. Thanks to the maintenance hatch, it should be no problem to change the SSD. The ThinkPad offers further options for expansion: an additional M.2 2242 slot can be mounted either with an LTE modem (antennas are already installed) or a second SSD.

No changes have been made to the case; it has the same case as the ThinkPad L560. Lenovo could have done a little bit more here. The case is not the most stable of its kind. As a work tool, the ThinkPad should offer more in this regard. After all, it can be assumed that the device will be used on the go. Keyboard, ClickPad and TrackPoint are Lenovo’s usual high quality input devices. Although we do miss backlighting for the keyboard, which was already missing from the predecessor.

The ThinkPad features a full HD screen with stable viewing points and a matte surface. Brightness and contrast are average, but too low for a notebook of this price.

Lenovo Thinkpad L570 20J9S01600 - 04/14/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
62 / 80 → 77%
Weight
61 / 67 → 86%
Battery
90%
Display
85%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 80%
Application Performance
86 / 92 → 94%
Temperature
96%
Noise
94%
Audio
62%
Camera
48 / 85 → 56%
Average
76%
87%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-04-19 (Update: 2017-05- 2)