Lenovo ThinkPad E570 Review

I have been an avid MacBook Pro user for the past 5 and a half years. After purchasing my first MacBook Pro in 2013 I thought I would never buy another Windows laptop again after the nightmares I had with them. Yet here I am, reviewing a ThinkPad. I bought this solely as a work machine since I simply needed a dedicated portable Windows development environment. I do put my Dell desktop to good use but it isn’t portable and I travel quite often so it became more of a necessity than a want. After an hour or so of research I came across the ThinkPad E570. I have always held ThinkPads with high regard, with my first experience messing around with my dad’s IBM ThinkPad when I was a kid. The TrackPoint was the coolest little thing to me. Since then coworkers have held the latest T series to the highest regard, recommending them as the laptop to get sans a MacBook Pro if you need Windows. Considering I spent quite a bit on the 2018 MacBook Pro I figured I keep a tighter budget for my Windows laptop. The E570, and really the E series altogether was something I never heard of. I thought there was the T series and thats it. I figured a Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 256GB PCIe SSD was a decent deal for $630 shipped from Amazon. I soon learned that the E series was the “budget” lineup of ThinkPads and purists say it’s not even really a ThinkPad because the build quality isn’t even close to a T or X series. I figured for the price I can take a chance. Here is a breakdown of some pros and cons:

PROS

  • Good specs for $630
  • ThinkPad reliability (or at least perceived reliability)
  • Fast Samsung PCIe NVME storage
  • Decent 1080p 15.6″ display
  • Fingerprint reader for Windows Hello
  • Comes with Windows 10 Pro
  • Good selection of ports

 

CONS

  • Cheap plastics and fingerprint prone matte finish on lid
  • Heavy battery that equates to just ok battery life with mixed use
  • Lenovo junk preinstalled
  • Fans come on quite often and gets pretty hot
  • Wall charger cable is tiny and the connector could be better

 

Now it may seem that the quality is just as bad as everyone says but hear me out, I can’t really complain much for the price and competing laptops from Dell or HP will have worse build quality and/or specs for this price point. It certainly isn’t a T series and won’t hold a candle to any MacBook (perhaps every) in terms of build and finish but I don’t think it’s worth skipping this computer over. It seems simple to repair and could be durable enough for at least 2 to 3 years of moderate to heavy use. It’s kind of refreshing owning cheaper, plasticky laptop that you can throw around. I have only had this machine for a day so I can’t comment on long term use but I would say I already have a good impression. I would recommend this laptop to anyone with a budget of under $700 and wants the cheapest way to buy into the ThinkPad brand.

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