In the past few years, about two t three products which belong to the ThinkPad series have been released each year. The ThinkPad T470S is focused on lightweight high-end market, and the ThinkPad T470P is focused on performance market. Now, ThinkPad has joint hands with AMD and launched the ThinkPad A475 business laptop based on the ThinkPad T470 mould and the ThinkPad A275 business laptop based on the ThinkPad X270 mould. The two laptops have used top quad-core A12 APU and have good performance and design. Now, we will see the ThinkPad A475 laptop’s performance.
|Screen||14.0″ HD (1366 x 768) TN screen|
|Processor||AMD PRO A12-9800B (2MB Cache, up to 3.60GHz)|
|Video||AMD Radeon R7|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Storage||256GB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD|
|Connectivity||802.11 AC (2×2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth® 4.1|
|Ports||3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 3.5mm Headphone/mic combo jack|
|Battery||24 Wh + 24 Wh|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Weight||Starting at 3.48 lbs (1.57 kg)|
|Extras||720p HD Camera, Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio|
Appearance Design: classic appearance design and good workmanship
The ThinkPad A475 continues to adopt appearance design with the T series business laptop style. The laptop’s top cover and bottom both adopts fiberglass material, which bring comfortable touch experience. ThinkPad’s logo is placed on the left corner of the laptop’s top cover.
The ThinkPad A475 features a 14-inch screen with several optional screen specifications, including the FHD IPS screen. The laptop for test comes with the TN screen with the resolution of 1,366 pixels by 738 pixels and this screen has anti-glare function.
As for its keyboard, the ThinkPad A475 adopts classic little red dot keyboard. The key travel is quite long, and the keycap design suits ergonomics which can easily handle daily typing or game.
The touchpad consists of classic three physical buttons and one-piece touch area. Below the touchpad reserve two physical buttons, which can bring more convenient operation experience was they work with the little red circle.
The ThinkPad A475 comes with the fingerprint reader module o the right side of the keyboard area, which enable the user to enter the system through swift unlock way. In the meantime, the fingerprint reader can strengthen the laptop’s security.
Boosting of comprehensive popular ports
The ThinkPad A475 basically adopts the same appearance design with the ThinkPad T470. Of course, the laptop keeps the same workmanship, quality and material with the T series. At present, the ThinkPad A475 is much likely to be the best APU business laptop available in the market.
Hardware Specification: AMD PRO APU cores and PCIe SSD bring excellent performance
Processor Benchmark Test
The ThinkPad A475 for test is powered by quad-core AMD PRO A12-98008 APU. The A475 comes with 8GB of DDR4 and 256GB of SSD. The laptop’s graphics card is the AMD Radeon R7 GPU. The specification that the ThinkPad boosts of reaches high-end level in business laptops.
The AMD PRO series is AMD’s APU product which is designed for commercial devices, applying to professional applications including high-performance computing, Flash innovation and 3D model. The AMD A12-98008B has quad-core CPU and cota-core GPU. The CPU’s frequency reaches ranging from 2.7GHz to 3.6GHz, and GPU’s frequency reaches 758MHz. Its TDP is 15W.
GPU Benchmark Test
It gets 5,561 points in the Cloud Gate test of new 3DMark, which means its performance is comparable with low-range independent graphics card. Such performance enables the laptop to deal with most popular online games.
SSD Performance Test
The ThinkPad A475 comes with Samsung’s 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. The SSD’s final read speed reaches 1,359.62MB/s and its write speed reaches 992.09MB/s on AS SSD. As a whole, the SSD has excellent performance.
4K Decoding Performance Test
APU’s one technical highlight is hardware decoding on 4K video. When we use Thunder to play a 4K video, its CPU utilization is only 8%. The whole play process is fluent and the power consumption is low.
Battery life Test
For business laptop, battery’s life is exceeding crucial. The ThinkPad A475 has built-in battery coupled with external battery. The laptop sports a 24Wh built-in battery. Besides, it has a 24Wh external battery with optional 48Wh battery.
Open Wi-Fi ad adjust screen brightness to 80% and volume to 20% with Bluetooth and GPS location off, we use Edge to play Military Alliance in 1,080p. After an hour, 23% power has been consumed. Therefore, it can be inferred that the laptop can last approximately 5 hours for video play. If the laptop has an external battery with larger capacity, the laptop can last about 9 hours.
Summary: APU bring strong performance
The ThinkPad A475 has good performance on appearance design, port layout and keyboard experience. Besides, the strong quad-core APU make the laptop to fully satisfy requirements on daily work and entertainment.