At 14 inches, the display is a nice size for this type of system—small enough to remain portable, but the extra room over 11- and 13-inch systems means you'll have more real estate for multiple windows and seeing more within each program.
The speakers are similarly unremarkable, loud at full volume but without much deep bass.
Precision touchpads let Windows 10 handle driver updates, multitouch input, and gesture commands, and receive raw touchpad input, rather than leave all of that to each manufacturer's drivers.
Ideally, all computer makers will integrate this technology and leave the software features and updates to Microsoft, making a more unified market with less finicky controls from laptop to laptop, so kudos to Lenovo for implementing it.
The X1 Carbon doesn't have a dedicated Ethernet jack, so you'd have to carry a proprietary dongle with you for that, while the T470s removes that worry.
Whether you're attaching displays, adding storage, or connecting peripherals and external drives, the T470s has the connections to support it. That's not a lot if you need to store many video files or other large projects, but that capacity is fairly standard for a lighter system (the X1 Carbon has the same amount).
The T470s is practically identical in size and weight to the T460s, with most upgrades on the inside or with new ports and features.That lighter carbon fiber design doesn't compromise durability: The T470s passes the same military-grade certifications (MIL-STD 810G) as the T470.As such, it's resistant to humidity, low and high temperatures, high vibrations, shocks, sand, and high altitude.Extras include a Match-in-Sensor fingerprint reader, anti-fry protection, Windows Signature Edition, and Windows Hello.This style of system-on-chip fingerprint reader is meant to be more secure, as it relegates your fingerprint records and biometric matching within the sensor module itself, rather than having it processed by the machine.