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Lenovo Thinkpad P1 Review: Is it the perfect Mobile Workstation

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Quality hardware meets stunning design, the P1 bridges the gap in Lenovo’s assemblage.

For a quick overview, this is Lenovo’s newest member in the mobile workstation category. This is a workstation laptop geared towards professional use. You can play games on it, looking at what it packs under the hood, but it’s not tailor-made for gaming in particular. It’s covered with a traditional soft touch material but unlike others, it doesn’t show fingerprints and smudges easily.

The port selection is good on this device. And coming to the build quality, it is built really well; very less flex on the screen and the hinge is pretty solid. The Xeon processor shows it is clearly built for professional use and with a mammoth battery, it gets you around 5-6 hours of extensive usage.

The 4K screen is like a cherry on top, the RAM is pretty sorted and the backlit keyboard is clicky and reactive along with the new glass touchpad.

So, is it just a CTRL and FN button interchange or is there more to the story? Let’s find out if it’s better to be powerful or mobile.

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Overview

Minimalistic design and powerful performance are what other manufacturers must watch out for in this laptop. Lenovo earned its fame by being stylish, durable, portable and also powerful. The company also boasts about this phenomenal workstation with “the system you want now has the power you need”, which is a strong statement.

At 18.4mm and 1.7 kg, it is unbelievably thin and compact. Yet, it is armed with an 8th Gen Xeon Core, Quadro graphics, and a colossal memory and storage preferences.  This tech has an impeccable CPU performance. The Xeon performs better than the common 8750-H and users will get better results on this beast than any other thin and light laps they’ve used. The GPU is almost equivalent to a 1050Ti, and it’s geared more towards professional applications.

The main purpose of this device revolves around the workstation user. But then again, if you are a CPU heavy users, this is for you. If you lean your work towards GPU, this isn’t your choice of machine.

Tech Specs of Lenovo Thinkpad P1

Not just a treat to your eyes, it packs well enough under its hood to treat the geek in you. Lenovo finally made an entry with an under 4 pounds laptop and people have high hopes from Lenovo this time. Let’s dig into the most decisive part of any tech gadget.

Processor 8th Generation Intel i7-8850H 6 Cores (2.20GHz, up to 4.10GHz)
OS Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit

Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P1000

Memory 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (Supports up to 64 GB)

Keyboard Backlit Keyboard

Display 15” 4K TouchScreen panel, up to 300 nits
Battery

Up to 13 hours* (4cell 80Wh Battery)

Weight 3.76 lbs  (1.7 kg)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7” / 361.8 x 245.7 x 18.4 (mm)

Ports
  • 2 x Intel® Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A)
  • HDMI 2.0
  • FPR
  • Mini Gigabit Ethernet -RJ45 Ethernet Extension
  • Mic/headphone combo jack
  • Smart card reader (optional)
Connectivity

Intel Dual Band 9560 Wireless AC + Bluetooth 5.0

Design and Display

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The durable soft touch finish looks incredible. No smudges or marks even after a year or so, and that is top notch from Lenovo. The hinge is pretty solid for any 4-pound device and there is less or no flex in the screen. It does bend out completely straight and you can relish the touchscreen too. Although it’s pen-enabled (not included, but any pen with Wacom AES technology works) and you can draw and write on the screen, the touch screen is very intuitive.

Lenovo brings your work to life with a stunning 15-inch touchscreen 4K display. It boasts of a 100% Adobe colour gamut, this unit is bright, colour accurate, touch sensitive and is a smooth looking screen. There is a 1080p model available for the base model, but I’d suggest you go for the 4K panel to revel in the new Avengers trailer. The bezels could have been thinner. There is a huge chin which definitely could have been put to better use and there is a top section for the traditionally located 720p webcam.

Keyboard and Battery

The best part about ThinkPads is the keyboard. But Lenovo didn’t try to change anything they are already doing great with. The Control and Function keys are swapped and I got a hard time working it out. I guess most of the users are accustomed to their leftmost bottom key to be the Control key. With the ThinkPad Precision Keyboards, you can comfortably type in for hours. The backlit keyboard has machine cut curved keys for an ergonomic typing experience. The key travel is excellent and the keys are really tactile. The buttons are smooth and curved just enough to glide your fingers over them.

Just a couple statements for the traditional glass touchpad. The buttons are located up top and as we know not many manufacturers are preferring it, bold step by Lenovo I must say. And it also features a TrackPoint, which frankly speaking, I’ve never relied on for my work. But, that’s just me.

It is armed with an 80Wh battery which is pretty decent. Lenovo proudly suggests on their website that it runs up to a whopping 13 hours. My say? It runs for about 6-7 hours with the screen at 250 nits. The crazy thing is they’ve included FastCharging in the 135W charger, you can get 80% in around 30 minutes or so.

Conclusion

It is a really well-built machine and I can’t completely describe it in a write-up of course. It obviously has a different vibe to it, so if you’re looking for that, this Mobile workstation is a definite pick up. For $2824 at Amazon, this is a beast when it comes to power and beauty when it comes to design. And that’s the bottom line. Peace.

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