The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen three is just not a mere 15.6” laptop computer; it’s a Cellular Workstation configurable with a skilled NVIDIA Quadro graphics processor, ECC reminiscence, and Intel Xeon CPU with vPro. This may be packaged in a particularly mild three.75+ Lbs chassis, making it a robust laptop computer for its weight.

The ThinkPad P1 Gen three has been designed for professionals engaged on demanding apps that require potent processors and loads of reminiscence.

People working with 3D functions could need a licensed Quadro driver, and a few patrons may also purchase this workstation for its licensed sturdiness. As such, there’s a premium related to among the design and options, which we’ll go over.

Specs Highlights

Configuration as examined

On this evaluation, we’re particularly testing the mannequin with a 2.7Ghz i7-10885H CPU, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD (Samsung MZVLB1T0HBLR-00L7) with the 4K OLED show. The GPU is an NVIDIA Quadro T2000 with 4GB of VRAM.

At publishing time, this configuration on the official Lenovo product web page has an estimated price of $5040, and Lenovo was providing a reduced value of $2670.67 through eCoupon (code: THINKCMSALE). Coupons are momentary by nature and may be discontinued at any time. Additionally, essentially the most reasonably priced ThinkPad P1 Gen three begins at $1704.62 on Lenovo’s web site.

Configuration choices

The system configuration choices can help a wide selection of costs, with the bottom model promoting for $2939 and the fully-loaded one retailing at an MSRP of $6734. That mentioned, Lenovo had some enormous low cost (~50%) this week, so it’s value wanting on the official web site.

Parts such because the Quadro GPUs bear further worth for professionals who need licensed drivers and particular further options not discovered within the gaming counterpart GPU.

The ECC reminiscence can be one thing that some customers may need and protects towards reminiscence errors for the very best system stability.

ECC reminiscence is one thing that the typical consumer doesn’t find out about or need. In the event you don’t see why you’d want to have ECC reminiscence or Quadro GPUs, you then don’t “want” it.

CPU:  i7-10750H (base), i7-10850H (+$310), i7-10850H (+$440), i9-10885H (+$890), Xeon W-10855M (+$1100)
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro T1000 or T2000 with Max-Q 4GB
RAM: eight, 16, 32, or 64GB of DDR4 2933MHz of RAM, user-replaceable. With some CPUs, ECC reminiscence exhibits up as an choice.
15.6-inch Show
FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare, 300nits, 72% coloration gamut
FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™ HDR, 500 nits
UHD (3840 x 2160) LCD IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™ HDR, 600 nits
UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, AR/AS, touchscreen with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™ HDR True Black, 400 nits

Storage
Two bodily M.2 slots (for RAID choice), 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB Intel OPAL SSD.

ThinkPad P1 Gen three Design and Ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 has a traditional and trendy ThinkPad design confirmed to achieve success for enterprise customers. You may recognize the aesthetic facet with the pictures, and we’ll give attention to the target advantages and potential pitfalls.

The chassis is usually fabricated from carbon-fiber and magnesium with a soft-pain on prime, just like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The show back-cover is the one place the place you may see the carbon weave sample, and it provides a contact of sophistication whereas reminding individuals what’s beneath.

Lenovo’s comfortable paint is agreeable to the contact, not slippery, and really immune to put on and tear – extra so than bare aluminum.

As normal with the ThinkPad line of product, the laptop computer has handed a dozen or so MIL-STD-810 exams and doubtless has a spill-resistant keyboard, though we didn’t put this to the take a look at.

The underside cowl will be opened by eradicating screws, which supplies you entry to the elements. There are two DDR4 RAM slots and two M.2 SSD slots, nice for upgrades and repairs.

“THE three.75+ LBS WEIGHT OF THE LENOVO THINKPAD P1 GEN three IS A MASTERPIECE IN ITSELF”

The three.75+ Lbs weight of the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen three is a masterpiece in itself, and anybody who carries a typical 5.5+ Lbs workstation is aware of that it’ll make an enormous distinction with regards to mobility and journey – particularly if you happen to typically fly to fulfill shoppers and colleagues.

To present you an instance, listed below are the respective weights of a handful of opponents.  HP ZBook 15 G6 (5.7 Lbs),  MSI WS75 (5 Lbs), Razer Blade 15 Studio Version (four.85 Lbs), and the closest, the Dell Precision 5530 (four.four Lbs).

Keyboard and Trackpad

The complete-size keyboard is superb and among the best we’ve examined on a 15.6” laptop computer. There’s ample key-travel, and the keys are curved and comfy to the contact. The plastic is designed to repel finger grease, which is a plus for heavy keyboard customers.

The trackpad is giant, however not huge – some 13.three” laptops have bigger trackpads. Nonetheless, I think that most individuals utilizing Workstations like this primarily use a mouse.

The bodily trackpad buttons are snug and correct than for my part. It’s very true for “click on & drag” operations and small objects choice the place you wish to be 100% certain that the cursor received’t transfer as you mouse-click (instance: polygon vertices in a CAD app).

Thinkpad P1 Gen three Ports

The broad availability of ports is extremely handy if you want to join to varied peripherals. Workstation customers are in all probability extra vulnerable to be related to a number of shows, printers, and custom-peripherals than your typical workplace employee.

With a full array of ports, together with a full-size USB+HDMI and highly effective ThunderBolt three ports, there aren’t limitations as to what you may hook up with, and no threat of forgetting dongles when you want to join essentially the most.

The variety of ports is a vital distinction with extra compact and ultra-thin 15” client laptops on this value vary.

2x USB-A, 2x Thunderbolt three
1x full-size HDMI 2.zero
1x three.5mm audio, 1x SD full-size
1x proprietary Ethernet
1x safety lock port, 1x  4G LTE (non-obligatory)

ThinkPad P1 Gen three Show

We now have the OLED 15.6-inch show, so the colours are vibrant, and the ~588 NITs measured brightness is normally greater than shiny sufficient, in any circumstances. Notice that the OLED show is rated for 400 NITs, however it does peak properly above that, as our exams present.

I believe that OLED is the very best for media consumption due to the proper blacks. Additionally, for coding and high-contrast textual content, I discover it to be extra snug too. The colour accuracy is excellent (we measured 100% sRGB, 96% Adobe RGB, 99% of P3 with SyderXElite), however if you happen to work in design or require the very best coloration matching, the IPS 4K show -might- be a greater choice.

As a result of it’s a workstation, all shows come out absolutely calibrated from the manufacturing unit, which is a plus for individuals who purchase laptops for his or her entire group. Finally, you would need to recalibrate them, nevertheless.

For utilitarian functions that don’t want high-resolution or super-precise colours, the bottom FHD show (300 NITs, no HDR certification) will do exactly high-quality. For extra pleasant media consumption, the FHD+HDR show tends to have higher distinction and colours too.

Needless to say FHD shows are far more battery-friendly than their 4K counterparts, typically by ~30%-40%, however workstations are, usually, run with energy related.

4K shows are glorious if you happen to work with high-quality textual content (code, writing, studying) as a result of the textual content will seem very easy. The identical factor is true for functions that use plenty of wireframe 3D graphics like CAD and 3D modeling apps.

1920 x 1080 IPS anti-glare, 300nits, 72% coloration gamut
1920 x 1080 IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™ HDR, 500 nits
3840 x 2160 LCD IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™ HDR, 600 nits
3840 x 2160 OLED, AR/AS, touchscreen with Dolby Imaginative and prescient™ HDR True Black, 400 nits

Optionally available Digital Pen

The ThinkPad Pen Professional is non-obligatory ($99.99, with Wacom AES 2.zero) however Lenovo supplied us with one for testing functions. The pen is massive and comfy like an everyday pen, so it might be appropriate for long-term use (versus simply taking notes for ~45mn).

I’m no designer, however I can verify that the Ink could be very quick and responsive. Now, this pen may not be pretty much as good as an iPad 10 Professional’s for sketching functions, however I discover it to be fast and correct.

The efficiency will doubtless be restricted by the app’s brushes reasonably than the Pen itself and Home windows OS. For extra particulars in regards to the pen, watch the official video:

Webcam

Relying in your show choice, the webcam will probably be a plain one or a fancier one with the secondary IR digicam for a safe unlock. Each can have ThinkShutter, a bodily shutter that forestalls the digicam from seeing something. In lots of locations, it’s a should and beats tape on the digicam!

The webcam is inside the high quality customary for high-end laptops, however that’s not saying a lot. Usually, even a mid-range or low-end telephone ought to yield the next picture high quality for video conferences and such.

The 2020 make money working from home will hopefully push OEMs to incorporate greater high quality cameras. Not too long ago, decreasing the cameras’ dimension has been a precedence to have a small bezel, however high quality must rise too.

ThinkPad P1 Gen three Velocity Take a look at

We don’t evaluation plenty of Workstations since largely we’re a consumer-oriented web site, however I’ve an affinity for them since I labored within the video video games trade for ~13 years.

First, I needed to indicate how selecting completely different CPUs have an effect on the uncooked CPU/RAM efficiency profile. Secondly, we are able to evaluate this with traditional work laptops to indicate you the way having a workstation might enhance your work scenario.

If we have a look at the uncooked CPU numbers with a take a look at like Geekbench, you may see that going from a Core i7 to a Core-i9 or a Xeon CPU does kick efficiency into the next gear (and into greater value too).

The graphics and artistic exams resembling PCMark 10 Artistic and 3DMark FireStrike present that the graphics efficiency of our take a look at laptop computer is sort of excessive. Keep in mind that components of the graphics exams might nonetheless be CPU-limited, so we don’t exclude sooner processor would elevate the graphics scores even additional.

And this isn’t even contemplating the extra worth for some customers to have Quadro-certified GPU drivers, and their app-specific optimizations. It’s robust to seize that worth in benchmarks, however clients who “want” Quadro GPUs don’t want any convincing.

When engaged on compute-intensive functions, the laptop computer followers will kick-in comparatively shortly. The noise isn’t too loud for me, however it depends upon your tolerance. If you actually need one thing quiet, you may desire a desktop as a result of the P1 fan -will be ON recurrently.

That’s true for any cell workstation that performs a compute-intensive process. Efficiency generates warmth, and warmth must go away.

There’s an choice for ECC RAM, which is superb for individuals who need essentially the most excellent system stability. Once more, if you happen to don’t know why or if you happen to want it, you in all probability don’t.

ThinkPad P1 Gen three Battery Life

Battery life isn’t usually crucial for Workstations as a result of they aren’t used for ultra-mobility. As such, these computer systems typically function high-powered processors, graphics playing cards, and 4K shows. They’re actually meant to interchange a desktop and its monitor.

That mentioned, the 80Whr battery could be very giant, for the sub-4Lbs weight. With the 135W power-supply, you may cost it from zero% to 32% in a pinch in ~30mn, which is fairly quick.

Within the PCMark eight “work” battery take a look at, a typical office-work benchmark, our laptop computer lasted for ~3h43mn. This size is just not unhealthy in any respect for such a robust laptop computer with a 4K show (at 110 NITs of brightness). With a FHD show, it might final 5.5 or 6 hours, in our estimation.

That mentioned, laptops designed for ultra-mobility will have a tendency to attain even greater, with some reaching 9-11 hours at this take a look at.

Once more, take into account that battery life will considerably differ relying in your show decision and brightness. After all, the apps you utilize have a significant impression on vitality consumption.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen three is a superb 15.6-inch workstation, which is highly effective and comes with an excessive amount of order-time configuration flexibility. Regardless of the use case, it has ample choices to get the job achieved and do it securely (vPro chipset).

It’s particularly attention-grabbing to the road-warriors due to its light-weight and MIL-810G-STD confirmed sturdiness as a result of it reduces general journey fatigue and lowers the danger of getting a breakdown throughout a mission, which can price hundreds of dollars in delay. I journey so much for work, and one fixed fear is having my laptop computer die on me.

“AN EXCELLENT 15.6-INCH WORKSTATION”

In the event you don’t know why you would wish Quadro, ECC reminiscence, or a Xeon processor, you -might- be capable of discover an alternate in gaming laptops. It may be heavier however extra cost-efficient,  relying on the configuration.

However I doubt that Enterprise clients would think about this type of corner-cutting and would critically think about the ThinkPad P1 Gen three for his or her workforce.

General product score: 9.1/10

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