Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Review

by birtanpublished on November 27, 2020

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the Lenovo ThinkPad p1 generation 2 we reviewed the first generation and we've also reviewed it's almost identical twin the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 extreme the second gen in fact they shared the same chassis the difference here with the p1 being in the mobile workstation line is you have NVIDIA Quadro graphics instead of GeForce graphics and you have the option of getting an Intel Xeon CPU for those of you who need it why get a Xeon CPU typically for the optional error-correcting memory so we really really need to avoid crashes for

Mission-critical work that you're doing anyway it's extremely thin and like I mean it starts under 4 pounds it's kind of crazy I'm gonna look at it now so the lot of top starts around thirteen hundred and forty dollars right now that gets you a core i5 eight gigs of ram 256 gig SSD and the lower end of the full HD display options is a less bright 300 nits and you can go up to about $2,000 and it starts getting kind of interesting and nice then you get a core i7 and that's the v pro version of the core i7 16 gigs of ram a 512 gig SSD and the better full HD display the one

That's 500 nits HDR rated with Dolby vision onboard so that's looking kind of nice and then you get Quadro t2000 graphics in it so this is available of Quadro t1000 and t2000 graphics the very base model has only until UHD 630 graphics inside anyone Quadro graphics are for those who are doing typically CAD and modeling work medical computation and simulation that sort of stuff and the drivers are more stable and they're more optimized for that kind of work so that's why you would choose the p1 over the x1 extreme if you need that sort of thing besides the Intel

Xeon option you can get it with that core i5 with two different core i7 like I say with a core i9 which is the eight core or the Intel Xeon which is the e 22 76m and that is a six core CPU so really not as powerful is getting a core I know but you have options here fifteen point six inches and it's available also with a 4k OLED display which is the one we have yummy yummy what I really like about this one actually is versus the x1 extreme as this one is 4k OLED and it is touch but it's matte which is a beautiful thing to behold and none of the reflections or that kind of glass

Over glass look that you see with the glossy display option let's say on the thing pad excellent extreme big selling point for me they claim 400 and it's a brightness and we in fact measured 401 nits of brightness the gamin is you can see it all on screen it's excellent stuff you've got almost full coverage for the three major color gammas x-ray color calibration is optional and ours came with that so you can choose from and there's a bunch of different color profiles DCI p3 w RGB srgb you get the idea the values on here are pretty good the calibration is reasonably good you

Can always get your own calorimeter if you're a professional and you need to further work on that calibration but it's quite good it's quite nice and I don't see the touch layer adding any unwanted look of graininess or anything like that and the matte layer on this is pretty subtle too so it's really quite nicely a pretty natural thanks to the calibration – it's not that garish OLED experience and you wouldn't want that garish OLED experience for something that's designed for potentially professional content creation and though it's not one of those things that Lenovo

Touts it actually does support the ThinkPad pen which is a Wacom IES pen granted this thing doesn't turn into a tablet so organ Amma Klee it's not ideal but it does open flat on the table so that does make it a bit easier to use to you in case you need to actually use the pen for whatever you're working on in terms of ports given the fact that it's pretty thin at eighteen point four millimeters infinite good number reports out here including two Thunderbolt three ports you've got two USB a 3.1 points HDMI 2.0 of course 3.5 millimeter audio full-sized SD card slot optional smart

Card reader for business type folks there's a little proprietary dongle adapter for it Ethernet and you can also of course you as a USB a or USB C Ethernet adapter on this it has the usual wonderful ThinkPad keyboard it might be relatively speaking on the thinner side but boy that keyboard feels good and I think that's one of the selling points versus say Adele XPS 15 that has the ergonomic less tactile feel shorter travel keyboard lovely and there's no number pad here so you got a plenty of room to spread out when you're typing I

I like that Microsoft precision trackpad onboarding usual signature Lenovo ThinkPad pointing device embedded in the keyboard for security we have a fingerprint scanner on born and a Windows hello IR camera is optional and there is a webcam privacy shutters so you can work naked and be safe when it comes to RAM and storage on this you've got two RAM slots it's ddr4 26 66 megahertz Ram and again if you go with the Xeon you can use error correcting memory if you want and there are two m dot two nvme SSD slots onboard you can configure it with up to

Two terabytes apiece and of course it's upgradeable yourself it's pretty easy to open it up I'll show you so you can get to the internals and world's your oyster it's got Wi-Fi 6 8 X 200 onboard for networking no optional 4G LTE that I have seen for this model since there's a thing Pat it's pretty darn rugged is past a bunch of milspec tests for durability and to build this carbon fiber on the outside which is what lenovo's been doing for years now and a metal inner cage on this it's pretty rigid it's pretty strong I think I've said this in my other videos I have

Occasion to drop a think pad and usually it's the floor that gets dented not the thing pam and the carbon fiber on our lid has a carbon fiber weave pattern this is a cosmetic thing their carbon fiber no matter what the 4k one comes with that really pretty carbon fiber we look which is also kind of subtle at the same time because you know think pads are certainly subtle we have stereo speakers on board and they're fairly loud rich and full well it's been doing a pretty good job with that what they're think pad laptops so what about heat and noise like can you actually hear the

Speaker is that sort of thing it's gonna depend on what processor you get and what you're doing with that obviously so we have the Intel Xeon which is one of the more powerful CPU options they're sitting just under the core I 9 in terms of performance and we do have the Quadro T 2000 the more powerful of the cards again Nvidia tearing architecture the most modern but it doesn't do the ray-tracing and the tensor core ISM you have to look for a bigger laptop with Quadro r-tx graphics if you need that in a Quadro sort of laptop

Anyway you'll hear the fans spin up occasionally even if you're doing light work I noticed and this is a mature product so it's had BIOS updates it's not loud it's not screaming but sometimes and they will spin up and everything good what might it be doing right now but not too annoying if you push it hard you'll hear and nothing egregious nothing screaming these are not the kind of fans that you would have in a gaming laptop more is the performance level really up there with the most powerful gaming laptops either so I don't consider it a problem carbon

Fiber chassis don't get typically very hot to the touch in terms of CPU core temperatures is the the good way to look at this and the less good way of looking at this it's happy to ramp up those CPU core temperatures all the way up to almost the thermal maximum which is 100 degrees centigrade if you're pushing it very hard if you're doing something like blender render work are some of the benchmarks that we run repetitively over and over again it'll go up into the high 90s on the other hand they're obviously not overly thermal throttling it this is

Life with a thin and light powerful laptop though so it's nothing unusual but by today's standards if you wanted to run cooler get something like a Lenovo ThinkPad to p53 which is their thicker mobile workstation which does go up to NVIDIA Quadro r-tx graphics if you need it battery is 81 hour that's not changed from the last generation it has a compact 135 watt charger again battery life is really gonna vary depending on which display you get a full HD versus the 4k versus the brighter 500 nits Full

HD or the 300 that you get the idea and for a machine that you can push pretty hard doing challenging stuff yeah so in our test case we do in for productivity work and streaming video not pushing it super hard brightness set to 150 nits and it managed seven hours which is pretty good there's running mostly on integrated graphics and that use case scenario obviously if you are doing blender renders or something who can your battery life is gonna be shorter you're probably gonna plug it in for maximum performance anyway it's very easy to get inside just unscrew the

Phillips head screws they are all visible and they're captive screws so they'll stay in the bottom cover and then lift up from the back comes right up don't need a guitar pick or anything and then you've got your metal and carbon fiber beautifulness and my goodness a whole lot of ventilation openings right here here we have our two fans and they're not huge but then again given the power level of this machine they're reasonable enough on our to heat pipes that are shared these are the two RAM slots right here so you've got two of those so you

Can go up to 64 gigs of ram if you get to 32 gig modules to m2 SSD slots supporting nvme and we have a fast samsung drive in ours that benchmark very well our Intel Wi-Fi ax 200 card is right over here and then we've got the 80 watt hour battery taking up all of the room underneath the wrist rest area and the stereo speakers that are down firing flanking it so there you have it the second generation of the Lenovo ThinkPad p1 mobile workstation super thin super light the mobile workstation companion to the thinkpad x1 extreme for those who need Quadro graphics and until

Xeon cpus but like I said the extra kicker is if you're interested in that 4k OLED despite you get one that is mad here but supports touch down the pen as well nice amazing for mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and do hit that notification bell

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