Lenovo ThinkPad P1 – Things You Should Know Before Buying It

Hello everyone, welcome to my Laptop review. So this is the new Lenovo ThinkPad P1. This is a workstation laptop that geared for professional use. You can play games on it obviously because it got a respectful graphics card, but it not geared for gaming in particular. So this devices could be the thinnest workstation laptop, built for portability. And I think it looks really good. It covered with the soft touch material. Usually, a soft touch material on a laptop isn’t so good. Normally they degrade over time. A lot of laptops that covered with the traditional soft touch material will become gunky after year or two.

The material on ThinkPad P1 is a little bit different. It doesn’t show fingerprint when we touch it and for my experience with the soft touch materials on Lenovo, this stuff last for a couple of years. It has a durable finish, even after a year or two it still look brand new. 

The ports on the P1 are good. There are two USB C TB3 and a 2 Ă— USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C. There is also an SD card on the right side. The build quality on this device is excellent. It feels very durable, very little flex on the screen and almost no flex on the chassis. The casing build is very solid. The build quality also extends to the bottom of this laptop. 

The bottom panel comes up very easily, six screws, Phillip screws. The screws themselves are still attached on the base plate so you won’t lose the screws. You will also have easy access to the WiFi card, your memory, NvME ports. 

thinkpad p1 uncover

ThinkPad P1 Tech Specs

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 uses ECC memory up to 64 GB which is crazy on a thin device like this. And, it is running on a Xeon Processor. It clearly built for professional use. With the screen at 250 nits, the battery can last up to 7 hours. The charger that includes in the purchase package does a fast charging. It is the fastest charging battery I have ever seen in a laptop. It can give 80% battery in just 30 minutes. 

The Screen

The screen on the inside is a great screen. The 4K panel in the unit we tested, looks really good. Its bright, color accurate, and also touch sensitive. Its a really nice looking screen.

thinkpad p1 screen

The bezel on the screen is not so thin, the webcam is located on the traditional location.


The keyboard is excellent. This is probably the best part about ThinkPad. They have a really good keyboard. But if you are new to ThinkPad, you may don’t like the CTRL button location. But over time, you will get used to it. The red TrackPoint is still exist but I am not enjoy this feature much. 

 ThinkPad P1 Performance Review

The ThinkPad P1 is the device that has an excellent CPU performance. The Xeon processor here performs better than the more common Core i7-8750H. During our test using Adobe Premiere Pro, this computer performs better than almost any laptop we have tested before. 

Adobe Premiere Pro Render Time comparison

The GPU in this device, however, is the Quadro P2000 Max-Q. The performance of this GPU is almost equivalent to most 1050 Ti series. You are not going to get an amazing performance in the game because it was designed toward professional application. 

The thermal performance on this laptop is surprisingly good. I thought it would throttle but it doesn’t. It able to maintain the boost clock very well. 

The fan is also not too loud even in full load. It performs very well to maintain the processor performance. 

Final Thoughts

We like this laptop and it is great for who need this. Do not purchase this ThinkPad P1 if your main goal is to play games. It obviously not built for that. The main purpose of this laptop is for the workstation tasks. It has a great screen, touch screen which works with pen, great for artists. The performance is better than I thought it would be, especially the CPU performance. But it depends on the application you use. If you have CPU heavy apps, then, this is a good fit. The GPU performance is not bad. The P2000 Max-Q is not a bad GPU but it’s not super powerful. There are other workstation devices even gaming laptop that can just crush in 3D application if you are doing like 3D works. But, again if you are a CPU heavy users, this ThinkPad P1 is a good pick up.

Visit The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 website.

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