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Review: The ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2) brings workstation specs to the X1 Extreme

The ThinkPad P1, cell workstation sibling to the X1 Excessive, has additionally seen a current refresh. We take an in depth look to see the place the 2 laptops differ.

Lenovo’s assault on the 15-inch powerhouse Ultrabook market contains each the second-gen ThinkPad X1 Excessive and ThinkPad P1, two gadgets which can be nearly an identical but are geared for various utilization eventualities. I not too long ago reviewed the X1 Excessive (Gen 2), in the end handing it a Finest Award because of its stability of design, options, and efficiency.

Whereas the X1 Excessive’s inside {hardware} is extra geared towards the common person who likes further energy, the ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2) counterpart is a more true cell workstation with inside {hardware} meant to work with specialised skilled software program. I made the swap to the P1 greater than every week in the past to check it out and determined that a regular full assessment could be redundant. As an alternative, I will spotlight a few of the configuration variations and efficiency ranges to assist spotlight what the P1 does higher than the X1 Excessive.

Second-gen Tweaks

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)

Cellular workstation sibling to the X1 Excessive

Lenovo’s second-gen ThinkPad P1 has the choice for specialised {hardware} meant to deal with particular design and growth {hardware}.

From $1,679 at Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2) at a look

Lenovo equipped Home windows Central with a assessment unit of the second-gen ThinkPad P1. This precise mannequin features a ninth Gen Intel Core i7-9850H vPro processor (CPU), 32GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, a 2TB M.2 PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), NVIDIA Quadro T2000 devoted graphics card (GPU) with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and a 4K non-touch IPS show. This precise mannequin prices nearly $4,000 earlier than any reductions, coming right down to about $2,824 with the standard Lenovo coupon add-ons. An Intel Xeon E-2276M CPU and ECC RAM may be added for individuals who want it, although you’ll understandably pay extra.

To place the worth into perspective, the same X1 Excessive mannequin with a NVIDIA GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU and 1TB M.2 SSD prices nearly $600 extra as configured, although Lenovo’s coupon add-ons convey it right down to about $2,628. Contemplating these two laptops are nearly bodily an identical, it is good that Lenovo is trying to maintain costs nearly the identical for comparable inside {hardware}. In order for you specialised {hardware} you will pay extra, however in any other case there’s not a lot distinction.

Just like the X1 Excessive, the P1 has upgradeable SSD and RAM to assist hold it related longer into the longer term. You should purchase a high-end CPU and minimize prices on supporting {hardware}, solely to improve your self while you discover a whole lot. Should you’d fairly simply purchase straight from the manufacturing unit and never fear about any DIY upgrades, Lenovo affords a ton of customization choices.

This is an in depth breakdown of the specs present in our assessment items of each the ThinkPad P1 and ThinkPad X1 Excessive.

ClassThinkPad P1ThinkPad X1 Excessive
OSHome windows 10 ProfessionalHome windows 10 Professional
Processorninth Gen
Intel Core i7-9850H vPro
As much as 4.6GHz
Six cores
ninth Gen
Intel Core i7-9850H vPro
Six cores
As much as 4.6GHz
RAM32GB DDR4-2666MHz
Twin channel
32GB DDR4-2666MHz
Twin channel
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro T2000
4GB GDDR5 VRAM
NVIDIA GTX 1650 Max-Q
4GB GDDR5 VRAM
Storage2TB M.2 PCIe SSD
RAID 0/1 help for twin SSDs
1TB M.2 PCIe SSD
RAID 0/1 help for twin M.2 SSDs
Show15.6 inches
3840×2160 (UHD)
IPS, non-touch, matte
Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR
15.6 inches
3840×2160 (UHD)
OLED, Contact
Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR
PortsTwo USB-A 3.1
Two Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 2.0
Ethernet extension connector
3.5mm audio
UHS-II SD card reader
Two USB-A 3.1
Two Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 2.0
Ethernet extension connector
3.5mm audio
UHS-II SD card reader
AudioTwin 2W audio system
Dolby Atmos
Twin 2W audio system
Dolby Atmos
Wi-fiIntel Wi-fi-AX200 (2×2)
802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel Wi-fi-AX200 (2×2)
802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Bluetooth 5.0
Digital cameraEntrance-facing 720pEntrance-facing 720p
SafetySensible Card reader (non-obligatory)
IR digital camera
ThinkShutter webcam cowl
dTPM 2.0
Fingerprint reader
Sensible Card reader (non-obligatory)
ThinkShutter webcam cowl
IR digital camera
dTPM 2.0
Fingerprint reader
TouchpadPrecision
TrackPoint system
Precision
TrackPoint system
Battery80Wh
135W AC adapter
80Wh
135W AC adapter
Dimensions14.24 x 9.67 x 0.74 inches
(361.8mm x 245.7mm x 18.7mm)
14.24 x 9.67 x 0.74 inches
(361.8mm x 245.7mm x 18.7mm)
WeightNon-touch: 3.75 kilos (1.7kg)
Contact: 4.Zero kilos (1.81kg)
Non-touch: 3.75 kilos (1.7kg)
Contact: 4.Zero kilos (1.81kg)

Evaluating Lenovo’s ThinkPad P1 and X1 Excessive

Sitting closed aspect by aspect, the X1 Excessive and P1 are bodily an identical save for the small X1 branding on the lid of the previous system. I will not go into too many particulars concerning the design since I already wrote concerning the X1 Excessive, however know that the P1 makes use of the identical aluminum alloy for the primary chassis, it has the identical carbon fiber end on the lid, and it has undergone the identical MIL-STD 810G sturdiness testing.

Ports are additionally precisely the identical, providing up strong connectivity with twin Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, twin USB-A 3.1, and an SD card reader dealing with the brunt of peripherals. There’s nonetheless a speedy fingerprint reader to the appropriate of the keyboard for further safety on prime of the IR digital camera for facial recognition. Dimensions and weight are precisely the identical between each laptops.

Whereas the X1 Excessive assessment unit contains an OLED 4K contact show with edge-to-edge glass, the P1 assessment unit has a non-touch 4K IPS show with matte end. As an alternative of the edge-to-edge glass that covers the bezel, there is a fiber hybrid encompass that is barely raised. There’s nonetheless a front-facing 720p digital camera and IR digital camera constructed into the highest bezel, full with a privateness ThinkShutter cowl. This show will also be had on the X1 Excessive, as can the OLED show be configured into the P1. Lenovo merely despatched me totally different builds for a little bit of selection.

Whereas the OLED show choice affords 100% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, and 100% AdobeRGB, colour gamut protection, the 4K IPS choice brings 100% sRGB, 100% AdobeRGB, and about 86% DCI-P3. Should you want correct DCI-P3 protection for the work at hand you will little doubt wish to shell out the additional cash for the OLED mannequin, however in any other case the 4K IPS show continues to be a fantastic choice. Should you do not want 4K in any respect, the P1 has two FHD show choices, one with and one with out Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR 400.

P1 on the left and X1 Excessive on the appropriate, each set to the identical 40% brightness. Discover how a lot brighter the OLED choice is at this setting.

One main advantage of the non-OLED, non-touch 4K show within the P1 is a lift to battery life. I ran PCMark’s video rundown take a look at concurrently on each laptops to get an thought of the facility draw when not operating any heavy applications. Unsurprisingly, the P1 managed to hit 5 hours and 51 minutes, whereas the X1 Excessive hit 4 hours and 29 minutes. Whether or not you select the P1 or X1 Excessive, you are going to get a big enhance to battery life by foregoing the OLED choice.

A part of the second-gen enhancements within the P1 is a transfer to NVIDIA Quadro T1000 or T2000 devoted GPUs. In comparison with the NVIDIA GTX 1650 within the X1 Excessive, the Quadro {hardware} is designed to deal with specialised workloads within the skilled sector. Should you’re working with software program like AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks, you are possible going to wish to go for the P1. It additionally comes with quite a few ISV certifications that assure the system goes to carry out optimally when dealing with such a work.

Each laptops may be configured with as much as a ninth Gen Intel Core i9-9880H vPro CPU, however solely the P1 has the extra choice for an Intel Xeon E-2276M vPro CPU. Just like the NVIDIA Quadro, Xeon {hardware} is designed particularly to deal with specialised work. I ran some benchmarks to see how properly the second-gen ThinkPad P1 compares to the X1 Excessive and another laptops we have not too long ago reviewed.

CPU

Geekbench 5.Zero Benchmarks (Larger is best)

GadgetCPUSingle coreMulti core
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)i7-9850H1,2335,216
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive (Gen 2)i7-9850H1,1604,168
Dynabook Portégé X30-Fi7-8665U1,2363,473
Dynabook Tecra X50-Fi7-8665U1,2413,043
Dell Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1i7-8565U1,1112,965
Lenovo ThinkPad P53Xeon E-2276M1,2376,152
Floor Laptop computer 3 13.5Core i5-1035G71,1774,413
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390Core i7-1065G71,2093,571
Floor Laptop computer 3 15Ryzen 57692,720
Dell XPS 15 7590Core i9-9980HK1,1767,624

Identical CPU, higher uncooked efficiency seen in single- and multi-core scores within the ThinkPad P1.

PCMark

PCMark 10 Specific

GadgetRating
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)4,969
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive (Gen 2)4,915
Dynabook Portégé X30-F3,881
Dynabook Tecra X50-F4,128
Dell Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-13,764
Lenovo ThinkPad P535,668
Floor Laptop computer 3 15 (AMD)4,006
Dell XPS 15 75905,521
Dell Precision 35413,906

The PCMark 10 Specific take a look at measures how properly the system performs with basic duties, whereas the Prolonged model provides in some heavier work. The P1 scored 4,980 within the prolonged take a look at, whereas the X1 Excessive managed 4,850.

3DMark

Time Spy

GadgetGPURating
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)Quadro T20002,956
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive (Gen 2)GTX 1650 Max-Q3,190
Lenovo ThinkPad P53Quadro RTX 50006,760
Lenovo Legion Y740 15RTX 2070 Max-Q6,406
Lenovo Legion Y740 17RTX 2080 Max-Q7,128

3DMark

Hearth Strike

GadgetGPURating
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)Quadro T20006,632
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive (Gen 2)GTX 1650 Max-Q7,198
Dell XPS 15 (7590)GTX 1650 Max-Q7,763
Lenovo ThinkPad P53Quadro RTX 500016,367
Lenovo Legion Y740 15RTX 2070 Max-Q14,669
Lenovo Legion Y740 17RTX 2080 Max-Q16,303
Razer Blade 15GTX 107013,560

Cinebench

Cinebench (R20) (Larger is best)

GadgetCPUVary
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)Core i7-9850H1,783 to 2,201
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive (Gen 2)Core i7-9850H1,730 to 2,495
Dynabook Portégé X30-FCore i7-8665U1,242 to 1,313
Lenovo ThinkPad P53Xeon E-2276M2,686 to 2,701
Floor Laptop computer 3 13.5Core i5-1035G41,584 to 1,606
Floor Laptop computer 3 15Core i7-1065G71,703 to 1,745

Operating Cinebench 4 instances in a row, the scores present the next ranges. Usually, the outcomes drop on successive runs because of thermal constraints on the processor.

SSD

CrystalDiskMark (Larger is best)

GadgetLearnWrite
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)3,508 MB/s3,010 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive (Gen 2)3,416 MB/s3,016 MB/s
Dynabook Portégé X30-F529 MB/s348 MB/s
Dynabook Tecra X50-F3,400 MB/s1,952 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad P533,567.23 MB/s2,813.25 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad P523,120 MB/s1,551.5 MB/s
Dell XPS 15 75903,000 MB/s2,796 MB/s
MSI PS63 Fashionable3,300 MB/s1,875 MB/s

The Samsung PM981 discovered right here delivers extraordinarily fast learn and write speeds, and {hardware} may be upgraded down the highway. Testing with PCMark’s knowledge drive benchmark, I noticed a rating of two,119.

Do you have to purchase Lenovo’s ThinkPad P1?

There’s not quite a bit to dislike concerning the X1 Excessive or the P1. The identical minor gripes about battery life and comparatively thick bezel apply right here, however they’re definitely not deal-breakers. Should you do not want Intel Xeon and NVIDIA Quadro {hardware} on your workload, there’s actually no motive to go for the P1 except there’s some kind of sale that units it at a less expensive value than the X1 Excessive. The NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU is best minimize out for the common person, and you will not be paying the additional bucks for ISV certifications which can be little doubt tucked in someplace.

4.5
out of 5


Each laptops have an excellent keyboard, ports are an identical, and the identical show choices can be found. Each convey a mix of sturdiness, security measures, and efficiency in a skinny physique that is simply plain enjoyable to make use of. Be sure you try our full assessment of the X1 Excessive (Gen 2) for grittier particulars that apply to each laptops.

Second-gen Tweaks

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 (Gen 2)

See at Lenovo

Cellular workstation model of the X1 Excessive

Lenovo’s second-gen ThinkPad P1 has the choice for specialised {hardware} meant to deal with particular design and growth {hardware}.

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