LENOVO ThinkBook 15P Review

In this article, I give you my Lenovo ThinkBook 15P review with specs included.

Who says that good laptops don’t come in stripe two-tone packages right that’s a little bit different this is a lenovo thinkbook not thinkpad this is their soho line of laptops but this one in particular is the thinkbook 15p not to be confused with the thinkpad p15 we also have in review which is a business mobile workstation this one is not just soho for small medium businesses home use but particularly this is for creative types it’s a 15.6 inch laptop as you can probably guess from the size of it and it has intel h series 45 watt cpus inside so the more powerful kind and it’s available with a full hd ips full srgb display rr4k 10 bit hdr display that’s been color calibrated using x-rite pantone so that’s starting to sound pretty appealing and when you hear about the price too you’re going to be interested we’re going to look at it now so speaking of that price now don’t be fooled by lenovo’s website i mean they often have great sales too but sometimes for brand new models that come out the price is pretty high so they list a core i5 with a full hd display for 14.49 right now but if you look at cdw our configuration is available for only thirteen hundred thirty five dollars and that gets you the six core i7 cpu intel tenth gen it gets you an nvidia gtx card the 1650 ti max q graphics card and that 4k wide gamut display so that’s a pretty nice laptop for the price there must be something going on like the build quality right no it’s actually pretty good besides the fact it looks kind of cool in that two-tone look with that angle on the back going on it’s an aluminum lid on it they don’t say what the bottom is it might feel plasticky but it gets pretty cold to the touch so i think it is aluminum as well i it’s very rigid actually the lid has like no flex the keyboard deck is firm on this so the build quality is good in terms of aesthetics and all that sort of thing does it look as chic as a razer blade or an xps 15 maybe not it also depends on your taste but for this price it looks pretty darn good so all in all that’s pretty powerful mobile workstation stuff going on and that nvidia nvidia gtx card the 1650 ti max q or the lower level has the 1650 not ti max q and that’s still a pretty performing gpu it is designed for creatives more than for gamers so if you’re looking for acceleration in adobe premiere for example or whatever video editing suite that you use and photoshop not that photoshop often needs as much help honestly from dedicated graphics these days you’ve got it and you’ve got a display to match that is well calibrated and the wide gamma one is sweet but even the full hd with full srgb coverage is good enough for people who are designing content for the web so what about the rest of the package what about ram ssd all that sort of thing so it has two ram slots yes it has upgradeable ram which we kind of would expect for a laptop in this size range in this class of machines so that’s good and ours comes with 16 gigs of ddr4 29 33 megahertz ram it has two slots we have a single 16 gig module so that means it’s single channel if you add a second one you can go to dual channel you get the idea there and it has an m.2 nvme ssd that performs pretty well but wait there’s more there’s a second slot that’s available too so if you want to add in the second drive say video editors for example who need more storage or if you have a big photo library and you’re using adobe lightroom yay it’s there for you so it’s all sounding really good right how about the keyboard keyboard’s not bad i’m not in love with it but it’s not horrible either it’s fairly tactile it has nice key return not much travel you know but not abnormally low it’s backlit and white the usual lenovo way fn plus space bar turns your white back lighting on it’s fine as you can see it has a number pad on board it’s up to you as to whether you find that useful or not some people love that some people don’t and the track pad on it is centered under the space bar which i appreciate it’s a little weird when it isn’t for me it’s a microsoft precision track pad with a mylar sheet covering on it it works fine no complaints with that you do have a fingerprint scanner on board as well ports aren’t bad either we have an ethernet port not something you can take for granted anymore even in this size machine which by the way weighs 1.9 kilograms which is about 4.19 pounds we have two usb a ports on board we have hdmi 2.0 quickly becoming the standard so that can drive a 4k display at 60 hertz we have a headphone jack a full-size sd card slot and a usbc gen1 port now here’s the bad news and this is not supporting this usb c port displayport display out so the only thing you can do is use the hdmi if you want to hook up an external display there are some caveats that would be one of them battery life well that’s another one too so 57 watt hour battery if that was a 13 or 14 inch ultrabook we’d say hey that’s a great size battery but for a laptop this size and this performance that’s not much of a battery and even lenovo’s battery claims aren’t that high the full hd obviously will get better battery life than the 4k that’s the way things work but yeah i’m unplugged even though it says nvidia optimus switchable graphics mostly i’m seeing about four and a half five hours with moderate use of 200 nits and display brightness doing some photoshop work some productivity stuff some social networking a little streaming video if you’re doing something like adobe premiere expect less so you’re going to want to carry the 135 watt charger with you for doing heavy duty work with this guy sound on this is better than average again being a media content creation and consumption sort of machine that is something we would love to see we actually do see or hear literally here you have two two odd stereo speakers harmon branded and it has dolby audio software there’s actually some bass here and it’s pretty loud it’s pretty full and not grading and shrill and tinny and all that sort of thing so as laptop speakers go it’s pretty good all right the undersize here plenty of ventilation that’s a good thing and it’s a dual layer grille i like that so well too much junk doesn’t get sucked up the bottom and our speaker grilles flank on the side these are down inside firing speakers mostly down and to take off the bottom coverage phillips head screws they’re all visible not hard getting it off you’re going to want to use a guitar pick or a pry tool because it’s pretty tenacious and here’s the lid the underside here and because it has this massive plastic clip struck structure and reinforcement around the edges so those things all well they grab on and we have some copper heat shielding right here too so here are internals there’s our 57 one hour battery not a very big battery but hey the speaker drivers are actually you know on the small side they sound surprisingly good given their size but hey nice this big empty space here that’s a mysterious thing isn’t it well not really this is your second m.2 ssd slot so you can put a half height or a full height in there’s mounts for each and also the boot drive that we have here is a little shorty half height one under the heat goo right here and in case you wanted to replace it with a longer one full 2281 you could this is the mounting there still a little extra space but the ram is under this shield right here one of those pry off little metal ones helps if you have some fingernails and there you go two ram slots again we have a 16 gig with a single channel one 16 gig module instead of two eights their benefit is that you don’t have to throw ram away if you want to upgrade it and get dual channel in more capacity but the downside is a little bit lesser performance with single channel ram out of the box and we have two fairly large hand fans here considering the fact that this is not a gaming laptop that’s reasonably good design there two heat pipes going to our cpu and gpus tripod heatsinks the last not the one on each corner for a little bit better pressure but then again the the cooling on this has been fairly adequate you will hear the fans if you’re pushing this hard no doubt but nothing out of the ordinary let’s put it that way for a machine in this power class and performance with our six core i7 is exactly where we would expect it for this kind of machine again you can get it with the core i5 which is a four core and the eight core i7 is also available which would be pushing the thermals a bit and the socketed intel wifi six card it’s the ax201 with bluetooth 5.1 is right there there’s no option for 4g lte on this model since it’s not a business laptop so that’s the lenovo thinkbook 15p a new model from lenovo and i like it a lot the looks and the build quality are excellent it’s the display option particularly this 4k display very very nice the dedicated graphics it’s enough that if you want to do some light gaming you can do it or more than light gaming honestly you know it’s not going to be playing cyberpunk 2077 at high frame rates or something but older games less demanding games it’s definitely even a go for that and well the only drawbacks i can really say are the battery life is not going to be great on this because the battery’s not very big and the usb c port is just for data only so no display out so that that hdmi 2.0 port is going to be what you’re working with if you need an external monitor.

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