Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 2019 Review

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In the past few years, the ThinkPad line has made a big success, and it is famous for its ultra-thin high-quality laptops. Recently, Lenovo has launched the second generation of its high-end ThinkPad P1 workstation- ThinkPad P1 Gen 2. It is safe to say this new model now is one of the thinnest mobile workstations.
ThinkPad P1 2019
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 workstation is designed for people who specialize in industrial, mechanic, building or 3D modeling design.

Specifications

Screen 15.6 inch (3840×2160) IPS anti-glare
Processor intel Core i7-9850H six cores twelve threads, main frequency 2.6GHz (up to 4.6GHz)
TDP 45W
Graphics card NVIDIA Quadro T2000 MAX-Q
Memory 32GB DDR4 2666MHz dual-passage
Storage 1TB Samsung PM981a PICe NVMe
Camera Infrared Camera (supports facial recognition)
Ports 2xUSB 3.1 Gen1, 2x Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI 2.0, an SD card reader, a mini RJ45, 3.5mm audio/mic
Battery 80Wh
OS Windows 10
Weight 1.7kg(without an adapter)

The device we are testing is powered by the latest 9th generation Core i7-9850H processor. Besides, it comes with 32GB DDR4 and 1TB SSD coupled with NVIDIA Quadro T2000 MAX-Q. Of course, it has another version which features Intel Xeon E-2276M processor and 64GB RAM.

Appearance

ThinkPad P1 2019 looks similar to its predecessor.
top cover
Encased in carbon fiber and magnesium alloy guarantees its thickness, weight, and solidity.
texture
And meanwhile, the texture adds a sense of class to the laptop.
display
Just like its predecessor, this workstation adopts a three-sided narrow bezel design. Adding a 15.6-inch display, the workstation brings the user a better visual experience. Weighing 1.7kg and 18.4mm thin makes the workstation stand out with regard to portability among the workstations of the same size.
display
According to its configuration, the display’s resolution is up to 3840×2160. Its Adobe RGB color gamut covers 100%, brightness reaches 400nit.
camera
There are two cameras on the front. The one on the left is the infrared web camera which supports facial recognition. And the other on the right is the HD 720p camera with ThinkShutter privacy cover.

Keyboard

touchpad
This is the touchpad, and users who prefer to ThinkPad laptop are no strange to it.
keyboard
Its keyboard boasts a comfortable hand feel, which is one of its highlights. In addition, the keyboard is backlit. To adjust the brightness of the blacklight, press the key with the backlight icon twice or three times. This way, the user had no difficulty typing in the dim light.

Ports

port on the right
The ports on the right side include two USB-A ports and an SD card reader. A high-efficient SD is essential to a workstation.
port on the left
The ports on the left include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini RJ45, and 3.5mm audio/mic.
adaptor
The rated power of its adapter is 135W.

The device weighs 1.7kg. It is lighter than most 15.6-inch laptops. The laptop with an adaptor weighs less than 2.2kg.

Internal Structure

It’s easy to remove the back cover. After taking out all the screws, we can see its internal structure.
fans and pipes
The laptop has two fans and two pipes.
16GB DDR4 2666MHz chip
The model we are testing comes with two 16GB DDR4 2666MHz chips.
SSD
It comes with a 1TB Samsung PM981a PICe NVMe. There was an M.2 PCI-E interface for the user to expand its storage.
wireless card
The device features an Intel’s AX200NGW which supports 802.11ax standard. Built to reach speeds of up to 9.6Gbps, it is the fastest WiFi.

Battery Life

battery life
It sports an 80Wh battery. We adjust its brightness to 50% to play a 1080p video. An hour later, its battery drops from 100% to 80%. From that, we can infer that the laptop can last for five hours with a 1080P video on. As a laptop powered by a standard-voltage i7 processor and featuring a professional independent graphics cards, it had a good performance in terms of its battery life.

CPU Performance

This workstation is powered by ninth-generation Core i7-9850H processor. The chip has six cores and twelve threads. Its frequency is 2.6GHz, up to 4.6GHz.
CPU configuration
We use CineBench R15 to test its CPU.
score on CineBench R15
The results display that the i7-9850H processor’s single-core score is 194cb and its multi-core score is 1094cb. As a Hexa-core standard-voltage processor, it has a quite good performance.
score on CineBench R20
On CineBench R20, the chip’s single-core score is 464cb, and its multi-core score is 2238cb.
speed on Corona Benchmark
On Corona Benchmark, the processor’s speed is 1.28 minutes.
speed on X264 FHD
We used X264 FHD to test the chip, and its speed reaches 33.1FPS.

In general, the Core i7-9850H processor has a far better performance than those low-voltage processors the ultra laptops feature.

GPU Performance

The NVIDIA Quadro T2000 MAX-Q is based on the TU117 graphics processor. It consists of 1024 shading units. NVIDIA has placed 4.096 MB GDDR5 memory on the card. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 1200 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1620 MHz.
GPU specification
According to the test result, this GPU’s score is 7770 on 3DMark.
GPU's score on 3DMark

The SPECviewperf benchmark is the worldwide standard for measuring graphics performance based on professional applications. The benchmark measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL and Direct X application programming interfaces.
GPU's performance on SPECviewperf benchmark
Based on the test result, we can see Quadro T2000 showed its amazing performance. There is no frame loss during the test.
gaming performance
Compared to popular gaming laptops (i7-8750H+ 8GB+ GTX 1060), the ThinkPad P1 Gen2 laptop worstation i7-975H+ 32GB+ Quadro T2000) exceeds in many aspects.

SSD Performance

This workstation comes with PCI-E NVMe SSD-Samsung PM981a which most laptops feature.
SSD's speed
On CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 x64, this SSD’s sequential read speed reaches 3504.4MB/s, and its sequential write speed is 3003.6MB/s. The PM981A reaches the top level.

Display

We use Spyder 5 Elite to test the display. The results show that the display’s sRGB color gamut covers 100% and its Adobe color gamut covers 100% too.
the display's color gamut
In terms of resolution, color gamut, brightness, the display this workstation boasts reaches the top level among the IPS displays current laptops comes with.

Heat Dissipation

heat dissipation
In the stress test with Furmark and FPU, the exterior of the laptop warms to a maximum of 58.8℃ with the maximum heat measured at the bottom near the hinges.

Summary

ThinkPad P1 2019
Compare to traditional workstations; the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 2019 is more portable. And meanwhile, it has higher performance than most ultra laptops. Being ThinkPad’s flagship-level product, this device features a CPU and graphics card which guarantee the professional applications run smoothly. What’s more, its display’s Adobe RGB color gamut covers 100%. In a word, this workstation is a good choice for professionals working for designing.

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