For business laptops for enterprise customers, the ThinkPad p17 gen2 17-inch form factor is far from the most common choice, as such systems must be small and light for greater portability. The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 G2 is also a portable workstation, but its heavyweight and dimensions make it better suited for stationary use. It is the only 17-inch ThinkPad available, and its main purpose is to enable CAD and other compute-intensive tasks.
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Thinkpad P17 Gen2
Thinkpad P17 Mobile Workstation
This is a 17′′ notebook that leverages its larger frame to provide a bigger screen and more computing power, as the name suggests. Let’s take a closer look at the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17′′) mobile workstation and continue our performance testing.
Thinkpad P17 Review
The highest-end option is a 17′′ UHD 38402160, IPS screen with anti-glare in our Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″ mobile workstation test unit; colors were crisp and sharp, though zooming out to 250% is recommended for general office usage. The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17” Mobile Workstation can also be connected to an external display for extended use at higher screen resolutions.
Design and build Quality
It weighs nearly eight pounds and can not even be carried in my backpack, how it looks and feels. It’s nearly one and a third inches thick, but Lenovo describes it as “thin and light” in its reviewer’s guide despite all of that. The top is made of Polyphenylene Sulfide and glass fiber, while the bottom is made of Polyamide and glass fiber, both of which are light and durable. As is the case with all ThinkPads, this machine has passed more than a dozen MIL-STD-810G tests.
It’s thick, but in a side view, it’s comfortable and looks great, with plenty of ports to choose from. On the left, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port is featured, which means that it only supports 5Gbps speeds, whereas USB 3.2 Gen 2 would have supported 10Gbps. There are two more USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports on the right, as well as an SD card reader and a Kensington Lock, and if you selected one when purchasing the machine, you can also add a Smart Card reader.
The ThinkPad P17 has a 17.3-inch display, and there are two layouts, one being 1080p at 300 nits brightness, and the other being 4K UHD at 500 nits brightness, both of which also support Dolby Vision HDR. The one Lenovo sent me has the 4K display but, as you might assume, it’s 16:9, so I think that’s the better one to get. I don’t even want 1080p at 15.6, let alone 17.3, and 300 nits are too dim for me on a laptop, as you never know when you need to take it on the road.
On a machine like this, the display is especially important, either because you’re using it to create high resolution, high frame rate video (such as I did) or for any other purpose. It may be for personal or commercial reasons, you’ll want to be able to see it in its finest detail, and the 2160p version includes Dolby Vision HDR, so everything is going to look better.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is a success as usual, though Lenovo’s full 1.5mm key throw is beginning to feel too much. However, it’s accurate and comfortable. Naturally, the keyboard I used was the one on the laptop. I typed all of my articles on it for a few weeks, I used it for chat, and I used it for everything else. Except for the ThinkPad X1 Fold, the P17 has a TrackPoint on the keyboard, and I’ve never had a single complaint about it. If you are reading a review of a ThinkPad, you’re either familiar with the red circle that controls the pointer or you hate it; if you hate it, as many do, you can ignore it.
The TrackPoint should have been replaced by now, but, frankly, Lenovo seems to be sticking with it because of its iconic design. The TrackPoint is positioned in the middle of the keyboard, but the clickable trackpad has physical buttons above it that can be used with either Trackpoint. Every ThinkPad keyboard deck has this look.
The battery life has also dropped, despite the lower power consumption of the Lenovo ThinkPad P73’s 94 Wh. However, almost ten hours of Wi-Fi usage is still a nice record for a workstation that is unlikely to be used often on the road.
What’s in the Box
- ThinkPad P17
- 170W or 230W AC slim adapter
- 6 Cell 94Whr internal battery
- Quick start guide
The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 G2 is unnecessarily large and heavy due to its old design. Another problem: the display does not achieve the advertised 100% sRGB coverage, and the Full HD resolution feels too low for a 17-inch screen. The P17 G2 is a good-looking notebook that offers a variety of standard ThinkPad attributes, as well as model-specific advantages, such as its expandability and performance. The CPU performs well and, unlike the smaller Lenovo ThinkPad P15 G2, heat and noise levels are slightly lower in the P17 G2, so the expansive chassis is certainly advantageous.
As I’ve said a few times, the ThinkPad P17 is a beast. My only issues with it are unavoidable, such as its size and poor battery life. It is also very expensive, but this is more due to the high-end parts it uses.
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