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Lenovo ThinkPad P16 aims for desktop-level performance

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Lenovo has just announced the ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation, which features Intel’s HX-series mobile processors that are nearly as fast as desktop processors.

A TDP (thermal Design Point) of 55W is much higher than CPUs commonly used for productivity applications. TDP should be increased because higher performance demands more power (and better cooling).

Lenovo claims it has replaced the ThinkPad P16’s cooling system with dual vapor chambers. Both GPU and CPU share heat-dissipation hardware. This works well regardless of the workload.

The vent design is excellent and I expect that the airflow will be better than what we saw on the ThinkPad P15 Gen2 which we reviewed. Many gaming laptops have more aggressive airflow designs, and I’d love to see how Lenovo’s perform in the real world.

Lenovo has announced that the 3.6GHz Intel Core i9HX will be its most powerful CPU option. But that’s not all: the top graphics option is even more power-hungry (115W TDP) if you opt for the NVIDIA RTX A5500. That’s entirely normal for this level of performance, but it’s an incredible level of hardware in a small volume.

Because it’s a workstation, there’s an option to use up to 128GB of DDR5-4800 ECC (or not) RAM, and the two SSD slots can accommodate up to 8TB of SSD storage (perhaps with a RAID option?). These are formidable memory and storage options you won’t find on consumer-level laptops.

The 16” screen is a bit bigger than the 15.6” we typically see, and the most exciting option I’ve seen is the 4K OLED with 100% DCI-P3 color coverage and 400 NITs brightness. The 600 NITs IPS LCD option is available if you require something brighter.

This laptop is not small. At 14.3×10.5×1.2 and 6.5 Lbs, it is on the heavier side, and you could conceptually find slightly lighter laptops with a relatively comparable level of graphics performance.

But the ThinkPad P16 memory and storage options will satisfy the most demanding professionals, and Lenovo’s security and management options cater to this crowd. The ThinkPad’s general durability and keyboard quality are also pillars that will remain in place, if not essential.

Filed in Computers. Learn more about Lenovo, Lenovo Laptops and Lenovo ThinkPad.

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