LENOVO ThinkPad P51
Hello, Friends! Today, I’m going to take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad P51 Review. It’s a 15.6-inch mobile workstation from Lenovo built for designers, engineers, or power users who require top end specifications. I’m reviewing this Laptop a video editor’s perspective. So, let’s get started-
The Lenovo ThinkPad P51 is an expensive laptop, but it’s not flashy at all. It’s covered in a black glass fibre reinforced plastic with aluminium magnesium at the bottom. Surprisingly, it doesn’t attract as many fingerprints compared with other black laptops.
Workstations are expected to last long and the ThinkPad P51 is no different. I pass military certification tests for vibrations, bumps, humidity, high altitude, extreme temperature, and more. I usually take good care of all my devices, but it’s good to know that the ThinkPad P51 is more durable than most devices.
The left side has an express card slot which I don’t see that often, and a 4 in 1 card reader. The right side has a headphone and microphone combo, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Mini display port. On the back, there are two more USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, USB-C thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI and the AC adapter. I would’ve liked more than one thunderbolt three port, but having one is better than zero.
The bottom has a removable 90-watt battery and a dock connector. With all the ports already on this laptop, most people won’t be needing the optional $300 dock. I also won’t be needing dongles. The bottom has screws that are easy to remove and it takes just a few minutes to upgrade the memory and storage.
Fingerprint Sensor: –
Below the arrow keys are the fingerprint reader for Windows Hello. They work as expected, and many people will be glad to have it to sign into the Laptop or authenticate apps.
The review unit has a 15.6-inch 4K UHD non-touch anti-glare display, which looks great for creating and consuming content. Lenovo ThinkPad P51 also has options for full HD display with or without touch functionality. Designers, Graphic Artists, and Video Editors like me are going to appreciate the built-in colour calibrator. It ensures accurate colours throughout the life of the system.
You just need to fire up the pre-installed X-Rite Pantone Calibrator app and follow the instructions to close the lid and let the tool calibrate the display. I have nothing bad to say about this display, but other people might still prefer a touchscreen.
The backlit keyboard is very comfortable to type on, there is plenty of travel for the keys, and there’s even room for the numeric keypad. However, there’s one thing that’s bothering me about this keyboard. Lenovo decided to switch the function and control keys. I don’t know why they did that, but you can open the Lenovo settings have to switch it back to normal. I don’t need or use the red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard, but I know some people like to use that.
The trackpad feels comfortable to touch and it has precision drivers, so the built-in Windows gestures are there. There are six touchpad buttons, which I think is too much, but I can imagine that can be useful for many others. I’d rather have a bigger touchpad, though, than having more buttons.
Performance & Memory: –
Under the hood, this unit comes with a 7th Generation Intel Xeon E3-1535M processor, NVIDIA Quadro M2200 graphics with four gigabytes of memory, 32 gigabytes of RAM and 512 gigabytes SSD4 storage.
When it comes to everyday tasks, the ThinkPad P51 just breezes through. There are no performance issues when switching between multiple apps or watching 4K videos. We can thank the Intel Xeon processor and the 32 gigabytes of RAM for that.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P51 is excellent for video editors, having a card reader, built-in colour calibrator, and high-end CPU and graphics card ensure that we can get the job done even when you’re on the go. Scrubbing and playing back 4K videos on the timeline is also buttery smooth, and exporting a sample three minute 4K videos with colour corrected clips take about eight minutes.
This is not marketed as a gaming laptop, but you can enjoy less demanding games like Player Unknown Battlegrounds. The NVIDIA M2200 and this laptop are roughly equivalent to a GeForce GTX-965 or a GTX-1050.
If you are looking for a numbers, here are some of the benchmarks scores from Geekbench CPU- for single core 4,945 and for multi-core 16,689, Geekbench CUDA- 60,650, CrystalDiskMark- 1,507 MB/s read & 1,426 MB/s write, PCMark 10- 4,241, 3D Mark FireStrike- 3,701.
Windows 10: –
Windows 10 pro is included and Lenovo did not include unnecessary bloatware, which I appreciate a lot. There’s a companion app for checking firmware and driver updates, and a settings app to tinker with several aspects of the laptop. For example, you can optimize the fans for high performance or quite a node. You can also adjust a camera’s contrast and brightness, and even swap the function and control keys if you prefer the lower left key as the control key instead of the function key.
The fans on the ThinkPad P51 are quiet even under heavy load. They certainly make less noise than my razor blade when exporting videos. There are exhaust vents on the left and right sides of the laptop, so you can feel some heat when resting your hands on the sides, or if you’re using an external mouse.
There are dual front-facing speakers in between the display and keyboard. They’re loud and sound fine. You can also optimize them for movies music, gaming or voice using the Lenovo settings app.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P51 has a 90-watt hour battery which lasts about five hours with normal use, it goes down to under two hours if I use it for video editing. The battery is removable. The power adapter is also big, so it’s going to take up a lot of space in your laptop bag.
Finally, summing up, I’m very happy with Lenovo ThinkPad P51. In addition to having top-end specifications, you’ll love that it’s very easy to add memory and storage if you ever want to upgrade later on. It has several ports so you don’t have to carry dongles either. The display is also wonderful and the built-in colour calibrator will make sure the display shows accurate colours all the time.
I’m not saying the P51 is perfect though. The 4K display option is not a touchscreen and it’s bothering me that the control and function keys have been switched. This laptop is also big, heavy and has large bezels but in the end, designers, engineers or video editors can go wrong with the P51 because it will get the job done, and they’ll know that they can depend on it day in and day out, and year after year because of its durability.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Lenovo ThinkPad P51||Rs 1,91,190|
|Lenovo ThinkPad P51||$ 1429.00|
|NETWORK||WLAN- Intel Dual-Band Wireless AC (2×2) 8265 + Bluetooth v4.1
WWAN- Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A (Sierra Wireless EM7455)
|BODY||Dimensions- 14.86 x 9.93 x 0.96-1.02-inch
Weight- 2.5kg / 5.6lbs
|DISPLAY||15.6″ 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) Anti-Glare IPS
15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1280) Anti-Glare IPS/ IPS 10-Point Multi-Touch
Graphics- Up to NVIDIA Quadro M1200 4GB GDDR5
|PROCESSOR||Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7820 HQ Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz)
Up to Intel Xeon E3-1535v6 Processor (8MB Cache, Up to 4.20GHz)
|MEMORY||Up to 64GB DDR4 2400 MHz
Storage- Up to 1TB HDD 5400 RPM
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD Opal 2.0