Lenovo Thinkpad P50 Review, Battery Life and Performance

The Lenovo Thinkpad P50 is just another example of Lenovo’s tendencies as a company. This trend has been alive and well for countless generations of technology. The company designs an amazing piece of hardware and those in the techie world reap the benefits. Stereotypes of the Thinkpad line aside, this is a stunning machine for a user that is constantly on the move. Lenovo was designed a workstation that easily fits into a standard laptop bag. It is also light enough to easily carry around the office.

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 front

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 – Battery Life and Performance:

The Lenovo Thinkpad P50 provides enough battery life to survive an endless day on the job without frustrating the user. The keyboard is perhaps one of the best on the current market, allowing for ease of communication. Thinkpad fanboys will be pleased by the inclusion of the classic chic-let pointing stick featured prominently at the center of the keyboard.

Performance wise, the workstation is fueled by a 2.8ghz Intel Xeon E3-1505 with 16gb of ram and Nvidia M2000M GPU 2GB of VRAM. Thankfully, a large SSD is included along with the powerful Nvidia M2000M video card. This laptop is powerful enough for any sort of photo or video editing one could think of, but the SSD (512gb) may fall short for these purposes. Those utilizing the workstations for architecture or photography work should definitely consider purchasing a USB-powered external hard drive for mobile editing. The performance allows one to almost entirely replace a desktop-based computer with little difficulty.

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 side

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 – Display and Audio:

The display comes in at 15.6 inches and is rated at a resolution of 3840×2160. Lenovo pushes their display dominance further by the inclusion of color calibration software directly in the deck. Another potential downside for users may be the built-in speakers. In classic Lenovo fashion, the speakers fall short of what one would hope for when compared to other notebooks in the Thinkpad P50’s price tier. The audio comes across as metallic. Since most users worried about audio will likely have headphones to make up for this, it is hard to hold this against Lenovo as a fatal flaw. The weight will not be included as a downside. Users attempting to replace a workstation, especially ThinkPad fans, tend to realize that a heavier laptop is a general downside of higher performance.

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 rear

Lenovo Thinkpad P50 – Competitions, Price, and Conclusion:

The only real downside of the screen comes with the brightness, as it falls short of some of the competitors. It falls somewhere between the HP ZBook G3 and the Precision 5510 when it comes to this quality. The real reason the Lenovo Thinkpad p50 shines above the competition is that it can easily last almost an entire day on a single charge. For fans of past Lenovo workstations such as the Ideapad y580. For instance, the y580 was generally rated for up to 5 hours of battery life. The Thinkpad P50 is rated for up to 8, which is a remarkable improvement without performance sacrifice. All and all, the Lenovo Thinkpad P50 is a fantastic workstation choice with the price of $1322.