Lenovo has just unveiled two new ThinkPad workstations during SIGGRAPH 2022. The range includes the ThinkPad P15v and the ThinkPad P14s, both of which are laptops.
These new mobile workstations will come equipped with some of the latest hardware from AMD and Nvidia, including AMD Ryzen Pro CPUs and Nvidia’s workstation RTX graphics.
Lenovo’s ThinkPads scarcely need an introduction. The company continues expanding its workstation presence by adding to it every so often, and now, two new models are joining the lineup. Lenovo markets the new releases toward creators, touting the fact that they’re more value-oriented than some of the high-end solutions it also offers.
Made to serve as a way to bridge the gap between the entry-level and premium segments, the two new ThinkPads vary in terms of both specs and size. The P14s is a smaller laptop, and according to Lenovo, it’s also the company’s lightest mobile workstation. With a 14-inch chassis and a weight of less than 3 pounds, it’s certainly going to be a slim, portable device.
The ThinkPad P14s can be configured with an AMD Ryzen Pro U-series CPU, including Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 options, with up to eight cores and a maximum clock speed of 4.7GHz. It doesn’t come with a discrete GPU, however, so it may do a better job in less graphics-intensive workloads — but with an integrated Radeon card, it will still suffice for many use cases.
Moving on to the ThinkPad P15v, this is the bigger and better of the two siblings, equipped with discrete graphics and a larger display. It weighs in at just under 5 pounds. It comes with a 15.6-inch display and a maximum resolution of UHD, meaning 3840 x 2160, although there’s also an FHD option at 1920 x 1080. Both screens feature IPS panels for increased brightness and better color reproduction.
Processor options are similar, but here we have AMD Ryzen Pro H-series CPUs, including Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 variants with the same core configuration and clocks as the P14s. Customers will be able to pick out an up to Nvidia RTX A2000 graphics card, making this one a strong option for content creators and various creatives.
Storage and memory options include up to 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 RAM for the P14s and a maximum of 64GB DDR5-4800 for the P15v, as well as up to 2TB storage for the smaller workstation and up to 4TB for the bigger version. You can pick either Windows 11 Pro or Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Linux.
It’s unclear when exactly the new workstations will be up for sale or how much they will cost. Each can be configured to match your specific needs, so the price will surely vary based on the specs that are picked.
The year 2020 has seen a marked rise in employees who are now working from home. This has made it essential to have a mobile workstation that can keep up with demands. Laptops are replacing the trusty desktop because mobility is becoming essential.
For many, a mobile workstation is intimidating. To help relieve that pressure, we have crafted this guide to help you make the right purchase. We’ll help you get set up and working from any destination.
HP ZBook Fury G7
HP has built some fantastic consumer laptops in recent years and that pedigree extends to the workstation space too. As much as it has a number of solid workstation options though, the ZBook Fury G7 is our favorite of the bunch, with a combination of powerful hardware options, a large display, Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, and manageable weight.
Available in price ranges up to $5,000 with tons of customization options, the Fury G7 sports 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processors and a full 17-inch HD display. Depending on the model you opt for, you can have up to 128GB of memory, Intel HD or Nvidia Quadro graphics with up to 16GB of dedicated GDDR6 video memory, and around 2TB of SSD storage.
All models come with a 94-watt-hour battery, which should be good for a long stretch of time in the right circumstances, and each model weighs in at 6.08 pounds before extras.
The combination of a large battery, powerful internal hardware, and reams of options, make the ZBook Fury G7 a fantastic choice for whatever tasks you’re taking on. It’s not as specific as some other entries on this list, but it’s a mobile workstation that will do anyone proud and the customization options are absolutely top-notch.
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
Lenovo’s P1 Gen 3 allows you to build several different 17-inch laptop models, from choosing 4K resolution to increasing RAM up to ridiculous levels for highly specialized workstations. Each comes with a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, starting with the i7-10705H on the base model. But our favorite option is the higher-end model decked out with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a great Nvidia Quadro graphics card. This latest model also includes support for Wi-Fi 6, and the design is great too, featuring a sturdy backlit keyboard.
It’s very obvious that Lenovo intends this model to be a desktop replacement. Designers in particular may be interested in the Pantone color calibration sensor in the palm rest, allowing you to adjust color to precisely where you need them to be. While it starts at around three pounds, more customized models can get a lot heavier, so it does take a bit of effort to lug around. But if you want some customization for a truly powerful laptop companion, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 is a great place to start.
Dell Precision 5520
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If you need an extremely light mobile workstation, Dell’s Precision 5520 should definitely be on your radar. At under four pounds, this is the lightest laptop on this list, and it’s rather compact, too. The 1080P versions do come with just 56 watt-hour batteries, but the 4K version has a 97 watt-hour version, which in our tests was able to keep the system running for more than five hours.
Options beyond the display resolution include a range of Intel Core processors, with i7 and Xeon CPUs to choose from. You can go up to 32GB of RAM if you need, and there are options for up to a terabyte of PCI Express solid-state storage. The only limiting factor in this workstation’s customization is with the graphics, which are either Intel HD or Nvidia Quadro M1200 only.
Pricing for the Dell Precision 5520 starts at $2,000, and can set you back upwards of $3,700 if you opt for a high-end edition. However, at the time of writing (and regularly otherwise) Dell offers enormous discounts, in some cases as much as 40%, so if you time it right you will be able to snag yourself one of these systems at a comparative bargain price.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-inch
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Although not technically classed as a workstation, the Surface Book 3 is one of the most versatile workhorse laptops we have come across in a long time. Its hardware is no way near as impressive as some of the other entries on this list, but with its extremely long battery life and a powerful processor/memory combination, it will perform a variety of intensive tasks for much longer than most.
Starting at $1,500 for the 13.5-inch version and going all the way up to $3,300 for the top of the line 15-inch variant, the Surface Book 3 starts with an upgradeable 10th-gen Intel i5 processor, up to 32GB of memory, up to 2TB of solid-state storage, and the option of an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics chip.
The Surface Book 3 is also incredibly versatile. Its “dynamic fulcrum” hinge means that you can completely detach the screen from the keyboard, giving you an extremely portable tablet as and when required — it weighs in at just 1.7 pounds in tablet mode. The Surface 3, like its predecessor, also has a long-lasting battery that’s good for a day of work.
Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020)
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A mobile workstation can totally be enjoyable and look great too. Although the Razer Blade Pro 17 doesn’t truly have the internal hardware to rival many of the other systems included on this list, it’s definitely not a pushover. This system is also much more attractive than the majority. It packages robust consumer-grade hardware into a beautiful shell with features that include keyboard backlighting and a slimline design, which add to its appeal and make it an excellent device to transport from home. It’s an incredibly fantastic option if you enjoy gaming in your free time.
Although there are several distinct varieties, our top pick is the 4K version, which comes with 120Hz display compatibility, 1TB of SSD storage, and an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU to operate even the most challenging and demanding of games. The model is also accompanied by a 19th-gen Intel Core i7-10875H processor and 16GB of RAM. The RGB keyboard, although anticipated, is also well-designed and pleasant to work with overall.
You will also be pleased to discover that the Razer Blade Pro 17 is outfitted with a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port along with a USB-A 3.2, plus a readily available SD card. The laptop is Wi-Fi 6 ready, too. You have the option to downgrade the screen to save some cash if the resolution isn’t a deal-breaker for you. The truth is, laptop screens don’t always profit much from 4K support anyways.