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Lenovo ThinkPad P17 GEN 2 17" Mobile Workstation (2021)

MSRP 1779 USDNEX score 76%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Gen 2 is a flagship 17-inch mobile workstation powered by 11th-gen Intel Xeon / Core Tiger Lake processors and ISV-certified NVIDIA graphics up to RTX A5000 with 16GB of graphics memory.
While the P17 Gen 2 retains the design of the P17 from 2020, the Gen 2 model is slightly smaller. Still, portability is clearly not the priority here. It can be configured with either a FHD or a 4K UHD IPS display that are carried over from last year. Indeed, the entire suite of I/O options is also inherited from 2020, though the Thunderbolt ports are upgraded to Thunderbolt 4.
Other notable features include up to 128GB of DDR4 memory that now clock at 3200MHz. ECC is available with Xeon processors. There is also one extra M.2 SSD slots, and the SSDs are now upgraded to PCIe 4.
Alongside the P17 Gen 2, Lenovo also refreshed other ThinkPad mobile workstations, including the P15 Gen 2 and P1 Gen 4. They are joining the P14s Gen 2 and P15s Gen 2 unveiled earlier in 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • High-quality workstation
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • High power consumption

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Decent input devices
  • High-quality workstations
  • Compact chassis
Cons
  • High power consumption under load
  • Dim display
  • DPC latencies
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
4K
FHD

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 4 + 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB-C + 1x HDMI 2.1/2.0 + 1x RJ45 + 1x SD + 1x optional Smart card reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 + optional Quectel EM160R-GL 4G LTE CAT16

Construction

Battery | Capacity
94 Wh
Camera | Front
720p camera with webcam privacy shutter, optional HD hybrid IR camera with webcam privacy shutter
Colors
Black
Microphone
Dual far-field mic
Speakers
2x 2W stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos certified

Dimensions

Size | Depth
280.8 mm / 11.0"
Size | Height
24.3-32.4 mm / 0.9"-1.2"
Size | Width
415.4 mm / 16.3"
Weight
From 3.67kg / 8.09lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
4KBrightness
500 nits
FHDBrightness
300 nits
Display Diagonal
17.3"
Display Type
IPS matte
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Fast Charging
Rapid Charge
Graphics
NVIDIA T1200 4GB, RTX A2000 4GB, RTX A3000 6GB, RTX A4000 8GB Max-Q, or RTX A5000 16GB Max-Q
4KHDR
HDR400, Dolby Vision HDR
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Up to Intel Xeon W-11955M or Core i9-11950H Tiger Lake
Security
DTPM 2.0, Touch Fingerprint Reader, Self-healing BIOS, Webcam privacy shutter, optional Windows Hello
SIM
Optional 4G LTE
Touchpad
Redesigned TouchPad (115mm x 61mm / 4.53" x 2.40")

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 9 hours
Durability
MIL-STD-810G
Memory | Capacity
Up to 128 GB (4x DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200 MHz, ECC or non-ECC
Power Supply
170 or 230 W
Storage
Up to 3 x 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD, RAID 0/1

Production

Availability
2021-07
Debut
2021-06-16
Made In
China

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 G2 is the only 17-inch workstation in our comparison that is equipped with one of the latest Tiger Lake CPUs. It is not meant for general use, but rather for engineers who design buildings or products with the help of CAD applications. The outdated design is an obvious drawback: 16:9 displays with wide bezels are no longer contemporary, particularly when it comes to high-end devices. The display does not reach the advertised 100% sRGB coverage and the Full HD resolution feels too low for a 17- inch screen.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decent input devices
  • Compact chassis
  • High-quality workstations
Cons
  • High power consumption under load
  • Dim display
  • DPC latencies

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad P17 G2 Laptop Review: Massive workstation with internal upgrades. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-P17-G2-Laptop-Review-Massive-workstation-with-internal-upgrades.569017.0.html. 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-05.

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