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Lenovo ThinkPad P15 GEN 2 15.6" Mobile Workstation (2021)

MSRP 1749 USDExt score 83%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 is a high-end 15.6-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. Apart from the display, it shares most of its features with its 17-inch sister model.
While the P17 Gen 2 got a slight size reduction, the P15 Gen 2 has gone the other way: now measuring the same thickness as the 17-inch model. Its four IPS and OLED display options are direct carry-overs from the 2020 model. The entire suite of I/O options of the P15 Gen 2 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 P15 Gen 2, Lenovo also refreshed other ThinkPad mobile workstations, including the P17 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
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Expensive base configuration

What external reviewers found***

Ext 83% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance for a workstation
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Heavy and bulky
  • No expandability
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support
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Specifications

4K IPS4K OLEDFHD

Connectivity

Ports2x 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 ConnectivityWiFi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 + optional Quectel EM160R-GL 4G LTE CAT16

Construction

Battery | Capacity94 Wh
Camera | Front720p camera with webcam privacy shutter, optional HD hybrid IR camera with webcam privacy shutter
ColorsBlack
MicrophoneDual far-field mic
Speakers2x 2W stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos certified

Dimensions

Size | Depth252.3 mm / 9.9"
Size | Height24.3-32.4 mm / 0.9"-1.2"
Size | Width375.4 mm / 14.7"
WeightFrom 2.87kg / 6.32lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Brightness600 nits400 nits300 or 500 nits
Display Diagonal15.6"
Display TypeIPS matteOLEDIPS matte
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Fast ChargingRapid Charge
GraphicsNVIDIA T1200 4GB, RTX A2000 4GB, RTX A3000 6GB, RTX A4000 8GB Max-Q, or RTX A5000 16GB Max-Q
HDRHDR400, Dolby Vision HDRHDR500 True Black, Dolby Vision HDRDolby Vision HDR (500nits panel only)
Keyboard BacklightYes
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorUp to Intel Xeon W-11955M or Core i9-11950H Tiger Lake
SecurityDTPM 2.0, Touch Fingerprint Reader, Self-healing BIOS, Webcam privacy shutter, optional Windows Hello
SIMOptional 4G LTE
Touch Screen4K OLED panel
TouchpadRedesigned TouchPad (115mm x 61mm / 4.53" x 2.40")

Performance

Battery LifeUp to 10.3 hours
DurabilityMIL-STD-810G
Memory | CapacityUp to 128 GB (4x DIMMs)
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200 MHz, ECC or non-ECC
Power Supply170 or 230 W
StorageUp to 3 x 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD, RAID 0/1

Production

AccessoryDigitizer: Optional ThinkPad Pen Pro with Wacom AES 2.0 pen support
Availability2021-07
Debut2021-06-16
Made InChina

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ThinkPad P15 has 94 watt-hours of battery packed away inside the huge chassis. Windows 10 Hello support is provided by both a fingerprint reader and infrared camera with facial recognition. It's isn't so much faster than the fastest thin-and-light laptops that either its price or its girth is justified.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Extremely thin and light
  • Excellent battery life
  • Built-in webcam
Cons
  • No expandability
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 hits 98.8 frames per second on Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. The 720p webcam delivers the same kind of slightly grainy results as most laptop webcams. The battery life is stellar for a workstation, delivering 10 hours and 40 minutes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance for a workstation
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Heavy and bulky
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Gaming performance is very good, and even modern games run at the native 1080p resolution using the highest settings. The two fans in the P15 Gen 2 are often completely turned off when doing less demanding activities, and you won't be bothered by electronic noises or coil whine. However, as soon as you put the device under more load, the fans quickly kick in and also reach levels of over 45 dB(A) Despite the high noise levels, the ThinkPad Gen 2 struggles with very high case temperatures.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 500 cd/m² display
  • Good battery life
  • Good maintenance options
Cons
  • High temperatures under load
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 ably fills its predecessor's role as the heavyweight champ of the company's mobile workstation lineup. With the Core i9 and RTX A5000, it's powerful enough to race through jobs that would make most laptops whimper and cringe. All the screens delivered fine color fidelity, though the Dell's OLED panel outdid the others.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful Intel Core i9 CPU and RTX A5000 GPU
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 review: An old-school mobile workstation. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-p15-gen-2-review/. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-p15-gen-2. 2021-09-25. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
3. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 laptop review: Traditional workstation with new GPUs. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-P15-Gen-2-laptop-review-Traditional-workstation-with-new-GPUs.567734.0.html. 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
4. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-p15-gen-2. 2021-10-08. Retrieved 2021-10-10.

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