Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

ThinkPad P72 workstation is a powerhouse laptop for pros

ThinkPad P72 workstation is a powerhouse laptop for pros

The beefier ThinkPad P72 is still only an inch thick.

Two display options are on offer, both 15 diagonal inches: a 400 nits, 10-bit 4K touchscreen display that covers 100 percent of Adobe's color gamut and a Full HD non-touch panel with 300 nits and 72 percent NTSC color. The P72 can also support Intel 8th generation Xeon and Core processors and a dedicated Nvidia Quadro graphics card. Lenovo says the 17.3-inch beast, which relies on the upper echelons of NVIDIA's Quadro graphics (up to P5200), has been made with gas, automotive and financial industry professionals in mind. Ethernet is integrated and a Mini Display Port 1.4 output for external monitors. Intel Optane Memory at up to 16GB is available along with up to 6TB of storage.

As for connectivity, you get HMDI, two USB 3.1 ports, along with two thunderbolt Type-C ports, making the ThinkPad P1 ideal for the office as well as home.

Power comes from a 99WHr battery and 230W external power supply. There are plenty of OS options including Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, Windows 10 Pro, Ubuntu Linux, and Red Hat Linux. Thin this workstation might be, but it is on the heavy side tipping the scales at 7.5 pounds. The one that is likely to catch the most attention is the new ThinkPad P1, which was built with the power you'd expect from a workstation, but in a pretty svelte design that measures 0.72 inches thick and 3.76 pounds. It supports the same 8th gen Core and Xeon processors.

AnandTech reported that the ThinkPad P1 will go on sale from late August 2018, with a starting price of $1,949 in the US. Beneath the slender chassis lies 64 GB of DDR4 memory and a decent 4TB storage, which is still 2GB shy of the P72.

As with the P1, the P72 also includes a wide variety of ports.

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