While we’re mostly covering thin-and-light laptops here on UltrabookReview.com, this post is going to be a little different, as it documents our experience with the full-size Lenovo ThinkPad P72 17-inch workstation notebook.
This is still a big and heavy laptop designed to offer the robust build quality and the performance you’d expect from a serious work-computer, with several good screen choices, a fast keyboard, complete IO and a large-battery as extras for a well-balanced overall package.
The P72 is not just a marginal upgrade of the 2017 P71 model though, it’s actually a complete internal redesign with updated hardware, new screen options, a slightly different keyboard, and a larger battery, among others. It’s also a tad thinner, mostly because it no longer offers an integrated optical drive.
Our test unit came from Lenovo and was returned once this article was published. It’s one of the lower-tier configurations and should cater to those on a more limited budget, who look for value in such a product and plan to further upgrade it themselves. We’ll get in-depth on the performance of our configuration, thermals and the cooling solution’s ability to keep temperatures at bay, as well as on what to expect from the higher-specked models, so you should find this article useful no matter which configuration of the P72 you’re aiming for.
Update: Our review of the updated ThinkPad P73 is also available over here.
Specs as reviewed
|Lenovo ThinkPad P72|
|Screen||17.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, matte|
|Processor||Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H CPU|
|Video||Intel UHD 630 + Nvidia Quadro P2000 4 GB|
|Memory||16 GB DDR4 (4x DIMMs)|
|Storage||256 GB SSD (M.2 NVMe – Samsung PM981) + empty M.2 slot + empty 2.5″ bay|
|Connectivity||Wireless AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN (Intel I219-V)|
|Ports||4x USB-A 3.1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, miniDP, LAN, SD card-reader and optional smart-card reader, mic/headphone|
|Battery||99 Wh, 230W charger|
|Size||416 mm or 16.38” (w) x 281 mm or 11.06” (d) x 29.4 mm or 1.16” (h)|
|Weight||7.47 lbs (3.39 kg)+ 2.05 lbs (.93 kg) charger and cables, EU version|
|Extras||backlit keyboard, HD webcam, fingerprint reader + IR camera, stereo speakers|
As already mentioned above, the ThinkPad P72 is highly configurable. You can get it with Coffee Lake i7 and Xeon processors, up to 128 GB of RAM, various types of storage and Nvidia P600 to P5200 Quadro graphics, as well as either a FHD or UHD screen, both with matte finishing.
While the configurator is fairly flexible, certain higher-end GPUs are only available with higher-end CPUs, which can easily push this laptop past $4000.
Design and build
This is pretty much what I’d expect from a modern 17-inch workstation: built like a tank and fairly heavy, but not as bulky or as heavy as the workstations of the past. Still, at 7.5 lbs (9.5 with the power adapter) and with a footprint of 16.4 x 11 inches , this is not the kind of laptop you’ll want to lug around everyday.
As far as the build goes, the ThinkPad P72 is partially made out of plastic, for the lid-cover and interior, and partially out of magnesium/aluminum alloys, for the internal chassis and underside. There’s little to no bulge or flex in the keyboard deck and the hood minimally bends when pressed hard, thus all in all this is one of the sturdiest laptops out there.
I’d also expect it to age fairly well. The rubberized coating on the exterior might chip and peel off in time, but the more rugged material used for the interior and palm-rest should do well over time, even if it might now feel as nice to the touch.
The design lines are standard for a ThinkPad laptop, with a completely black theme, little bling and just a few branding elements here and there. The power-button is still always lit and Lenovo put the status LEDs beneath the screen, so you might find them a little distracting in certain conditions, when working in a dark room or trying to watch a movie. Smudges are of course something you’ll have to accept on such black machine, and you’ll have to put in some work to wipe this clean often if you care about the pristine aesthetics.
This laptop is also highly practical. The screen is hold in place by two sturdy hinges that allow it to lean-back all the way to 180 degrees, and can be lifted and adjusted with a single hand without lifting the main-body off the desk. The P72 also sits firmly anchored on flat surfaces thanks to the grippy rubber feet on the underside, despite their small size. There are no extra support feet in the middle of the laptop, but the sturdy chassis compensates for it.
Down here you’ll notice the ample air intake grills, backed up by extra intakes on the sides, with the hot air being pushed out through the back by two fans. We’ll talk more about the cooling system in a further section.
There are no speakers grills on the belly, as they are front-firing, hidden behind that plastic mesh at the top of the keyboard. As a heads-up, the battery is encased and not easily removable like on the P52 or the older P71.
On top of these, as a side note, keep in mind that this is still a fairly tall laptop, and while it gets an ample palm-rest and blunt edges, its corners might still dig into your wrists if you’ll use it on a cramped desk.
No corners where cut in the IO department. Most connectors are placed on the back and right side though, which might lead to some clutter around your mouse area.
You can prevent that by hooking the P72 to an external dock via one of the two Thunderbolt 3 (PCIe x4) ports on the back, as the older ThinkPad Workstations docks with the physical connector are no longer compatible with the 2018 ThinkPad lineups. Also consider that this laptop does not normally charge via USB-C, so you’ll also have to keep it plugged in as well with most TB3 docks, or you can opt for the newer (and expensive) ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Workstation dock that’s able to hook up to via a single cable. The experience might not be as smooth as expected, so you might want to further look into this matter before taking the plunge.
Keyboard and trackpad
On a first look, the ThinkPad P72 gets the same keyboard as its P70/P71 predecessors, but it’s actually a bit narrower, which leads to several shrunk-down keys : the right Alt, PrtSc and Ctrl keys on the standard US layout, as well the side arrows, PgUp, PGDw, Home, End and Insert keys. It also impacts some of the other keys with specific layouts, like the German/Hungarian ones for instance.
Many have been complaining about this change, and for good reasons, given this is a full-size computer supposedly designed with productivity in mind. There’s a simple explanation for this, but one that makes little sense on such a computer: cost cutting, as the P72 shares the same keyboard with the smaller P52 and the other 15-inch 2018 ThinkPad models with NumPad keyboards, unlike the P51/P71 models which got a custom design.
The layout is otherwise standard for a ThinkPad, with well sized and spaced island keys, the FN/CTRL keys inverted on the left-side (can be switched in BIOS) and small arrow keys. The well known 2-key rollover limitations is still a part of the mix.
Layout and rollover quirks aside, a lot of people swear by the keyboards on these modern ThinkPads, and while I admit they’re not bad, I just can’t get my accuracy in check with them.
The keys feel nice to the touch and are fairly ergonomic, with the softly finished concave keycaps, however, while I was able to type fast on this P72, my accuracy suffered. I wrote about half of this review on the P72, but eventually gave up and went back to my everyday keyboard, as I couldn’t improve it. It’s a combination of the deeper stroke and firmer-resistance that I just couldn’t get used to, and I was able to only average about 90% accuracy in my standard typing test, even if I took it more than 10 times after writing parts of this review, so after spending enough time to theoretically get used to the feedback.
Of course, these impressions are highly subjective, and you might feel otherwise, so I’d suggest taking them with a grain of salt and perhaps give this a try if you can. In fact, most buyers aren’t complaining about the typing experience and only about the layout, so there’s a good chance you might actually find this up to your liking. I’ll also mention that Lenovo source keyboards from various manufacturers, so you might even end up with an entirely different keyboard to begging with. Here’s what my test unit was equipped with.
The touchpad is fairly spacious and made out of plastic, thus offers a bit more friction than some of the glass touchpads out there. It’s an Elan made surface with Precision drivers, and actually performed well during my time with this laptop. I’ve seen some complaints around gestures, but they worked fine on my unit.
This implementation does get erratic if you keep one finger on the surface and swipe with others, but given the fact that this gets physical click buttons both on top and beneath the touchpad, I doubt you’ll want to use it that way. The physical clicks at the bottom are a bit soft, but they’re quiet and overall nice to use. I do prefer the larger ones at the top though, and if you’re accustomed to the old-style Trackpoint you’ll still find it between the G, B and H keys.
The P72 also gets a finger-sensor, similar to the ones on the other 2018 ThinkPad models we’ve tested in the past. It’s not lighting fast and does miss from time to time, but for the most part, it’s a quick and simple way to log into Windows. There’s also a set of IR cameras on this laptop, at the top of the screen, which make the log-in experience even smoother.
You can get the Lenovo ThinkPad P72 with two 17.3-inch screen options: FHD IPS or UHD AHVA panels, both with anti-glare matte finishing.
We got the former on this test unit, the base level version, but we’ll also talk about the second option down below.
As far as this one goes though, it’s a decent quality IPS panel with mid-level brightness, contrast and 75% AdobeRGB color coverage. Lenovo advertises it as a 300-nits panel, but our sensor only measured about 265 nits in the middle, due to the fact that it tests brightness and contrast at the same time, by switching between a black and white image every few seconds.
- Panel HardwareID: Lenovo LEN4121 (Innolux N173HCE-E31 – details);
- Coverage: 97% sRGB, 73% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.3;
- Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 265 cd/m2 on power;
- Contrast at max brightness: ~810:1;
- White point: 7300 K;
- Black on max brightness: 0.33 cd/m2.
- PWM: N/A
The panel is fairly well calibrated, but you can improve the white point and gamma imbalances with this color profile. At 75% AdobeRGB coverage, this will do fine for everyday/professional use that does not require superior color-accuracy, but you’ll want to hook up a better quality external monitor for that.
I also noticed a fair-bit of light bleeding on our sample, mostly towards the corners, and the brightness distribution was about 90% at 100-nits brightness (close to what I find comfortable for everyday use).
If this screen is not up to your requirements, $300 extra will get you an AHVA UHD panel with 400-nits advertised brightness and 100% AdobeRGB coverage, namely the AUO B173ZAN01.0 (details).
It’s a solid option and a step-up from the rather slow and flickery UHD screen in the P71, just be aware that it’s not a true 10-bit panel as Lenovo might want your to think, but in fact an 8-bit+FRC panel. Some people on the forums also mention light-bleeding with their units, but you can ask to have the screen replaced under warranty and hopefully get a better one.
Hardware, performance and upgrade options
As mentioned in the beginning, our ThinkPad P72 is a lower-end configuration with the base-level Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 256 Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD and an Nvidia Quadro P2000 graphics chip with 4 GB of VRAM.
Based on your budget and needs, you can also get this with the i7-8850H CPU / Quadro P3200 GPU, the Xeon E-2176 CPU/ Quadro P4200 GPU or the Xeon E-2186 CPU/ Quadro P5200 GPU, paired with up to 128 GB of RAM and various amounts of storage spread between the two M.2 slots and the 2.5″ bay. The CPU and GPU are soldered, but the RAM and storage are upgradeable.
However, there are two things you have to consider if you decide to go with one of the lower-end versions and plan to upgrade yourselves.
First of all, there are four RAM slots on this laptop, two are accessible behind the service bay on the back, while the other two are placed beneath the keyboard. Normally, removing the keyboard is a fairly simple task on ThinkPads, but with this one you will need a special keyboard-tool (shown in the service manual, pages 74-76), or, if you’re handy enough, might be able to to it with a flat-head screwdriver, as shown in this video. You can save yourself the hassle by ordering this with half the RAM you’ll need, that will be placed in these hidden slots, and then just put extra sticks in the easily accessible slots.
That aside, if you want to get the P72 with 128 GB of RAM you should order it directly from Lenovo (although that’s going to cost an arm and a leg), as you’d need 32 GB DIMMs and might run into availability and compatibility issues.
As far as the storage goes, if you decide to get this laptop without a HDD you have to be aware that it will ship without the necessary cradle and power-cable, so you’ll have to order that separately. You should check the Lenovo forums for compatible kits at the time you’re reading this article, or go the simpler route, order it with a HDD and just add the M.2 SSDs later on.
Back to our review configuration, it should come to no surprise that it can handle everyday chores just fine, both when plugged in or while running on battery.
However, you’re not getting this laptop for browsing and movies, and in the next part we’ll further dig into its abilities to perform in demanding CPU/GPU loads.
For starters, we test the CPU’s performance by running the Cinebench R15 test, which simulates a 100% CPU load. We’re running this for 10+ times in a loop, with 3 second delays between each run.
Out of the box, Lenovo sets the i7 CPU with a Turbo Boost Power Max TDP of 60W, according to the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, and with Cinebench the CPU settles around this TDP value after several runs, even if it spikes up to 78W for shorter periods at the beginning of each test, which is the Turbo Boost Short Power Max limit. This translates in CPU frequencies of around 3.1-3.2 GHz, temperatures of around 80 degrees Celsius and scores of around 1000 points. Details below.
Next we undervolt the CPU. Our sample was stable at -150 mV, which allowed it to settle at a similar 60W TDP and similar temperatures of about 80 degrees Celsius, but in this case with speeds of 3.5-3.6 GHz and scores of around 1150 points in concurrent tests. Details below.
It would be possible to undervolt this a bit more, but the i7-8750H CPU is designed to work at a maximum of 3.6 GHz in all-core loads, so it wouldn’t perform any better than it does at -150 mV. As a side note, increasing the Turbo Max and Short Turbo Max in XTU didn’t affect the CPU’s behavior in any way, it still defaulted to 60 W TDP past the initial boost, so I’d reckon the limitation is baked up at a lower end and cannot be superseded with XTU.
XTU also shows some aggresive Power Limit Throttling for the undervolted profile, but as you can see that has no impact on the CPU’s performance.
All in all, our test unit performed rather unimpressive out of the box, but that was addressed with undervolting and we were able to squeeze pretty much the best you can possibly expect from the i7-8750H CPU in this kind of loads.
Those interested in benchmark results will find them in the next section. Here’s what we got on the default out-of-the-box profile, with the laptop plugged in:
- 3DMark 11: P9132 (Graphics: 8899, Physics: 11435);
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 6256 (Graphics – 6914, Physics – 15636);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1408 (Graphics – 2175, CPU – 6153);
- PCMark 08: Home Conventional – 3939;
- PCMark 10: 4899;
- PassMark: Rating: 65676, CPU mark: 13697, 3D Graphics Mark: 6214;
- GeekBench 3.4.2 32-bit: Single-Core: 4028, Multi-core: 21584;
- GeekBench 4.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5018, Multi-core: 19966;
- CineBench R15 (best run): OpenGL 148.64 fps, CPU 1069 cb, CPU Single Core 170 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 203.82 fps, Pass 2 – 69.71 fps.
We also ran some of them on the undervolted CPU profile, with the laptop still plugged in:
- 3DMark 11: P9210 (Graphics: 8941, Physics: 11901);
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 6279 (Graphics – 6918, Physics – 16747);
- GeekBench 4 64-bit: Single-Core: 5003, Multi-core: 21841;
- CineBench R15 (best run): OpenGL 151.18 fps, CPU 1246 cb, CPU Single Core 170 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 205.02 fps, Pass 2 – 76.82 fps.
Our test unit also performed surprisingly well on battery. The log below shows that the CPU stabilizes at 60 W in Cinebench in the -150 mV undervolted profile, just like when plugged in, but without any initial boost above that, which translates in marginally lower benchmark results in certain cases, but with no noticeable effect in actual use. Note that the performance is a bit more limited on the default profile, with the CPU capping at around 50-52 W TDP, so definitely undervolt if you plan to use this laptop on the go.
- 3DMark 11: P8827 (Graphics: 8608, Physics: 11579);
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 5819 (Graphics – 6456, Physics – 16103);
- GeekBench 4 64-bit: Single-Core: 4984, Multi-core: 216301;
- CineBench R15 (best run): OpenGL 136.65 fps, CPU 1178 cb, CPU Single Core 170 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 200.72 fps, Pass 2 – 73.99 fps.
The GPU inside this laptop is the full-power version of the Quadro P2000 chip and it works flawlessly (runs at 1607 MHz all the time, the maximum Turbo Boost frequency) in both GPU and combined CPU+ GPU loads, with the laptop plugged in or on battery.
This is a professional graphics chip meant for 3D work, rendering, CAD, etc. and not something you should primarily get for gaming, where it’s about on par with a GTX 1050 Ti, but significantly more expensive. We did test its performance in several games, in order to simulate a demanding chore that puts both the CPU and GPU to work, and the logs below include performance and thermal info.
As expected, undervolting the CPU has no significant impact on the GPU’s performance or temperatures, but it does help reduce the CPU’s temperatures with 7-10 degrees Celsius and leads to an overall quieter and cooler device.
All in all, our ThinkPad P72 model performed excellently once undervolted, able to squeeze the most out of its hardware specs. Of course, this is one of the lower end versions of this laptop and the higher tier CPUs and GPUs will put the cooling to a more serious test.
I’d expect the Xeon CPUs to perform fairly well inside this chassis, once overclocked, but Lenovo needs to allow them to run at higher-temperatures if order to maintain their peak Turbo clock speeds in demanding loads. As you’ll see below, the CPU’s side of the cooling is rather basic, which is worrisome.
This article shows what to expect from an i7-8850H configuration in a smaller package, and here’s how the Xeon E-2176 does in another smaller build, but both those devices actually implement a more complex CPU cooling. This article is also worth a look, as it covers the performance of the i7-8850H version of the ThinkPad P52, with the same cooling, but without undervolting, which as you’ve seen above has a significant impact.
The mid-range Quadros should also do fine, as there’s plenty of headroom on the GPU side based on our review unit, and the GPU gets more capable cooling, but I’m not sure what to expect from the high tier Quadro graphics options though. There are few to no real-world results of Quadro P3200/P4200/P5200 implementations at this point, so you should further look into reviews and forums/Reddit threads to find out how they fare against the P2000 at the time you’re reading the article and whether they’re worth the significant premium or not.
Emissions (noise, heat), Connectivity and speakers
Getting to the actual cooling requires a complete disassembly, including the removal of the screen, as shown in the service manual, so we skipped it on this review unit. This is nonetheless one of Lenovo’s most laborious and difficult to service ThinkPads, something we’re definitely not glad about.
The picture above shows the actual cooling, with a smaller fan and single heatpipe used to cool the CPU/GPU, and an extra large fan with two heatpipes and a large plate in charge of keeping the GPU and VRM at bay.
As mentioned earlier, this might not be ideal for the higher-end Xeon builds, but that’s just a warning point, look for detailed reviews for actual results. To back that up though, this cooling is similar to the design used of the older ThinkPad P71, and there are quite a few reports of higher end Xeon/Quadro P71 configurations throttling in demanding loads.
Back to our review unit, it kept quiet and passively cool with most everyday chores, with the fans only kicking in with multitasking, so for the most part this version of the P72 allows for a silent daily-use experience. We did notice some faint electronic grinding coming from the inside, but it was not audible at head-level.
The fans are active with more demanding loads, yet they only ramp up to about 41-42 dB at head-level, so they shouldn’t bother you or those around you.
There’s very little to complain around the outer shell temperatures of our configuration, both with daily use and demanding CPU+GPU loads. The CPU side barely gets to low 40s, but keep in mind that we did our measurements on the default profile and the results should drop a bit on the undervolted profile.
*Daily Use – Netflix clip in EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – playing FarCry 5 for approximately 30+ minutes on ultra FHD settings
For connectivity there’s Gigabit Lan and Wireless on this laptop, via an integrated Intel 9560 chip with Bluetooth 5.0. We mostly used it on wireless and didn’t run into any issues during our time with this ThinkPad P72, but the implementation was not as fast and others with our particular router.
I’ll also add that the Lan cable might bother you if you plan to directly hook it up, as the port is placed on the right side, right in the middle and close to where you’ll normally have your mouse. I wish Lenovo would have put this on the back, on the left edge or at least towards the rear-part of this right side.
The speakers are hidden behind the mesh at the top of the laptop and they’re front-firing, so can’t be muffled with daily use. That’s however their only positive trait, as the volume is merely average at about 75 dB at head-level and the sound quality is tinny and lacking on both the mid and low ends. ThinkPads are known for their crappy speakers, as this one is no exception.
The webcam is nothing to brag about either, but it should do for occasional calls. There’s also a set or IR cameras on this laptop, useful for loging into Windows, and Lenovo includes a piece of software that uses the IR cameras to track your eyes and automatically move the cursor when using multiple monitors. It might be useful if you have more than one external screen, but I for one found it distracting.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P72 gets a 99 Wh battery, the upper limit for laptops due to air-travel restrictions. Paired with the mid-range hardware, the FHD screen and Optimus, this laptop can actually run for a quite a long time on a charge with everyday use and multitasking.
Here’s what we got on our unit, with the screen set at 40% brightness, roughly 120 nits:
- 13.5 W (~7 h of use) – text editing in Google Drive, Better Battery Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12.5 W (~8 h of use) – 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Edge, Better Battery Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12 W (~8 h 20 min of use) – 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Edge, Better Battery Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12 W (~8 h of use) – 4K fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Better Battery Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 20 W (~5 h of use) – browsing in Edge, Better Performance Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 81 W (~1 h 15 min of use) – Gaming – Shadow of Mordor, Maximum Performance Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON.
You can squeeze a little longer runtimes if you switch to Energy Saving in Windows, but this tends to make the computer sluggish. At the same time, the higher-end hardware and especially the UHD screen will take a significant toll on these runtimes, so don’t expect more than 4 hours of daily use and 6 hours of video with those upper tier configurations.
Our model was bundled with a 230W power brick, still fairly chunky, but actually smaller and lighter than the similar capacity options used by some of the other OEMs. A full charge takes a little over 2 hours.
Price and availability
The ThinkPad P72 workstation is available in stores in most regions of the world as of mid December 2018.
The base version starts at only around $1300 in the US at the time of this post, but £2079 in the UK and €2079 in Germany, for fairly similar configurations with the i7-8750H processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, the Nvidia P600 GPU and the FHD screen. Higher level models can easily go past $3000 in the US and north of 4000 £/€ over here, making this one of the most expensive machines on the market.
You should head over to your regional Lenovo website for more details and look for occasional deals and discounts that might help you shave off a significant chunk off those list prices.
Before we get to draw any conclusions you have to understand that this laptop is not for everyone. It’s a 17-inch workstation, thus bulky, heavy and expensive, but at the same time highly configurable, built to last and deliver solid performance in taxing chores. If you’re not primarily looking for such a device that can benefit from the powerful CPUs, Quadro GPUs, multiple storage and extra RAM, you’ll most likely find better value with other types of products.
With that box checked, you should carefully consider the configuration you’re going to get. The best value is in the lower and mid-range versions, which the cooling can handle and will return the best bang for the buck. If you’re paying for this out of your own pocket you can always consider getting a lower end model with basic storage and RAM, and upgrade those later. The CPU and GPU are soldered though, so pick what you need from the get go. Unfortunately Lenovo also made the upgrade process a little more complicated than in the past, but all the storage and RAM slots are still fairly easily accessible. Getting inside in order to potentially repaste the CPU/GPU on the other hand is going to be challenging.
The ThinkPad P72 also checks many of the other right boxes, aside from the configurability and solid performance. It’s built like a tank, is available with fairly capable screen options, it gets a large 99 Wh battery and compact charger, as well as excellent IO.
On the other hand Lenovo skimmed on the keyboard quality, opting for a generic layout with many miniaturized function keys, which could steer away programmers and other types of power-users. There’s also no support for the older Lenovo docking stations, so you’ll have to pay extra for one of the newer Thunderbolt 3 docks, and the battery is internal, thus can no longer be easily removed, something some of you might want when keeping your device on a desk all the time.
These aside, the speakers are still mediocre, just like on most other ThinkPads, and CPU performance might be problematic on the high-tier Xeon models due to the fairly basic CPU cooling, which is one more reason why you should stick to the mid-range versions, aside from the fact that those final tier upgrades are extremely expensive.
The P72 is not without competition though, namely the Dell Latitude 7000 series and the HP ZBook 17, both similarly configurable 17-inch workstations, each with their own set of pros and quirks. You’re not going to find many reviews on those, but you’ll find plenty of user impressions on the forums and on reddit, and I’d go through them as part of my research. No matter what you choose, I’d also consider the extended warranty services provided by OEMs for this kind of notebooks, they might come in handy down the line, especially when serviceability is getting more complicated as their size shrinks with each generation, in order to meet modern trends.
That pretty much wraps up our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad P72. The laptop is going back now, but if you have any questions, any feedback or anything to add, get in touch in the comments section below, we’re around to reply and help out.
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