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ThinkPad P72 equipped with Intel Xeon E-2186M processor and Nvidia Quadro P5200 professional graphics card, can achieve PC-level performance output. The specifications of ThinkPad P72 are as follows
Processor:Intel 8th Generation Xeon E-2186M CPU (2.9Ghz)
Fuselage size:16.38 x 11.06x 0.96-1.16 "; 416 x 281 x 24.5-29.4 mm
Display:17.3 inch UHD (3840x2160), non-touch
Storage:512GB (Lenovo NVMe v1.2.0 LENSE 30512GMSP34MEAT3TA), 1000GB (2.5 RPM)
Port:Two Thunderbolt 3, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), one Ethernet (RJ45), one HDMI 2.0, one Mini-Display Port, one 4-in-1 card reader (MMC, SDHC, SDXC), and one microphone/headset combination jack
Windows Hello:Infrared camera, fingerprint sensor
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systemWindows 10 Pro for Workstations
Lenovo ThinkPad P72 offers a wide range of specifications, with a top-up price of $6930.94. Top-up includes 128GB of memory, dual 2TB solid-state hard disk and 2TB mechanical hard disk. Users can also configure lower-level Xeon or Core processors. It is noteworthy that Core i7 processors only support 6GB Quadro P3200 graphics cards.
Lenovo ThinkPad P72 starts with an inch and 7.5 pounds at its thickest point. What's needed is that it's more than 11 inches wide and 16 inches high. Many suitcases are not designed for such a large laptop, although this is a problem for all 17 inch computers.
Like most ThinkPad series, P72 is also designed in black. But this kind of black is different from ThinkPad X1 and P1, and close to last year's P71. The top is made of glass fiber reinforced polymer and the bottom is made of magnesium and aluminium. Like all ThinkPads, it has high hardness and can withstand impact, extreme temperature, dust, humidity and so on after MIL-STD-810G testing.
ThinkPad P72 is very easy to maintain and upgrade. There is a panel at the bottom, which can be removed by removing seven cross screws. When you remove the panel, you can see two M.2 PCIe slots, a 2.5 inch SATA 6.0Gb/s slot and four DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, which can support up to 128GB of RAM.
P72 provides rich port extensions, with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port and a four-in-one card reader on the left side of the device, but this year the CD-ROM option has been removed. On the right side of the fuselage, there are two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, a Mini Display Port, Ethernet and a 3.5mm combined audio jack. USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and power port on the back of the fuselage. Lenovo uses a dedicated 230W adapter because this power is far beyond the capabilities of USB Type-C.
For Windows Hello, there is also an infrared camera for face recognition at the top of the screen and a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the keyboard. Touch boards do not support clicking, and are closer to the left than other computers. This is because the keyboard part includes the digital keyboard, while the touch panel and the main keyboard are aligned, rather than positioned in the center of the keyboard.
4K Display and Dolby Sound
Lenovo ThinkPad P72 uses a 17.3-inch 4K display. If you want better performance, you can choose 1080P screen. The screen supports 100% Adobe RGB gamut with color depth of 10 bits. Unfortunately, it does not support Dolby Vision, although Lenovo has been promoting deployment in its high-end ThinkPad. But the screen color is very precise, very suitable for the task.
Anti-glare coating is used on the screen and touch is not supported. If you want a touch experience, you can choose ThinkPad P52, which is smaller in size. The border around the screen is relatively large. This year's model supports Dolby Audio. You can see from the image that the speaker is directly above the keyboard, so it can provide users with better sound quality.
Keyboard, Touchpad and TrackPoint
Lenovo's ThinkPad keyboard is famous for its excellence, and P72 is no exception. Foreign media NeoWin says ThinkPad's keyboard is one of the most accurate but comfortable keyboards he has ever used. As usual, there is a TrackPoint between the G, H and B keys.
As mentioned earlier, the touchpad is not clickable, which I don't care about. There are also two sets of physical buttons, one above the touch panel and the other below the touch panel. It is presumed that the top settings are suitable for TrackPoint users and the bottom settings are suitable for touchpad users.
In addition, as mentioned above, the keyboard includes a digital keyboard, which is common in such large PCs. For me, this means that I have to move my body to the left while typing, with the main keyboard in the middle. For this reason, the touchpad is also on the left side.
Performance and endurance performance
ThinkPad P72 is equipped with Xeon E-2186M CPU, a 45W six-core chip designed for mobile workstations. Its design is not energy-saving, nor is the 16GB Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU. It also has a 4K display, which uses more power than a 1080p screen.
In fact, even equipped with a 99Wh capacity battery, the actual duration is about 2 hours. If you carry this machine with you, you will need to carry a large 230W power adapter, but unfortunately, unlike ThinkPad P52, battery replacement is not easy.
Of course, the performance is strong. Foreign media NeoWin used Adobe Premiere ProvideoEdit and use Media Encoder to combine multiple videos. The performance of P72 is very good. The important features of RTX are ray tracing and deep learning supersampling (DLSS), which are very convenient for workstations, especially if you do a lot of 3D work.
For the benchmark, I used PCMark 8, which provides three tests: Home, Creative and Work. First is the Home test, which examines common tasks such as web browsing, video chat, and so on. As you can see, this PC is very powerful.
Next comes the Creative test, which tests GPU-intensive tasks such as video editing and mainstream games. Creative testing is where ThinkPad P72 really works, because it's the design goal.
Next comes the Work test, which focuses on productivity-related tests such as writing and table editing.
In addition, foreign media have also been tested in PCMark 10, and the comprehensive results are as follows. Overall, ThinkPad P72's performance meets user expectations.
Considering comprehensively, Lenovo ThinkPad P72 is a powerful mobile workstation. NeoWin, the foreign media, finally gave a high score of 8.5. Of course, it's heavy, and its battery life is bad, but these are all sacrifices of service performance output.