Some professionals focus on offering the lowest-cost or smallest notebooks. Others, just want workstation-on-the-go platforms, and that is the segment that the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 targets. As the name suggests, this is a 17″ notebook that leverages the larger chassis to offer a bigger screen and more hardware capabilities. Let us look at the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) mobile workstation overview and continue our performance testing.
Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation Overview
The size of the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) comes in at 16.36″ x 11.06″ x 0.99-1.31″ thickness and weighs in at 7.7 pounds with starting config. Processor options range from Intel Core and Xeon class with 4, 6, and 8 cores with two options for those that require Xeons with 6 and 8 core versions. These can use ECC memory or non-ECC memory. Up to two drives can be installed with up to 2TB NVMe M.2 SSDs. Graphics are supported by NVIDIA offerings with Quadro T1000, T2000, Quadro RTX 3000, RTX 4000, and RTX 3000 to complete the line-up.
Our Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) mobile workstation test unit came with a 17″ UHD 3840×2160, IPS screen with anti-glare, this is the highest-end option available. Colors were crisp and sharp, at 17″ size it was tough to read at max settings, scaling up to 250% is recommended for general work usage. One can also connect the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation to an external display for extended work at higher screen resolutions.
The keyboard is of standard Lenovo type, smooth and ample keypress feel to it.
Speakers located in the space above the keyboard on the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation give ample audio output for most general use.
Let us take a look at the various ports on the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation sides.
Our sample Lenovo ThinkPad P17 came with 128GB of installed ECC Memory. There are a total of 4x SODIMM sockets. Our sample has 2x 64GB DDR4 ECC SODIMM sticks installed. Many notebooks come with either soldered RAM or with two SODIMM slots.
We will note that only two SODIMM sockets can be accessed in this location. As a mobile workstation, offering more memory than on smaller form factors is a key capability.
Look at the storage options installed on our Lenovo ThinkPad P17. We find two Kioxia 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD’s configured into a RAID 0. Some of us may want RAID 1 instead, but that is how our unit was configured from Lenovo. We can understand why this would be the case to get more capacity and performance when being mobile.
The AC Power Adapter for the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 is the usual Lenovo type, a 170W or 230W AC slim adapter. The brick is large and heavy, which adds weight to your accessory bag when on the go.
Next, let’s look at the Specifications for our Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation and begin testing.