Lenovo ThinkPad P17 (17″) Mobile Workstation Power Tests
We ran the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Mobile Workstation through a series of battery tests to find out just how long the 94 WHr battery would last. After each test, the battery was again fully charged, and then the next test started.
PowerMark has reached EOL, UL Benchmarks PCMark 10 Battery benchmark replaces PowerMark, and we will begin using this for our reviews.
Battery life is lacking with the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Mobile Workstation, and our tests show the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Mobile Workstation can last 3 hours and 14 minutes for a total of 194 minutes doing a mix of Office and other applications. If you happen to fire up heaving GPU rendering applications, games, or watch videos, battery life can drop significantly. Short battery life is expected with a mobile workstation in this class when doing heavy workloads. Most use cases will have the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 plugged into an AC outlet. We see these devices as having a battery and notebook form factor for use moving between outlets.
BootRacer is an app that will tell you how long your computer takes to boot. It will measure your PC’s actual time to get to the windows boot process and then measure the actual windows OS boot time.
BootRacer is a free download for personal use and can tell you if your PC is booting slower over time or after you have installed apps.
We ran Bootracer on the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 after setting everything up. Over time and use, installing other apps, you might find that the laptop might start to slow down or take longer to boot. The leading practice is to keep your laptop clean of unwanted applications that affect booting times.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 boots with a usable time of 36 seconds to start working on the desktop; however, most will put the unit to sleep by closing the lid, opening the lid results in almost instant use availability. The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 was one of the slowest booting mobile workstations we have tested, but only by a second or two.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P17 starts at $1,524.82 after eCoupon (at the time of this writing), with a Quad-Core CPU and using Intel graphics. Our review sample for the Lenovo ThinkPad P17 came in at $6,643 with discounts on Lenovo’s website (at the time of writing.) These mobile workstations can get very costly. However, the bulk of the cost is from the GPU you select, and here an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 adds a lot to the price. Moving to a lower GPU might be a wise choice if you really do not need the Quadro RTX 5000.
For many users, a ThinkPad P17 is going to be purchased via a corporate purchase program which changes pricing, but also the availability of alternatives. Many organizations use Lenovo or another major vendor exclusively. The ThinkPad P17 is often offered as the highest-end option in a stack at these organizations. In those situations, the ThinkPad P17 is often not the ideal option for office workers. For those who instead need to work while on the road and need the power of the Quadro GPU, multiple SSDs, and memory, then the P17 is an excellent option and is a nice generational upgrade.