Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Mobile Workstation Review


Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Mobile Workstation Power Tests

We ran the P52 through a series of battery tests to find out just how long the 8 Cell (96 WHr) would last. After each test, the battery was again fully charged and then the next test started.

PowerMark tests would run until the battery was at 15% charge.

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Power
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Power

As we can see battery life is not a strong point of the Lenovo ThinkPad P52, it is the second to lowest battery life we have seen. It does fair better when only doing light use such as web surfing or light processing. Still, one pays for the 2.5″ hard drive, powerful CPU, and NVIDIA GPU in shorter battery life. It is a good thing one can swap in spare batteries on the go.

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Mobile Workstation Boot Time

BootRacer is an app that will tell you how long your computer takes to boot. It will measure the actual time your PC takes to get to the windows boot process, 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.

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 BootRacer
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 BootRacer

We ran Bootracer on the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 after we set everything up before any other apps were installed. 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. Still, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 performed well with a fast (14 second) boot time due to the CPU and SSD combination we had onboard.


Mobile workstations have come a long way over the years. We now we have options for six-core processors and powerful NVIDIA Quadro GPUs along with fast NVMe drives. Lenovo’s line of mobile workstations has kept up with the latest and greatest technology building the ThinkPad P52 around top-notch components. The 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8850H supported with 16GB 2400 MHz DDR4 crunches through heavy tasks with ease. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA Quadro P3200 handles graphics tasks and rendering without a hitch. Users can opt for an Intel Xeon processor if they wish.

When it comes to the modern industrial design of the Lenovo ThinkPad line there are largely two camps. Those that absolutely love it, and those who wonder why there is a large red rubber stick in the middle of their keyboard. For those accustomed to ThinkPads, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is an excellent mobile workstation.

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 mobile workstations start at $1,349 while our review sample weighed in at just over $3,600. That is a bit pricey and maybe worthy at looking at again in our coming ThinkPad P72 review.


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