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Lenovo ThinkPad P72 Review – Is it really worth buying?

The Lenovo ThinkPad P72 is a high-end workstation laptop. It is equipped with a powerful Nvidia Quadro P5200 Max-Q card, a comfortable keyboard, packed in a military-standard durable case with useful security features. However, you will have to get used to a 17.3-inch display with mid-range brightness and unimpressive sound quality. The Lenovo ThinkPad P72 is a workstation laptop with impressive graphics processing power, but at this price range, you can buy a better product. Let’s find out the review of Lenovo ThinkPad P72 with Newyearzz!

Design Lenovo ThinkPad P72

Lenovo ThinkPad P72 carries the typical design of a ThinkPad laptop, with a thick body and black body. The lid is made of plastic, has a smooth flat surface finish, is equipped with only the steel ThinkPad logo in the left corner, with flashing red LEDs that create an external highlight for the laptop’s design.

Lenovo ThinkPad P72 Review - Design
Lenovo ThinkPad P72 Review – Design

The interior of the machine also owns an equally practical design, with the keyboard and speaker slot neatly placed above the body. The black keyboard area is adorned with red details, including the Pointing Stick located in the center of the keyboard. The screen bezel of the device is slightly thick in size, providing enough space for Lenovo to equip the IR camera.

Although the ThinkPad P72 (weighing 3.5 kg, 16.4 x 11.1 x 1.0 ~ 1.2 inches) has a reduced external size compared to its predecessor, it is still a bit bulky when compared to competing models like the Dell Precision 7730. (weighing 7.3 kg, 16.3 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches) and HP ZBook 17 G5 (weighing 3.5 kg, 16.4 x 11.3 x 1.3 inches).

Lenovo ThinkPad P72 connection port

The right body is equipped with RJ45 Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort port, 4-in-1 card reader slot, 2 USB 3.1 ports and headphone jack. The left side of the camera body is equipped with 1 USB 3.1 port, Smart Card reader slot. Behind the camera body is equipped with 1 USB 3.1 port, HDMI 2.0 output port, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and a power jack.

Security and durability

The Lenovo ThinkPad P72 features a high-quality plastic reinforced case and magnesium alloy chassis, which is endurance tested against 12 MIL-STD 810G tests. This proves resistance to strong impact forces, high temperatures and humid environments.

The device is also equipped with many security features, namely a vPro chip that allows you to remotely control the device, secure fingerprints and an IR camera that allows users to unlock the laptop with a biometric code.

Lenovo ThinkPad P72 screen

The ThinkPad P72 is equipped with a 17.3-inch screen with 4K resolution capable of showing good color, but much lower than competitors in the same segment of the machine.

Although the screen of the device provides a good visual experience during actual use, the device’s panel covers only 123% of the sRGB band. This is a pretty good result for a regular laptop, but much lower when compared to the same segment laptop (147%), including competitors like ZBook 17 (171%), ThinkPad P71 (183%) and Precision 7730 (211%).

With a brightness index of 311 nit, the screen of the ThinkPad P72 does not surpass the 340-nit average of the laptop in the same segment. The P72’s screen brightness results are lower when compared to the Precision 7730 (330 nit) and ZBook 17 (342 nit).

Keyboard Lenovo ThinkPad P72

The keyboard on the ThinkPad P72 offers a good typing experience for users, thanks to its well-bounced buttons. However, the light intensity of the light below the keyboard is somewhat weak, making the use of the laptop in a dark room somewhat ineffective.

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Lenovo ThinkPad P72 Review – Keyboard

The touchpad of the device is 4.0 x 2.3 inches in size, possesses a smooth, flat surface, allowing my fingers to easily swipe multitasking operations of Windows 10.

Sound

The directional speaker system of the ThinkPad P72, equipped above the body, has disappointing sound quality. The speaker of the machine is not loud enough to fill a small room when the music is fully open.

Its built-in application called Lenovo Vantage gives users various audio options, including Dynamic, Movie, Music, Gaming and Voice.

Performance

Equipped with Intel Xeon E-2186M chip and 16GB of RAM, the ThinkPad P72 easily glides through 50 Chrome tabs, 5 tabs of HD video playback on Youtube smoothly, without any lag.

In the overall performance test with Geekbench 4.1, the L390 scored 18,176, lower than the 20,161 point average of the high-end laptop. The Precision 7730 (Core i9-8950HK chip, 24,800 points) and ZBook 17 (Core i3-7130U chip, 22,382) scored much more impressive than the Lenovo laptop.

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The ThinkPad P72 transcoded a 4K video to 1080p resolution in 10 minutes and 25 seconds, surpassing the 11-minute 36-second average of the same segment laptop. This also beats competing models including the ZBook 17 (13:27). The Precision 7730 was the laptop to get the job done the earliest, with an impressive time of 8 minutes 59 seconds.

The ThinkPad P72’s 512GB SSD copies a 4.97GB file in 9 seconds, equivalent to 565 MBps, which is a bit lower than the 635 Mbps average. Competing models in this article, namely the Precision 7730 (565 MBps), the ThinkPad P71 (463 MBps) own not much faster drive speeds.

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