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Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Mobile Workstation Notebook Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 5:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Physical Overview

 

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The box is very simple, just like the other Lenovo ThinkPad I reviewed. The notebook is well protected, and there isn't too much flare.

 

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Accessories include AC/DC power supply and cables and a manual. The adapter is rated for 230W, which is a lot for a notebook.

 

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Similar to the ThinkPad X1 Yoga I reviewed last month, the ThinkPad P70 uses the same soft touch coating on the top of the unit and a magnesium alloy on the bottom part of the notebook. The ThinkPad P70 provides the ability to change out many components and even the battery. The ThinkPad P70 is no Ultrabook; it is not that slim and quite heavy, but it does pack a lot of high-performance hardware.

 

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There are no front face ports, but the rear of the ThinkPad P70 has a 1Gbit Ethernet jack, HDMI output, charging port, and two Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 type-C ports. The cooling is in the corners of the ThinkPad P70; there are exhausts on either side of the rear of the device. The right side of the ThinkPad P70 has an always-on USB 3.0 port, space for an ODD, and even an optional smart card reader. The left side of the ThinkPad P70 features a headphone/microphone combo jack, three USB 3.0 ports, MiniDisplayPort 1.2, ExpressCard/34mm slot, SDXC card reader, and Kensington lock port.

 

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The ThinkPad P70 has a full QWERTY keyboard, similar in size to that of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, but with an extended number pad for repetitive number entry. You have your pick between a red pointing stick and a touchpad for mouse input. I assume most users will use an external mouse so that their productivity levels stay high when using such a fast machine. While the ThinkPad X1 Yoga I looked at last month had only the top row of left/center/right mouse buttons, the ThinkPad P70 has a bottom row as well, so that users like me who are used to the buttons being on the bottom won't be bothered by having to change our habits.

 

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There is a built-in color calibrator that will allow you to adjust the color of the monitor to better suit your current location and lighting conditions. I cannot attest to its color accuracy, but the picture looked very nice on the 4K UHD display. The application lets you choose white point and tone settings and gives recommendations. I will cover it in more detail in the software section.

 

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Much like the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the ThinkPad P70 features a fingerprint sensor. The notebook has a 720p webcam, which is fine for decent quality streams on the web, but not too much more.

 

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The indicator lights are located on the bottom of the screen and show HDD activity and the like. The screen can open up 180 degrees, but doesn't go further back.

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