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Lenovo ThinkStation P900 Workstation Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 8:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Lenovo



The BIOS for this workstation is typical, so we will only show key BIOS screens.




This is the main BIOS screen that you see when you first enter the BIOS.




This is the Devices Setup menu. This menu allows you to set different audio, network, USB, and SATA properties.




This is the Advanced Setup menu, and here we can see the options that the P900 allows users to change.















Bundled Software


The software bundle that comes installed on the P900 is typical of Lenovo workstations.


The first thing that many people do while setting up their computer is take a look at the software bundle that comes pre-installed on the computer and begin uninstalling the bulk of it. On many of the machines we have used in the past, there is a fair amount of junk stuff; much of that is trial-based software that we are not interested in using.


In the case of the P900, we did not find any junk apps, but we did find apps that you should explore and consider before deleting. This is a typical software bundle for many Lenovo products we have reviewed.


You will find the software that we had pre-installed on this P900 listed below. The system we received came with Windows 7 installed; pre-loaded software for Windows 7 includes:


  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • CyberLink Power DVD (on systems with optical drives)
  • CyberLink Create(on systems with optical drives)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Trial
  • Norton Internet Security 2014 (30-day trial)
  • Skype
  • ThinkVantage System Update
  • Rescue and Recovery (Ready-to-Install)
  • Lenovo Reach (only in US and Canada)
  • Lenovo Solution Center
  • PC Device Experience


Additional disks included with the package allow for upgrading to Windows 8.1, which includes the following pre-loaded software:


  • CyberLink Power DVD (on systems with optical drives)
  • CyberLink Create (on systems with optical drives)
  • Evernote
  • Lenovo Companion
  • Lenovo Support
  • Lenovo Solution Center
  • Norton Internet Security 2014 (30-day trial)
  • Password Manager (web install)
  • PC Device Experience
  • Hightail
  • Lenovo Reach (only in US and Canada)
  • Norton Studio


The programs we have chosen to remove reflect our personal preferences; these are fine products, and you can decide whether or not you keep them installed. PowerDVD is necessary to have on the P900, so it will stay. We found the Lenovo software very useful, so let's look at what Lenovo has done to make managing the P900 easier for us.




At the bottom-right side of the task bar you will find a red icon with a white cross like the red logo at the top of this picture. Click on this icon to bring up the Lenovo Solution Center, which will be your home for controlling the P900.




Here we see the home screen for the Lenovo Solution Center. At first startup, your screen should look something like this. This tells you that you need to get an anti-virus program, do a hardware scan, register your P900, and complete a backup. We advise you to do a complete backup at this time.


Our backup took maybe 20 minutes and used four DVDs to complete, but we are all set in case something goes wrong.




This is the home screen you will see after you select the first option from the previous step. On the left-hand side you can see all the steps you will need to go through to complete this procedure.




Next we have the System menu. This shows all of the information about the P900. Simply click on each icon to bring up status windows.




Next up is the Memory icon. This shows you how many slots the P900 has, and which ones have a RAM stick installed. You can also see the current amount of memory installed, and the maximum capacity for the P900, and in this case it's 512 GB.


Optimizing performance will simply bring up a prompt telling you to close some programs. Clicking "get more memory" will bring up a Lenovo webpage where you can order additional memory. The Security menu will allow you to set passwords for the P900, turn on the firewall, check virus-protection, and adjust internet connection security settings.




Here we can see the firewall option in the Security menu. You can enable or disable the firewall with just a click of the button.




The check-up option allows you to do a hardware scan, check the device manager, and take backup snap shots. This is useful for diagnosing hardware issues or checking that you have the latest drivers installed.




This will enable you to run a full hardware scan to check for any issues with your hardware that need to be addressed.




The Support menu allows you to connect to online support and check your warranty status. Here you can also check your configuration history and register your P900. Now let's look at some of the other Lenovo apps.




Lenovo SHAREit allows you to share files without network charges or Wi-Fi connection. Lenovo SHAREit eliminates the need for cables, and allows you to wirelessly transfer information between devices at a rapid pace. You can either do this with friends, or you can do it to take your personal content on the go.




Lenovo Reach simplifies your digital life by enabling access to all of your favorite things from all of your devices, regardless of operating system.




Rescue and Recovery is very much like the one we saw in Lenovo Solution Center. It is very easy to do full backups or create a snap shot of the current system.




Here we are looking at the main screen for Rescue and Recovery, which provides a simple way to keep your P900 backed up and recover if needed.




CyberLink Power DVD (on systems with optical drives) and CyberLink Create(on systems with optical drives) are also included and they provide a great way to create DVDs on the P900.

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