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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




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.





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




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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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