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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

Here are key points about the ThinkPad P70.


What's Hot


A True Mobile Workstation: The new line of 6th generation mobile Xeon processors from Intel matched with NVIDIA mobile Quadro graphics produces a very powerful mobile workstation. The 4K UHD 17-inch panel provides a large enough viewing area for users to see enough detail and maintain a high level of productivity. The color calibration sensor is a nice touch, and while I didn't see much change, it might be useful to be able to calibrate your panel for different lighting conditions. Intel's mobile Xeon processors aren't all that different from their consumer counterparts, but support for vPro and ECC memory are two features workstation users will utilize.



Expansive Storage and Connectivity Options: The ThinkPad P70 has tons of room for expansion. When you remove the bottom cover, you can easily add in two extra memory DIMMs, a second M.2 SSD, a second M.2 WIFI card, and even a 2.5" drive. You will be able to configure the ThinkPad P70 the way you want, even after purchase.


4K UHD Display: The 17-inch 4K UHD 300nits display is quite stunning. Pictures are sharp, and you can see details clearly. The 4K resolution means you can use multiple windows at the same time, and the mobile Quadro graphics also helps in this regard.


Durable: Lenovo put the ThinkPad P70 through some MIL spec testing, so it should be able to withstand some abuse, but it's not invincible. One neat feature is the spill proof keyboard, where liquids will drain down to the bottom of the notebook, without interfering with the circuits.


Dual Thunderbolt 3: When Intel announced their mobile Xeon lineup, they also announced that mobile workstations with these new processors would also be required to support ThunderBolt 3. The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 has both type-C ThunderBolt 3 ports located at the rear of the notebook.


What's Not


Heavy: While the ThinkPad P70 is a workstation on wheels, it also weighs a lot for a portable product. You will also need to buy a bag specifically suited for larger 17-inch notebooks.



Final Thoughts


The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is a processing powerhouse on wheels. When Intel launched its mobile Xeon processors, it was easy to see that they were investing a lot of resources into transforming the traditional view of a desktop into something more mobile and versatile, and products like the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 help define this growing product category.


Lenovo's attention to detail comes through in everything from the spill-proof keyboard to BIOS settings that customize the keyboard layout for accessibility. While the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is an excellent product, it does have some downsides. The unit weighs more than enough, and the camera's resolution could be better.




The Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is an excellent contender as a professional mobile workstation PC; it offers workstation features and security, excellent CAD/DCC capabilities, and all the comforts of your typical consumer notebooks in a single package. These days many users are finding that mobility is just as important as speed, and the ThinkPad P70 allows users to harness the power of a workstation on the go and in the field.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build94%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money88%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: When it comes to professional mobile workstation notebooks, the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 can be loaded to the brim with top of the line features and high performance hardware.

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