Lenovo’s second-generation replace to its ThinkBook 16p was introduced at CES final January, though it is taken a while to go on sale in each the UK and US. In truth, following Black Friday, Lenovo’s UK web site reverted to itemizing the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 as ‘coming quickly’ whereas it waits for brand new inventory, though it is nonetheless obtainable from various Lenovo’s third-party distributors.
It is definitely price searching for, because the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 is a lovely 16-inch laptop computer whose mixture of AMD Ryzen 9 processor and discrete GeForce RTX graphics holds out the promise of workstation-class efficiency at a aggressive worth.
Design & options
This isn’t the sleekest 16-inch laptop computer, measuring 19.9mm (0.78in.) thick alongside the rear edge. Nonetheless, the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 solely weighs 2kg (4.4lbs), which is fairly good for a laptop computer of this measurement — particularly because the good, darkish gray aluminium case meets the US army normal MIL-STD-810H for influence and shock resistance. Simply keep in mind that the chunky energy adapter provides one other 0.7kg (1.5lbs) to the overall weight if you’re travelling.
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The ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 is not convertible, however, like various Lenovo laptops, it does help you push the display proper again by means of 180 levels to lie fully flat in your desk. Nonetheless, I stay unconvinced that that is helpful for something apart from resting the laptop computer in your knees whilst you’re mendacity down.
The spill-resistant keyboard feels agency and comfy when typing, and Lenovo pays good consideration to element too, with various particular Perform keys for muting the microphone throughout video calls, dealing with VoIP calls, and even contacting Lenovo’s web-based technical help. Lenovo additionally contains an app known as Vantage that gives various helpful diagnostic and productiveness options, comparable to the flexibility to regulate noise-cancellation settings for video calls, calibrate the display, and likewise to stability efficiency, fan velocity and battery life for various places and purposes.
The ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 does make some compromises with a view to maintain the worth down, most notably with the 16-inch IPS show. To be truthful, the picture high quality appears excellent to the bare eye, with daring colors and a welcome anti-glare coating. Slender bezels give the show a 93% screen-to-body ratio, whereas its 16:10 side ratio ensures that you’ve loads of room to work with on-screen. Nonetheless, the panel’s 2.5K (2560 x 1600 pixels, 188.7ppi) decision and 400 nits brightness are pretty modest for a laptop computer that boasts high-end graphics efficiency. The show solely helps the sRGB and Rec.709 color requirements, which will probably be high quality for net design and graphics, and easy video enhancing, however inventive customers who can also require help for the professional-level Adobe RGB and/or DCI-P3 requirements.
A lot of these customers will need to use an exterior show when working at dwelling or within the workplace however, oddly, the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 contains neither HDMI nor DisplayPort connectors. It does have two USB-C ports that help DisplayPort for video output, however you will want an adapter except you have got a brand new monitor that additionally makes use of USB-C.
Different connectivity choices embrace two USB-A (3.2) ports (mounted on the laptop computer’s rear edge), a 3.5mm audio in/out jack, and an SD card reader, in addition to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). Nonetheless, there isn’t any Ethernet for a wired community, whereas the 720p webcam is somewhat disappointing — though it does have a sliding privateness shutter and IR help for Home windows Hey face authentication.
Worth & choices
A lot of Lenovo’s merchandise provide a ‘construct your personal’ possibility that means that you can select the precise specification and parts that you simply require. Sadly, that is not the case with the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2, and though Lenovo’s web site states that there are three fashions obtainable with Ryzen 5, 7 and 9 processors, there’s only a single mannequin at present obtainable in each the UK and US.
Prospects within the UK get the top-of-the-range Ryzen 9 mannequin, which we evaluate right here. This prices £1,551.25 (ex. VAT; 1,861.49 inc. VAT) with an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX working at 3.3GHz (as much as 4.6GHz with Max Enhance), together with 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. That worth features a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer GPU with 6GB of devoted video reminiscence, though the AMD processor additionally gives its personal built-in Radeon graphics as a power-saving possibility when required.
That mannequin is not at present obtainable within the US, although, the place the one possibility on sale proper now gives a 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 5600H working at 3.3GHz (as much as 4.2GHz with Max Enhance), together with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer GPU. The usual worth for that specification is $2,129, though it is at present on provide at $1,490.30.
The inclusion of GeForce RTX graphics in all three fashions is welcome, and positively represents good worth for cash, nevertheless it’s a disgrace that there isn’t any choice to improve to a higher-quality 4K show that may actually permit inventive customers to profit from the ThinkBook 16p’s spectacular graphics efficiency.
Efficiency & battery life
The AMD Ryzen 9 processor would not break any data, however gives very stable efficiency, with Geekbench 5 CPU scores of 1,532 (single core) and eight,389 (multi-core), which nudge simply forward of rival cell workstations comparable to Dell’s 8-core Intel Core i9-10885H-based Precision 5750.
However it’s the GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer GPU that basically stands out, attaining scores of 89fps within the Unigine Valley graphics check, and 80fps in 3DMark Wild Life Excessive. These scores make it one of many quickest 3D performers we have seen in current months — at the very least amongst Home windows laptops. Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Professional hits 121fps within the Wild Life Excessive check, courtesy of Apple’s new M1 Max SoC, which sports activities at least 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores. Nonetheless, the MacBook Professional is significantly dearer than the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 at £2,749.17 (ex. VAT; £3,299 inc. VAT) or $3,499, so Lenovo’s providing definitely gives spectacular efficiency for a laptop computer on this worth vary.
Battery life is kind of respectable too, because of the built-in Radeon Graphics, which lasted for eight hours and 10 minutes when streaming full-screen video from the net. You may haven’t any hassle getting a full day’s work out of the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 if you’re on the highway, with the choice of switching again to the discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics if you get again to the workplace.
The ThinkBook 16p Gen2 has room for enchancment, significantly with its comparatively modest 2.5K IPS show, which will not move muster for high-end graphics and video work. And even Apple now admits that skilled laptops want HDMI connectivity for exterior shows. However if you happen to’re joyful to make use of an exterior show within the workplace, then the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 can ship workstation-class efficiency, together with a lovely, light-weight design and a aggressive worth.
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