Lenovo Thinkpad P50 Review

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The Lenovo Thinkpad P50 is a 15.6 inch laptop with a spill resistant backlit keyboard and it is also military spec tested.  At 15.6 inch laptop it is a big enough laptop for those wanting to do some serious work such as CAD or photo/video editing.  Keyboard is excellent and it was a joy typing on it as it almost feels like a full sized keyboard.  Trackpad was decent and just did the job.  The trackpad is positioned towards the left and is smaller so you have to position the laptop accordingly and I really wished that they would have centered the trackpad.  The fingerprint reader worked just fine most of the time.  There is also a Pantone color calibration unit so its great for calibrating color for work with Photoshop or video editing with Premiere.  The speakers on the laptop were okay, mostly treble and not much mids or bass so I recommend using headphones.  The screen on the laptop is excellent as the colors looked great and I found that it was nice and bright.  There was also not much flex to the screen and it felt solid.  One thing I didn’t really like was the very large power brick that you will have to lug around with you to charge your laptop.  The top cover looks nice, but it does attract a lot of fingerprints.  The laptop does have a removal battery which is nice in case you want to have extra batteries or if the battery dies you can easily replace it yourself.  The laptop does have a docking port at the bottom in case you want to expand your ports with a docking station.  On the left side of the laptop it has an express card slot which is a very nice feature to have, an SD card, and a smart card reader.  On the right side of the laptop you have your headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-Displayport, and a Kensington slot.  The back of the laptop has even more ports, the power plug connection, HDMI, Thunderbolt port, Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, and another USB 3.0 port but this once also supports charging.  The weight of the laptop is pretty good considering its size and the build quality of the laptop is very good and sturdy.  The specific model I got has a Core i7 CPU running at 2.7Ghz, 32GB of RAM, Samsung 256GB NVMe drive, NVIDIA Quadro M2000M Graphics, and a 1080P display.  This laptop is not meant for everyone, especially gamers as this is more tailored to be a mobile workstation for those wanting to do CAD design or photo/video editing.  So if you fall into this category of needing a powerful laptop to do CAD or photo/video editing then this laptop is definitely the one for you….gamers should look elsewhere.

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