Light­weight PC with heavy­weight per­for­mance

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - TECH -

FOR ANY geek who’s been around since the early 1990s, the word “ThinkPad” con­jures up im­ages of a no-frills, boxy lap­top, leg­endary for its re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity.

Es­pe­cially beloved by hard­core busi­ness users, these por­ta­ble PCs were ini­tially de­vel­oped at IBM’s Yam­ato fa­cil­ity in Ja­pan, with their de­sign re­port­edly in­spired by Ja­panese Bento lunch boxes.

Since then, they’ve earned a cult fol­low­ing, with en­thu­si­asts pre­pared to shell out sur­pris­ingly weighty wads of cash for rarer early mod­els.

Sev­eral mod­els have even been used in outer space. By 2003, ThinkPads were the only lap­tops cer­ti­fied for use on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

Chi­nese tech gi­ant Len­ovo ac­quired IBM’s per­sonal com­puter busi­ness in 2005, scor­ing the ThinkPad brand in the process and it’s con­tin­ued to be a pop­u­lar seller. Re­cent mod­els have grown in­creas­ingly less lunch­box-like as con­sumer ap­petite for svelte, feath­erlight lap­tops has grown.

Which brings us to the ThinkPad P1, which Len­ovo has just launched here, a de­vice it de­scribes as its “thinnest, light­est and sleek­est mo­bile work­sta­tion yet”. As the name sug­gests, “mo­bile work­sta­tion” is tech speak for lap­top-sized com­put­ers aimed at busi­ness users and crammed with many fea­tures usu­ally found only in bulky desk­top units.

The ThinkPad P1 cer­tainly fits the bill in this re­spect. Cer­ti­fied for key in­de­pen­dent soft­ware ven­dor (ISV) ap­pli­ca­tions, the new­comer fea­tures 8th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Xeon and core pro­ces­sors, in­clud­ing sup­port for the core i9 CPU, and delivers ECC mem­ory sup­port, clock­ing speeds up to 4.6GHz. Users can also en­joy a boost in per­for­mance with the lat­est Nvidia Quadro

P1000 and P2000 pro­fes­sional graph­ics cards.

In ad­di­tion to its graph­ics and pro­ces­sors, this mo­bile work­sta­tion of­fers a 15-inch, 4K UHD display, rep­re­sent­ing 100% of the Adobe colour gamut as well as a touch­screen, IR cam­era stan­dard, 4TB of M.2

PCIe premier stor­age and 64GB of mem­ory at 2 667MHz.

“When we set out to cre­ate the ThinkPad

P1, our challenge was to build a mo­bile work­sta­tion that would carry the legacy of pro­fes­sional power and re­li­a­bil­ity of our ThinkPad port­fo­lio, but also meet our cus­tomers’ need for a thin, light and sleek de­sign,” said Rob Herman, gen­eral man­ager of Work­sta­tions for Len­ovo.

“Whether you are look­ing for power, the light­est mo­bile work­sta­tion around or sleek and slim tech-envy, the ThinkPad P1 delivers.”

The com­pany says this at­ten­tion to de­tail ex­tends to the power sup­ply, which is 35% smaller and lighter than pre­de­ces­sors, which is a big plus fac­tor in my books. One of my pet peeves is light­weight lap­tops with power packs that weigh al­most as much as the com­puter it­self.

I look for­ward to test­ing a re­view unit to see just how well Len­ovo has man­aged to bal­ance these mod­ern de­sign el­e­ments with the ThinkPad’s ven­er­a­ble his­tory.

The com­pany has also in­tro­duced its new ThinkPad P72, aimed at users “look­ing for top of the line power and per­for­mance”. It de­scribed it as an ideal choice for users in the oil and gas, au­to­mo­tive and fi­nan­cial in­dus­tries.

“A true desk­top re­place­ment, this 17-inch chas­sis in­cludes the lat­est

8th Gen In­tel Xeon and core pro­ces­sors, and the most pow­er­ful Nvidia Quadro graph­ics – up to P5200 – to tackle the most de­mand­ing work­flows with ease. With up to 6TB of stor­age, 128GB of mem­ory and 16GB of

In­tel Op­tane mem­ory, users can han­dle im­mense data sets with vast amounts of com­put­ing power.”

The ThinkPad P1 will be avail­able in Oc­to­ber, from

R27 999. Lo­cal pric­ing and avail­abil­ity of the ThinkPad P72 are not avail­able yet.

Fol­low Cooper on Twit­ter @alan­q­cooper.

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