Lenovo ThinkPad P15 G2-20YQ000VGE
Average of 4 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad P15 G2-20YQ000VGE
Source: PC Perspective
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 is a beast of a laptop, hampered (in this configuration) only by the 11th Gen Core processor – mainly due to its rather optimistic 65W TDP CPU configuration. Opting for a build with something lower in the SKU stack than our sample’s Intel Core i9-11950H probably won’t affect performance much, considering how much thermal throttling we encountered. The GPU is nearly as fast as you can get in a workstation laptop – and I say nearly only because the top-end NVIDIA RTX A5000 Mobile graphics card is limited by its 100W TGP implementation here (the GPU can be configured up to 140W). The memory speed was also lower than expected for this card, with the same 12 Gbps effective memory speed as the A4000 Mobile, rather than the higher-end 14 Gbps memory option for this A5000. Another issue – at least for some – is the screen resolution, which was just 1920×1080 with our sample. Of course 4K panels are available in the P15 Gen 2 – LCD and OLED – but at this price level I was hoping for something higher than FHD.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2022
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 is an excellent choice for business professionals working with intensive applications like CAD or graphics programs. With more affordable configurations, it is also a great system for students, engineers, and other professionals. If you’re looking for a mobile workstation, you shouldn’t pass over the ThinkPad P15 Gen 2, a laptop worthy of a final Editor’s Choice of 2021 Award here at Techaeris.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/29/2021
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 90% performance: 100% display: 95% mobility: 70% workmanship: 95%
Source: XDA Developers
In this review, I didn’t focus too much on the ThinkPad P15 because it’s mostly a spec bump. If it’s the type of machine that you need, you probably already know it. The ThinkReality A3 is far more interesting, because it’s a new concept. I actually really love the idea. Being someone that travels frequently enough (that’s a total lie as I haven’t been on a plane in about 20 months, but travel is starting back up), this concept of having a laptop with a headset that I can expand to work like I would with my desktop is awesome. It’s something that I’d find tremendously useful on the road, as I do frequently feel limited by a single, smaller screen. The bigger issue is that it’s just not stable, at least in my experience. And on top of that, there’s simply no easy way to find solutions to your problems with the ThinkReality A3. While I loved it while using it, I’d never take it on the road because I don’t have the level of confidence I’d need that it would work when I need it to. I do hope this gets better through software and firmware updates.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2021
Source: Hot Hardware
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 is a sturdy mobile compute platform for professionals to get work done. Its various configurations can span right up to near-desktop replacement levels of performance. Likewise, with four SODIMM slots and as many M.2 bays, the system is primed for expansion to meet needs down the road. The cherry on top is the ThinkPad P15's meticulous and generationally-hardened engineering, which should help keep this machine running for years to come no matter what the field can throw at it. Its asking price of $5,381.99 as configured (with many lower-cost options) is certainly high, but its cost is partially justified for what amounts to a professional workstation-class tool. Performance metrics will never tell the whole story of a workstation-class notebook as much of the cost is sunk into making the machine as dependable as possible with the appropriate ISV certifications as well. In all, we like what the ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 has going for it and whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone shopping for a durable, dependable, and powerful machine in this category of mobile workstations.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/12/2021
Source: On MSFT
The P15 (Gen2) is most likely not the device for you, unless you work in research, medical or engineering fields, much of the power and performance will go to waste. Even for the moderately difficult video editing tasks I attempted to trip up the P15 with, the machine handled disregarded them like a wet fart in a hurricane. However, if you don't mind an average looking ThinkPad that will sit on a desk for much of its time, and you have close to $3,000 to spend on "do everything" -and then some kind of device, the P15 may be much preferable to a mini-PC or desktop tower. I normally don't test devices with this much kick, but it was fun and a reminder of just how many niches use-cases Windows OEMs must account for. For anyone who's looking to upgrade from their current scientific-focused PC, just keep in mind the P15 improved the cooling from last year (relatively speaking), upgrading the device is much more accessible, both the CPU and GPU have improved, and it keeps all the same ports you're used to.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/11/2021
Source: Laptop Media
Support, online available, Short, Date: 10/30/2021
Source: PC Mag
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 ably fills its predecessor's role as the heavyweight champ of the company's mobile workstation lineup; with the Core i9 and RTX A5000, it's powerful enough to race through jobs that would make most laptops whimper and cringe. You won't find a better keyboard or port selection anywhere, and if you need more than 128GB of RAM and 6TB of storage, you need a desktop workstation, not a notebook. We're not giving the Gen 2 the Editors' Choice award that the first P15 received, mainly because we get a nosebleed at prices over $5,000—our Gen 1 test unit was $500 cheaper and rocked a 4K display—and we haven't yet tested its top-of-the-line rivals, the Dell Precision 7560 and HP ZBook Fury 15 G8. But make no mistake: If you need the Mechagodzilla of professional laptops, the P15 Gen 2 succeeds with a vengeance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Digital Trends
We don’t usually review mobile workstations, but a significant trend has developed around laptops aimed at creators. These thin-and-light laptops, like the Dell XPS 15, are surprisingly good at accelerating demanding tasks like video editing. They also boast brilliant, color-accurate OLED displays. So, when Lenovo offered us the ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 for review with a Core i9-11950H CPU and an Nvidia Quadro RTX A5000 GPU, we jumped at the opportunity to see how a more traditional approach to a mobile workstation would stack up. Is the ThinkPad P15 proof that old-school workstations are a thing of the past? In some ways, yes. But because of its unique features, the audience for this expensive laptop remains very limited. Yes, but only if you need to max it out. This laptop is for extreme power users who likely won’t be satisfied with my review unit’s configuration.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/30/2021
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
The Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 may as well be dropped into the dictionary as the definition of a workstation. The bulky and heavy frame isn’t going to win any laptop beauty pageants, but it delivers performance that is unmatched by virtually anything on the market. The comfortable keyboard, durable build, and solvable display concerns make this laptop an easy recommendation for a wide variety of users. The size of the laptop and the pricing are reasonable complaints to have with this laptop, but in the end both can be reasonably dismissed considering the performance you are getting and the actual use case for a workstation laptop. You could absolutely spend less on a workstation laptop and still have a solid experience, but if you are using this laptop for work where saving minutes or even seconds on every task makes a meaningful difference for you then the ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 is likely the choice for you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/25/2021
Rating: Total score: 90%
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/12/2021
NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop GPU: High-End professional laptop graphics card based on the Ampere GA104 chip. Based on the consumer GeForce GTX 3080 with certified drivers. Available in different performance variants ranging from 80 - 165 W TGP (max. power consumption).
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
i9-11950H: Tiger Lake (H45 series) based high end octa-core SoC for gaming laptops and workstations. The eight CPU cores clock with 2.6 - 5 GHz. The integrated UHD Graphics GPU offers 32 cores. The CPU is manufactured in the 10nm SuperFin (improved 10nm) process. Supports professional management features like Intel vPro, SIPP or TXT.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
In former years, this weight was representative for laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, 17 inch laptops weigh less than that.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
82.25%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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