Lenovo ThinkPad P15v G2 review: Affordable 15-inch workstation made better with Intel Core i9 and 4K display?
The second generation of the ThinkPad P15v has become significantly faster, but the Intel Core i7-11800H does not fully exhaust its potential in all scenarios. The FHD display (1920 x 1080) of our configuration is also not the brightest (280 nits). Fortunately, there is the option of 4K.
The inexpensive entry-level workstation is available for around US$ 2,000 (prices may vary depending on the country of purchase - see our review for more details), but in terms of quality, it belongs to the lower upper class. This includes very good input devices (1.8 mm key travel), a robust case, plenty of room for expansion (such as two RAM and two PCIe 4.0 SSD slots), lots of ports (GBit LAN + FullSize SD card reader) and rock-solid performance levels.
GPU options are limited, ending at an Nvidia RTX A2000 with 40-W TGP, underscoring its focus on budget-conscious creators. Our review device comes with an Nvidia T1200, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 SSD.
At 2.25 kg and a thickness of only 22.7 mm, the business workstation is lighter and thinner than the classic ThinkPad P15, but slightly heavier than the slim ThinkPad P15s. Another advantage is the very low noise levels and the fast Intel AX201 WiFi 6 module (soldered). WWAN can be retrofitted in our model. Battery runtimes are mediocre with about 7.5 hours of browsing. Unfortunately, the P15V G2 cannot be charged via USB-C like its brother model, the ThinkPad T15p.
More information and numerous benchmark results can be found in our detailed review of the Lenovo ThinkPad P15v G2.