Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 G1 21D5S00T00
Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 G1 21D5S00T00
A high quality, a high performance, and even relatively efficient with current AMD Ryzen CPUs and Radeon graphics - what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, actually. But it was really only one problem with the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 G1, that created difficulties for our test evaluation.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/09/2023
The number of BIOS updates needed to fix this machine is a concern and may hint that this combination of power and chassis might have a potential flaw. When it isn’t getting hot, it’s great, but the cooling system might need a rethink.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/17/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
My tests involved my typical daily tasks, from writing and editing scores of text documents to compiling a multi-layered Excel spreadsheet to the aforementioned photo editing to everyday media consumption. My only performance complaint — the ThinkPad Z16 seemed to be a bit slow to start up from sleep. Of course, I am too — maybe if I'd scraped a bit more of the packaging into my coffee I'd wake faster. Otherwise, the ThinkPad Z16 never faltered. I never found myself grasping for additional performance from the processor, the 16GB of RAM, or the SSD. My usual machine is powered by a current-generation Intel I9 processor — the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro found here is nominally a downgrade, but I'm wondering if I could have managed to spend a bit less and would have been just as happy. I'm sure those looking for a desktop replacement to do heavy video editing will be shopping the available AMD Ryzen 9 Pro at 4.9GHz, but for most users, this will be more than enough machine. As tested, this Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 is available through CDW for $2249 — but a wide variety of configurations can move that price around a bit. I'm genuinely impressed with the value here — this can be the only device needed for a number of users, as it has the specs and performance to do nearly any task you throw at it. That it is built responsibly and sustainability doesn't affect how it performs, either — perhaps it needs to be painted green, however, to properly shout to others that you're doing your part to save the planet while you work.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/12/2023
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Laptop Media
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2022
Source: Htxt Africa
That quickly simply is a big ask, especially when we are talking about a notebook designed with the enterprise space in mind. That is not to say the notebook feels cheap or inferior in any way, as it is quite the contrary, but in this day and age, you may feel like you can get away with a bit less performance and power for far less money. It is therefore the only aspect holding us back from wholeheartedly recommending the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: It Pro
As a package, the ThinkPad Z16 is pretty convincing. The 4K touchscreen and sound system are both absolutely top-notch while the design and build quality leave nothing to be desired. Performance is on point too; to get better you'll need to look at a machine with a considerably more potent GPU. In the negative column, the webcam is a disaster, the battery life adequate at best and when an Apple laptop offers a better selection of ports you have to ask if Lenovo couldn't have stretched to an HDMI port at the very least.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
If you want a ThinkPad that’s more modern and stylish, the Z16 is a suitable option here in the Philippines. It’s arguably the most premium-looking ThinkPad to date, and it has the best internals right now to function as a workstation. Our only complaints about the ThinkPad Z16 are the anemic port selection and the TrackPoint being more of a decorative piece with the trackpad’s size and functionality.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/18/2022
I opened by noting that the ThinkPad Z16 is very much a premium laptop, with the high expectations that designation carries. From the build quality, through the performance, to the battery life, I was consistently impressed. The only negative standout was that pesky webcam. If Lenovo hadn't branded the lid with its specs and created a dedicated "Communications Bar" to house it, I might have shrugged at its mediocre performance. But, if you're going to make something a showpiece of a $2,000ish laptop, it had better be a highlight. It wasn't. If you want a do-it-all, desktop replacement notebook that will last just about all day, look no further. There are systems that perform just as well for hundreds of dollars less, but none that offer the same level of wow-inducing build quality or the attention to detail that's made Lenovo's ThinkPad line a favorite of business travelers for 30 years.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: XDA Developers
The Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 can definitely handle video editing, but even with the dedicated graphics option, you'll want something beefier for 4K 60 FPS video editing or gaming. Also, if you need power when you're not connected to power, you need to go Intel. But for creators, you get that SD card slot, an optional OLED display, and optional Radeon dedicated graphics.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2022
Source: Digital Trends
The Thinkpad Z16 breaks out of the typical ThinkPad mode and introduces a new, more contemporary machine to the line. It proves that Lenovo is willing to take some risks, and it was worth it. The ThinkPad Z16 is a well-built, attractive, fast, and long-lasting laptop with an excellent keyboard and haptic touchpad. The biggest problem with the machine is that it’s expensive. I wish the same principles that Lenovo applied to the smaller ThinkPad Z13 could apply here. But even then, it’s in line with laptops like the Dell XPS 15 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme, and it costs less than more powerful laptops like the MSI Creator Z16P and the MacBook Pro 16. The ThinkPad Z16 is worth a look if you’re in the market for a larger machine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Z16 tries has some success in its effort to tweak the ThinkPad formula. The laptop is attractive, yet still tame, and material quality is on par with the best Windows competition. I also like the smooth, responsive haptic touchpad and the wide range of modern connectivity.Yet the Z16 doesn’t fix ThinkPad’s typical weakness: value. Starting around $1,550, and more typically near $1,700, the Z16 finds itself facing alternatives that have better performance or an improved display for the same price, or less. Lenovo’s own competition highlights this issue. The company’s new Slim 7, Yoga 7i, and Yoga 9i are a better value (and, yes, Lenovo has a 16-inch Slim 7). Competitor laptops like the Asus Vivobook Pro 16X also provide much better performance in this price range. Those looking for an elegant, durable laptop with a big screen and long battery life will like the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16. It is a good choice for day-to-day use. But if you want to run demanding apps, or enjoy entertainment, the Z16 falls behind the curve.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2022
Rating: Total score: 78%
Source: Laptop Media
Support, online available, Short, Date: 08/24/2022
Source: Matthew Moniz
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/21/2022
Source: Connect - 5/23
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2023
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 100% features: 85%
Source: PurePC PL→EN
Positive: Great built quality; metal case; powerful processor; excellent performance; beautiful display; large battery capacity; stereo speakers. Negative: Noisy under loads; mediocre GPU; poor set of I/O ports; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/23/2022
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2022
Rating: Total score: 60%
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Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
79.53%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
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