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Lenovo makes cleaning the fans easier in the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1

Lenovo makes cleaning the fans easier in the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1
Lenovo makes cleaning the fans easier in the ThinkPad P15 Gen 1
In addition to replacing the battery, the usual maintenance tasks of a laptop also includes cleaning the fan - or fans in the case of models with a dual fan design. This was not an easy task in the ThinkPad laptops of the P series until now. But this is changing with the new Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 1.
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In order to keep a laptop running for as long as possible, the maintenance of the cooling system could be very worthwhile after a few years. Cleaning out the dust from the fans and renewing the heat paste can lower the temperatures, which increases the life span of a laptop. 

Correspondingly, the fans and the whole cooling system should be as easily accessible as possible. Interestingly, the Ultrabook revolution of the last decade played a positive role in this. The construction of laptops that had been more complex before became simpler since then. You often only have to remove the bottom plate in order to access components such as the internal battery or the cooling system.

However, things were a little more complicated in the ThinkPad workstations of the P series. If we take, for example, the Lenovo ThinkPad P53 from 2019: you had to almost completely disassemble the whole case including the keyboard, palm rest, display unit, and magnesium roll cage in order to access the fan unit. This was a difficult task, made more complicated by the construction of the ThinkPad P53. The fans and mainboard were not accessible from the bottom, because they were screwed into the base unit.

This year's Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 1 introduced a new design with a different construction. The mainboard and fans are not fixed to the base anymore but instead to the internal magnesium frame. The base unit that uses an Ultrabook build can now be removed, making the two fans much easier accessible.

In our detailed review, we noticed some changes for the worse in the P15 Gen 1 compared to the ThinkPad P53, but the easier maintainability is clearly one of the improvements.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 922 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2021-03- 7 (Update: 2021-03- 5)