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Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme is history, from now on you only get the ThinkPad P1

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G6
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G6
Lenovo's new ThinkPad P1 G6 is a very good mobile workstation with efficient GPUs as well as a bright IPS display. It also replaces the former multimedia flagship ThinkPad X1 Extreme, which is a questionable marketing decision.

If you are familiar with Lenovo's ThinkPad models, you will definitely know the ThinkPad X1-series. It represents the flagship business models from the manufacturer, either the compact ThinkPad X1 Carbon or the larger ThinkPad X1 Extreme for the last couple of years, which was more focused towards multimedia purposes. The X1 Extreme always had a workstation twin, the ThinkPad P1, which is equipped with professional GPUs instead of consumer GeForce graphics cards. When Lenovo announced the 6th generation ThinkPad P1, we were surprised that there is no successor for the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The ThinkPad P1 G6 covers both areas from now on and it is also available with regular GeForce GPUs. The only problem is that many people know the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, but we do not think this is the case for the ThinkPad P1.

Apart from this marketing decision, the ThinkPad P1 G6 does not offer any surprises. Lenovo uses the same chassis as before and depending on the graphics card there are once again a traditional cooling solution (for GPUs with a TGP of 65 Watts) or a Vapor Chamber cooling (for GPUs with a TGP of 80 Watts). The GPUs are current model from Nvidia, either the consumer models GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop, RTX 4080 Laptop and RTX 4090 Laptop or the professional chips RTX 1000 Ada, RTX 2000 Ada, RTX 3500 Ada, RTX 4000 Ada or RTX 5000 Ada. Our review unit was equipped with the RTX 2000 Ada, which offers a massive performance advantage over the old RTX A2000 and it is even the faster than the RTX A3000, despite a lower TGP. From a technical standpoint, the RTX 2000 Ada is similar to the GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop, which is also the case for the gaming performance.

There are also changes in terms of the available displays. The default screen is still an IPS panel (1920 x 1.200 pixels) with a brightness of 300 nits, but there is also a higher resolution IPS panel with 165 Hz and 500 nits as well as a 4K OLED option. All versions can be combined with touchscreens and are already calibrated out of the factory. The 4K IPS screen with AdobeRGB coverage is not available anymore though. Our review unit was equipped with the optional IPS panel (2560 x 1600 pixels) with a brightness of 500 nits, which left a very good impression in our analysis. In addition to the high brightness, movements are very smooth thanks to the higher frequency, response times are fast and there is no PWM. The color accuracy is already excellent thanks to the factory calibration and a calibration by the user is not necessary. The only problem of the panel is that it only covers the small sRGB color gamut. Depending on the planned usage scenario, you might have to get the optional OLED screen (P3 coverage), but it also comes with compromises (PWM, higher power consumption).

The battery runtime is very good overall and there are no real drawbacks that would prevent us from a purchase. All further information about the ThinkPad P1 G6 is available in our comprehensive review:


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Andreas Osthoff, 2023-10-24 (Update: 2023-10-24)