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The Lenovo ThinkPad T15p surprises us with a plastic case

The Lenovo ThinkPad T15p surprises us with a plastic case
The Lenovo ThinkPad T15p surprises us with a plastic case
Lenovo ThinkPads are among the laptops that defy the trend of all-metal cases. Usually, a mix of different high-performance plastics with magnesium and aluminum is used. Magnesium is also used in the Lenovo ThinkPad T15p, but surprisingly, Lenovo has made most of the case of this 2,000-Euro (~$2,424) laptop out of simple ABS plastic.
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Laptops with metal cases are now ubiquitous and clearly represent the majority in the premium segment. Aluminum is probably the most common, but magnesium is sometimes used to keep the weight particularly low. Plastic has almost completely disappeared in the budget segment. Even in the mid-range, cases are usually at least partly made of a metallic alloy.

Lenovo's ThinkPad series is probably the most prominent laptop brand that defies this trend. Only the ThinkPad X1 Yoga convertible is completely made of metal. Otherwise, Lenovo typically combines magnesium with a high-performance plastic. In Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, there's carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the lid - true to the name - and the base unit is made of a magnesium-aluminum alloy. The whole thing is painted matte black.

The less expensive T-series, on the other hand, relies on a different plastic mix: Fiberglass reinforced plastic (GRP). The entire outer shell of the ThinkPad T14 and ThinkPad T15 is made of this material. The case is then reinforced with an internal magnesium frame in the base unit's area. This combination isn't quite as light and premium as the material mix of the X1 Carbon, but it's still sturdier and lighter than a case made of ordinary PC/ABS plastic. This is traditionally used in the ThinkPad L budget series.

Accordingly, we were surprised when the Lenovo ThinkPad T15p arrived for our in-depth review. The ThinkPad laptop is completely made of PC/ABS plastic, like the much cheaper ThinkPad L series. The ThinkPad T15p Gen 1 isn't cheap otherwise: The hexa-core CPU and the GeForce GTX GPU are joined by a very bright 4K UHD display.

At least there's also the internal magnesium frame, so that stability is still provided. Unfortunately, however, the feel suffers under the simple plastic - especially on the underside, which is made of roughened plastic. Naturally, one can argue: More than this is unnecessary for a device that primarily sits on a desk. But we're used to seeing higher quality materials in Lenovo's ThinkPad T series.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 963 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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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 515 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2021-02-16 (Update: 2021-02-14)