Mobile workstations are very tricky to build, in the sense that finding the balance between performance and portability has always been something that manufacturers struggle with. Lenovo has made a mobile workstation of their own, which while isn’t the most powerful out there, can do everything that it’s needed from it. Today we are here to compare it to its predecessor in order to see what is different.
Starting off from the design, it remains the same, which is a good choice. ThinkPads haven’t been known as the best-looking devices, but they do a great job with their non-intrusive looks. This means that the build quality from last year is here as well, which is a good combination of metal and hybrid polymer material, providing great structural integrity and rigidity.
Moving over to the displays, you get the same 15.6-inch panels from last year. This means a base model with a Full HD IPS panel, which is made for the general users. For the true professionals, Lenovo has a 4K screen with a maximum brightness of 600 nits, Dolby Vision HDR, and X-Rite Factory Color Calibration (FCC).
Specs-wise Lenovo has replaced the U-series Comet Lake chips, with ones from the newest Tiger Lake family from Intel. The new CPUs bring better performance and power efficiency as well as a fantastic replacement for the Intel UHD Graphics – the Iris Xe Graphics G7. Intel has been working very hard to create iGPUs that perform well and so far their work has paid off. If you want even more power, you can get the productivity-focused NVIDIA Quadro T500, which replaces the Quadro P520.
In terms of I/O, you get two USB 3.2 Type-A ports and one Thunderbolt 4 port, which is one fewer Type-C ports than the older device. Other than that, the laptop retains the HDMI 2.0 and Ethernet connectors, the MicroSD slot, and the 3.5 mm audio jack.