Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 (Intel) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

A new breed of ThinkBooks, the T16 Gen 1 embraces modernity with a touch of old school, still providing the classic ThinkPad aesthetic, but with a twist.

The new device is in its first generation, offering a 16-inch 16:10 display and Alder Lake hardware with both U-series and P-series options. The GPUs are taken care of by either the Iris Xe Graphics G7 or the MX 550, which is the latest MX-series GPU from NVIDIA.

Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 (Intel).

Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 (Intel): Full Specs / In-depth Review


3 reasons to BUY the Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 (Intel)

1. I/O

The laptop houses two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack, while the back has a SIMcard tray. There is an optional SmartCard reader, which is good to see on any business notebook, as it provides an extra layer of security for the enterprises that want to implement it.


2. Display quality

There is both an FHD+ display and a QHD+ display, both of which use an IPS panel. At 16-inches, the QHD+ would be the preferred one, especially if you dabble more in productivity, which is why we chose to test it. It comes with comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 413 nits, and a 1560:1 contrast ratio. The screen covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut.

The color accuracy is good with the stock settings but our profile makes it even better, lowering the dE value to 0.9. Here are the results of our test with the stock settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).


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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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3. Battery life

The 86Wh is more than enough for a P-series CPU, lasting for 14 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 9 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.


2 reasons NOT to buy the Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 (Intel)

1. Upgradeability

Despite its large footprint and 21 mm profile, the laptop comes with soldered memory and only one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, which fits Gen 4 drives.

Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access the insides, including the single SSD slot and the cooling for cleanup and maintenance.


2. Cooling

Speaking of cooling, the setup here isn’t enough, with two heat pipes for the CPU and GPU, that further connect to a single fan with a metal casing.


Max CPU load

Intel Core i7-1260P (28W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 2.66 GHz @ 2.29 GHz @ 72°C @ 47W 1.21 GHz @ 1.53 GHz @ 63°C @ 20W 1.26 GHz @ 1.54 GHz @ 64°C @ 20W

This is the first laptop that we test with the Core i7-1260P, and to be fair, we’re pretty disappointed, as Lenovo seems to be pretty conservative with its thermal management. The processor runs at around 64°C, while the clock speeds are very low. We’re sure it can push for more, so Lenovo better figures out a way to release an OTA update to try to improve the situation.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce MX550 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (Max fan)
Lenovo ThinkPad T16 Gen 1 1245 MHz @ 73°C @ 30W 1277 MHz @ 77°C @ 30W
Dell Latitude 15 5531 1517 MHz @ 74°C @ 35W 1529 MHz @ 75°C @ 35W

Compared to the only other laptop that we’ve tested with the MX 550, the ThinkPad is underperforming, running hotter and at lower wattage, while the clock speeds are significantly lower.

Comfort during full load

The laptop is very comfortable to use, which might be Lenovo’s intention, instead of delivering you more performance, as the laptop is unusually quiet, while the outside temperatures are in check.


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