Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 review

Lenovo offers a big step in performance with their second generation ThinkBook 15p. You know, the ThinkBook brand as a whole is a bit of a mix and match from the company’s other devices. Essentially, it is their latest brainchild (already a couple of years old, though), and it aims to provide the perfect device for some very different target groups. Unlike the ThinkPad, which is a strictly business machine, the ThinkBook is more open-minded.

And the ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 is one of the results of this approach. First of all, it still comes with some security goodies like a Firmware TPM and other encryption tech. Furthermore, the Web camera sports a privacy shutter, while the power button is paired with an optional fingerprint reader.

We are just scratching the surface, though. Because the biggest upgrade to last year’s model is definitely the hardware. Instead of being stuck in a world, that lacks hardware-accelerated ray tracing, you can pick yourself an RTX 3050 or RTX 3050 Ti with this notebook.

If you add the Core i7-11800H, which comes with 8 cores, and still happens to be one of the best mobile processors on the market, you will end up with a dream content creating machine. As such, it needs to have a good display. Well, the top-tier option includes a 4K panel with HDR 400 support, 100% Adobe RGB coverage, and factory-calibrated colors.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-thinkbook-15p-gen-2/


Specs Sheet

Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 review - Specs

  • LEN156UHD (LEN8C99)
  • Color accuracy  5.0  3.5
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 + 1x 2280 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home, No OS
  • Battery
  • 57Wh, 3-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 359 x 249.5 x 19.9 mm (14.13" x 9.82" x 0.78")
  • Weight
  • 1.90 kg (4.2 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.0
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphone with AI Noise Cancellation
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Dolby Audio, HARMAN
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Kensington Lock

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you will find the mandatory paperwork, as well as a 135W charger with a proprietary plug.

Design and construction

It is basically pointless to discuss the hardware if we haven’t checked out this notebook’s looks. After all, a lot of people actually pick their devices based on the visuals. This device features an interesting dual-color design. Its lid and bottom panel are made out of aluminum, while the base is plastic – an interesting choice.

Generally, the laptop is pretty rigid. Lenovo states that it has passed 12 MIL-STD-810H durability tests, which is pretty cool. Needless to say, the ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 is pretty compact. Speaking in numbers, the weight is 1.90 kg, while the thickness is 19.9mm.

We found the hinges a bit tight, but we were still able to open the lid with a single hand. Above the matte display, you will find either an HD or a Full HD Web camera, with a privacy shutter. Something we didn’t particularly like is the size of the bottom bezel. On the bright side, the lid opens all the way to 180°.

A look at the base reveals that the power button is separated from the rest of the keys. It has the option of a fingerprint reader. As with the entire chassis, the keyboard remains unchanged from last year. It is resistant to spills and has a backlight. Its NumberPad will make everyone happy, while the keyboard comfort is on point with clicky feedback from the keys. On the other hand, we found the key travel a bit short.

Interestingly, despite the plastic material of the base, we found very little deck flex, which is nice. The touchpad is honestly nothing to write home about. Its Mylar surface is smooth, but the size could have been bigger, while the tracking is pretty average.

On the bottom panel, we find the speaker cutouts, as well as the ventilation grill. Hot air, respectively, is being exhausted from the back, and through the right side of the device.


On the left side, you get the power plug, a LAN port, an HDMI 2.0 connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, a Thunderbolt 4 connector, and an audio jack. Then, on the right, there is a Kensington security lock slot, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and an SD card reader.

Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 10 Phillips-head screws. After that, start prying the bottom panel from the back, using a plastic tool.

Inside, we see a 57Wh battery pack. To take the battery out, undo all four Phillips-head screws, and unplug the connector from the motherboard.

In terms of memory, there are two SODIMM slots, hidden beneath a metal shroud. They support up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM in total. As for the storage, you get two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, one of which supports Gen 4 drives.

Two heat pipes take care of both the CPU and the GPU. They connect to a long heat sink, while the top heat pipe goes to a second small heat sink on the side. There are also two fans of decent size, as well as a couple of cooling elements over the VRMs and the graphics memory.

Display quality

Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 in the configuration we tested has a UHD panel – LEN156UHD (LEN8C99). Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 282 ppi, and a pitch of 0.09 х 0.09 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 30cm (12″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is excellent for looking at a laptop).

Viewing angles are excellent. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.

Also, a video with locked focus and exposure.

We measured a maximum brightness of 675 nits in the middle of the screen (HDR Off, “Native” Profile) and 679 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of only 4%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 6580K – almost matching the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K.
In the illustration below you can see how the main display performs from a uniformity perspective. In other words, the leakage of light from the light source.

Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is very good – 1550:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people on HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 97% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976, and 88% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, resulting in a vibrant and punchy image.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results in factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 23 ms.

After that, we test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “Gray-to-Gray” method from 50% White to 80% White and vice versa between 10% and 90% of the amplitude.

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2’s display doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness at any point. This means it is comfortable for long gaming sessions without harming your eyes in this aspect.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Gloss level measurement

Glossy-coated displays are sometimes inconvenient in high ambient light conditions. We show the level of reflection on the screen for the respective laptop when the display is turned off and the measurement angle is 60° (in this case, the result is 49.3 GU, which is pretty good).

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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 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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Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2’s speakers produce a sound of very good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.


All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkbook-series/thinkbook-15p-g2-ith/downloads/driver-list


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. This laptop’s 57Wh battery lasts for 7 hours and 47 minutes of Web browsing, or 5 hours and 39 minutes of video playback with the UHD IPS panel.

CPU options

Currently, the notebook is offered with the Core i5-11400H or the Core i7-11800H.

GPU options

Graphics-wise, you can choose from the GTX 1650, RTX 3050, and RTX 3050 Ti, all of which come with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, and a TGP of 50W.

Gaming tests

Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
Average FPS 101 fps 45 fps 21 fps

Borderlands 3 Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
Average fps 89 fps 61 fps 46 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
Average 93 fps 76 fps 59 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings)
Average fps 83 fps 75 fps 65 fps

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i7-11800H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min Max Fans
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 3.45 GHz (B+50%) @ 84°C @ 90W 3.41 GHz (B+48%) @ 96°C @ 86W 2.80 GHz (B+22%) @ 77°C @ 55W
HP Omen 16 (16-b0000) 3.77 GHz (B+64%) @ 85°C @ 103W 2.74 GHz (B+19%) @ 65°C @ 50W 3.55 GHz (B+54%) @ 92°C @ 90W
HP Envy 15 (15-ep1000) 3.46 GHz (B+50%) @ 96°C @ 78W 3.14 GHz (B+37%) @ 96°C @ 61W 2.80 GHz (B+22%) @ 95°C @ 49W
Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-52) 3.88 GHz (B+69%) @ 99°C @ 111W 3.84 GHz (B+67%) @ 99°C @ 107W 3.66 GHz (B+59%) @ 99°C @ 99W 3.66 GHz (B+65%) @ 99°C @ 101W
ASUS TUF Gaming F17 (FX706, 2021) 3.56 GHz (B+55%) @ 92°C @ 104W 3.54 GHz (B+54%) @ 94°C @ 90W 3.30 GHz (B+43%) @ 89°C @ 75W
MSI Sword 15 3.16 GHz (B+37%) @ 94°C @ 60W 3.01 GHz (B+31%) @ 95°C @ 56W 2.98 GHz (B+30%) @ 95°C @ 54W
Dell XPS 15 9510 3.41 GHz (B+48%) @ 99°C @ 82W 3.00 GHz (B+30%) @ 99°C @ 63W 2.71 GHz (B+18%) @ 93°C @ 48W
Lenovo Legion 5i (17″ Intel, 2021) 3.84 GHz (B+67%) @ 96°C @ 113W 3.69 GHz (B+60%) @ 96°C @ 101W 3.36 GHz (B+46%) @ 81°C @ 80W
Dell G15 5511 3.67 GHz (B+60%) @ 97°C @ 100W 3.54 GHz (B+54%) @ 98°C @ 91W 3.43 GHz (B+49%) @ 93°C @ 79W
Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH317-55) 3.67 GHz (B+60%) @ 90°C @ 103W 3.66 GHz (B+59%) @ 99°C @ 103W 3.40 GHz (B+48%) @ 99°C @ 84W
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603 3.87 GHz (B+68%) @ 95°C @ 106W 3.90 GHz (B+70%) @ 95°C @ 109W 3.58 GHz (B+56%) @ 86°C @ 80W
MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) 3.12 GHz (B+36%) @ 96°C @ 68W 3.03 GHz (B+32%) @ 95°C @ 62W 2.76 GHz (B+20%) @ 95°C @ 53W 2.90 GHz (B+26%) @ 95°C @ 59W
MSI GE76 Raider (2021) 3.22 GHz (B+40%) @ 95°C @ 67W 3.11 GHz (B+35%) @ 94°C @ 62W 3.14 GHz (B+37%) @ 94°C @ 61W 3.26 GHz (B+42%) @ 94°C @ 64W
ASUS TUF F15 (FX506, 2021) (Turbo Mode) 3.98 GHz (B+73%) @ 86°C @ 102W 3.88 GHz (B+69%) @ 95°C @ 100W 3.44 GHz (B+50%) @ 87°C @ 77W
MSI Pulse GL76 3.16 GHz (B+37%) @ 95°C @ 65W 3.00 GHz (B+30%) @ 95°C @ 59W 2.87 GHz (B+25%) @ 95°C @ 55W
MSI Pulse GL66 2.94 GHz (B+28%) @ 94°C @ 58W 2.76 GHz (B+20%) @ 94°C @ 52W 2.77 GHz (B+20%) @ 94°C @ 52W

Like the HP Envy 15, the ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 prefers to stay quiet, than deliver the maximum performance out of this CPU. Interestingly, the Lenovo runs some 20°C cooler than the HP.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (Max fan)
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 1539 MHz @ 69°C @ 50W 1536 MHz @ 69°C @ 50W
HP Omen 16 (16-b0000) 1781 MHz @ 68°C @ 80W 1767 MHz @ 71°C @ 80W
HP Envy 15 (15-ep1000) 1681 MHz @ 87°C @ 75W 1376 MHz @ 74°C @ 48W
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 OLED (UM535) 1530 MHz @ 66°C @ 50W 1529 MHz @ 68°C @ 50W
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) 1613 MHz @ 65°C @ 60W 1576 MHz @ 73°C @ 60W
MSI Sword 15 1633 MHz @ 73°C @ 60W 1605 MHz @ 79°C @ 60W 1644 MHz @ 69°C @ 60W
Dell XPS 15 9510 1187 MHz @ 74°C @ 40W 1293 MHz @ 75°C @ 44W
Dell G15 5511 1882 MHz @ 71°C @ 88W 1878 MHz @ 72°C @ 89W
Dell G15 5515 1857 MHz @ 76°C @ 80W 1850 MHz @ 77°C @ 80W
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) 1616 MHz @ 70°C @ 66W 1607 MHz @ 72°C @ 65W 1632 MHz @ 69°C @ 66W
MSI Katana GF76 1619 MHz @ 76°C @ 60W 1594 MHz @ 82°C @ 60W 1632 MHz @ 70°C @ 60W

Lenovo was rather realistic when it chose to use a 50W version of the RTX 3050 Ti. It runs relatively cool and pretty quiet. What you can’t see in the table above, is that the fans need around a minute to figure out what’s going on, which results in high initial temperatures of the GPU. However, once the fans start spinning, the temperature drops quite quickly. What is more impressive, is that there is a lot of headroom in this cooling setup.

Gaming comfort

In addition to being quiet, the laptop is also not too warm on the surface.


We are always skeptical when we see a “dual-purpose” notebook. By nature, the ThinkBook 15p Gen 2 is exactly that, with it both trying to satisfy business users, as well as content creators. In this perspective, the laptop is clearly nothing that catches the eye. This means that Lenovo has done its job perfectly.

Yes, the device looks sleek with its dual-tone grey finish, while the lid and bottom panel are made from metal. However, one can never guess that it has the power to drive you through a high-res video editing session, or even 3D modeling. We feel that the notebook is perfect for architects as well, although the small amount of video memory (4GB) may become a limiting factor in larger projects.

What will certainly help though, is that you have the option to put up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel mode. Also, the addition of a Gen 4-capable M.2 PCIe x4 slot means you can access large files as fast as possible.

While you can’t run away from the fact that this is a gaming GPU and not a pro-grade Quadro offering, the Studio drivers should provide a bit of help.

Lenovo ThinkBook 15p Gen 2’s 4K UHD resolution ensures a super sharp image. Its IPS panel offers a very high maximum brightness, very good contrast ratio, comfortable viewing angles, and a non-flickering backlight. Furthermore, it covers 97% of sRGB and 88% of DCI-P3. This makes the image look very attractive. Plus, it supports HDR400, which is a nice touch.

In addition to having a decent internal port situation, the ones on the outside are equally impressive. You get an SD card reader, a Thunderbolt 4 connector, a LAN port, and much more.

Some of the features of the laptop include a privacy shutter, an option for a Full HD Web camera, a fingerprint reader on the power button, and a service hotkey on the keyboard. To be completely honest, this device really surprised us. Probably its biggest downside is its touchpad, which is actually not that bad – more of an average execution. But it definitely pops out, when you look at the full picture.

We can definitely recommend the ThinkBook 15p Gen 2. However, you have to keep in mind that the beautiful UHD panel will have a negative impact on the battery life. Other than that, Lenovo has done a great job, and a battle between this laptop and the HP Envy 15 (15-ep1000) is inevitable.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-thinkbook-15p-gen-2/


  • Up to 64GB of DDR4 + two M.2 slots (one supports Gen 4 drives)
  • Capable hardware within a sleek, portable chassis
  • Fingerprint reader + Wi-Fi 6 support
  • 97% sRGB and 88% DCI-P3 coverage (LEN156UHD (LEN8C99))
  • No PWM (LEN156UHD (LEN8C99))
  • SD card reader + Thunderbolt 4 + HDMI 2.0
  • Packs good security features
  • Spill-resistant keyboard
  • Great cooling


  • The touchpad is only average
  • Unimpressive battery life with the UHD panel

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