Inside Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 – disassembly and upgrade options
Lenovo has created a nearly desktop experience with this device. It offers a ton of upgradability, with ECC memory support for Xeon-equipped laptops.
Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2
- Intel Core i9-11950H
- NVIDIA RTX A2000 (Laptop, 80W)
- 32GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the service lid
This is not your ordinary device. Upgrades here are made easy, but there is some work to do to get to all internal ports. First, on the bottom panel, you will find a service lid. Undo its single Phillips-head captive screw, and pry it with a plastic tool. This will reveal two SODIMM ports for memory expansion, and two M.2 slots for storage.
2. Underneath the keyboard
To continue, you need to undo a couple more screws, which will set the keyboard loose. Then, turn the device the right way up, open the lid, and slide the entire keyboard upwards. After that, pull it away together with the secondary touchpad buttons. Be careful, as there are two ribbon cables that you need to unplug.
Then, you will see a metal cover, held in place by three Phillips-head screws. Undo them, and slide the cover upwards to remove it.
Ultimately, this leads to the rest of the upgrade option. Here, you have two more SODIMM slots, that combined with the two on the other side, support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. Also, you can see a third M.2 slot for storage.
3. Remove the bottom panel
Provided you want to continue with the teardown, and take a look at the cooling, you need to remove the entire bottom panel. After you undo all of the visible screws, remove the SIM card tray, using an ejection tool. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool and lift it away from the device.
Here, you will notice that Lenovo has integrated a rather large 94Wh battery pack inside of their notebook.
5. Cooling system
As far as the cooling goes, there are four beefy heat pipes. Additionally, the graphics card has a large heat spreader above it. What is more impressive here is that the graphics card is interchangeable.
Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 in-depth review
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- Up to 128GB of RAM and 6TB of storage
- Very good thermals
- IPS panel with 533 nits of max brightness (BOE NV156FHM-N65 (LEN4182))
- No PWM (BOE NV156FHM-N65 (LEN4182))
- 91% of sRGB coverage and accurate colors with our Gaming and Web design profile (BOE NV156FHM-N65 (LEN4182))
- Comfortable spill-resistant keyboard
- Great battery life
- 2x Thunderbolt 4, SD card + optional IR face recognition and fingerprint reader
- LTE support
- Thick and heavy
- Quite pricy
- Could use a better cooling