Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 6 review – capable hardware, good comfort under load, and a lot of security features

Design and construction

The gadget looks very similar to the Gen 5 predecessor. We got a mix of carbon and glass fiber for the lid while the base is aluminum. The touchscreen models are a bit thinner and lighter (17.3 mm and 1.78 kg) compared to the non-touch iterations (17.5 mm and 1.86 kg). That’s pretty good for a 16-incher.

The lid can be opened smoothly with a single hand and it’s averagely flexible. The base is solid except for the area above the touchpad that can be bent a bit. The device is MIL-STD-810H-certified. The soft finish feels premium to the touch and it’s not a fingerprint magnet. So far so good!

The bezels around the display are thin which contributes to a cleaner and modern look.

Above the panel, we can see a 1080p IR hybrid Web camera with a privacy shutter and an Ultrasonic Human Presence Detection. You can also get the optional 5MP variant with the same tech.

The base houses a spill-resistant backlit keyboard surrounded by two tall 2W Dolby Atmos speakers. They are the reason for the lack of a NumPad. This is strange because that’s a workstation and its main purpose isn’t entertainment. Still, the Trackpoint is placed in the middle of the board which is very comfortable for typing because of the long key travel and the clicky feedback of the keycaps. As you can see from the picture below, the angle of the opening is close to the 180-degree mark.

The touchpad could be wider (67.6 x 115 mm). On the bright side, its glass surface is smooth, the gliding feels great, and the accuracy is on point.

We can spot three rubber feet and a huge ventilation grill on the bottom of the device. The heat is guided through vents on the back of the laptop. Some amount of hot air reaches the lower part of the display during heavy CPU or GPU stress.


On the left, there is а power plug, two Thunderbolt 4 connectors (both support data transfer, Power Delivery 3.0, and DisplayPort 1.4), an HDMI 2.1 (for up to 8K 60Hz external displays), and an Audio jack. On the right, you can see the Kensington Nano Security slot, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports (the former has the Always On function), an optional Nano SIM card tray, and an SD Express 7.0 card reader.

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