Lenovo Thinkpad P52S (P500, 8650U) Workstation Laptop Review

Few weeks ago, I have taken a look into Lenovo Thinkpad P52S for the first time and I was very disappointed with its performance especially on graphic sector. The Quadro P500 is just not powerful enough to let you run of heavy usage on CAD because the GPU itself is based on NVIDIA 150MX which considered as low to mid end GPU. Last year, they even put much better GPU with Quadro P300 and above and I do not know the reason why Lenovo puts lower one at this year. I really know they want to take broader audience, but at least the manufacture must provide us different variant choices.

Today, we are going to see its higher end version that equipped with faster CPU, but sadly still with similar GPU. The higher clock rate at I7 8650U hopefully will give it some performance boost that should give us more freedom on doing anything. There is even a 4K resolution available right now, but at this case I only get the full HD one which appropriate to our budget. Let’s take a look into it further on this article and see how it goes here. That is what we are going to talk about here.

Design and Connectivity

The design is not going to be the selling point here because the chase is basically the rip off version of Lenovo Thinkpad T580. Both of them feature a very similar chassis and even the weight itself is really similar. The entire chassis is built mostly from plastic, but keep in mind the system has received of MIL STD durability certificate and means the plastic quality they add here should be the best one among of all. In term of quality, yeah the durability and stability are impressive. No flex or creaking so for and better that I am not seeing any gap at all. The quality is always their priority on Thinkpad and the chase is showing here.

In term of connectivity, we basically are given similar ports selection like last year, but Lenovo finally removes of their Slim Tip port and swapped it with USB type-C for charging the battery. If you have a good type-C cable and then you could just use it without needed to bring its heavy charger anymore. There are two USB type-C ports available which one of them is Thunderbolt 2 port. The ports connectivity are quite limited and that is why the manufacture offers of docking station that costs lot of money here. As for information, any cheap external adapter available on Amazon should work with no issue here.

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Display and Audio

Lenovo Thinkpad P52S 15 The 15 inch panel looks incredibly solid and crisp, but they basically give us the same display like its predecessor. The 1920 x 1080 panel is an IPS and manages to deliver of a good standard of quality in both of color producing and brightness. Testing it with Colorimeter, I get of 61 % SRGB color and producing of 284 nits of brightness. With its expensive price tag, I expect for something at least 90 % SRGB here because even ASUS Zenbook UX331UN which cheaper here has better quality screen. I really know Lenovo give up most their budget on hardware, but there is no reason not to put great display here.

As for the audio, we have of a stereo speaker which sadly placed at bottom. This placement is actually really nice, but somehow it just has of lack of power and clarity. For a good test, place the laptop at the top of soft surface and you would see the sounds are covered here. In overall of quality, the speakers are just fine and far from being of impressive. I recommend you of wearing headphone or connecting external display for having better experience.

Lenovo Thinkpad P52S 15Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8650U 1.9 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P500
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 16GB DDR Memory
Storage 1TB SSD

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Performance and Battery Improvement

Seeing of Intel I7 8650U processor here makes me relieved as this processor is faster than the basic I7 8550U and theoretically should work faster at this case. I have tested the performance with Cinebench and both of short term and long term performance are pretty similar. It’s only like 20 to 25 % percent faster, but it’s a good improvement in my opinion. You could really pick this version if you really care about performance here. Unfortunately, the Quadro P500 is under powerful especially for heavy tasks. You probably know that users buying a workstation for doing heavy task and not just for simple task like Office editing.

The fast NVMe SSD is really being so helpful in my opinion here. It makes the system run faster than before. The 1TB capacity is big enough and will let you to save anything you want. As for the battery, the laptop easily lasts for 11 to 12 hours of usage, but keep in mind Lenovo adds different of battery configurations here. The 48 Wh one is the biggest one while the 24 Wh only lasts for 6 hours here. Just make sure to check its battery capacity before getting it.

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Final Thought

The Thinkpad P52s is an incredibly solid budget workstation if only the GPU performance is slightly powerful. Lenovo is having a tough time at this market because they have tough competitors like HP with their ZBook 14 and 15U series. The system has similar performance, but having more powerful GPU. One big problem there is keyboard quality which still far behind here. Well, the choice is yours so feel free to take any consideration about it. I just hope the information provided is good enough for giving you a good option.

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