Object of Desire: Lenovo ThinkPad P50

November 4, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Laptops that can successfully grapple with 4K video editing are few and far between. Lenovo’s new ThinkPad P50 is up to the challenge thanks to its new Intel Xeon processor—the first time this chip has been used in a laptop—and NVIDIA Quadro GPU. The P50 can be ordered with either a 15.6-inch HD touchscreen display or a 4K (3840×2160) display with an X-Rite color sensor built-in to ensure color accuracy throughout the life of the display. You can configure the P50 with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB SSD or a 2TB hard drive—both with RAID 0,1 options. There are multiple ports, including a Thunderbolt 3 connection, four USB 3.0 ports and a memory card reader. The laptop uses a new, dual fan cooling system that Lenovo says is 15 percent quieter and 25 percent more effective than competitive cooling systems. Given its high performance specs, the P50 isn’t all that light (starting at 5.6 pounds), but it’s still remarkably thin at about an inch thick. Plus, it meets U.S. Military specifications for durability in the field. 

If you need a bit more screen, the P70 delivers the same feature options but with a 17-inch display. The P50 can be ordered with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and includes downgrade rights to install Windows 7 if you’re feeling nostalgic.

PRICE: starting at $1,599