Lenovo Launch the P15 and P17 with Ultra-Performance Mode

22nd September 2020
Lenovo p15 keyboard view

My earliest memory of a Lenovo computer is from my Year 6 ICT class. We’d spend an hour learning how to use Excel spreadsheets and use the instant messenger system to send everyone pictures of monkeys. Year 6 was a strange time for all of us. I’d make a very solid assumption that my junior school frame of reference won’t hold up to the modern Lenovo CPUs. And with the upcoming release of the ThinkPad P15 and P17, it might be good to catch up with Lenovo.

In reflection of the opening of Lenovo, founder Liu Chuanzhi stated that “We were mainly scientists and didn’t understand the market. We just learned by trial-and-error, which was very interesting—but also very dangerous”. Since its beginnings in Hong Kong, Lenovo has grown to an International brand.

In 2019 Lenovo released the ThinkPad P53. This particular laptop had a high approval rating from PCMag (4/5) and Neowin (9/10). The laptop promised to be the new “Ultimate Workspace”. In less than a year, Lenovo has announced its new P15 and P17 ThinkPads, promising improvement on the previous model. So, what’s changed?

Lenovo ThinkPad P15 open view
ThinkPad P15

The biggest change to both laptops is the Ultra Performance Mode which allows both ThinkPads to go to their absolute limit. Lenovo has optimised these designs with 13% more airflow, a 30% larger CPU heat sink, larger vents, and even a new thermal mesh to dissipate heat faster. Thanks to the advanced thermal design the ThinkPad P15 and P17 can leverage Ultra Performance Mode for increased performance. This means that the new ThinkPads are a lot more flexible when it comes to how you’re using it and will allow you to push your ThinkPad to exactly where you need it to go. Whether that’s actively watching a full 4K movie or rendering a lot of footage in your Adobe programs.

More key features of the ThinkPad P15 and P17 are a new 94WHr battery, up to 4TB of storage, up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, and UHD Dolby Vision HDR displays. The batteries on both devices are stronger than the one on the ThinkPad P53, although not as strong as those on the P73. This will be more affected with Ultra Performance mode engaged and will increase the GPU wattage over the previous ThinkPads. What’s important is that the CPU in both laptops have been upgraded to the 10th Gen Intel Core. Which claims to be able to deliver “Boosted Productivity, Best-in-class Connectivity, Premium Entertainment and Serious Gaming.” and all of these things will help you no matter what you’re planning on using your ThinkPad for.

Lenovo thinkpad P17 front view
ThinkPad P17

A few things have stayed the same since the last model. The display resolution is still at 4K, this means you can watch all the latest films in the absolute highest resolution available in laptops today. The system memory is also the same, although the actual storage has reduced by more than two terabytes. This may be to allow for the laptops using their ultra-performance mode, although a harddrive would solve this problem so it’s not the end of the world.

Lenovo has come a long way and is constantly updating its CPU systems. The ThinkPad P53 was innovative and well-received, the P15 and P17 haven’t yet had quite the same reception, but if you’re looking for a laptop to go that extra mile, then these ThinkPads are a great option.

You can lease the ThinkPad P15 i7, 16GB, 512GB SSD on our 3-year Flexi-Lease for on our 3-year Flexi-Lease for £22.55 per week, or select options up to i9, 32GB. 1TB SSD at £36.00 per week. If you’d prefer the P17 starting at i7, 16GB, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA Quadro T2000 4GB GDDR6 on the same 3-year Flexi-Lease at £23.90 or choose options up to Xeon, 32GB, 2TB SSD, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Max-Q 16GB GDDR6 at £58.50. Whichever you choose, you’re covered by our 3-year no-quibble warranty and technical support.

Lenovo ThinkPads are perfect for business and we have a full range available for you to select the one that fits you’re needs best. Take a look at our ThinkPad page, you can also speak to one of our knowledgeable team on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk. Alternatively, you can use the webchat on our home page to talk to the team.