The “mobile workstation” is a special category of computer, one that has resisted the trends of the past five years. While mainstream laptops have focused on design, portability, and ease-of-use, workstations continue to prioritize performance and function, even at the expense of other traits.
That makes them the odd duck of modern laptops, and Lenovo’s ThinkPad P50 is a perfect example of why they’re strange. The recently re-designed system has a 15-inch display, is about an inch thick, and weighs in at 5.6 pounds. These figures make it about 40 percent heavier and thicker than Dell’s XPS 15, and almost twice the weight of Samsung’s new 15-inch Notebook 9. Compared to these alternatives, the ThinkPad P50 seems instantly outdated.
Yet the hardware is cutting edge. Our review unit came with an Intel Xeon E3-1505M quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, and Nvidia Quadro M2000M graphics chip with 4GB of dedicated memory, and a 4K non-gloss, non-touch display. It also has some extras that not every user will appreciate, like a fingerprint sensor and a built-in color calibration camera.
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