I love me a good desktop computer, but there’s something particularly exhilarating when new laptops hit the shelves. If you’ve been jabbing your salivary glands over the thought of a 15″ or 17″ mobile option with 64GB of memory and 2TB of storage with Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds and touchscreen capabilities, Lenovo has not left you wanting. Their latest ThinkPad workstation laptops hit all the sweet spots for power on the go.

ThinkPad P51s

The P51s is like a “Pssst, look at this” distraction before they hit you upside the head with the P51 and P71, but it’s not to be trifled with. The ThinkPad P51s is thinner and lighter thank the P50s with a completely redesigned chassis, surprising since it now has Power Bridge Technology – the dual battery configuration with hot-swap capability and a 4K UHD IPS display with a touch option.

Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor*
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro M520M
Total Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4 @ 2133MHz, 2 SODIMM slots
Total Storage: Up to 1TB HDD or PCIe NVMe SSD
Battery: 4 cell (32WHr) front + up to 6 cell (72WHr) rear
Ports: (3) USB 3.0, HDMI, 4-in-1 Media Card Reader, Ethernet Intel Thunderbolt 3, Microphone/Headphone
Display: 15.6” IPS 4K UHD (3840×2160), FHD, or FHD Touch
Dimensions: 4.3lbs (1.95kg), 14.4” x 9.95” x 0.78-0.79” (WxDxH)
Price: Starting at $1049


ThinkPad P51

Ah, my warning tippied you off huh? This is where things get exciting. If you want to double up on memory and storage but keep the 15″ form factor, the P51 gets you there with a little bump up in weight. You’ll also get the latest Intel Xeon e3-v6 CPU and single Thunderbolt 3 on a happy MIL-SPEC lappy.

Processor: Up to Intel Xeon E3-v6 processor for mobile workstation
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA Quadro M2200M
Total Memory: Up to 64GB DDR4 @2400MHz, 4 SODIMM Slots
Total Storage: Up to 1TB HDD and/or 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD, Up to 3 Total Drives
Battery: Up to 6 Cell (90WHr)
Ports: (4) USB 3.0, HDMI, mDP, 4-in-1 Media Card Reader, Ethernet, Intel Thunderbolt 3, Microphone/Headphone
Display: 15.6” IPS 4K UHD (3840×2160), FHD, or FHD Touch
Dimensions: 5.6lbs (2.5kg), 14.86” x 9.93” x 0.96-1.02” (WxDxH)
Price: Starting at $1399


ThinkPad P71

If you’re ready for VR, this laptop is too. Lenovo’s first VR-ready mobile workstation has all the massive memory and storage capabilities you want, the latest Intel Xeon E3-v6 processor and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, plus it’s fully certified for support with both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets.

Processor: Up to Intel Xeon E3-v6 processor for mobile workstations
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA Quadro P5000M
Total Memory: Up to 64GB DDR4 @2400MHz, 4 SODIMM Slots
Total Storage: Up to 2TB HDD or PCIe NVMe SSD, Up to 4 Total Drives
Battery: 8 Cell (96WHr)
Ports: (4) USB 3.0, HDMI, mDP, (2) Intel Thunderbolt 3, 4-in-1 Media Card Reader, Ethernet, Microphone/Headphone
Display: 17” IPS 4K UHD (3840×2160) or FHD
Dimensions: 7.6lbs (3.4kg), 16.4” x 10.8” x 1.17-1.2” (WxDxH)
Price: Starting at $1849


The Lenovo ThinkPad P51s will be available in March, starting at $1,049, with the ThinkPad P51 and P71 hitting the stores in April, starting at $1,399 and $1,849. More on each at https://www.thinkworkstations.com/.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.