Lenovo ThinkPad P50s Review

May 23, 2023
David Sunnyside

lenovo thinkpad p50s review

Lenovo's ThinkPad brand has a reputation for being tough, and the P50s is no exception. It has a black, matte chassis built to resist dents and scratches, and it feels solid in your hands. The 15.5-inch display is nestled between an island-style keyboard and a touchpad with integrated fingerprint reader. The keyboard is comfortable and has a backlight for working in low light conditions.

The P50s is a portable workstation, meaning that it's designed to run professional applications like AutoCAD on the go. It has a Nvidia Quadro GPU and certified drivers, which makes it more of a workhorse than the typical productivity notebook. However, it also uses last-generation processors and an SSD that's not particularly fast. This makes it a less compelling choice for people who do most of their work on the go.

We used Geekbench 3 to measure the P50s' processor performance, and it scored a 7 out of 10. That's good enough for most productivity tasks, but it falls short of what we'd expect from a workstation-class machine. On our Civilization VI test, the machine ran the game at medium settings without issue, but we wouldn't recommend pushing it much further.

The screen may look a bit dull at first glance, but it's actually very bright and has good contrast. Its color gamut score of 70 percent of AdobeRGB is a little low, but it's better than the average laptop. The matte finish also helps it stay usable in bright sunlight, where glossy screens can often be hard to read.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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