Lenovo 15.6" ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation

Lenovo 15.6" ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation

Lenovo 15.6" ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation

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Product Highlights

  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM | 500GB 7200 rpm 2.5" HDD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080 IPS Display
  • NVIDIA Quadro M520M Graphics Card (2GB)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC & MMC Card Reader
  • Thunderbolt 3 | USB 3.0 | HDMI 1.4b
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.1
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Built-in 720p Webcam, Mic, and Speakers
  • Windows 7 Pro + Windows 10 Pro License
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Lenovo P51s overview

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Thin at 0.8" and weighing 4.39 lb, the 15.6" ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation from Lenovo delivers the power of a workstation and the mobility of an Ultrabook. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core processor which allows you to run multiple applications simultaneously. If you need more power, the system can be overclocked to 3.1 GHz using Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The 8GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM helps to ensure smooth multitasking and also allows the computer to quickly access frequently used files and programs.

The 15.6" IPS display features a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, an anti-glare finish, LED-backlighting, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a contrast ratio of 700:1, a brightness of 250 cd/m2, and viewing angles of 170°. The dedicated NVIDIA Quadro M520M graphics card has 2GB of discrete GDDR5 RAM and delivers a sharp, clear picture. You'll also be able to output video to up to three external displays at resolutions up to 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz using the system's HDMI 1.4b, and Thunderbolt 3 ports, the latter of which supports DisplayPort 1.2.

For long-term storage of your files, this ThinkPad P51s is equipped with a 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 2.5" / 7mm hard drive, which offers quick access to your data. If you'd like to expand your system's internal storage, there is also one M.2 2280 slot which utilizes the PCIe 3.0 x2 bus to provide data transfer speeds of up to 16 Gb/s.

If you want to add external storage, optical drives, memory card readers, and more, the ThinkPad P51s offers one 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 port that also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-C. There are also three 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one of which doubles as a charging port. Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are also built-in for wired and wireless networking, and Bluetooth 4.1 technology will also allow you to connect additional compatible peripherals. Content from memory cards may be accessed via a built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC card reader that supports UHS-I flash media. Other integrated features include a 720p webcam, dual-array microphones, and stereo speakers.

The ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation includes a 65W AC adapter, a power cord, an integrated 4-cell / 32Wh lithium-polymer battery, and an external 3-cell / 24Wh lithium-polymer battery, both of which provide a total of up to 13.8 hours of use before recharging is required. While the installed operating system is Windows 7 Pro (64-bit), a Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) license is included at no additional cost.

General Features

Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum bi-directional throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also transmits data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to simultaneously connect two 4K displays or one 5K display. Additionally, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.
Up to 32GB RAM
The ThinkPad P51s supports up to 32GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM when 16GB modules are used in both of its 260-pin SO-DIMM slots.
Up to Three Simultaneous Displays
The ThinkPad P51s supports up to three simultaneous displays. Using the Thunderbolt 3 pot, a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz is supported, while the HDMI 1.4b port supports a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz.
3 x USB 3.0 Type-A Ports
The three 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-A ports can be used to add peripherals such as external storage, optical drives, printers, memory card readers, and more.
Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The system uses a Gigabit Ethernet controller for Internet access when connected to a router, modem, or network switch. It also features Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 which is compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi so that users may access network connectivity using wireless technology.
Bluetooth 4.1
Additional compatible peripherals, such as mice, keyboards, headsets, and more may be paired using Bluetooth 4.1 technology. While the Intel 8265ac card supports Bluetooth 4.2, Windows limits it to Bluetooth 4.1.
Mobile Broadband (WWAN) Upgradable
Mobile broadband functionality can be added using a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A (Sierra Wireless EM7455) card or an Intel XMM 7160 (Fibocom L831-EAU, EMEA only).
Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) + Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) License
This system is pre-installed with Windows 7 Professional software and also comes with a license and media for Windows 10 Pro software. You may use only one version of the Windows software at a time. Switching between versions will require you to uninstall one version and install the other version. You must back up all data (files, photos, etc.) before uninstalling and installing operating systems to avoid loss of your data.
In the Box
Lenovo 15.6" ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation
  • 65W AC Adapter
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) License
  • Limited 1-Year Battery Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Depot Repair Warranty
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    Lenovo P51s specs

    Performance
    Processor Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core
    Base Clock Speed 2.5 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 3.1 GHz
    Total Installed Memory 8 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 32 GB
    Memory Type DDR4 SDRAM
    Memory Speed 2400 MHz
    User-Replaceable Memory 1 x 8 GB
    Available Memory Slots 1
    Memory Slot Type 260-Pin SO-DIMM
    Graphics Type Dedicated
    GPU NVIDIA Quadro M520M with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM
    Display
    Panel Type IPS
    Size 15.6"
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Touchscreen None
    Finish Matte
    Maximum Brightness 250 cd/m2
    Viewing Angle 170° Horizontal, 170° Vertical
    External Resolution Up to 4096 x 2304
    Drives
    Available Slots 1 x M.2
    Total Capacity 500 GB
    Hard Disk Storage 1 x 500 GB 2.5" SATA (7200 rpm)
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 3
    3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    1 x Docking Connector
    Display 1 x HDMI 1.4
    Audio 2 x Integrated Speaker
    2 x Integrated Microphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
    Expansion Slots None
    Media Card Slots SD/SDHC/SDXC
    MMC
    Communications
    Network 1 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    Modem None
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5; Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
    Mobile Broadband None
    GPS None
    NFC None
    Webcam User-Facing: 720p Video
    Battery
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
    Watt Hours / Type 24 Wh Removable
    32 Wh Non-Removable
    Maximum Runtime 13.8 Hours
    Power Supply 1 x 65 W
    General
    Operating System Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit)
    Security HDD User Password Protection, Power-On Password, Accepts 3rd Party Security Lock Devices, Infineon TPM Software Professional Package, Fingerprint Reader
    Keyboard Type: Full-Size
    Features: Backlight, Numeric Keypad
    Pointing Device TouchPad & Pointing Stick
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 14.4 x 0.8 x 10.0" / 365.8 x 20.3 x 254.0 mm
    Weight 4.39 lb / 1.99 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.3 x 13.0 x 3.8"

    Lenovo P51s reviews

    15.6" ThinkPad P51s Mobile Workstation is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very slow for the price I have the 4K, i7, 500Gb HDD, 8GB RAM ThinkPad P51s and sincerely, its performance displease me a bit. The computer takes about 3 minutes to open even if I disable almost all applications at startup. My old computer that I had 4 years ago was working much faster than that. Also, once opened, the hard drive remains 100% used for an additional 5 minutes. It's disastrous. This machine is also very weak for people who want to do a little bit of gaming. We can hardly play 3D games at more than 30fps at 1080p at normal settings. For the price of this machine, you can find better.
    Date published: 2017-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice machine. Difficult to upgrade. Upgrade from my T420. Bought the 4K-amazing. Very nice screen. Chassis is light and thin and feels solid. I prefer the keys on my T420, perhpas that is just what I am used to. The T420 keys have more of a click to them. Lenovo has a tendency to price their laptops competively and then make up the difference by overcharging for the upgrades. RAM was fairly simple to add, although taking off the entire back panel is much more difficult than the little access doors of the past. M.2 SSD is currently near possible to upgrade. The M.2 port will only accomadate a 2242 card, most are 2280 (far to long to fit). The 2.5" can be swapped out. There is apparently an adapter to install a M.2 2280 (the currenty fastest SSDs come in this format) in the 2.5" locatoin but Lenovo seems unwilling to sell it unless you have bought one of their SSDs. I'm a bit frustated with the difficultly in upgrading to SSD but overall am very impressed with the computer.
    Date published: 2017-06-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Laptop Lenovo would not post my original review because it was negative and only one star. They acknowledged my problems and suggested simple, obvious, and unhelpful solutions. I hope this review isn't detected and gets posted so other shoppers can see that no everyone is satisfied with their P51s. Computer is very slow. Much slower than my 3-year old T series running Windows 7. It times out on relatively simple Excel functions. Struggles to drive a 32 in monitor. Slow start-up and gets bogged down when running more than 10 web pages. This new computer is now my backup and I've reverted to using my old computer. Ethernet speed, when not running other applications, is good. I like the larger keyboard. My star ratings are not accurate. They are only positive so that Lenovo doens't filter the ratings.
    Date published: 2018-01-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modestly priced workstation with AMAZING battery I've had this computer for 6 months, and it has been a very stable, durable machine. It performs well with spreadsheets (up to ~2.5M coordinates) and 2D drawing (AutoCAD), but it is only capable of basic 3D modeling. Very detailed parts or large assemblies will choke it. It runs MatLab & Simulink smoothly, and handled data visualization very well. The combination of durability and battery life allow me to carry it more, and use it often. Because of the stunning battery life, I rarely take a charger with me during the day, and I am so pleased with the reduction in weight/bulk, hassle and time saved. I really like the full size keyboard with number pad, and I love the Track Point, if for no other reason than the buttons at the top of the pad, which gives you an easy "right click" sans mouse. The screen is much brighter than the old P50, and has excellent viewing angles, This machine would be good for anyone looking for a technical ultrabook, or those who want a truly roadworthy machine that is tough and not tied to an outlet. Core i7, 256gb SSD, 16gb Ram
    Date published: 2017-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beast Lite Edition I got this ThinkPad P51s because I needed something powerful, yet light. The ThinkPad P-series have never disappointed me in sustained workloads. The ThinkPad P51s is a remarkably light workstation laptop that comes with a lot of processing power in its weight class with a classy design. The Nvidia Quadro M620 is sufficient for most games at minimum settings. The fan isn't high pitched either under extreme workloads. The IR camera was quite a supprise. Windows 10 will guide you through setting it up for the first time, however, if you wear glasses sometimes, you may want to dive into the Settings application to let it take a few additional pictures of your face. Then logging in with the face recognition will be nearly instant. In addition, the touch fingerprint reader is a neat improvement from the swipe fingerprint reader, which used to be quite troublesome as you needed to swipe multiple times certain moments if you made one wrong move with your finger. It is also easy to maintain by removing the bottom base cover if you need a new hard drive or add in more RAM. You can install up to 32GB RAM. Who do I recommend this baby to? If you do a lot of typing, a ThinkPad is still the way to go. But for programmers and/or end users that may need a little extra graphics processing power or simply someone who is looking for a comfortable to use machine under extended high workloads. If you do some travelling, then the reduced weight compared to the ThinkPad P51 and the higher battery life will also increase mobility for long travels.
    Date published: 2018-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just awesome Best computer I’ve ever used. Lenovo is the only way to go, have previously used a T420, T430, and T440, and this is a tremendous upgrade. Incredibly light, super fast, supports triple screens, super high-quality and sturdy feel. Starts up in about 10 seconds with the SSD (from completely off) - similar to starting one of the older systems from Standby. Highly recommend. Haven’t used it very long yet but all my previous Thinkpads were indestructible (left my T430 on the trunk of the car once and started driving - picked it up off the concrete and still runs 4 years later).
    Date published: 2018-04-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Kind of Perfect Laptop Simply to provide context, I am a freshman entering college, majoring in physics and minoring in computer science. I spent a lot of time trying to find the best laptop for my use case and I am pretty happy with this system. Of course, its many upsides come with several significant downsides. My specific use case prioritizes power, battery life, keyboard and storage. I purchased a customized model having the following specifications: Core i5, 1080P IPS, 32 RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD and 72 Wh Rear Battery. I also added some of the smaller features small such as the IR camera, the SD reader and backlight. As these are things that are not easily added later on, I would think hard about whether these features are features that you might ever need. Aside from those smaller add-ons, I maxed out most everything else. The CPU is the major exception. I previously thought I required significant power, at least an i7 quad core. I was wrong. Despite needing a laptop capable of modelling and analyzing large data sets, this laptop performs adequately. Though it is in this area of my use, I find the laptop to be the weakest, the issue is simply the ULV chipset and it being capped to certain lower voltages when the laptop is not connected AC power. This would have been the case regardless of whether I purchased the i5 or the top i7 model. This was incredibly disappointing. Yet I have come to realize that for the heaviest use cases, laptops are simply ill suited. They will either be horribly expensive, heavy and large or simply have a ridiculously low battery life. For most other tasks, the capability of this system is more than fine. I regularly have 30-50 chrome tabs open, several iterations of Word, amongst other miscellaneous programs and there is little to no stuttering at all. Therefore I would recommend thinking hard about the system and your requirements. Unless you truly need a powerful system, this should be great. If you need a more powerful system however, perhaps laptops in general might not be the best, most effective choice for your needs. Just my piece of advice. Therefore, I chose the i5 version because it performs comparably to the other i7 versions, while being the least likely to throttle under prolonged load and using less power overall. But perhaps the main reason as to why I brought the laptop was for the enormous battery. I don't quite understand how to describe it. With 104 Wh (internal 32Wh + 72 Wh external) and a low power chipset, this thing will run for incredibly long periods of time. I don't think I have ever used this thing on AC power, ever. I simply charge it after 2-3 days of moderate use, overnight and then repeat. One instance where the laptop was essentially put under load for almost the entire day was the only time I can recall ever finding the battery life wanting. I still used it under load for 7-8 hours, so perhaps I am simply hard to please. The keyboard, like many ThinkPad keyboards, is great to type on. They might not be as good as they were previously, but they are still the best I have found on a laptop. I type regularly on this machine and if you need to spend long hours typing, there are few laptops able to provide a better experience. The storage is slightly disappointing with the speed being capped due to there only being 2 PCIe lanes. This poses little issue for my work, but may be important for your use case. Onto the miscellaneous, I have found that the IR camera does an adequate job of recognizing my face using Windows Hello, as does the fingerprint scanner recognizing my finger. The backlight is useful, but this results in the keyboard keys being slightly slippery and more prone to pick up dirt. A small addition, I normally try to keep my electronics safe and clean. However due to not zipping up my bag properly, I found my laptop fell 5 feet, hard on concrete ground. I was anxious to find the damage and am happy to report that the ThinkPad reputation of durability is one still here to stay. Apart from a minor aesthetic dent in the corner, all else is fine. This makes me, ironically, even more confident in my machine, if less so in my bag zipping abilities. In conclusion, this laptop is not without its faults. But is it also not without its major merits. I find that despite the lackluster CPU, the slower than expected storage and rather high price tag, it does what I need and allows me to do it well. If you want a workstation that allows you to work, then for most people, this is a pretty great machine.
    Date published: 2017-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performance i bought this 3 months ago.It is powerful with Intel core i7.I used it for gaming and work.
    Date published: 2017-09-06
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