Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1: Review

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1: Review

Written by Alison Lurie, In Gadgets, Published On
March 16, 2023

There are a lot of bulky laptops that try to look as sleek and professional as possible on the market for mobile workstations. The Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 tries to spice things up with a new look that reminds us of the Legion series. It doesn’t have RGB, but it looks like a gamer’s PC because it has a red stripe, and a large part of the back is used as an exhaust. Thanks to a wide range of excellent displays, like the 4K UHD+ display, you can use all that power.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 has a beautiful 16-inch 4K display, a comfortable keyboard, great speakers, and a powerful Core i9-12950HX vPro processor and Nvidia RTX A5500 GPU. But it has a short battery life, so you’ll have to keep it plugged in most of the time, even though it costs a lot and looks bland.

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 Specification

ProcessorIntel Core i9-12950HX
Screen Size16 inches
Dimensions1.2 by 14.3 by 10.5 inches
Graphics ProcessorNvidia RTX A5500
Wireless NetworkingWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth
OSWindows 11 Pro
Laptop ClassWorkstation, Business, Desktop Replacement


  • Always impressive speed
  • Stunning, high-resolution display
  • First-rate Keyboard on a Global Scale
  • Exquisite workmanship


  • An exorbitant sum of $4,663
  • Boring layout
  • Poor battery life


Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 price

The cost of the laptop starts from $4,663, and it has an Intel Core i9-12950HX vPro processor. It also comes with an Nvidia RTX A5500 GPU that has 16GB of vRAM. Sounds good? Even though the price is less, the value of the parts is so low that it’s a rip-off. In case you are planning to get the most out of this laptop then pay a bit more go for $6,708 to buy a laptop with 128GB of RAM. This comes with two 4TB SSDs, and also a 2400p touchscreen display.


The ThinkPad P16 has a simple grey lid with an LED dot in the I of “ThinkPad” that shows off its two logos. The point that should be noted for this laptop is it comes with a red accent that sticks out of the back. The interior looks clunky and is just as dull as the outside. With a keyboard that goes all the way to the edge and has a tracking point, more vents, a touchpad with hidden clickers, another ThinkPad logo, and two thick bezels, it’s getting crowded here. It’s not good, but it makes me think about work.

Battery and screen

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1

Playing a locally saved 720p video clip can significantly drain a laptop’s battery life. Before the test, we ensure the battery is fully charged and turn off Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting. We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and software to measure a laptop screen’s colour saturation (what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 colour gamuts or palettes it can show) and its 50% and peak brightness in nits (candelas per square meter).

The battery life of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is impressive; it’s about the same as that of its four closest competitors. For the ThinkPad P16, a single charge will get you through a work day but keep the charging cord (and an outlet) close by. All five laptop screens have excellent colour coverage, but Lenovo’s DCI-P3 coverage is the worst. Lastly, Lenovo beats out HP as the most powerful mobile workstation.

Safety and long-lastingness

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1

If you need security features for your job, the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 has several of them. With Intel vPro, if your company needs to, they can manage the device from afar. A privacy shutter can also be moved to cover the webcam. The Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 is certified as military-grade durable, but it’s a big machine, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it could take a few hits. I have a sneaking feeling that’s not true, so be careful.

Audio And Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 ports

Those are some excellent speakers right there. The top-firing speakers on the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1 blew me away with how clear and pleasing the sound was. When I listened to “what’s it like,” Nxdia’s new song, I could feel the percussion in my chest as it led into the clear vocals. With a beautiful bass and a soft electric guitar in the background, the chorus stood out with its melodic vocals that fell into a great rhythm with its dance partners. The Dolby Access music app backs up the Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Gen 1. It has settings for music, games, movies, and voice chat. The Music setting was my favorite for listening to music since the instruments got lost in the Dynamic setting.


Pricing of the laptop?

Lenovo’s website sells the original ThinkPad P16. There are pre-built setups and a “Build Your Computer” tool to customize a model. Lenovo’s website lists it at $3,489, but regular reductions cut that price significantly. Lenovo now offers 53% off the P16. It lowers the beginning price to $1,639, making it more manageable.

Display of the laptop?

Lenovo’s second-most-expensive display is on my ThinkPad P16 review unit. 3840×2400 (UHD+) resolution, an IPS screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio, an anti-glare finish, Dolby Vision, DisplayHDR 400, and X-Rite Pantone factory color calibration. Lenovo’s UHD+ update adds touch and inking capabilities with the Precision Pen 2. OLED, anti-reflective, and 100% DCI-P3 color come with the touch update.

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