Lenovo ThinkPad P70 With Skylake CPU Packs Power for Enterprise Apps

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-08-13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Lenovo ThinkPad P70 With Skylake CPU Packs Power for Enterprise Apps

    Lenovo's new ThinkPad P70 runs on Intel's Skylake processors, making it a high-powered notebook capable of running power-hungry business apps.
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    It All Starts With Intel's New Line of Processors
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    It All Starts With Intel's New Line of Processors

    At the center of Lenovo's sales pitch is power. So, it's only fitting that we start with the processor built into the ThinkPad P70. Lenovo's workstation will ship with the latest Intel Skylake 14nm Xeon processor that Intel says will deliver improvements in performance, power efficiency and battery life compared with the previous generation of mobile workstation CPUs. With Xeon, Lenovo says companies will be able to run any application at any time with processing power to spare.
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    It's Got a Big Screen for a Laptop
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    It's Got a Big Screen for a Laptop

    Since the P70 is a workstation, it's perhaps no surprise that the device comes with a big screen. The P70 features a 17-inch screen that will provide ample space for everything from Web browsing to serious applications. Lenovo says the big screen will be particularly useful to the finance world, which has historically relied on big displays connected to desktops. It's an interesting sales pitch.
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    There's an Nvidia Quadro GPU Inside
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    There's an Nvidia Quadro GPU Inside

    The Quadro GPU line from Nvidia is arguably the best option available for a high-end notebook. The GPUs are capable of handling heavy graphics processing for virtually any applications. It should perform admirably, whether users are editing video or designing a new corporate presentation.
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    Windows 10 Pro to Start, But Windows 7, 8 Are Available
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    Windows 10 Pro to Start, But Windows 7, 8 Are Available

    No surprise here, but Lenovo is offering customers Windows 10 with the P70. However, since this is the enterprise and some companies may be slow to adopt the new operating system, Lenovo has also said that it will allow for downgrade rights to Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional. Microsoft likely won't be happy about that, but if the enterprise is slow to adopt Windows 10, Lenovo needs to provide the software companies want.
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    Choose Up to Four Storage Devices
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    Choose Up to Four Storage Devices

    Surprisingly, this relatively small device is capable of accommodating up to four storage devices. Lenovo is offering hard drives of up to 2TB in size, but the ThinkPad P70 also comes with support for 1TB PCIe/SATA solid-state drives.
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    There Are Plenty of Ports
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    There Are Plenty of Ports

    It's hard to not be impressed by the number of ports built into the ThinkPad P70. The device has four USB 3.0 ports, including one that can handle charging. The device also has HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort and the standard options of Gigabit Ethernet, among others. Most importantly, the P70 comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, making it capable of accommodating a handful of extra displays or storage drives. Image 6: Please use this image:
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    The Display Is Stellar
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    The Display Is Stellar

    Lenovo didn't skimp on the quality of its ThinkPad P70 screen. In fact, the company said that customers can choose up to a 4K UHD display featuring a resolution of 3,840-by-2,160. Those who don't want such a high-resolution display can opt for the standard full-HD model or bump that up to a full-HD with touch capabilities.
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    Web Connectivity Wherever You Go
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    Web Connectivity Wherever You Go

    To truly be a mobile workstation, the ThinkPad P70 must come with Web connectivity wherever a person goes. That's why Lenovo has bundled not only WiFi, but also LTE connectivity into the computer. So, if a user cannot access a WiFi signal, he or she can move over to a carrier's network and keep working on the Web.
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    A Serious Cooling System for Extended Use

    Cooling systems don't always get attention, but when one is talking about a high-end mobile workstation capable of doing just about anything a desktop can do, it's important. The ThinkPad P70 comes with a dual-fan system that Lenovo calls "Flex." With Flex, Lenovo is promising that the P70 will last longer on a single charge and be able to handle resource-intensive tasks that may push its processor and graphics card to the limit.
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    It Carries an Enterprise-Grade Price
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    It Carries an Enterprise-Grade Price

    It may take some time for enterprise customers to get their hands on the P70. The new P70 will be available starting in the fourth quarter of 2015 through Lenovo business partners and on its own Website. The P70 starts at $1,999, but can go up very quickly if more storage devices and the higher-end screen are added in.
 

For enterprise customers seeking a high-powered notebook, Lenovo has introduced one with a familiar brand name. But it's not just the brand that will impress them. The ThinkPad P70, part of the company's mobile workstation line, is based on Intel's Skylake processors and is one of the most powerful notebooks on the market. In fact, a key component in Lenovo's sales pitch on the P70 is that it's fully capable of handling "the most demanding Independent Software Vendor applications." For consumers, that might not mean much. But enterprise buyers are most interested in notebooks capable of running their most power-hungry business apps for workforces that are more mobile than ever. Lenovo, which has long catered to the enterprise, knows that and has delivered in the P70 a strong option from top to bottom. The P70 gets its processing power from Intel's 14nm CPU that the chip maker is describing as a server-class processor suitable for use in enterprise mobile workstations. Read on to learn more about the performance-centered Lenovo ThinkPad P70.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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