What's the difference?
What’s the difference between Lenovo’s flagship corporate laptop and their leading mobile workstation?
Both are designed to be thin and light while providing high levels of performance and excellent display quality, but each is designed for very different types of user.
Who are these devices designed for?
Carbon Fibre and Magnesium Alloy casing
Optional Touch Screen
Dolby Atmos speakers
2 USB 3 ports, 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3, LAN connector and headphone jack
Both are robustly designed with backlit keyboards, webcams with privacy shutters and a similar look-and-feel.
Blue = better | Red = lower
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has been proven as a strong performer across enterprise fleets – higher performance users opting for Intel Core i7 with 16GB of memory will find ample performance and long-haul flight battery-life. The device is particularly slim and light and offers a premium look and feel that far exceeds cheaper fleet and retail devices. This is well-suited for deployment across a typical corporate or government workforce where durability and dependability is important.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, is similar looking on the outside but quite different under the skin. While remarkably thin and light (and pretty) for a mobile workstation, its heavy-weight performance does mean the device is heavier and uses more power than the X1 (while running faster). Despite the powerful components, typical corporate users won’t see an appreciable difference in performance for applications like Word or Outlook. However, users of complex and massive Excel worksheets, Tableau, crypto and workstation-class engineering, editing, design and animation suites will notice a substantial boost.
Typical deployment - performance environment
What about the X1 Extreme?
The ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 has a near-twin in the ThinkPad X1 Extreme.
With NVIDIA GeForce graphics, the X1 Extreme is optimised for high frame rates and superior gaming performance.
The NVIDIA Quadro graphics found in the P1 are optimised for stability, sustained thermal load and fidelity. Like-for-like, we would opt for the P1 for users who need workhorse-like stability for productivity, especially for staff on billable time.
The X1 Extreme is extremely attractive for corporate users who need quality gaming time when overseas. We would give the entry level Intel Core i5 a miss in favour of an i7 six core or greater setup to make the most of the device.