Tech for Architects: Is This the Perfect Laptop For Designers?

Lenovo’s new model boasts the portability of its predecessors, while packing more power to handle the demands of rendering and real-time visualization.

Francesca Mercurio Francesca Mercurio

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad P Series Mobile Workstations have been a huge hit amongst architects, designers and other industry professionals. Through their compact design, robust performance abilities and reliability, these devices embody everything it means to be a designer in the 21st century, merging old-school design principles with modern-day technology. Just last month Lenovo introduced the new ThinkPad P1 Gen 5 16” Mobile Workstation.

The latest in the Thinkpad series boasts the portability of its predecessors, with some new and improved features that make for a relaxed and smooth work experience. Despite its sleek appearance, this device is powerful and offers the best of the latest Intel vPro® platform, Core™ H Series processors and NVIDIA® graphics, meaning it can easily handle the demands of rendering and real-time visualization.

The device is made of a liquid metal thermal design which ensures that it stays cool, while its Carbon-Fiber weave cover is sleek in appearance, making it discreet and professional for meetings and presentations. The 16’’ touchscreen is anti-glare and produces an advanced color quality through its X-Rite Factory Colour Calibration. By correcting the RGB color, designers can confidently edit designs and communicate rendering changes. Additionally, the backlit keyboard provides clear visibility for designers working on their computer for long periods of time. Meanwhile, the 12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700H Processor ensures a smooth and efficient work experience. 

Since its release, reviews have been broadly positive, with one user Amazon user declaring that “the screen looks great, clear and crisp, very bright and also has a night mode. Speakers have a clear sound and are loud.” They also tout the workstation’s security options as a plus point: “You can login by using your fingerprint, face recognition, or use a pin instead.”

This new model can be categorized by its pronounced comfort and reliability. Designers spend a great deal of time in front of their screen and to help avoid eye strain and maximize comfort, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 5 comes with a low blue light. Additionally, with its rapid battery charge of up to 80% in 60 minutes, this computer supports on-the-go designers who require a speedy device ready to use throughout the workday. The computer comes preloaded with the ThinkShield security suite, a fingerprint reader, encryption capabilities and a self-healing BIOS, which allows designers to safely store their drawings.

Since the mobile workstation is portable, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 5 is made to withstand any environment. Whether it be at a construction site, on the train or in the studio, Lenovo’s integrated US Department of Defense’s MIL-STD 810H standards ensures that the device can withstand virtually any climate or condition. 

The ThinkPad P1 Gen 5 16” Mobile Workstation is now available for purchase and is a great device for architects looking to increase comfort while prioritizing quality design.

For more ways to supercharge your workflow, check out more articles in our Tech for Architects series, which includes our recommendations of Top Laptops for Architects and Designers

Images courtesy of Lenovo, with sample screenshots added.

Francesca Mercurio Author: Francesca Mercurio
Part of the Architizer team, Francesca covers a broad scope of topics related to the built environment. Trained as an art historian at McGill University, Francesca is interested in architectural conservation and the ways designers are using historical spaces to better society today. Francesca is based in Toronto, Canada.
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