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Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 (20YM000BRU) laptop review: from office to studio

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 (20YM000BRU) laptop review: from office to studio

Lenovo's ThinkBook series of laptops is primarily associated with versatile machines without claims to high performance and a wealth of features.
But the new ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 is not only and not so much for office workers as for creators of digital content.
This is evidenced by the powerful hardware and the large, 16-inch screen.
Recently, many manufacturers have started using panels of this size instead of the usual 15.6 inches, and the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 illustrates another positive shift: from a 16:9 aspect ratio to the more comfortable and space-efficient 16:10.However, these superficial characteristics alone are not enough to guarantee the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 an unqualified success.
Let's look at what Lenovo engineers have managed to do perfectly and what still needs to be worked on in the inevitable Gen 3 version.
⇡#Technical specifications, pricesThe ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 comes in a configuration with a six-core Ryzen 5 5600H CPU or one of the eight-core models - Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX, which differ from each other in the clock frequencies of the x86 cores and integrated video core.
All listed processors, according to the specifications, develop power up to 54W, but, as the tests will show, Lenovo has given the CPU additional acceleration through a small overclocking.In addition to the powerful CPU ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 has a discrete video core GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB of video memory.
The power consumption of RTX 3060 can vary from 60W to 115W.
But since the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 is quite compact and slim, the TBP of the video adapter is fixed at 80 W.Otherwise, the ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 does not allow for much variability in the components.
Judging by the description of the machine on the manufacturer's website and the configurations available at retail, the amount of RAM is 16 or 32 GB, and the SSD is 512 GB or 1 TB.Although some laptops with 15-16 inch screen size can boast the maximum capacity that airlines allow for carry-on baggage (99 W⋅h), Lenovo limited itself to a more compact battery of 71 W⋅h.
ManufacturerLenovoModelThinkBook 16p Gen 2Display16'', 2560 × 1600, IPSCPUAMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (8/16 cores/threads, 3.3-4.6GHz); AMD Ryzen 7 5800H (8/16 cores/threads, 3.2-4.4GHz); AMD Ryzen 5 5600H (6/12 cores/threads, 3.3-4.2GHz)RAMDDR4 SDRAM, 3200 MT/s, up to 32GB (2 channels)GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB)HDDWD PC SN730 (PCIe 3.
0 x4), up to 1024 GBExternal I/O connectors2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C; 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A; 1 × SD; 1 × TRS 3.5mmNetworkIEEE 802.11ax; Bluetooth 5.0Battery capacity, W⋅h71Mass, kg1.99Dimensions (L × W × H), mm354.6 × 252 × 19.5Retail price (in Russia at the moment of writing), rubles From 155,490 (AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, 16 GB RAM, SSD 512 GB) - market.yandex.ru; from 241,160 (AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 32 GB RAM, SSD 1024 GB) - market.yandex.ruAppearance and ergonomicsThe whole ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 case, except the bezel, is made of aluminum panels, quite thick.
This does not affect the weight of the device (about 2 kg), but contributes to the increased rigidity of the material under the keyboard and screen cover, although the display itself is not laminated (and not sensitive to touch).
The ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 has an easy single-handed opening and a flip-up lid that can be opened up to 180°.
The 16\" dot matrix is becoming increasingly popular, but the thin bezels on the sides don't make it look as though it's as big as typical 15.6\" devices.
In addition, the screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of the prevailing 16:9, so the horizontal indentation from the edges of the cover is also obtained less than usual.
The coating of the screen is matte.
Laptop manufacturers have long ago learned how to assemble screens in thin frames, but the task of placing the webcam still does not have a perfect solution.
HUAWEI and HONOR hide it in the keyboard, Apple had to cut out a piece of the screen, well, Lenovo settled the lens in a small ledge of the screen cover.
The webcam has a sliding shutter and an optional biometric user authentication function.A characteristic design feature of Lenovo gaming laptops, which is borrowed by ThinkBook 16p Gen 2, is that the axis of their screen hinges is shifted forward.
Thus, part of the bottom half of the chassis always remains in view.
At the top there are LED indicators that indicate the positions of the three connectors - power and two USB Type-A ports.
But the symbols light up only when the laptop is plugged into the socket, so you still have to look for the input for the power cable by touch.
The ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 has an excellent keyboard.
It has a number block and the character keys, except for the long-suffering \"~\", have

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