Lenovo's ThinkPad P70 is hard to beat for graphically intensive workloads. The 17.3-inch workstation is an absolute powerhouse of a laptop, making it the ideal tool for editing video or working with 3D engineering software. An excellent keyboard and superlong battery life sweeten the deal.
In terms of pure processing power, the P70 is one of the most powerful laptops on the market. It comes with Intel's new Xeon E3-1505M v5 processor with 16GB of RAM, as well as an Nvidia Quadro M4000M graphics card. That makes it well equipped to handle even the most graphically demanding tasks, such as 3D modeling or editing unprocessed HD video.
But you'll pay for all that power with diminished portability. Tipping the scales at 7.6 lbs., the P70 feels significantly heavier than the 6.6-lb. HP ZBook Studio G3. On the other hand, Dell's 7.6-lb. Precision 17 7710 is just as heavy as Lenovo's machine.
But the P70's keyboard is what really sets it apart from rival notebooks with similar specs. It offers an excellent typing experience, with about 1.9 millimeters of key travel. That's well above the 1.5 mm we usually look for in a laptop, giving the P70 all the comfort of a desktop keyboard. Plus, the keys feel snappy, with a satisfying level of feedback on each stroke.
Workers will also benefit from the notebook's superdurable design. Lenovo says the ThinkPad P70 offers military-grade toughness and that it was tested to withstand dings, shocks, dust and extreme temperatures. That makes it an extremely dependable workstation.
Check back for a full review of the ThinkPad P70 very soon, or check out our list of the best work laptops currently on the market.