Thinkpad P1 Gen 5 arrived yesterday, here's my new home office situation.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

Thinkpad P1 Gen 5 arrived yesterday, here's my new home office situation. 3 24" displays hooked to a Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock attached to the P1. The P1 itself has 32G RAM, 1T SSD, 3070Ti graphics. And another dock and 24" display hooked to a Surface Pro 7. I've got a longer active Thunderbolt 4 cable on the way which will let the monitors sit back a little more and the Thinkpad to fit better.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

Thinkpads Design and Aeron Chairs are Timeless ...

I kinda wish the new Thinkpad stayed with the matte black finish instead of the carbon fiber, I guess I don't like change.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

Nice Chair ... I got the same .

Did you know Thinkpad and Aeron are part of MoMA ? 😁

Yes! I remember the first time I saw an Aeron chair in a store and I thought they were over the top ridiculous. >:-)

yes but they worth the price
12 Years of Warranty and an Icon of 90s.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

Running something comparable. X1 yoga gen 7, 32 gb ram, 1280p, to 4 monitors(1x22, 1x27 2x24). Bar none the best 2 in 1 I've ever owned. UHD getting a solid 6 hours of battery life. Enjoying the new "glance" feature. Cursor follows my eyes to the the monitor I'm focused on hand free. Lte compatible...ir cam, just an animal.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

I could use some suggestions for programs that show off the capabilities of the RTX 3070 Ti. Something pretty like games even though I don't have the patience to play games or the desire to pay for any.

I haven't bothered to upgrade to an RTX card yet because it doesn't seem worth it. That being said, and maybe its the nostalgia talking, but Quake II RTX actually looks the prettiest example to me.

One of my motivations for the RTX was that we have an Oculus Quest 2, bought the link cable for it, then figured out that none of the computers in the house had a compatible graphics card - now we do.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

One minor issue with the dock is the fan runs a lot and is picked up by the microphone during video calls. I just installed a Logitech Brio camera which should give me a better camera angle but since it has a built in mic will get it away from the fans.

My other issue is that the Lenovo Thinkpad Thunderbolt 4 Workstation Dock comes with a stupid cable design - the power and Thunderbolt are two separate wires but go into a single connector housing at the dock, and are very short passive cables. For the Thunderbolt 4 side I bought a longer active cable, but there is no longer version of the power cable and with the stock cable you can't just use half of it. So the only option would be to not use the dock for power (wasting the 300W brick it comes with) and buying an extra power supply. If they only offered a slim power connector extension cable as an option I could make this work a lot better. I might have to hack something.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

How are you liking it so far? Specs?

Only had it for a day, but the 600 nit 4k touch screen makes the screen on my old T570 unexciting by comparison, and the T570 screen is actually pretty good. Core i7-12800H, 32G RAM, RTX 3070Ti GPU, 1 TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 SSD, NFC (just because I was curious). The 230W power supply is truly a brick, could hurt someone if you dropped that on their foot. Using for now the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 gen 3 dock, will probably upgrade to the Thunderbolt 4 when it actually ships. The only minor issue so far was when I was using it for a video call today the other person said she could hear the noise from the cooling fans in the background. Oh yeah, this thing runs warm, especially when driving 3 external 1920x1200 displays in addition to the built in 4k display.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

How's the battery life on the P1 so far?

Don't know yet, so far I've been running with the charger. Most of the time I use a laptop it's plugged in (I've got multiple bricks for previous machines where I tend to use them). I'll have to try on battery, but if I got 2-3 hours I'd actually be satisfied.

My son got an identical machine yesterday as well, battery life will probably be more of a concern for him when he takes it to college in a year. But with the size of this laptop I could also imagine him needing something like a Surface to actually take to class.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

The only issue that's come up so far is someone I was videoconferencing with said there was "static" in the audio which I realized was the microphone picking up the cooling fans. Will have to see how that goes - maybe there's a screen mounted Windows Hello camera with mic in my future.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

Why do you need all this stuff?

below. I'm also going to have to buy a copy of Flight Simulator just to see what it can really do. I also do a lot of other technology related things besides my day job, there's actually a small LCD screen between/below the two right Lenovo displays - I built and programmed that and it gets commands from the central home automation server that I wrote. The central computer watches the outdoor cameras I installed on my house and can visually detect a bear (I live in the woods) or UPS truck in the driveway. The clock in the picture is also a scrolling matrix display running firmware I wrote, also 3D printed the case for it. I do CAD design for 3D printing and CNC - I designed and cut the footstool under the desk on my CNC. You have no idea how deep the crazy goes...

I actually don't play any games, but have had a soft spot for Flight Simulator ever since the original IBM PC.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

So, what do you do with all this firepower?

Programmer and Technology Manager at a financial firm. It's not so much compute power that I need for that, but a lot of screens to have a bunch of things in front of me: two different Firefoxes, Thunderbird (internal and external networks), Microsoft Teams, and that's just the bare minimum if I'm not actually doing anything like running an IDE. The 3070 TI graphics card is so I can try Meta Quest development for fun after work.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

And core Temps never above 70...forgot there were fans.

That I might be jealous of soon

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

I used to have a setup like this. This is impractical. The only practical use is to photograph it and show it off and let the internet drool.

Why did you find it impractical? The only difference between this setup and what's been helping me be productive in my job for a couple of years is the new laptop let's me keep using the laptop screen while the front 3 displays are in use.

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

This is wow

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Oct. 10, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

What processor on the P1?

12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-12800H 2.40 GHz, 32G RAM, 1T SSD Gen 4, Nvidia 3070 Ti

, I don't know how you do it. I have one 27-inch monitor, and that nearly makes me blind. I could not handle your setup. 😉👍

I have a lot of things I want to keep in view and when I'm programming I spread the IDE over two screens (one for editing and the other for filesystem tree, console, warnings, etc). Then I've got Teams, two different email systems, and of course Pandora.

There's actually another screen that probably went unnoticed - I built this device with an ESP8266 processor and a 3.5" LCD screen which runs my own firmware and can displays alerts from the Smarthome system I wrote, so if for example if my system recognizes a UPS truck in the driveway that screen will say it recognized a UPS truck.

And I built this matrix screen which I didn't design but is running that same firmware (just configured differently) usually just displays a clock but on demand also displays scrolling messages from Smarthome.

, I don't program, but before I retired, I was a Hardware/software tech and never saw the setup you have. I love ultra-fast Laptops; that is why my last one was an A9 12th gen, but One desktop monitor screen is enough for me. That said, I do like yours. 😎

Smarthome can tell that little display to show anything, but here's an example.

Lots of displays is fairly common in the financial industry and while I'm a programmer not a trader it's still common for us.




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