Those working with specialized design and development software need a laptop with hardware up to the task, which is precisely what the ThinkPad P53 has to offer. It’s available with up to an Intel Xeon E-2276M vPro six-core CPU, 128GB of DDR4-2400MHz ECC RAM, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU with 16GB of VRAM, and up to 6TB of storage space. It also comes with a ton of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certifications, meaning it’s guaranteed to work with some of the most popular design and dev software available.
The 15.6-inch IPS display is great for multitasking, and you can opt for the 4K OLED touch version with HDR500 to see every fine detail. It hits 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, making it ideal for design work. The keyboard brings classic ThinkPad comfort and includes a full number pad. The Precision touchpad is accompanied by a TrackPoint system, complete with a red pointing nub and physical buttons.
Performance is, as expected, way above your average laptop, but that comes with a pull on the battery that sees it last only about five hours (with the FHD model) when going about regular tasks. Ports include two Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A 3.1, USB-C 3.1, HDMI 2.0, an SD card reader, 3.5mm audio, and RJ45 Ethernet. Wi-Fi 6 compatibility and optional LTE connectivity rounds things out.