ThinkPad P1 Gen 2: a Beauty AND a Beast

Battery Runtime

A quick and admittedly not-too-scientific look at battery runtime.

<soapbox> Not “life”.  Battery life is life-and-death – can it be charged or not.  Runtime is how long it will power the laptop once it has been charged.  </soapbox>

I followed the same procedure I used in testing my X1 Yoga Gen 4 and X1 Yoga Gen 5:  let things run long enough for the “gas gauge” to settle – usually after the charge level had dropped by one or two percentage points.   The results for those Yogas were eye-popping.  The P1, not so much.  No surprise, really.  There’s a lot going on with this machine: two SSDs, reasonable RAM (16GB for most of the tests below), UHD touch OLED display, and a hexacore CPU.  The numbers seem fairly consistent with my seat-of-the-pants take that it’s a 6+ hour machine.  I did not make absolutely certain that there weren’t things running in the background (don’t think so…) but will revisit and see how these times hold up.

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Idle Runtime

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Firefox Runtime

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 MP3 Runtime

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 MP4 Runtime

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Streaming Runtime

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