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Lenovo ThinkPad P73 Laptop: i7-9750H, 17.3" 4K, 32GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, RTX 3000 EXPIRED

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Lenovo.com has Lenovo ThinkPad P73 Workstation Laptop for $1896.95 when you follow the steps below. Shipping is free. Thanks GabrielW

Steps
  1. Click here then scroll down and click Customize
  2. Under Operating System select Windows 10 Pro 64 [+$35]
  3. Under Display select 17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, anti-glare, 400 nits, Dolby Vision HDR [+$255]
  4. Under Memory select 32GB (16GB + 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz [+$225]
  5. Under Graphic Card select NVIDIA Quadro RTX3000 6GB [+$520]
  6. Under Factory Color Calibration select X-Rite Pantone Factory Color Calibration [+$10]
  7. Under First Hard Drive select 512GB Solid State Drive, M.2 PCIe-NVMe, Opal [+$75]
  8. Add to cart
  9. Apply eCoupon code THINKANNUAL
  10. Total should now be $1896.95 + free shipping


Specs
  • Intel Core i7-9750H 2.60GHz Processor
  • 17.3" 3840x2160 IPS Dolby Vision HDR Display
  • 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 6GB Graphics
    • 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 always on)
    • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort, Data transfer)
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort, Data transfer)
    • 1x HDMI
  • Intel AX200 802.11AX (2 x 2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 6-Cell 99Whr Battery
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Lenovo.com [lenovo.com] has its ThinkPad P73 workstation laptop on semi-annual sale for $1,897 with coupon code THINKANNUAL applied in cart.

EDIT: The new code for today, October 7, is THINKPADSALE.


Processor : Intel® Core™ i7-9750H (2.60GHz, up to 4.50GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache)
Operating System : Windows 10 Pro
Display : 17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, anti-glare, 400 nits, Dolby Vision™ HDR. 100% Adobe Color Gamut
Factory Color Calibration : X-Rite Pantone Factory Color Calibration
Memory : 32GB (16GB + 16GB) DDR4 2666MHz
Graphic Card : NVIDIA Quadro RTX3000 6GB
Camera : IR & 720p HD camera with ThinkShutter
Keyboard : Backlit Keyboard with Number Pad - US English
Fingerprint Reader : Yes
• 4-in-1 media card reader
• TPM Setting : Enabled Discrete TPM2.0
• Audio: 2 x 2W speakers, Dolby Atmos™ Certified.
First Hard Drive : 512GB Solid State Drive, M.2 PCIe-NVMe, Opal
Battery : 6 Cell Li-Polymer, 99Wh (Up to 17 hours*, includes Rapid Charging technology** Up to 13.5 hours on a single one-hour charge *Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.)
• Power Cord : 230W AC Adapter
Wireless : Intel® AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX (2 x 2) & Bluetooth® 5.0
• Warranty : 1 Year Depot or Carry-in
• ISV Certification
• Ubuntu and Red Hat Linux certified.
• 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort, Data transfer)
• 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort, Data transfer)
• 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 always on)
• HDMI 2.0

Similarly equipped laptops go for $2,400 and up on Amazon. This configuration looks good to me in terms of price to performance ratio. But your mileage will vary as there are other options you can choose to better meet your needs. E.g., if 16GB is sufficient for your workload, you can shave $150 off the price. If you have an extra M.2 SSD lying around, you can put it in the 2nd M.2 slot and save an additional $75 by opting for a 256GB SSD (instead of the 512GB) in the 1st slot. I would recommend AGAINST an HDD option though if battery life is important to you. You will likely get a much smaller 57W battery because of the extra room needed by a 2.5" HDD. If you have deeper pockets or if your work will pay, you can get the RTX 4000 and 5000 options (must select the 9850H CPU first).

You can connect up to 6 4K monitors to this laptop: 2 via each of the 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, 1 via the (DisplayPort enabled) USB-C port, and 1 via the HDMI 2.0 port.

This laptop is by no means a gaming laptop but you can game on it if you want. The Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 is based on the same TU106 chip as the consumer GeForce RTX 2070 (mobile) but with reduced shaders, clock speeds and memory bandwidth, so it's gaming performance should be between RTX 2060 (mobile) and 2070 Max-Q. You'll probably want to install the nVidia Game Ready drivers on a different partition/drive with another Windows installation to keep business and pleasure separate. Smilie

In professional applications, the Quadro RTX 3000 can be faster than GeForce RTX 2070 due to the optimized drivers. It includes features like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT), supports HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and H.265 video en/decoding (PlayReady 3.0). VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor.

EDIT: Looks like Slickdeals has edited my original link with a pre-selected configuration and now the link points to the general P73 page where you will have to select the options by yourself.
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For anyone interested: RTX 3000 is a RTX 2060 in gaming performance.
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I remember reviewers complaining about Lenovo's 300-nit 1080p display claiming it's dimmer than the competition and colors are somewhat washed out. I also suggested the 4K display in my post because it's brighter, supports HDR, and it can be color calibrated at the factory for 10 bucks. No color calibration is offered for the FHD display.
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Maybe it's just me I am old school but this seems like work more suited to tower. This has to run hotter than Hades, it's winds up being a what you ordered is pretty much what you are stuck with. I am sure there are a very few applications that demand a quasi-portable but I camn't wrap my head around this one. I have nothing but respect for Thinkpads. This system seems quite a stretch for Lenovo given their standard fair. This might be a great system BTW but has me scratching my head and I am no stranger to video work for a long, long time.
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Maybe it's just me I am old school but this seems like work more suited to tower. This has to run hotter than Hades, it's winds up being a what you ordered is pretty much what you are stuck with. I am sure there are a very few applications that demand a quasi-portable but I camn't wrap my head around this one. I have nothing but respect for Thinkpads. This system seems quite a stretch for Lenovo given their standard fair. This might be a great system BTW but has me scratching my head and I am no stranger to video work for a long, long time.
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I remember reviewers complaining about Lenovo's 300-nit 1080p display claiming it's dimmer than the competition and colors are somewhat washed out. I also suggested the 4K display in my post because it's brighter, supports HDR, and it can be color calibrated at the factory for 10 bucks. No color calibration is offered for the FHD display.
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I remember reviewers complaining about Lenovo's 300-nit 1080p display claiming it's dimmer than the competition and colors are somewhat washed out. I also suggested the 4K display in my post because it's brighter, supports HDR, and it can be color calibrated at the factory for 10 bucks. No color calibration is offered for the FHD display.

yep. i guess you could downgrade to 1080p with 4k
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yep. i guess you could downgrade to 1080p with 4k

My bad. I thought you meant opting for the FHD display under the Display Options to save $200 or so. Sure, you can dial down the resolution of that 4K display to 1920x1080. Maybe it's just me but I like how text looks in 4K. Much sharper and easier on the eyes even with 200% Windows scaling that I have to use on my 17-inch laptop.
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This seemed like a really interesting deal, but I just can't support these intel chips with the throttling.

I have a work "workstation" from HP that has the i7-8750h and it's piss poor in the performance department. My old i7-4800mq beat it in all workloads I used it in - even though on paper the i7-8750h is a much better chip. Also, my AW17 with the i7-4900mq blows both of them away.

After looking into the price, the EPP site seems to even have a lower price - just by about $100 similarly priced. Teach discount can bring you closer to the EPP price, but it's still a bit more.

If you are looking for the extra warranty then EPP offers about $60-90 off depending on the choice. IE, 5year basic is about 248 and 5 year onsite is about 319.
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My bad. I thought you meant opting for the FHD display under the Display Options to save $200 or so. Sure, you can dial down the resolution of that 4K display to 1920x1080. Maybe it's just me but I like how text looks in 4K. Much sharper and easier on the eyes even with 200% Windows scaling that I have to use on my 17-inch laptop.
how are the speakers on lenovo? dell precision has really bad speakers. and do you know what's the color accurancy on 4k? is it 100% adobe rgb?
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how are the speakers on lenovo? dell precision has really bad speakers. and do you know what's the color accurancy on 4k? is it 100% adobe rgb?
Lenovo's spec sheet says "100% Adobe color gamut" for the 4K display. 72% for the FHD display. No idea about the speakers, I'd be surprised if they are like MacBook Pro quality speakers. I wouldn't hold my breath though.Smilie I normally use good headphones and a dac/amp combo with my laptop.

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Lenovo's spec sheet says "100% Adobe color gamut" for the 4K display. 72% for the FHD display. No idea about the speakers, I'd be surprised if they are like MacBook Pro quality speakers. I wouldn't hold my breath though.Smilie

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i used to own w510 and then moved to precision 4700 and now using 7510. i got 7730 from dell but speakers were horrible, like 20 sound on 7510 is 60-70 on 7730 Frown
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i used to own w510 and then moved to precision 4700 and now using 7510. i got 7730 from dell but speakers were horrible, like 20 sound on 7510 is 60-70 on 7730 Frown
Yeah, plus those Dell Precisions have always been overpriced like crazy. All I have been able to find about P73's speakers is "2 x 2W stereo speakers. Dolby Atmos®-certified." No sub-woofers and I am not sure how those 2 paltry speakers can put out "immersive surround sound". My guess is, despite all that Dolby Atmos talk, the speakers are going to suck. I would invest in a good pair of headphones.
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Yeah, plus those Dell Precisions have always been overpriced like crazy. All I have been able to find about P73's speakers is "2 x 2W stereo speakers. Dolby Atmos®-certified." No sub-woofers and I am not sure how those 2 paltry speakers can put out "immersive surround sound". My guess is, despite all that Dolby Atmos talk, the speakers are going to suck. I would invest in a good pair of headphones.

Ya, I have a few pairs but I would like to have good speakers too. I wonder which of the WS have nicest speakers. I don't need subwoofer and stuff that you get on gaming laptops. i just want to be able to have decent sound.
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Ya, I have a few pairs but I would like to have good speakers too. I wonder which of the WS have nicest speakers. I don't need subwoofer and stuff that you get on gaming laptops. i just want to be able to have decent sound.
MSI WS? Nope, better stick with Dell Precision or Lenovo speakers. Notebookcheck: "The two stereo speakers are definitely one of the weak points of the MSI WS75. They are located at the front and underneath and have a power output of 2 watts. The results are definitely not what one would expect from such a large and expensive laptop. In general, the sound profile is very thin and tinny, and at higher levels all detail is lost in playback. Bass is pretty much non-existent - a small subwoofer would have helped here. For a little web radio whilst working, or Skype chats, the speakers are definitely usable, but for games or films they would detract from the enjoyment."
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