The sibling to Lenovo's awesome ThinkPad X1 Extreme, the ThinkPad P1 is more of a mobile workstation that has a focus on specialized design work thanks to optional Intel Xeon processors (CPU) and NVIDIA Quadro graphics (GPU). The P1 is cut out to operate on its own while in the field, but some worthwhile accessories can definitely complement it.
BenQ's 32-inch PD3200U monitor has a 4K resolution with a 4 ms response time for a gorgeous picture, and it hits 100 percent sRGB and Rec. 709 color gamuts. The monitor has built-in CAD and CAM modes for design work — the P1's speciality — and it can be adjusted for tilt, height, and pivot.
The 4K configurations of the P1 are compatible with Wacom AES pens, including Lenovo's Pen Pro. It has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity for a natural feel, the battery can last more than 150 hours, and it supports tilt function for improved shading. Each pen includes three replacement nibs.
Workstation in a box
Connect the CalDigit TS3 Plus to your P1 with a Thunderbolt 3 cable and get access to a ton of additional ports, including five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt 3, that can help you set up a workstation. When connected, it will even charge your P1 with up to 85 watts of power.
Protection with a handle
This ProCase sleeve is a low-cost option that nevertheless provides slim protection that can equally fit in at a coffee shop or boardroom. Its zippered main pocket keeps your P1 safe, a handle on top makes it easy to carry around, and it's available in six different colors to match your style.
The ThinkPad P1 gives you the option to point with a touchpad or TouchPoint system, but for true productivity, you probably want to invest in a mouse. There's really no wireless option better than the MX Master 2S with its ergonomic design, 70-day battery life, and precise Darkfield sensor that works on just about any surface.
If you plan on using your ThinkPad P1 primarily at a desk, an ergonomic keyboard can save you from wrist and forearm pain. Microsoft's Sculpt has a split, angled design that's comfortable to use for long periods of time, a separate number pad promotes productivity, and it has a padded palmrest for a bit of extra luxury.
Room for everything
Peak Design's Everyday Messenger is an outstanding laptop bag that has room for a lot of extra gear, ideal for anyone who can't seem to leave any hardware behind. It's full of interior pockets, has a sturdy maglatch to keep the lid shut when on the go, and its strap system keeps the bag in place on your back while biking or running to catch a train.
Sometimes you need to block out the world while you work on hitting a deadline, and these premium earphones from 1MORE will get the job done. Each earbud contains four drivers for ridiculous sound, an in-line controller includes a microphone, and each pair comes with a case and a bunch of different tips to best fit your ear.
If we're making some suggestions
The ThinkPad P1 can definitely work with all of the above accessories, but you might still be wondering exactly where to start. If you're serious about design work, BenQ's PD3200U monitor (opens in new tab) should be well worth the money and CalDigit's TS3 Plus (opens in new tab) will make setting up a workstation much easier than using a bunch of different adapters and hubs. Need some protection? The ProCase sleeve (opens in new tab) is an affordable option, and Peak Design's Everyday Messenger (opens in new tab) takes things to the next level for anyone constantly on the go.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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