Finding the best rugged laptop or perhaps the best laptop that can perform well is a tough job. Time and time again, we\u2019ve seen rugged laptops with very old\/inefficient hardware inside that doesn\u2019t perform well compared to their non-rugged counterparts at the same price bracket. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 manages to fix that flaw of rugged laptops altogether.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Lenovo ThinkPad P52\r\nRugged laptops tend to come with low-end hardware to make up for the making cost of the robust body. But the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 comes with a legit mobile workstations level of hardware components inside, making it one of the best rugged workstations that offer good performance for the price.\r\n\r\nPower & Performance\r\nThe ThinkPad P52 sports an Intel Core i7-8750H quad-core CPU inside with a base clock of 2.20 GHz and a boost clock of 4.10 GHz. It is very much a capable CPU, but you won\u2019t be seeing the CPU boost all the way up to 4 GHz that often. We\u2019ll get into the reason why that is the case in the build quality section. The Nvidia Quadro P1000 inside is also a capable workstation GPU with 4 gigs of GDDR5 VRAM. At above $1500, a better GPU (something like the Quadro P3200) would\u2019ve been nice to see, but a P1000 is going to be perfectly fine too, for most workloads. And the 32GB RAM is more than enough.\r\nBattery\r\nLenovo packed in a six-cell 90WHr battery into this laptop. And that should give you about 8 hours of battery life with normal use. Once again, it\u2019s not even close to the LG Gram 17\u2019s 18 hours of battery life, but it\u2019s pretty darn good for the high-powered hardware it comes with that needs a lot of juice to run.\r\nPorts & Expandability\r\nThe ThinkPad P52 thankfully comes with a lot of actually useful ports. For starters, you get three full-sized USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort 1.4 out, a combo jack, and an ethernet port. But best of all, you also do get two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports that can also work as Thunderbolt 3 ports. The only thing that\u2019s a bit of a bummer is that it doesn\u2019t have a built-in SD card reader. There is an abundance of USB ports, so you can easily add a hub even while having multiple external hard drives installed for extended storage. But if you really need a built-in one, you need to go for the Dell Latitude 5414 Rugged laptop.\r\nBuild Quality\r\nThe build quality is pretty excellent overall. But the full-sized keyboard and the trackpad are just fine, nothing extraordinary. The legendary red-colored TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard is nice to have, but looking at the bigger picture, it essentially serves little to no purpose at all. But, one thing that\u2019s a bit of a bummer for this laptop, the cooling system inside doesn\u2019t really work very well at all. The processor overheats & rarely boosts over 4.0 GHz, and stays on the base clock for the most part.\r\nValue\r\nAt above $1600, the ThinkPad P52 does seem quite costly for what it offers. But at least it\u2019s a better value than the Panasonic Toughbook in terms of the provided hardware components inside. So we\u2019d say, for a powerful, rugged workstation laptop, it\u2019s a perfectly good value for money product overall. A bit lower price would\u2019ve been even better, but it\u2019s perfectly fine as it is.\r\nLenovo ThinkPad P52 Wrap Up\r\nAll in all, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is an excellent option to consider if you need a workstation laptop that can reach anywhere. Lenovo did a great job balancing both the rugged aspect and the performance of this laptop overall.