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Lenovo ThinkPad W700  (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo's new W700 features a built-in WACOM tablet

Lenovo ThinkPads are usually the choice of businesses when it comes to notebooks. In recent months, the company introduced smaller, ultra-portable laptops aimed at mobile warriors -- these models included the 13" ThinkPad X300 and the 12.1" ThinkPad X200; both are available with solid state drive (SSDs).

Lenovo is now expanding its ThinkPad lineup with a new mobile workstation model. The new ThinkPad W700 features a 17" WXGA screen (WUXGA optional) which is backed by either a 512MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M or 1GB NVIDIA Quadro 3700M Open GL graphics processor.  Outputting graphics to an external monitor is handled by a Dual Link DVI port, VGA port, or Display Port connector.

Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 will use Intel's latest and faster Penryn-based mobile processors and can be equipped with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. In addition, the system can be configured with up to 2GB of Intel Turbo Memory. Because of its large frame, the ThinkPad W700 can also accommodate up to two HDDs in either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration.

The ThinkPad W700's large frame also allows it not only to feature the traditional Trackpoint + touchpad, but also an optional built-in WACOM tablet for the graphic artists out there. Other features include five USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, multi-card reader, optional Blu-ray/DVD burner, and an optional dock which adds eSATA ports and digital audio.

"Lenovo has engineered a new breed of mobile workstation with the ThinkPad W700," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. "No other PC manufacturer has a mobile workstation that delivers the sheer power, performance and cutting-edge innovation that Lenovo has packed into the ThinkPad W700. The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation flat out delivers the command performance our customers demand at the desk as well as in the field."

Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 starts at $2,978 (2.53GHz/2GB/160GB/DVD Burner/Quadro FX 2700/Vista Business) and is available online, although it won't ship for another two to three weeks.

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By StevoLincolnite on 8/13/2008 10:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
The only thing missing is the illuminated keyboard with a switch to turn it off and I would get rid of my Toshiba Tecra in a heartbeat.

Still, I would love to see some form of "External" Expansion port so we could have External graphics cards which in turn should allow us to output to more Display Devices at the same time, the current "External GPU's" suffer from:

1) High Price.
2) Low Availability.
3) Poor Performance.

Axiom and MXM just doesn't float my boat unfortunately.

Possibly get rid of the plain black for a Silver/Black finish like the Toshiba's and Acers? Even though it's a work machine, Plain black looks dull to me.

RE: Cool.
By ZoZo on 8/13/2008 10:35:23 AM , Rating: 2
Unless I'm mistaken, Axiom has been dead for several years. It never took off.

RE: Cool.
By StevoLincolnite on 8/13/2008 2:58:55 PM , Rating: 2
I would consider MXM dead also, so many different variations of the MXM standard it's not funny, plus only a very few Laptops feature it.

RE: Cool.
By pauldovi on 8/13/2008 11:13:02 AM , Rating: 3
It has an illuminated keyboard... All Thinkpads do.

RE: Cool.
By StevoLincolnite on 8/13/2008 3:00:54 PM , Rating: 1
Not all, the Thinkpads line starts in 1992.

RE: Cool.
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/13/2008 11:21:07 AM , Rating: 2
At least some graphite effect or shiny black casing. That charcoal black looks not only dull, but also really old as in the 90's almost every laptop looked that way.

RE: Cool.
By Chadder007 on 8/13/2008 1:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Shiny casing is sooo yesterday. Fingerprints abound...

RE: Cool.
By LatinMessiah on 8/13/2008 1:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
In case someone steals it, they'll find the burglar via the abundance of fingerprints and promptly return your laptop!

RE: Cool.
By MamiyaOtaru on 8/14/2008 4:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
So you're the reason all the new eee's have that stupid fingerprint magnet glossy finish. Thanks a lot. You probably like mirror like glossy screens too.

RE: Cool.
By anonymo on 8/14/2008 7:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
The charcoal black that you find on Thinkpads now is probably the sexiest surface for any laptop I've ever seen. It's not your daddy's Thinkpad anymore, trust me.

RE: Cool.
By TomZ on 8/13/2008 12:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
Still, I would love to see some form of "External" Expansion port so we could have External graphics

I disagree. Considering that most people only use a laptop for 2-4 years before replacing it (and I'll bet that the trend is towards shorter replacement cycles), I don't see why a state-of-the-art GPU purchased today wouldn't serve well for the lifetime of the product.

And if you are someone who wants to replace the GPU after 1 or 2 years, you probably are also going to want to replace the CPU, memory, etc. - and so at that point, you would probably be better off just replacing the whole machine.

Bottom line - I think it's better to avoid the extra design work/space/cost and instead make the laptop a little smaller and cheaper.

RE: Cool.
By StevoLincolnite on 8/13/2008 2:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not asking for anything stupidly expensive, just a Simple Port.

There are other reasons for wanting an External graphics card other than "More 3D Graphics Performance".

As I stated above:

1) More Displays can be out-putted.
2) GPU's extend beyond the use of 3D Acceleration.

Heck if I had the Option to use an External GPU on my old Acer Aspire 1680 I would, The machine is sitting in the spare room doing nothing, if I could get an External GPU for it, I would probably drop in a decent Radeon and do 24/7 folding.

Plus allot of Laptops come with IGP's thus having an option to expand beyond that would be a definitive plus for allot of people.

RE: Cool.
By wvh on 8/14/2008 7:23:47 AM , Rating: 2
Possibly get rid of the plain black for a Silver/Black finish like the Toshiba's and Acers? Even though it's a work machine, Plain black looks dull to me.

And that's still a big understatement. These days – when you can even sell laptops to women as a fashion accessory – those Thinkpads must be the only laptops that look cheaper than they are.

Still, I wish I could afford one.

By Drexial on 8/13/2008 10:33:21 AM , Rating: 2
Half of this article is either wrong or misleading.

It features a 17" WXGA display and offers a WUXGA (For $225 more)
Only the 3700M offers 1 Gig of dedicated, for an additional $400 over the 2700M with 512 MB RAM

The WACOM Tablet is also an option that tags on an additional $150 (which actually isn't too bad)

RE: Misinformation
By Brandon Hill on 8/13/2008 10:39:49 AM , Rating: 2
The article has been updated.

RE: Misinformation
By Drexial on 8/13/2008 10:44:48 AM , Rating: 1
Another update it comes with up to 4 gigs of DDR3 not 8 gigs of DDR2.

Sorry I'm being picky. Did you get this from another article that had this info?

RE: Misinformation
By Brandon Hill on 8/13/2008 10:54:44 AM , Rating: 3
link broke
By legoman666 on 8/13/2008 10:37:19 AM , Rating: 2
The link to contains someone else's session ID and does not work.

RE: link broke
By Drexial on 8/13/2008 10:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
Strange I was just on it... worked the three times I clicked on it.

RE: link broke
By Drexial on 8/13/2008 10:50:28 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like Lenovo updated the options. It was available with up to 4 gigs of DD3 when I was on there before. Now it says maximum of 3Gig. So they may have changed something in the path as well.

RE: link broke
By Drexial on 8/13/2008 10:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
oops... never mind that was because I had Vista Ultimate selected... nothing has changed.

whats a...
By James Wood Carter on 8/13/2008 7:48:36 PM , Rating: 2
Gheezzz this sounds like a primitive question but here is gos......whats the difference between a thinkpad and laptop, or are they the same things ?

RE: whats a...
By kelmon on 8/14/2008 3:22:51 AM , Rating: 2
ThinkPad is just the brand name of IBM and now Lenovo's range of laptops, much like Dell has a range called "Latitude" and Apple has "MacBook". The more problematic distinction comes when determining whether a portable computer is a "laptop" or "netbook"...

Feature rich.. but..
By rollakid on 8/13/2008 10:23:42 AM , Rating: 2
Surprise that it doesn't come with it's own built-in miniature fusion power generator to last 300 hours of work time and a pencil sharpener...

But is this thing free from nVidia's mobile graphic chip problem?

I can see it now...
By LatinMessiah on 8/13/2008 1:35:12 PM , Rating: 2
Customer service call:

"Hi, the Wacom tablet on my laptop seems broken."

"What? You need me to ship the laptop in for repairs and I won't have it for hoe many weeks?"

By phanmc on 8/13/2008 2:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
The optional Wacom tablet looks tiny, would be a poor workspace for graphic artists. I'd be more interested if they offered a Wacom Cintiq-like tablet/display.

By Visual on 8/14/2008 5:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
For a minute there, I was excited - I fooled myself into reading the title as saying the laptop had a Wacom touchscreen. Maybe even with multitouch. That would have been grand. It is high time it starts to appear, on laptops and even desktops.

I also wondered if it could actually be a tablet-convertible and not just a laptop. At 17" that would be very rare... but not necessarily bad.

No go, though. Turns out tt is just some stupid normal laptop with an uncomfortably small tablet that probably works around as well as the trackpad would. Terrible.

I can hardly wait for windows 7 - hopefully it will make mutli-touch-screens finally appear, and outside of the tablet segment as well.

Heaavy maan!
By aquraishi on 8/14/2008 8:36:09 AM , Rating: 2
This is going to weigh a bazillion pounds! As someone who has carried his share of notebooks around I won't go over 5lbs anymore. Walking through airports, even crossing large parking lots day in day out - 7-8 lbs, which this sucker is going to weigh, well...just sucks. The only use I can see for it is for those users that like to be able to move computer through the house - their bed (bad for your sex life), living room, etc. Whatever. People will buy it.

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