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Lenovo W701ds and W701  (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo X201  (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo X201t Convertible Notebook  (Source: Lenovo)
Dual screen W701ds ThinkPad is sweet and expensive

Lenovo is one of the biggest computer makers around and its products range from desktops and laptops to server systems for business use. Lenovo has rolled out a new range of notebooks and a new ThinkServer today.

The new ThinkServer is the TS200v and it looks more like a desktop computer than a server you would find in an enterprise environment. The machine can be had with Intel Core i5-670, 660, 650, or 540 processors. The machine can also be had with an Intel i3-530, Pentium G6950, or Intel Celeron G1101 CPUs. The chipset used in the line is the Intel 3450 and the system supports unregistered DDR3 RAM courtesy of four expansion slots. Other features include a DVD drive, space for two 3.5-inch HDDs supporting RAID 0/1. A single Gigabit Ethernet port is built-in along with x16 and x1 PCIe slots, ten USB ports, dual PCI slots, and VGA out. Pricing for the ThinkServer TS200v starts at under $400.

The ThinkPad W701 and W701ds notebooks – upgrades from the previous W700 and W700ds notebooks – debuted today and feature an Intel Core i7-920 Extreme processor or the i7-820 QM Quad core CPU. The 17-inch machines run Windows 7, Vista Ultimate, or XP Pro operating systems. The W701ds adds a second 10.6-inch WXGA resolution screen that slides out for supplementary viewing.

The machines support up to 16GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, Storage options include an 80GB or 120GB SSDs, 250GB or 320GB HDDs at 5400 rpm and 160/320/500GB HDDs at 7200 rpm. Both machines have X-Rite color calibration tech built-in. Connectivity options includes VGA, DisplayPort, DVI, Ethernet, a USB 3.0 port, and four USB 2.0 ports. The W701 weighs 8.973 pounds and measures 16.14-inches x 12.2-inches z 1.59-inches. The W701 starts at $2,199 and the W701ds starts at $3,799.

Lenovo also debuted the new X201 and X201s notebooks. The X201 can be had with Intel Core i7-620M, Core i5-540M, or the Core i5-520M CPUs. The X201s can be had with a Core i7-640LM or i7-620LM processor. Both machines can be had with Windows XP Pro, 7 Home Basic, 7 Premium, and Pro Ultimate. Both machines have the same 12.1-inch WXGA+ LED backlit display and support up to 8GB of RAM. Storage is to an assortment of 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm HDDs up to 500GB or 80/128GB SSDs. 

Graphics for both machines are via Intel HD GPUs and optional external optical drives are available. WiMax is optional and Bluetooth is included along with Wi-Fi for connectivity. 4-cell or 6-cell batteries are available with the main difference between the two models is the weight. The X201s with a 4-cell battery weighs 2.48 pounds with the X201 using the same 4-cell battery coming in at 2.89 pounds. Batteries up to 9-cells are available for both models promising up to 12 hours of run time. The X201 starts at $1,199 with the X201s starting at $1,599.

Lenovo is also offering a convertible tablet version of the X201 simply called the X201 Tablet. The machine can be had with an Intel Core i7-640LM or 620LM processor. The machine has a 12.1-inch LED backlit screen, an optional 12.1-inch super bright outdoor readable LCD, or a 12.1-inch multitouch capable screen. A variety of HDDs and SSDs are available for storage. Graphics are Intel HD, WiFi and Bluetooth are featured, and 4 or 8-cell batteries are available. Pricing starts at $1,549.

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By drycrust3 on 2/23/2010 12:15:01 PM , Rating: 2
The 17-inch machines run Windows 7, Vista Ultimate, or XP Pro operating systems.

and Ubuntu.

RE: mmmmm
By biggsjm on 2/23/2010 12:50:30 PM , Rating: 1
Or any other x86-based OS. But yeah, why is it just limited to Windows flavors?

RE: mmmmm
By Smilin on 2/23/2010 1:59:24 PM , Rating: 5
You know why. Don't be so obtuse.

RE: mmmmm
By bdot on 2/23/2010 3:16:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well I imagine Lenovo only supports it under Windows. The dual screen may have driver issues under linux also.

By Goty on 2/23/2010 12:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
Intel's mobile Core i3, i5, and i7 processors consume too much power and produce too much heat to be used in most laptops, IMO (excluding desktop replacements).

Give me a decent C2D over any Nehalem based processor any day. The performance is good enough for a laptop and I enjoy not having to go to the hospital for third degree burns to the tops of my legs.

RE: Processors
By DandDAddict on 2/23/2010 1:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
Then youre buying from the wrong vendor. I have an Asus 16 inch i7 with a 5730 and it runs much cooler and is lighter than my asus 14 inch with a c2d 2.4 and a 4650.

The power draw is about the same. You have to remember while the i7 cpus use more power by themselves the c2d chipsets use 3-4x the power than the i7 chipsets so generaly added together the i7s are on par with power ussuage or in the case of an i3 or i5 below a comparable c2d.

RE: Processors
By porkpie on 2/23/2010 1:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
"Intel's mobile Core i3, i5, and i7 processors consume too much power and produce too much heat..."

You must be joking. My Core i3 produces so little heat that I can't even feel the heat sink get warm to the touch...and I have the NON mobile version which uses more power than the mobile. It draws so little power that the PSU fan doesn't even spin up unless I'm doing video transcoding or something similar.

RE: Processors
By DandDAddict on 2/23/2010 2:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
Today is kinda slow at work so heres some actual numbers.

Im just going to stick with of the common mid range/high products for simplicities sake.

Name - base/top clock - tdp - cores/ w/ht
i7-620m - 2.66/3.33 35w 2/4
i7-720m - 1.60/2.80 45w 4/8

T-9550 - 2.66/2.66 35w 2/NA
P-9600 - 2.66/2.66 25w 2/NA
P-8600 - 2.40/2.40 25w 2/NA

The c2d quadcores dont list power drain for some reason on the main page and im to lazy to fish for it. But i assume its in the 35-45w area


I Series
HM55 3.5w
PM55 3.5w

C2d Series
GM965 13.5w
GM45 12w

Some of the less common c2d chipsets go to 7w but that is still double.

Also keep in mind the i7 chipsets to my knowledge do not have south bridges and the c2d systems do so to add that in too. All of the c2d chipsets come in at 3.3w if i recall correctly.

So even a 720 at 45w comes nearly the same to a P-9600 after you factor in the additional 17w required by the north and south bridges and if you do it to the 620 the i7 even comes ahead. Also this is all before you even factor in the fact the I series has much more agressive power management than the c2 series, the dynamic over clocking, and hyperthreading.

So for a real world example.
p8600 25w , GM965 13.5w , sb 3.3 , 4650 35w - total 76.8
i720 45w , hm55 3.5w , sb N/A , 5730 26w - total 74.5

So not only do you have a let loss of 2.3w power consumption before you account for lcd/speaker/ect. You gain a large increase in general system power or you could even swap in a 620 and drop the power to 64.5w for a clear winner. Also again this is way before you even touch the various power saving technologies built into the newer generation and this assumes both systems running flat out.

No word on Optimus
By ChuckDriver on 2/23/2010 9:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be very happy when I can buy an Optimus-equipped T-series ThinkPad. I was hopeful that Lenovo was announcing one when I read the headline. There was one at the recent Nvidia press event so maybe Lenovo will start selling them some time soon.

By atlmann10 on 2/24/2010 5:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
That is where the name Thinkpad came from, a tablet. I don't have extensive information on the new tablet. I would imagine it would put an iPad to shame. Either way if you wanna see a real tablet, not an upsized iPhone, check this out. It has a dual core ARM processor and a tegra2 processor, as well as a full OS 1080P default graphics capability.

A Lenovo server?!?
By ultimatebob on 2/28/2010 8:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
That's a surprising thing to see. I would have figured that they would have a non-compete agreement with IBM on server hardware, considering that they bought their laptop and desktop hardware division from them.

Music copying
By halenxe on 2/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: Music copying
By acase on 2/23/2010 1:05:57 PM , Rating: 5
You are a dooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccchhhhhhhe. That is all.

RE: Music copying
By porkpie on 2/23/2010 1:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
"the person is not only buying a piece of plastic and metal, the person owns the property for the price that was paid, and can do whatever that individual wants with that property,"

You REALLY should learn a litle about copyright law....and basic ethics, for that matter.

RE: Music copying
By AstroCreep on 2/23/2010 3:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
Umm...yeah, and at the end of the page for me I saw a comment from Homer Simpson in regards to thermodynamics.

Homer Simpson > BMG Attorney

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