Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad W700 series back in August 2008. The beast of a laptop was a desktop replacement sporting a 17" frame, Intel Penryn-based processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and support for dual HDDs. One of the most unusual features, however, was the option of a built-in WACOM tablet for graphic artists which took up a large portion of the palm rest area.
Lenovo is officially expanding the ThinkPad W700 series today with the addition of the equally unusual ThinkPad W700ds. The W700ds brings all of the features/options seen in the original, but adds a secondary 10.6" display that provides extra desktop space for mobile professionals. For reference, most netbooks available today use 10.1" displays.
The 400-nit WUXGA 10.6" display slides out from the primary's display's housing and features a 72 percent wide color gamut.
"The ThinkPad W700ds dual screen mobile workstation challenged our international development team to engineer a notebook to fit the way workstation users work - in the office and on the road," added Mark Cohen, Lenovo's vice president of the Notebook Business Unit. "Bringing this level of innovation to the most extreme PC users required continually balancing size and functionality with keeping the PC cool and quiet. This mobile workstation is the result of where Lenovo innovation and performance intersect."
The 11-pound Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is available now directly from Lenovo.com. Pricing starts at $3,663. You can see a hands-on video of the ThinkPad W700ds over at GottaBeMobile.