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Lenovo dual screen desktop replacement weighs in at ll pounds

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.





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Over 3k and 11 pounds...
By Marlin1975 on 1/5/2009 8:48:28 AM , Rating: 1
Why not just buy 2 smaller laptops and have money left over? let alone be lighter as well.

Good thing the economy is going so well that many people/companys will have free money to throw at items like this.




RE: Over 3k and 11 pounds...
By ebakke on 1/5/2009 9:03:53 AM , Rating: 3
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Why not just buy 2 smaller laptops and have money left over? let alone be lighter as well.
Most people can only use one computer at a time. And the point is to increase the screen real estate. Two smaller laptops means two smaller screens, only one of which can be used for any given application.


RE: Over 3k and 11 pounds...
By randy915 on 1/5/2009 8:23:27 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Most people can only use one computer at a time. And the point is to increase the screen real estate. Two smaller laptops means two smaller screens, only one of which can be used for any given application.


Super niche product. If it's a desktop replacement, why not buy a 22"-24" LCD for your extended desktop and get it over with? I don't see Lenovo moving too many of these behemoths.


RE: Over 3k and 11 pounds...
By Smilin on 1/5/2009 9:47:49 AM , Rating: 3
Either you've never used dual displays for any period of time or you aren't a heavy duty information worker. Dual displays (running triple here) are a godsend.


RE: Over 3k and 11 pounds...
By diego10arg on 1/5/2009 10:16:55 AM , Rating: 2
According to GottaBeMobile site, the main screen features a 17? primary display @ 1920 x 1200.

Even I do enjoy DualDisplay, I found it quite useless on this computer with that screen setup.

Give me another 1024x600 screen on my Wind so I can use it as 1024x1200 and I would be much more impressed.


RE: Over 3k and 11 pounds...
By ebakke on 1/5/2009 2:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
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Even I do enjoy DualDisplay, I found it quite useless on this computer with that screen setup.
I'll take every pixel I can get. Always.


By Mojo the Monkey on 1/5/2009 8:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
Given the size, clunkiness, and overall heft, I foresee VERY limited sales.


The 10.6" screen is WUXGA?
By strikeback03 on 1/5/2009 10:25:26 AM , Rating: 3
Is that a typo? If not, lets get some of these in netbooks.




RE: The 10.6" screen is WUXGA?
By gstrickler on 1/5/2009 2:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
No, the main 17" screen is WUXGA (1920x1200), but the 10.6" secondary is 768x1200, which is essentially a WXGA screen turned sideways.


NICE!
By Smilin on 1/5/2009 9:46:17 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not a big Lenovo fan but this idea was way overdue.

Once you work on dual (or more) monitors it's very difficult to go back to a single. That right monitor isn't huge but it would hold an email client or some other frequently used app and leave the main screen open.




Typo
By jryans on 1/5/2009 4:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Does the the subheading (or whatever it is called) say "ll" (as in lowercase L) instead of "11" pounds? Seems like a strange mistake if so.




blog at work
By Dreifort on 1/6/2009 11:52:26 AM , Rating: 2
this computer will be eaten up by bloggers that may have a real job (no offense to any that don't).

but if they are blogging at work...what better way to discretely hide their non-work related blog than buy sliding out of view the 2nd display panel?




Someone had to say it...
By chmilz on 1/5/2009 11:54:24 AM , Rating: 1
Dual-screen porn ftw




By joex444 on 1/5/2009 11:04:33 AM , Rating: 1
-2


By harshbarj on 1/6/2009 12:22:32 AM , Rating: 1
They still let you post here? 181 comments and an average of -0.97 per comment.

As for giving the lcd away, I don't count a $3600+ starting price as 'giving it away'. While I agree it would be great and I would heavily use that feature, I just can't get over that price.

And yes OLED will be nice but for now it's expensive for larger panels and has a short life (the display in my sansa is rated at 2000 hours, or about 83 day of non stop use).


By superflex on 1/6/2009 8:22:02 AM , Rating: 5
Remember PS3, the doctor and court said you need to take your meds or its back to the nut farm.


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