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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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RE: Cool.
By TomZ on 8/13/2008 12:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


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