Lenovo ThinkPad W700
I’m surprised that nobody covered this yet – the Lenovo ThinkPad W700. To think of all the product placement and sponsorships at the summer Olympics, this one still slipped through our net – almost. The Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is no ordinary, working class notebook. This is a desktop replacement that comes with all the relevant processing power and more. How else, you ask, is it any different from all the other desktop replacement notebooks in the market? For starters, this is the first of its kind to come with an integrated WACOM tablet that allows you to make graphical input, along with a bunch of other interesting features that we’ll take a closer look at right after the jump.
If you’re looking for slim and lightweight, look elsewhere. The ThinkPad W700 doesn’t pretend to be a petite and svelte piece of hardware, but instead comes out with guns blazing, thanks to the 8-pound 17″ frame. It is able to hold the fastest available Intel Penryn notebook processors, with enough space to store up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, dual hard drive bays with RAID support and SSD options (the latter would lighten your load a wee bit, and it might also result in a slightly longer battery life in the long run), a 17″ display at 1,920 x 1,200 resolution with auto adjusting options, a DVD burner (optional Blu-ray burner available) and a range of NVIDIA Quadro mobile graphics chips to choose from.
You won’t find any cramped fingers with the W700 since it features a full-sized keyboard and a numeric keypad, a large trackpad (I’d rather rely on a mouse though), a trackpoint and a WACOM tablet. Connectivity options include 5 USB ports, VGA, DVI, Display Port, Ethernet, Audio, ExpressCard, and a multi-slot card reader. Prices start from $3,000 and can only hit the sky from here. Image courtesy of Gizmodo.