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Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the energy efficiency and usability. The durability and performance are also mentioned favorably. The keyboard and size get mixed opinions, while some have doubts about the touchpad and reliability.

screen, performance, durability, usability, energy

price, battery, reliability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Lenovo Thinkpad W700 / W700ds Notebook


Size matters.Not only in the gaming sector but also in profession ...

Robust chassis ; Extensive connection options ; 3 year warranty ex-factory ; Win XP and Vista available ; User-friendly touchpad/trackpoint combination ; Integrated graphic tablet available ; Bright display with good contrast ; Integrated colorimeter...

Typing behavior needs getting used to ; Mediocre display illumination ; Mediocre performance in single applications benchmarks ; Low battery life

With a good business image: HP EliteBook 8730w, Dell Precision M6400; possibly the flossy barebones, for instance from Nexoc, Schenker Notebook, or Deviltech

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds


The W700ds will make a huge dent in both your wallet and your lap, but for power users, it's tough to beat.

Impressive performance, Pop-out 10.6-inch screen, Integrated tablet

It costs HOW MUCH?, Very heavy, Very low battery life

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (

Thinkpad W700DS


When I reviewed Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 desktop replacement notebook, I described it as taking a kitchen-sink approach to mobile computing, mainly because it has a high-end CPU and workstation graphics, a huge screen, and an integrated drawing tablet....

Lightweight, for such a large notebook Excellent drawing tablet

Angle of view on LCD is pretty narrow Enormous power brick

The second screen doesn't add much functionality, and it consumes an inordinate amount of battery life. It's a pretty big waste of money, too--it adds $420 to the cost of an otherwise-comparable W700. For that money, you could buy a 24-inch desktop...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Alan Stafford (

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds Laptop Review


Lightweight, for such a large notebook ; Excellent drawing tablet

Angle of view on LCD is pretty narrow ; Enormous power brick

The idea of a second screen latched onto a huge desktop replacement notebook sounds good on paper, but it's not fully-baked.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Christopher Null (

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W700DS


Just when you thought there were no new tricks left in the laptop world … along comes something previously deemed impossible. Lenovo ThinkPad W700DS 8/10...

Secondary screen is a novelty of breathtaking proportions. Loaded with ports, including five USB, full-size DVI out and HDMI out. Unmatched performance in a laptop. 94 minutes of battery life isn’t bad for a machine this big

If you got room for two displays, is it wrong to think you ought to have room for three? Gargantuan size, weight, price. Smells like burning

Feb, 2009


Expert review by: Nick Mokey (

Lenovo W700ds Review


For those of us who live and work on gigantic dual displays, making the transition to a cramped little notebook screen when it's time to get things done on the road has never been easy. We're spoiled. But there's really never been any alternative,...

Extra 10.6-inch screen; incredible computing power; vibrant display; solid build quality

Size and weight; reliability; battery life; undersized track pad; weak secondary display; ultra-premium price

The side screen's small size, poor image quality and buggy drivers all conspired to make it truly a tough sell.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Stevens (

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds laptop review: two screens of fury in one hefty package


Lenovo's W700ds stands out from the rest in an incredibly crowded laptop market -- and not just because it's bigger than almost any two of its competitors combined. It's one of the very few laptops to offer an auxiliary display and has room for a full...

Plenty of power ; Screen real-estate for miles ; Integrated digitizer

Back-breaking heft ; Questionable ergonomics ; Hardly an impulse buy

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: David Rasnake (

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds Review


The W700ds isn't a replacement or a refresh of the original, but rather, an optional upgrade to the same basic platform that makes good on Lenovo's long-rumored promise to launch a notebook with dual displays. As NBR editor Jerry Jackson noted when he...

Desktop-like performance in a notebook – now with two screens ; Build quality still as good as always ; Very good primary display with built-in color calibrator ; Keyboard is as good as the one on my desk

Built-in calibrator doesn’t support second display ; Small onboard digitizer features a terrible pen ; Multimedia performance doesn't quite cut it ; Performance upgrades will elevate the price significantly

In the time since our first W700 review, though, I’ve also had the chance to spend a lot more time with the original W700, and to get to know the W700ds seen here as well. And out of this experience, the general consensus around the NBR office seems to...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds First Look Review


As announced earlier this week, the new ThinkPad W700ds is the first notebook to offer a true dual-screen mobile solution. This massive powerhouse packs more technology inside its all-black chassis than most workstation desktops. From two bright...

Stay tuned to for our full review of this notebook

Jan, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Avram Piltch (

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds


Is a quad-core processor, built-in digitizer, and color-calibrator not enough innovation for you? Lenovo also crams in a slide-out second display into this behemoth workstation.

Like previous W700s, the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds incorporates a slew of innovative features, but its secondary display is truly groundbreaking. Exact pricing has not yet been set, but our configuration is valued at close to $4,600 without the secondary...

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds offers all the performance and technology features that make the W700 the ultimate mobile workstation, plus a second, retractable 10.6" screen that expands the display area by 39 percent for enhanced, dual-screen productivity.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):2.1hour(s)/2.3hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:12MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1200
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds

Input Device

Type:Digital pen / Digitizer / Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Digital pen / Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0/802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.53GHz/2GHz/3.06GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:Q9000/Q9100/QX9300/T9400/X9100
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Quad


Installed Size:2GB/4GB/8GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/320GB/500GB/640GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M/NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M