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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. People really like the sound and usability. The durability and performance also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the energy efficiency and reliability. There are mixed opinions on the image quality and keyboard.

screen, performance, durability, usability, sound

price, battery, touchpad, reliability, energy

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


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

Feb, 2009

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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 c...

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 system:AC 97 w/AD 1881 CODEC / HD / HD Audio
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):2
Number of battery cells:9
Run Time (Up To):2.1hour(s)/2.3hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:12MB/6MB


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black
Intel segment tagging:Professional
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:400
Display Diagonal:17 / 17.1
Display Resolution:1900 x 1200 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1200
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes

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


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700 / NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 / NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5 / 1.024
On-board graphics adapter: No
On-board graphics adapter model: No


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


Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad + Pointing Stick


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller


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


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
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
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n
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 Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD-ROM / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

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

Other Features

Audio system:AC 97 w/AD 1881 CODEC / HD / HD Audio
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):16.1 x 12.2 x 2.06
External display:Y
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:V.90
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / Intel 5300 AGN (3x3)

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.53GHz/2GHz/3.06GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):7.5 / 9.4 / 9.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel PM45 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410 / 820
Processing die size:107 / 214
Processor:Q9000 / QX9300 / T9400
Processor cache:12 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core 2 Extreme / Intel Core 2 Quad / Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Intel® Core™2 Quad
Processor frequency:2 / 2.26 / 2.53
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:Q9000 / QX9300 / T9400
Processor Number:Q9000/Q9100/QX9300/T9400/X9100
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series / Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9000 series for Mobile / Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479 / Socket L1
Processor threads:2 / 4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Quad

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35562 / 36727 / 40480
Processor code:SLB5J / SLGEJ / SLGEK
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


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


Cable lock slot:IBM / No
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS / HDD, Supervisor / Supervisor
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD, Supervisor / Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

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.
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Business
Pre-installed software:XP Professional 32-bit recovery Media
Trial software:Microsoft Office Ready 2007\nMcAfee VirusScan Plus


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 200 / 320 / 400 / 640

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

Technical Details

Technical features:x-rite PANTONE Color Sensor + Wacom Digitizer

Video Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB

Video Output

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

Weight & Dimensions

Height:1.61 / 2.06
Weight:10.9 / 8.29