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Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and build quality are on the whole positive. The performance and energy efficiency are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and touchpad, and there are some mixed reviews about the keyboard.

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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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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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

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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...

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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.

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Dual-Screen King-Size 'Laptop' Shreds Benchmark Records

 

Just when you thought there were no new tricks left in the laptop world … along comes something previously deemed impossible. With the ThinkPad W700, Lenovo offered the first notebook with a built-in pen tablet and a color-calibration system. Now it...

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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.

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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 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

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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...

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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 NotebookReview.com for our full review of this notebook

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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...

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Lenovo W700ds mobile workstation

 

Lenovo has long been known for innovative notebook computers harking back to the days when it (IBM) came out with the ThinkPad notebook computer. This machine served notice that it was at the top of the heap when it came to design and functionality....

System features a Wacom tablet, built in color calibration. . . and an extra screen

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

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:12MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.2in
Height:1.6in/2in
Weight:11lbs/8.4lbs
Width:16.1in

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:2752/2753/2757/2758
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

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller

Modem

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

Networking

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)
Type:BD-Writer/DVD/DVD-Writer
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

Processor

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

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

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

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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