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Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds review

£3606.41 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lenovo

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

While big-screen notebooks have become popular these days, Lenovo has taken the trend one step further. Its Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation has two screens, together with a quad-core processor and the best graphics this side of a desktop PC.

While big-screen notebooks have become popular these days, Lenovo has taken the trend one step further. Its Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation has two screens, together with a quad-core processor and the best graphics this side of a desktop PC.

(According to Lenovo, the notebook will be available as soon as it is officially announced at CES this week.)

In other words, Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds bends and breaks many of the rules of mobility. But beware: this weighty notebook has a weighty price tag to match - over £3,500.

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At 4.96kg and measuring a gargantuan 410x310x522mm, the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is about as big as a notebook gets these days. With its huge AC adapter, the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds has a ponderous travel weight equivalent to four of Apple's MacBook Air systems; it's sure to overwhelm any airline tray table.

Clothed in ThinkPad basic black, the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds has the best components available, starting with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme processor that has four independent processing cores, 6MB of L2 cache and 64-bit operations.

There's also 4GB of memory, an 8x DVD burner and a pair of 250GB, 5,400rpm hard drives that are set up to stripe data across the disks (higher-performance 7,200rpm drives are also an option). Whether it's for working with a CAD file or making sense of a large Excel file, no notebook on sale today even comes close to the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds - a computational monster.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds Expert Verdict »
Intel Core 2 Quad (Q9100) 2.26GHz Processor with 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 Cache
PCI/PCI Express
4GB PC3-8500 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2x SODIMM)
200GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
BD (Blu-ray) drive (24X CD-ROM)
17in TFT with integrated camera WUXGA 16.77 million colours, 1920 x 1200 Pixels
AC97 Audio CODEC, 2 x 2W Integrated Speakers, External VGA, RJ-45, 5 x USB, IEEE 1394, Microphone In Jack, Headphone/Line out, RJ-11, Docking/Port Replicator, Realtek RTL8111C Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Integrated, Intel WiFi Link 5300AGN IEEE 802.11 a/g/n, nVidia Quadro FX 3700 with 1024MB DVMT (Dynamic Video Memory Technology)
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64 bit Edition
Lithium-Ion, 9-cell battery
170W AC Power Adaptor
410x310x522mm
4.96kg
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is about as expensive as it gets these days. However, if your work (or play) requires this level of power and performance, it's well worth the price and weight.

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