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In a world dominated by news of little bitty laptops Lenovo is stepping in with the biggest, baddest ThinkPad ever, the W700.  This bad boy is aimed squarely at the professional artist, photographer, engineer and geophysical worker as the W700 is a complete mobile workstation.  If […]

W700_frontalIn a world dominated by news of little bitty laptops Lenovo is stepping in with the biggest, baddest ThinkPad ever, the W700.  This bad boy is aimed squarely at the professional artist, photographer, engineer and geophysical worker as the W700 is a complete mobile workstation.  If you don’t believe that then look at the maximum configuration possible:

  • 17-inch WUXGA w/ high color gamut (400 NIT)
  • 8 GB memory
  • 2 x 200 GB 7200 rpm hard drives (RAID capable)
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme quad core
  • 2 GB Intel Turbo memory
  • Integrated color calibration (Pantone)
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M- 1 GB video RAM
  • Dual link DVD-D
  • 802.11 n
  • Bluetooth
  • Ultra-Wideband WiMAX
  • 7-in-1 card reader
  • ExpressCard slot (2)
  • 5 USB ports
  • FireWire
  • eSATA (port replicator)
  • BlueRay DVD
  • Trackpoint
  • Trackpad
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Wacom digitizer on palm rest
  • 8.3 lbs
  • 170 watts

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The integrated Wacom digitizer on the palm rest can be used by CAD applications with a pen for detailed work or for controlling the entire screen.  I believe that is a first for a notebook.  Lenovo hasn’t said what version of Vista is installed but with 8 GB of memory it has to be 64-bit Vista at least.  The ThinkPad W700 is easily the most powerful notebook Lenovo has ever produced and possibly the most powerful ever from anyone.  The base configuration starts at $2,978 so you’d better start saving up for this bad boy.

Full press release after the jump.

Lenovo Unleashes PC Beast on Mobile Workstation Market with ThinkPad W700
Delivers Industry’s First Built-in Digitizer and Color Calibrator Along with Ultimate Power, Multimedia and Display Technologies

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – August 12, 2008: Lenovo today introduced the ThinkPad W700, a 17-inch widescreen mobile workstation engineered with game-changing technologies and innovations to exceed the demands of the most data and graphics-intensive users. Lenovo brings the industry’s first built-in digitizer and color calibrator to a mobile workstation and combines these innovations with first-in-market technologies such as new NVIDIA® Quadro FX mobile graphics and supporting next-generation Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Quad Core processor technology. Other features such as optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations, up to 8 GB of high speed DDR3 memory, a range of wireless connectivity options and excellent multimedia capabilities including an optional Blu-ray™ DVD burner/player make the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation the ultimate power and performance mobile workstation.

“Lenovo has engineered a new breed of mobile workstation with the ThinkPad W700,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. “No other PC manufacturer has a mobile workstation that delivers the sheer power, performance and cutting-edge innovation that Lenovo has packed into the ThinkPad W700. Gone are the days of compromise as the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation flat out delivers performance our customers demand at the desk as well as in the field."

The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation extends Lenovo’s commitment to workstation users, complementing Lenovo’s W500 mobile workstation and ThinkStation S10 and D10 workstations. As workers in fields such as digital content creation, computer-aided design and manufacturing, digital photography and science fields including the oil and gas industries become increasingly mobile, they are demanding the full-featured performance of a desktop workstation in a mobile workstation. According to IDC, the compound annual growth rate for the worldwide mobile workstation market has been more than 60 percent per year since 2002.1

First-in-Industry Engineered Innovation
The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation takes customer driven innovation to a new level with an optional built-in palm rest digitizer and color calibrator. Designed for digital content creators and users, the mobile workstation’s digitizer helps them easily configure an image, either mapping it to the entire screen or to an area defined by the user. High performance users, especially digital photographers, will benefit from models with the built-in color calibrator as color continues to play an important role in their work. The calibrator automatically adjusts the display’s color in up to half the time of many external calibrators and with higher accuracy, resulting in the most accurate, true-to-life images in an integrated package.

Super-Charged Performance Unleashed
Supporting the latest Intel processor technologies including the next-generation Core™ 2 Extreme Quad Core processor, the mobile workstation can be configured with up to 8 GB of memory with an additional 2 GB of Intel Turbo Memory. Lenovo also offers models with Intel® vPro™ technology for complete manageability. The mobile workstation can be equipped with dual internal hard drives, including solid state drive storage. The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation offers both the NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 2700M and 3700M Open GL graphics processors with up to 1 GB of dedicated video memory for exceptional graphics performance in a 17-inch mobile workstation. The hard drives can be configured for RAID 0 to help users access and save their data faster than traditional disk-writing methods, or users can choose RAID 1 for mirrored data redundancy. 

The mobile workstation includes WiFi wireless connectivity. Additionally, users can connect to other devices wirelessly using mobile workstation models featuring Bluetooth and ultra wideband technology. Models supporting WiMAX will be available later this year.

New Heights in Display Technology and Multimedia Excellence
As the company’s first product with a 17-inch display, the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation delivers an unparalleled viewing experience with a combination of leading technologies. Its optional 400-nit WUXGA display provides up to twice the brightness of earlier ThinkPad mobile workstation models, and the 72 percent wide color gamut provides more than 50 percent greater color intensity. The high resolution, extreme brightness and wide color gamut coupled with the NVIDIA Quadro FX MXM graphics solution results in a user experience unequalled in a mobile workstation today. For external connectivity, the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation provides support for Dual Link DVI, Display Port and VGA. A 7-in-1 multicard reader, and five USB ports give users flexibility in transferring and accessing digital content. Additionally, the workstation comes with an optional compact flash reader and Blu-ray™ DVD burner/player. An optional mini-dock extends the mobile workstation’s capabilities with eSATA and digital audio ports as well as convenient cabling for power, external monitors and peripherals.

Packed for extreme performance, the mobile workstation also features BIOS/port disablement and an optional fingerprint reader, a smartcard reader and hard drives with full-disk encryption. It will carry more than 20 certifications from independent software vendors. 

“Our engineers use Lenovo ThinkStation workstations to help them design the next-generation of Williams F1 race cars, making them faster, more agile and more performance-driven than ever before, said Chris Taylor, IT Manager, AT&T Williams. “We’re thrilled to see Lenovo deliver the workstation performance we’ve come to rely on now in a mobile, portable solution.”

Pricing and Availability2
The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation will be available beginning in September with models starting at $2,978. It is available through Lenovo Business Partners and http://www.lenovo.com.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world’s most exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see http://www.lenovo.com.

1IDC. 1Q2008 Worldwide Quarterly Workstation Forecast. 

2Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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  1. Gordon Cahill Monday, August 11, 2008

    With Vista you have all the “ink” functions of a tablet but without the direct to screen interface. You could still ink in OneNote or Evernote though. Annotations in Word etc would work. And if the wacom panel’s big enough it will be a photographers delight with the tablet built in.. hey, I’m a photographer… I WANT ONE!!!!

    Gordon

  2. nVidia graphics? That’s the best on the high end? Hmmm.

    Good thing JK has been working on lightening the rest of his load. I wonder what the total load out weight of this puppy will be? Any word on battery life? :)

  3. John in Norway Monday, August 11, 2008

    Wake me up when you can get those specs in a half pound, 8.9″ netbook with 10 hours battery life for 200 dollars! :)

  4. GoodThings2Life Monday, August 11, 2008

    Wow, that sucker is awesome! Not practical for my line of work, but I bet the graphics designers I work with would love it!

  5. Wow! Quite the piece of hardware. Of course looking at the placement of the Wacom tablet I am not sure I could use it being an “overhanded” lefty. I’d be hitting the keyboard all the time.

  6. I’ve started spec’ing a system for mobile video capture and processing. This computer’s potential is very attractive: RAID striping, high-speed connectivity, advanced display… Some might say it’s big, heavy and expensive, but the next best option is putting a desktop workstation on a roller-cart.

    James: I think the post should read “Dual link DVI-D”, not “DVD-D”.

  7. And Dell does not want to be out done…

    “YOU WANT freedom from your desktop workstation.

    We heard you. Welcome to our slick new concept for the ultimate Dell Precision mobile workstation, destined to be one of the first of its kind and the envy of all those who thought they had a powerful and cool notebook.

    Fully configurable, streamlined and gorgeous. Just think of the options:

    * Dual-core? No, YOU WANT quad-core processing power.
    * 8GB memory limitation? Forget that, YOU WANT more.
    * Storage. A few hundred Gig? YOU WANT a Terabyte and RAID.
    * 17″ screen? Yes, but YOU WANT 100% Adobe color gamut RGBLED.
    * 512MB of dedicated graphics memory? No, YOU WANT more.”

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