Lenovo Announces The World’s Largest ThinkPad: The ThinkPad W700

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Lenovo today introduced the ThinkPad W700, a 17-inch widescreen mobile workstation offering unique innovations like a built-in digitizer surface and color calibrator for graphic artists and designers. The new ThinkPad W700 also combines new NVIDIA Quadro FX mobile graphics and Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processor technology with other features such as optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations, up to 8GB of high speed DDR3 memory, a range of wireless connectivity options and an optional Blu-ray DVD burner/player.


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The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation, Lenovo’s first notebook with a 17-inch display, extends Lenovo’s portfolio of workstations, expanding the offerings from the ThinkPad W500 and ThinkStation S10 and D10 workstations. Since working professionals in the fields of computer-aided design and manufacturing, digital photography and the oil and gas industries become increasingly mobile, they demand the features and performance of a desktop workstation in a mobile workstation. The W700 aims to satisfy those demands with a range of unique elements.


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As mentioned, the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation includes 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 draw or edit an image, either mapping it to the entire screen or to an area defined by the user. Digital photographers will benefit from models with the built-in color calibrator for the WUXGA (1920×1200) 17-inch display with 400NIT brightness and a 72% color gamut (typical LCDs only offer a 45% gamut). The calibrator automatically adjusts the display’s color in up to half the time of many external calibrators and with higher accuracy, resulting in accurate, true-to-life images.

The W700 can be equipped with dual internal hard drives, including solid state drives. Lenovo offers both the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M and 3700M Open GL graphics processors with up to 1GB of dedicated video memory. 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.

For external connectivity, the ThinkPad W700 supports Dual Link DVI, Display Port and VGA. A 7-in-1 multicard reader, and five USB ports provide additional connectivity. The W700 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.

Pricing and Availability

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 www.lenovo.com.

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