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Lenovo ThinkPad W701 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Lenovo ThinkPad W701 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Lenovo ThinkPad W701

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The Bottom Line

Jul 14 2010 - Lenovo's ThinkPad W701 is system that is deigned for a certain set of users. Graphics professionals and designers will appreciate its optional features that give it some of the best display, color and input features on the market. The problem is that the system already starts at a fairly high $2600 price tag and these extra features will increase the price. Outside of the targeted users, there are more affordable and equally power options available.
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Pros

  • Extremely Fast Performance
  • Very Sturdy And Reliable Design
  • Optional Built-In Color Calibration And Wacom Tablet

Cons

  • Very Expensive
  • Best Features Are Costly Options
  • Very Large And Heavy Power Adapter

Description

  • Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 17" WXGA+ (1440x900) LED Backlit Display
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M Graphics Processor With 1GB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, One USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire, Dual DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, ExpressCard/54, ExpressCard/34
  • 16.1" x 12.2" x 1.6" @ 8.4 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Professional

Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad W701 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jul 14 2010 - Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 laptop was a serious workstation class desktop replacement system with some unique features. The new ThinkPad W701 takes that same basic design and updates it to take advantage of new technologies. Key among these is the new Core 2010 processors from Intel. The Core i7-720QM quad core processor has no trouble running pretty much any type of program that can be thrown at it. The only downside is the base configuration only comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory that will limit multitasking or running memory intensive applications.

Storage features are fairly secondary to the overall design of the ThinkPad W701. The base configuration comes with a relatively small 320GB hard drive that spins at the faster 7200rpm desktop rate. Lenovo does offer options for larger drives including solid state drives and secondary drives. A standard dual layer DVD burner is included for recording and playback of CDs and DVDs.

The big features on the ThinkPad W701 is the graphics and display. The base 17-inch panel features a modest 1440x900 resolution but the optional 1920x1200 offers a slightly better color reproduction. Even with the base panel, the display is one of the best on the market for overall color gamut coverage and the anti-glare coating is a nice break from the glossy coatings on most laptops. Driving the graphics is the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M processor that does an excellent job with 3D acceleration for CAD and design. It is possible to play 3D games on it but that isn't really the purpose of the system.

Some of the best features available to the ThinkPad W701 are also fairly expensive options. Designers and graphics professional will definitely want to at least upgrade the system to include the built-in WACOM tablet for drawing and the Pantone color sensor to auto calibrate the display for the best possible colors. Those wanting even more display space can opt to move up to the dual screen version that includes a fold out 10.6-inch display but the color and brightness make it really only useful as a secondary tool display.

With all of this performance, the ThinkPad W701 needs some serious power. This includes a large nine cell battery pack and one of the largest power adapters on the market. Even with the large battery, the system has some serious running time issues. In my DVD playback tests, the system was only able to run for roughly one and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is very low considering the size of the battery pack.

With a base price tag of $2599, the ThinkPad W701 is certainly not a system that many will consider especially considering some of the alternatives on the market. If you happen to be a graphics professional or design professional, the cost may be well worth the outstanding features.

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