Spend $7000? Cos it’s worth it! Lenovo Thinkpad W701 | W701ds Review

April 13, 2010

ThinkPad W701 and W701ds Review

Are the ThinkPad W701 and W701ds mobile workstations the very best that money can buy? We give you the answer and tell you why you may want to spend close to $7000 to get your hands on one! There are not enough clichés to describe the power the ThinkPad W701 puts at your disposal.

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First of all, it goes without saying that the i7 processors on the new ThinkPad W701 and W701ds are exceptionally fast, and even the word exceptional, as clichéd as it may sound doesn’t do the performance real justice.

ThinkPad W701 – unbounded clichés!

Even the base-level processor – a quad-core Intel Core i7 820QM – blows away most mid-level workstation desktop machines. At the top end of the spectrum, the ThinkPad W701 features the Intel Quad Core Extreme Processor i7-920XM. That, combined with the option of 16GB of RAM – yes, 16GB, in a laptop – means that this is the first mass-produced laptop capable of successfully creating a unified field theory. Well, we won’t go that far, but it will handle literally anything a serious professional can throw at it.

To complement all of the processing power, the Lenovo ThinkPad W701 and W701ds also feature Quadro FX-series graphics cards, which mean that whether you’re designing a road bridge or making the next movie in the Shrek series, you’ll rarely have to wait long for rendering and buffering.

Storage, Twin Drives or RAID

For data storage, the Lenovo ThinkPad W701 and the ThinkPad W701ds both come with a range of options, from a Primary 320 GB Hard Drive running at 5400rpm up to 500GB Drives running at 7200rpm. In addition you can opt for a 128GB SSD. On top of that you can choose the option of a further Secondary Hard drive with the same capacity range, which will either be a vanilla twin drive configuration or a RAID 0 or 1 configuration that is set up by Lenovo as a no charge option. Very nice!

That should be plenty to manage the majority of your software packages and essential data and with the RAID option configured give you peace of mind in the event of a primary HD failure.

The display on the W701 is a wonder to behold. The 17-inch WUXGA RGB LED widescreen display, especially when paired with the Quadro FX graphics card, produces flawless images and seamless video with great color, sharpness and resolution.

W701ds – Dual Screen

Where the machine will really shine is in the W701ds version; in case you hadn’t guessed, the “ds” stands for dual-screen. The W701ds is the first laptop to feature a dual-screen display that is both high-quality and affordable; unfortunately, companies have had a hard time providing one or the other in the past. The second screen comes in the form of a 10-inch panel that pulls extends from the primary display case and which retracts when not in use.

The ThinkPad W701 and W701ds feature an integrated Multi Recorder optical drive. For connecting to the world at large, there will also be an Ethernet port, a high-end Wireless card, Bluetooth 2.0, and Wi-Fi options up to the Intel Advanced-N + WIMAX 6250 chipset

Lenovo doesn’t stop its innovation with the amount of power packed into this behemoth; it’s also one of the first companies to incorporate USB 3.0 ports. Whereas USB 2.0 ports can theoretically sustain a transfer rate of 480Mbps, the USB 3.0 ports are designed to handle ten times that – 5Gbps. That may not seem like a lot, but consider this. At full capacity, a USB 2.0 port would transfer a single-layer DVD’s worth of data – 4.7GB – in 10 seconds. A USB 3.0 would do the same in less than one second.

What makes the W701 really unique is the option of the Wacom digitizer which is perfect for digital content creation and CAD/CAM applications. The ThinkPad W701 and ThinkPad W701ds offer a 120mm x 80mm Wacom® palm-rest digitizer and pen. You can configure the digitizer to map to the whole screen area or a just define the screen area you want to use. The Wacom digitizer is compatible with a wide range of applications, from Windows® Paint to Adobe® Photoshop®.

Of course the ThinkPad W701 is ISV Certified. The ISV testing and certification process verifies that the ThinkPad W501 and W701 Series workstations will run some of the most demanding, graphics-intensive workstation applications.

ThinkPad W701 – Earth shattering power

When you look at the ThinkPad W701 and ThinkPad W701ds in context, as a combination of earth shattering power,  (there go those clichés again!) functionality, design, build quality and ergonomics, it really is the only mobile workstation of choice for design, engineering and graphical professionals.

The ThinkPad W701 starts at a base price of $2599, and the ThinkPad W701ds starts at a wallet busting $3299, which is by no means inexpensive, option one of these monsters to the max and you’re closing on $7000!

However, when you’re creating the sort of work that the W701 is capable of, you’re going to want the best that money can buy. Well, you are, aren’t you? We have no doubt whatsoever that the ThinkPad W701 and W701ds deserve the title, ‘best mobile workstation that money can buy’ so, wallets out and head over to configure yours!

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15 Responses to “Spend $7000? Cos it’s worth it! Lenovo Thinkpad W701 | W701ds Review”

  1. B on April 15th, 2010 11:41 am

    “At full capacity, a USB 2.0 port would transfer a single-layer DVD’s worth of data – 4.7GB – in 10 seconds.”

    I don’t think so. 480 gigaBITs is not 1/10th of 4.7 gigaBYTEs. 1Byte = 8Bits

    It would thereofre take 85 seconds to transfer a DVD using USB 2.0 and just under 8 seconds for USB 3.0.

  2. Steve on April 16th, 2010 3:10 am

    Nice Review!
    Are there any Coupons planed for the W701 in the next few weeks?

  3. Lars Gunther on April 18th, 2010 3:08 pm

    I am going to buy me one of these as soon as I get reports of Linux running without hiccups on them.

    A small nit about the article text, to transfer a DVD would not take a second, since it contains 4.7 x 8 bits. If the USB burst rate indeed would be the limiting factor (highly unlikely) it would thus take 7.5 seconds to transfer a DVD.

  4. Ian Orford on April 23rd, 2010 11:47 am

    Thanks Lars, sorry about the missing 6.5 secs!

  5. Ian Orford on April 23rd, 2010 11:50 am

    Steve, they are few and far between, but they do come up, if purchase of a ThinkPad W701 is not urgent then keep you eyes on the ThinkPad Coupon Code page

    We should see something over the next couple of weeks, make sure you subscribe to the feed! Cheers, Ian

  6. Ian Orford on April 23rd, 2010 11:58 am

    Seems like we are a few seconds out! I do believe the article was written with USB 3 in mind!

  7. Crunch on May 21st, 2010 8:43 am

    85 seconds to 8 seconds…

    10 seconds to under 1 sec…

    What do these two sets of numbers have in common in this scenario? The multiplication of 10. So let’s not lose sight of the fact that Ian was making the point that USB 3.0 is approx. 10x (ten times) faster than USB 2.0. ;)

    @Ian: Incidentally, the term “cliche” has a negative connotation. Call those crazy specs “superlatives”.

    I am getting a W701 as soon as I can figure out if it’s worth waiting for the time that HP’s highest-end machine, the 8740w, can ship the darn thing with its DreamColor 2 display. DC2 will give us plenty of brightness, ridiculous contrast levels, and over one billion (1000 million!) colors. Most importantly, it will have IPS technology (a.k.a. Flexview in ThinkPad speak. :D ).

    I’ve never owned a laptop that was not a ThinkPad…ever! I’m on my 12th one in 11 years. :D

  8. Ian Orford on May 24th, 2010 2:56 pm

    Thanks for your comments Crunch! The 8740w is undoubtedly a nice laptop. What gives the ThinkPad W710 the edge however is the wacom digitizer and the ds screen!

  9. Robert on June 17th, 2010 5:31 pm

    It appears that the ThinkPad W701 and W701ds are thoroughbreds. One question though, why would you put a Volkswagon Optical Drive in a Ferrari Laptop. I mean, come on Lenovo you’ve hit the mark with everything else on these machines, why not offer the ThinkPad Blu-ray Burner Ultrabay Enhanced Drive (Serial ATA) Model 43R9150 as an option in the customize list?

  10. Janice on July 17th, 2010 12:31 pm

    Robert: Because of availability and reliability.

    The w700 was offered with a LG GBW-B10N blu-ray (42T2539) for awhile, as a $800 option. But availability was sporadic. In addition the drive was LG’s first generation blu-ray so couldn’t burn DVD-DL disks. All-in-all was just a PITA the whole way around.

    The 43R9150 is better (can do DL), but is still a ways off from prime-time. Availability is still a problem as well

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  14. John Smithman on September 20th, 2010 2:09 am

    I own a W701ds. It came with no user manual, nor tutorial, to teach me how to use its super features. I have searched online for a tutorial. I have spoken with LENOVA Sales and Tech Support. No one can help me. They can’t direct me to anyone in my area (Vancouver, British Columbia) for a 1:1 demo on my machine.

    I am very disappointed that the company doesn’t seem to have any customer support services. It’s a lot of money to spend on a machine with no driver’s manual!

    Hopefully, someone will read this and provide me with some learner support?

  15. Ian Orford on September 20th, 2010 3:40 pm

    Here is the link to the Hardware Manual John, hope this is of help!

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