Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lenovo enters 'biggest, ugliest laptop' competition

Rob Galbraith reports: [edited]

Lenovo today has unveiled the ThinkPad W700, a widescreen 17 inch Windows laptop that has been developed expressly for the working digital photographer. In addition to CPU options that include Intel's new mobile quad core processor, a maximum of 8GB of RAM, up to three internal hard drives (two if you don't want to forsake the optical disc drive) and top-end Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M graphics, the W700 features an integrated screen calibrator and mini Wacom tablet plus both SD and CompactFlash card slots.

The ThinkPad W700 has many of the accoutrements you would expect from a premium performance, 8.3lb (3.77kg) desktop replacement. As mentioned, it can be configured with Intel's newest and most powerful CPU for portables, a quad-core mobile processor in the Core 2 Extreme line, plus up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and up to three 320GB, 5400 RPM hard drives (the third in the computer's user-swappable Ultra Bay).

The W700's 17 inch display is available in two resolutions; the higher resolution one is 1920 x 1200 pixels and incorporates twin CCFL (rather than LED) backlighting for a promised wide colour gamut that comprises about 72% of the Adobe RGB colour space. Maximum brightness is rated at 400 cd/m2. Graphics options are the new Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M with 1GB of VRAM, or the Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M with 512MB of VRAM.

Also available in the W700 is a 128mm x 80mm Wacom tablet, embedded into the right side of the palm rest. While optimally placed for right handers, the computer includes the ability to detect when a left handed person is rubbing the side of their hand over the trackpad and keys, ignoring that and instead recognizing only the tablet input.

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