updated 11:50 pm EST, Sun January 4, 2009
Dual-screen 17" ThinkPad
As anticipated by earlier reports, Lenovo on Monday officially launched the first dual-screen laptop. The ThinkPad W700ds offers a 17-inch screen along with a secondary 10.6-inch display that slides out from the main screen. Measuring almost 40 percent of the 17-inch primary screen, the 10.6-inch second screen slides out from the PC cover behind the primary screen. While it gives users extra screen real-estate measuring approximately the size of a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook, it only adds less than half of an inch in additional thickness to the mobile workstation over its predecessor (the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation).
Featuring 400-nit brightness and WUXGA resolution, the primary screen's 72 percent-wide color gamut enables more than 50 percent greater color intensity, Lenova said. The laptop also offers the many of the same specs as the previous W700 model, including its built-in digitizer and color calibrator for mobile workstations. The optional digitizer provides high-resolution, pressure high-resolution, pressure-sensitive control of the primary screen on either the primary and the secondary screen or a specific defined area of either screen. Select models also come with a color calibrator that quickly and automatically adjusts the screen's color to give true-to-life images and rendering 2D and 3D images, which are important items for digital content creators.
Previous reports indicate that most of the hardware specs of the W700 are expected to carry over to the W700ds, including its NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M graphics card, up to 8GB of RAM and available dual hard disk drives that can be set up in a RAID array. Battery life at full brightness is rated at a disappointing two hours. C
The secondary screen features a resolution of 768x1280 ands display adds about 0.4 inches (10 millimeters) to the W700's thickness along with nearly 2lbs of weight. The spring-loaded display is housed in what Lenovo engineers call a "pocket door" configuration and can be angled by as much as 30 degrees toward the user.
The ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation offers an optional DVD burner/player and high-speed UDMA compact flash reader, support for Dual-Link DVI, Display Port and VGA, a 7-in-1 multicard reader and five USB ports. In addition to WiFi, select models support WiMAX and an optional fingerprint reader, a smartcard reader and hard drives with full-disk encryption.
Lenova says the ThinkPad W700ds mobile workstation is available immediately through its website and business partners. Pricing for models starts at $3,663.