Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W701ds Power Laptop

PCWorld: Review – Lenovo ThinkPad W701ds Power Laptop

It’s huge (almost 9 lbs.) and expensive (starting at over $3,000) but this goliath among laptops gets the job done with its top-of-line features, including 2GHz Core i7 processor) and 17-inch, 1920-by-1200-pixel, main screen. It also has a pop-out second screen.

“If Paul Bunyan were a geotechnical engineer, the Lenovo ThinkPad W701ds would be his Babe. It’s hardly fitting to call this massive laptop a desktop replacement; it’s a workstation alternative, able to take your most demanding applications anywhere. In addition to ridiculously fast performance, this laptop offers a built-in Wacom drawing tablet, a color-calibration tool, and even a second LCD. If you crunch real-time data on oil rigs or if you design jet engines while flying over the Atlantic, this could be your new PC. Anybody desiring one of the fastest, most tricked-out, and most costly portables around will find a great sidekick here.

This ISV (independent software vendor)-certified laptop crushes every application it encounters. In tests with professional-level content-creation tools, including 3D Studio Max 2011, Painter 11, and Avid Media Composer, all of the programs ran smoothly. Demanding games can also bring down lesser laptops–but while gamers may not be this laptop’s target market, on this machine Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Crysis Warhead, and Supreme Commander 2 all looked great at high resolutions and maximum settings.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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