The Lenovo W700 we tested was configured as a "mid-range" variant, which "only" included a dual-core CPU, a DVD writer and traditional platter-based hard drives. The configuration listed below currently sells through Lenovo's website for $4,463. If you configure it with a quad-core CPU, a Blu-Ray burner, and solid state hard drives you can easily push the system to (and beyond) the $6,500 mark. A cost friendly system, this is not, but Lenovo is not targeting the cost conscious market with this model - they are going all out and targeting it at the high-end graphics workstation market, buyers who don't think much of spending $5,000+ on a system to work on. At its lowest level, you can get a W700 for a price-tag of about $2,500, but you'll be taking serious cuts in terms of performance and multimedia abilities. Here are the specifications of the W700 which we'll be testing on today, along with how Lenovo is describing this system for potential buyers.
"Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks are renowned for their innovation, and the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation does not disappoint, offering all of the latest technology features that can fit into a mobile PC system - with game-changing performance and capabilities. Photographers, designers and mobile pros, meet your dream machine. Whatever your endeavor, the W700 helps you unleash your creativity and succeed through the innovative use of technology." - Lenovo
Thinkpad W700 View in Device Manager
Our Lenovo Thinkpad W700 system packs in a lot of goodies, including several Lenovo firsts. Technologies such as the integrated Wacom tablet, hardware color calibration unit, and ThinkLight LED lighting systems are Lenovo exclusive at this time. The high-end QuadroFX 3700M graphics processor and high-resolution screen with DisplayPort and Dual-Link DVI outputs are quite rare in the notebook market today. Of course, when you're dealing with a notebook of this caliber and at this price point, potential buyers will expect everything and the kitchen sink to be included. We're off to a good start - let's see this thing in the flesh.