Lenovo Thinkpad W700 Mobile Workstation

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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

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 (2.8 GHz) Processor

  • 1066 MHz FSB Speed, 6 MB L2 Cache

  • 4 GB of DDR2-1066 Memory (Dual Channel)

  • Intel 945-series / ICH9R Chipset

  • Nvidia QuadroFX 3700M Graphics Processor

  • 17.0" Widescreen Display (1920 x 1200)

  • Pantone Hardware Color Calibration Unit

  • DisplayPort, Dual-Link DVI, VGA Output Ports

  • Hitachi 7K200 160 GB Hard Disks in RAID-0

  • 8x Slim Serial ATA DVD-ReWritable Drive

  • 802.11 A/B/G Wireless Networking w/ Draft-N

  • Gigabit Ethernet, 56k Modem, Bluetooth 2.0

  • High Definition Audio with Stereo Speakers

  • 1.3 MP Camera and ThinkLight LED Lighting

  • SD/SDHC and Compact Flash Card Readers

  • ExpressPort 34 Expansion Slot

  • 5 x USB 2.0 Ports, 1 x Mini-1394 Port

  • Integrated Wacom Tablet with Digitizer Pen

  • TPM Security with Biometric Finger Scanner

  • 16.1 x 12.2 x 1.6" (W x D x H)

  • 8.3 Pounds (w/ Battery Pack Attached)

  • 9-Cell Lithium Ion Battery, 170W A/C Adapter

  • Windows Vista Ultimate Edition x64 with SP1

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.

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mazuki 6 years ago

i think i want to cry....it's so beautiful

Jimbo 2 6 years ago

Most thorough review of the W700 I've seen to date.          
One question: If I buy the W700 with one hard drive and want to add a third-party second drive myself, how do I obtain the rubber/plastic bumpers Lenovo uses to physically secure the drive in the drive slot? Are they just sitting there waiting for me in the drive slot when I remove its cover? (I'm not interested in RAID.)          
I'm hoping that Lenovo doesn't force you to buy add-on internal hard drives directly from Lenovo.          


epic 6 years ago

It's a Thinkpad so rest assured you'll be able to buy any adapters/sleds/sleeves needed from Lenovo if they are not supplied -- at a price of course. As a guide, the price for an Ultrabay SATA HDD adapter (to fit a 3rd harddisk in the ultrabay slot) is around $50. I'd hope the mounting kit for the primary and secondary bays would be cheaper though.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Thanks for the kind words, Jimbo and thanks for the detailed response, epic! Since we received the system with two drives in it, we're not sure how it would be shipped with an empty second bay. However, we would be surprised if the sled wasn't there since it's part of the configuration really.

We'll see if we can verify with our Lenovo contacts, regardless.

epic 6 years ago

According to the Hardware Maintenance Manual for the W700 the hard disk bays uses the same rubber rails for mounting as on other current TPs namely FRU 41V9756 which are available for around $30.

You may also need a thin sled/caddy which fits on the hard drive and provides a handy tab for easy removal -- at least this is what you get in other Thinkpads.

chrisconnolly 6 years ago

Hey Jimbo :

I'll more or less echo what Dave says on the matter. Lenovo shipped the system with two drives by default, so we're not positive on how they would ship if only one disk was ordered. I'm leaning towards that they would include the extra drive bay adapter by default, either pre-installed or in the box with accessories, but we're not 100% on the matter.

shanewu 6 years ago

We're evaluating the W500 at my work, and it appears to be a decent machine as well. Not sure why, but Lenovo switched from NVIDIA in the T61p to ATI with the W500. And the W500's ATI card doesn't seem to be implemented very well (issues with custom settings in drivers to set up CATIA optimization).

What video card does the Macbook Pro have? It's not the $1000+ 3700M is it?

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