Lenovo's new ThinkPad has 2 LCD screens

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News Posted: Sat, Dec 20 2008 3:42 PM
We've all done it — had two tabs or screens open, wishing we could have two screens on our laptop so we didn't have to keep switching back and forth between windows.  Enter Lenovo Group Ltd. The company's next ThinkPad laptop is more of a "desktop replacement" than ever. ThinkPad W700ds (a follow-on to the standard W700 model we evaluated for you here) will have a 17-inch main screen and a 10.6-inch secondary. The former is a bit larger than the a mainstream 15.4" laptop and the latter about the same size as the average netbook today.


 

It's far heavier than the norm, too — 11 pounds — and will be a bit pricier than we've come to expect from laptops — starting $3,600 when it goes up for sale in January. But check out its specs, according to ComputerWorld:
The souped-up "mobile workstation," as Lenovo calls it, also comes with customers' choice of quad-core Intel Core 2 processors and Nvidia Quadro mobile graphics CPU with as many as 128 cores. It also comes with as much as 8GB of DDR3 memory and a pair of hard drive/solid-state drive bays for up to 960GB of storage.
And know how you always reach for the separate numeric keyboard when you sit down with your laptop, then curse its non-existence? This one has it.

More tidbits:
• The secondary screen can be tiled up to 30 degrees.
• The main screen is rated at 400 nits of brightness.
• The ThinkPad has dual fans and dual heat-reduction systems.
• The whole thing measures 16 by 12 inches and is 2.1 inches thick.
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3vi1 replied on Sat, Dec 20 2008 7:08 PM

People may laugh at this and call it a gimmick laptop, but I guarantee Lenovo will sell everyone they make: All forty of them.

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DaveB replied on Sat, Dec 20 2008 10:46 PM

I'm Lenovo's target customer. When I'm in heavy-duty development mode, I need a secondary monitor to accompany my 17" desktop replacement.

Only problem is, I already have one - my 17" flat panel. And no, I don't need to carry it with me. On the road, I'm happy to do without, to save the weight.

Close but no cigar for me, Lenovo.

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I think some of those big stock traders will love this.

 

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AjayD replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 2:06 AM

Wait another two years or so and they should have OLED laptop screens that unfold like a tri-fold wallet. Sorry but this thing is just plain ugly.

 

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AjayD:

Wait another two years or so and they should have OLED laptop screens that unfold like a tri-fold wallet. Sorry but this thing is just plain ugly.

I agree and so heavy....I wonder how many medical payouts Lenovo will have to pay to customers, that is if they sell any!

 

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