Lenovo has released the ThinkPad W700 laptop aimed at photographers and designers, offering a built-in graphics tablet and color calibrator. What’s more, the display displays 72% of the possible color gamut of the Adobe RGB color space whereas most normal laptop displays can only show 45% (though new panel technologies becoming available allow up to 100% coverage).

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This 17-inch widescreen mobile workstation is bundled with the new Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M and 3700M Open GL graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory. It also features up to 8GB of high speed DDR3 memory, optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations, a 7-in-1 built-in card reader, a range of wireless connectivity options and multimedia capabilities including an optional Blu-ray DVD burner/player.

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Lenovo Unleashes Highest Performance Mobile Workstation with ThinkPad W700

Delivers Industry’s First Built-in Digitizer and Color Calibration Along with Ultimate Power, Multimedia and Display Technologies

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK , NC –   August 12, 2008: Lenovo today unleashed the ThinkPad W700, the PC industry’s highest performance mobile workstation. Lenovo brings the first built-in digitizer and color calibrator to a mobile workstation and combines these innovations with technologies such as the latest NVIDIA Quadro graphics, Intel processor technology, dual hard drives with RAID configuration, up to 8 GB of memory, a range of wireless connectivity options including WiMax and excellent multimedia capabilities including an optional Blu-Ray DVD player for the ultimate power and performance PC tool. Lenovo designed the ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation to exceed the demands of the most data and graphics-intensive users, in fields such as digital content creation, computer-assisted design and manufacturing, photography and science fields like oil and gas.

“Lenovo has engineered a new breed of mobile workstations with the ThinkPad W700,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. “No other PC manufacturer delivers the sheer quality, power and performance and cutting-edge innovation packed into this mobile workstation. It will truly change the way digital content and other application-heavy users work by simplifying and streamlining tasks to make them even more productive.”

As workers become increasingly mobile and demand desktop workstation performance in a notebook PC, the market for mobile workstations is growing. IDC reports that in the past five years, mobile workstations have grown to comprise almost 25 percent of the worldwide workstation market. By 2009, IDC forecasts mobile workstations to comprise 30 percent of the workstation market.

First-in-Industry Engineered Innovation
The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation takes innovation to a new level with a built-in palm rest digitizer and color calibrator. Designed for digital content creators and users, the mobile workstation’s digitizer helps them easily configure an image, either mapping it to the entire screen or to an area defined by the user. Workstation users, especially photographers will benefit from the built-in color calibrator as color continues to play an important role in their work. The calibrator automatically adjusts the display’s color up to four times a month to help provide the most accurate, true-to-life images.

Super-Charged Performance Unleashed
Equipped with the latest Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology, the mobile workstation can be configured with up to 8 GB of memory with 2 GB of that supporting Intel Turbo Memory. Lenovo also offers models with Intel vPro technology for complete manageability. The mobile workstation can be equipped with dual hard drives, with one of them being solid state drive storage. The mobile workstation also offers users wireless connectivity any way they choose to connect to the Internet, whether it’s WLAN or WWAN 2  or WiMax. Additionally, they can connect wirelessly to other devices using the mobile workstation’s Bluetooth and ultra wideband technology.

New Heights in Display Technology and Multimedia Excellence
The ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation delivers an unparalleled viewing experience with a 17-inch widescreen, optional 400-nit UWUXGA display. The display’s resolution provides more than twice the brightness of typical displays, and its 72 percent color gamut provides more than 50 percent greater color intensity than a typical display. These capabilities make it the ideal tool for 2D and 3D work. The mobile workstation offers excellent graphics with choices of NVIDIA graphics including the new Quadro FX 3700M PCI Express Graphics Solution with 1 GB of dedicated video memory. Users can easily watch high-definition video with the mobile workstation’s support for DVI, Display Port and VGA. A 7-in-1 multicard reader and five USB ports give users lots of flexibility in transferring content. Additionally, the workstation comes with an optional Blu-Ray DVD player.

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ThinkPad W700 specifications

Material • Mg-Al Top/PC ABS Bottom
Dimensions • length and width - 410 x 310 mm
• height - 41.4 mm
Weight 3.77 kg
LCDs 17" WUXGA & 17" WXGA+
KEYBOARD 7-row with TrackPoint
UltraNavi Yes
Fingerprint Reader Yes
Digitizer Yes (selected models)
Color Sensor Yes (selected models)
ThinkLight Yes , white (2pcs)
Integrated Speakers Yes
Integrated Camera  Yes (selected models)
VGA out, Display Port, DVI on System Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) & Modem (RJ11) Yes
IEEE 1394a Yes
Headphone & Microphone Jack Yes
Media Card Reader Yes (7 in 1)
Core CHipset Cantiga PM(ICH9ME)
Discretive Video Chipset nVIDIA
Intel AMT Yes
Intel Turbo Memory(Robson) Yes (2GB)
Active Protection System Yes (Non-RAID mode only)
Security Chip Yes
Penryn DC and SC Yes
Extreme Yes
Quad Core Yes
HDD •  SATA 2.5" - 9.5MM x 2pcs
• 160GB/7200rpm
• 200GB/7200rpm FDE
• 250GB/5400rpm
• 320GB/5400rpm
• SSD (64GB)

• BLU-RAY (12.7mm)

Swappable Bay Drive Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) GbE
Modem (RJ11)


Audio AMOM
WLAN Yes (3x3 MIMO)
UWB Yes(select models)
Bluetooth Yes
ESATA Supported at port replicator