Lenovo ThinkPad W700 in der haus!

digital darkroom Oct 17, 2008

A Fedex truck pulled up this morning bearing the (almost) fully loaded ThinkPad W700 laptop promised to me by the fine folks at Lenovo.

Quick Impressions

* Huge. The unit hides a 17″ 1920×1200 display, Wacom pad, the standard ThinkPad Touchpad/Nipple Mouse combo, thumbprint reader, built-in colorimeter, stereo speakers, stereo microphones, and webcam with space left over for whatever stickers you want to place there.

* Plain Jane. Compared to offerings from HP and Toshiba, the Lenovo ThinkPad’s Bauhaus matte black design is conservative in the extreme.

* Fast. With an Extreme Core2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, Vista Ultimate x64, and two fast Hitachi drives in a RAID-0, the unit flies. How fast it flies is yet to be determined, but Vista rates the system at 5.6.

* Battery Hog. Short of packing an onboard nuclear power supply, don’t expect amazing battery life from this desktop replacement.

Stay tuned, more reports to come as well as pictures.