ThinkPad Mobile Workstations Gain Intel Core i7 Processors
Lenovo's W701ds and W510 mobile workstations gain Intel Core i7 processors and top-of-the-line Nvidia graphic chipsets to propel compute-intensive workloads that must be processed on location, wherever that may be. The ThinkPad W701ds has a second display that slides out from the lid and comes with plenty of external ports to handle additional monitors and a host of peripheral devices.The Lenovo W701ds adds Intel Core i7 Series processors and Nvidia Quadro graphics to the 17-inch ThinkPad, a double-screen mobile workstation that was already loaded with optional enhancements for specialized graphics applications. Mobile professionals who must process compute-intensive workloads while on location should consider the ThinkPad W701ds. For those who need exacting display calibration in a smaller form, Lenovo released the 15.5-inch touch-screen ThinkPad W510, also equipped with the latest Intel processors. The ThinkPad W701ds goes above and beyond by including a second, slide-out 10.6-inch monitor that is built into a pocket door behind the 1920-by-1200-pixel, 17-inch main display. The second, pop-out monitor makes the ThinkPad W701ds a portable display powerhouse packed into a luggable frame.
Without any extra components, including additional hard drives, the ThinkPad W701ds starts out at 8.97 pounds not including the power supply. My tricked-out test unit weighed just a hair over 11 pounds. To put system weight in perspective, the ThinkPad W701ds is in the same ballpark as other thick and heavy competitors. The real comparison is with a desktop unit that can easily weigh 40 pounds or more.