Lenovo Mobile Workstation Now Offers Dual-Screen Display

At CES, Lenovo will roll out a new version of its ThinkPad mobile workstation called the ThinkPad W700ds. This version of Lenovo's ThinkPad workstation offers two displays, with a secondary, 10.6-inch screen housed inside the main 17-inch display. Lenovo is also adding the option of using an Intel Core 2 Quad processor with the ThinkPad W700ds instead of the high-end Intel Core 2 Extreme chip. The Lenovo W700ds is being marketed toward professional photographers and those working in CAD fields.

Lenovo is unveiling a version of its ThinkPad W700 mobile workstation at the upcoming CES expo that will incorporate a second, 10.6-inch LCD display into the laptop, allowing users to have a workstation notebook with dual-monitor support.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds-the "ds" is short for "dual-screen"-will debut at the start of CES, Jan. 5. While Lenovo had been waiting for the show to make the announcement, details about the new mobile workstation began leaking out Dec. 18 and 19 on sites such as Engadget.

In August, Lenovo launched the original W700 workstation with a single, 17-inch display and the company is planning to market both versions of its mobile workstation to professional photographers, graphic artists and others working in CAD fields.

In addition to the secondary screen, Lenovo is offering users the option of ordering the ThinkPad W700ds with a less expensive Intel Core 2 Quad processor running at 2.26GHz and built on the newer 45-nanometer manufacturing process. When the original ThinkPad W700 came out earlier in 2008, Lenovo only offered the mobile workstation with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X9300 chip.

Click here for a first look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds.

What is unique about this particular workstation is the 10.6-inch, WXGA (768 by 1280) secondary display. Engineers added about 10 millimeters of thickness on to the original W700 design to incorporate the horizontal display, which is about the size of the screens commonly used with mini-notebooks and some "netbooks."

The goal was to allow users to bring the dual-display setup that they have in the office to the home or out on the road, said Wes Williams, a Lenovo segment manager.