Hands On with the Lenovo ThinkPad W700 with built in WACOM tablet

At the Intel SIGGRAPH booth, I ran into something unexpected at the Intel Software Network kiosk – a brand new (just announced this week) Lenovo ThinkPad W700.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700 about to swallow my bestickered Mac Book Pro whole

Besides being quite big (you can see it’s about to swallow my bestickered MacBook Pro whole), this Centrino 2-based monster’s claim to fame is the integrated Wacom drawing tablet in the wristrest.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700 with built in Wacom drawing tablet

The specs are extremely impressive, too: 17″ WUXGA (1920×1280) display, Intel Core 2 Extreme quad core 3.0GHz CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GPU with 1GB of RAM, and two hard drive bays for RAID 0 or RAID 1. This is pretty much the fastest portable on the planet.

Perfect for artists, webcomic creators, Photoshop junkies, and anyone else who doesn’t want to lug their external drawing tablet around. Instead, you can just lug the W700 around, because it’s a stretch to even call this bad boy a “laptop”. πŸ˜‰

I think this system has officially claimed the title of “Lapzilla” from the 17″ MacBook Pro. Saw some more of it at the Lenovo booth, and there’s no other way to describe it other than “monster”. πŸ™‚

Oh, and for reference, prices start at around $2900.

That price, however, doesn’t include much. Only a Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, lower resolution screen, no Wacom tablet, 512MB VRAM, etc.

Maxed out with all the goodies (Quad core processor – $875, WUXGA screen – $225, 4GB RAM – $170, Wacom tablet and Pantone color corrector – $150, 1GB VRAM – $400, 2 fast hard drives in RAID 0 – $435, and a Blu-Ray drive – $450 inflates the price up to a whopping $5500. And that doesn’t even include the even more spendy option for a pair of fast SATA 64GB SSD drives (which you can’t apparently RAID together), which would add another $2000+ to the price. Yikes. I guess the size isn’t the only “monster” thing about the W700. πŸ˜‰

Update: Here are a couple more photos, of the monster W700 trying to eat my little 8.9″ Eee PC 901. πŸ™‚

Big and Little - Lenovo W700 and an Eee PC 901

Monster Lenovo W700 Swallowing a closed Eee PC 901


Exclusive: 23 minutes of hands-on with the Lenovo and Aigo Mobile Internet Devices

OK, so I’m a couple days late, and I know I’ve been teasing you with photos and videoappetizers“, but I hope the quality/content of these videos makes up for it. While I was in Shanghai, China last week for the Spring 2008 Intel Developer Forum, I stayed a few extra days to work with the Intel Software Network China team, with the hope that I might be able to score some hands-on time with some of the Mobile Internet Devices that were shown for the first time at IDF.

There are only about 20 MIDs in the world today, all prototypes, and they were pretty much all at IDF. As you can imagine, access to them is jealously guarded, and they were pretty busy being shown off, participating in photo shoots, etc. My access to them got postponed, rescheduled, and moved around a lot, until one afternoon, we got the call. “You can come play with the MIDs if you can be here by 5:30pm.” It was 5:00pm, and Welles and I jumped in a taxi right away, headed for the Intel Software group’s Mobility Enabling Lab. I didn’t have time to go back and get my “big boy” professional video gear, so these videos were shot on my pocket Aiptek Go-HD camera, secured by a GorillaPod. I think they turned out pretty well.

Big disclaimer: the Linux-based software for both the Lenovo and Aigo devices I used is NOT final – there are some features that aren’t implemented, and performance optimizations that haven’t occurred. This is NOT how they’re going to be when they’re released commercially. There are crashes, slowness, and missing features in these videos. Think of this as a preview of the foundations of the software – what it’s capable of in general. Then squint your eyes a little and imagine the final version, a little more polished, sitting happily in your pocket. πŸ™‚

First up, here’s a 13 minute video of the Lenovo Ideapad U8 Mobile Internet Device (MID). It’s one of the more unique hardware designs, with it’s flared end, special limited edition Beijing 2008 Olympic color scheme, and hardware number pad, for T9 text entry. In the video, I take a detailed look at the hardware (Intel Atom processor, two cameras – the rear one is 2.0 megapixels, SD slot, GPS, USB ports, etc.), and spend some time poking around with the software/user interface:

You can download the high quality (640×360) MP4 version here – the file is about 153 MB. You can also embed/share the video on your own blog or site by grabbing the Show Player code from the video’s page on or by clicking “Embed” in the show player above.

Next up is 10 minutes of video with the MID from Aigo. I cover pretty much the same aspects of this device in the video as I did with the Lenovo Ideapad – hardware (sliding QWERTY keyboard, two cameras – the rear one is 3.0 megapixels, MicroSD slot, USB ports, “Smart Key”, etc.) and software and user interface. The Aigo device looks very similar to the Gigabyte MID, which has been floating around, making appearances. So much so that I suspect they’re manufactured by the same OEM, but I didn’t get any concrete information on this, so I’m just speculating. Here’s the video:

You can download the high quality (640×360) MP4 version of this video (117 MB) here, and get the embed code to share the video on your own site/blog on the video’s page on, or by clicking “Embed” in the show player above.

Now that you’ve seen the videos, I hope some of your questions have been answered. And, no doubt, you have new questions. I’ll do my very best to get answers for you, so post your thoughts and questions in the comments below. Thanks for being patient while I got these videos ready. I have a TON more video content that I shot at IDF, and that will be coming out as it gets processed/edited. But this is the juicy stuff, so enjoy! πŸ™‚