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