Author: Bob Buskirk
Well what can I say about this laptop, one thing that I know is that it is not for everyone. Not many people are going to pay upwards of $3,000 for a notebook, let alone the over $5,000 price tag of this one. This laptop has a specific customer in mind and it is a graphic designer. There are so many tools on this laptop for a graphic designer it has to be one of the only laptops that has all of these features. You have the very vibrant and bright display and the extra pull out display which is perfect for putting tool windows when using Photoshop. You have the monitor calibration tool and spectrocolorimeter which will calibrate the primary display. The Wacom digitizer is also a plus for graphic designers.
Under the hood you have a very powerful processor that can handle high load programs like Photoshop, Premier, and Auto CAD. Also you have the Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M, which is a 128-core CUDA parallel computing processor. It features a 1GB GDDR3 local frame buffer, 256-bit memory interface and 51.2 GBps memory bandwidth. This GPU teamed with the CPU is the perfect solution for encoding video and rendering 3D animations.
All of these features and it’s still a ThinkPad, so you get everything you would expect from a ThinkPad. You have the ThinkVantage Productivity Suite, amazing keyboard, fingerprint reader, durable chassis and much more. ThinkPad’s offer so much more than normal laptops!
Even though the pull out screen is a really cool idea and it does work well I did not like that it was not as vibrant and bright as the primary screen. And the backlight bleed on it was pretty bad.
With the high price tag this laptop is not for everyone, but if you have the cash and want a total desktop replacement geared toward graphic designers then the ThinkPad W700ds is for you. Overall ThinkComputers give the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds 17-inch Laptop a 9 out of 10 score.
- Innovative pull out screen
- So many tools for graphic designers
- Powerful CPU and GPU combination
- Built in calibration tools
- It’s a ThinkPad!
- The pull out screen is not a bright as the primary screen and has some backlight bleed issues