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Lenovo Intros the Monstrous ThinkPad W700

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the generator-crushing dept.

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Engadget recently got their hands on an early delivery of Lenovo's new powerhouse of a laptop, the W700. Aimed at graphic artists and photographers, this beast is designed to really pack a punch. No word on how much for the extra fusion generator to power it for longer than 20 minutes. "Containing enough computational artillery to level a small village, this for-creatives-only behemoth is designed for sheer pixel pushing ... and little else. The system packs in two features aimed at graphic artists and photographers which are fairly unique to a laptop: a built in Wacom digitizer just to the right of the trackpad, and an on-board color calibrator. But what's happening under the hood you ask? Well, for starters the 17-incher sports the first-ever Intel Quad Core Extreme CPU in a laptop (no word on speeds at this point) as well as the first showing of NVIDIA's Quadro FX 3700 graphics chipset (with a hefty 1GB of memory on-board). The workstation also serves up dual hard drive bays configurable as RAID 0 or 1 (SSD or traditional disk, naturally), up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and an optional Blu-ray burner. Of course, that's fully kitted out -- the W700 starts at $2,978 and moves skyward from there."

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Yes but.... (4, Funny)

TechnoBunny (991156) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566045)

...can it run Vista/Linux/?

Re:Yes but.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566405)

Troll? You've got to be kidding me. Off-topic? Yes. Annoyingly overused meme? Sure. But Troll?

Re:Yes but.... (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566423)

Considering "blue tooth buttplug" above is modded up "funny", I'd say "troll" for this one is a bit off.

Re:Yes but.... (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566771)

Yes on both counts.

build quality (0, Troll)

Paolone (939023) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566051)

This looks like it could collapse under its own weight if you pull it up from a side. It's a real shame that since Lenovo took over the thnkipad build qulity went down so much. Sure, IBM machines aren't perfect, but since the T-43 they just got as flimsy and non-durable as the competitors.

Re:build quality (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566063)

I know what you mean.

Fucking chinks.

Re:build quality (3, Informative)

Paolone (939023) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566379)

No AC, IBM laptops were built by Lenovo for years (after they moved Laptop manufacturing from Greenock, UK) before they sold the home computing division.

Re:build quality (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566353)

The T43 is much flimsier than the T60 or T61. It cracks if you look at it funny.

Re:build quality (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566617)

Bullshit. I have a T43 and a relatively new T61... The T61 easily matches the T43 in terms of build quality, and both of them are rock solid compared to my wife's MacBook.

Re:build quality (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566811)

agreed - we moved to using T60 and T61's here - the quality is unmatched.

Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (4, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566059)

Apple needs to step up and try to match this.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (5, Funny)

daveime (1253762) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566085)

Yes, with something shiny costing at least $10,000, preferably with a cup holder for the Starbucks Latte.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (5, Funny)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566359)

... and a bluetooth buttplug. Don't mod me down, you were all thinking the same.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566457)

...you were thinking of buttplugs?! :-O

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (5, Funny)

muffen (321442) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566401)

Yes, with something shiny costing at least $10,000, preferably with a cup holder for the Starbucks Latte.

... but you need Apple's permission to put the Latte there.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (4, Funny)

paanta (640245) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566691)

...and even if they give you permission, they may remotely disable your latte if it violates your coffee shop's TOS.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (3, Interesting)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566425)

Perhaps the cup holder can be positioned over the CPU heat sink? That way it can double as a warmer or to brew tea.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (1, Interesting)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566265)

I was thinking the Lenovo is a nice product and a good price, but is it really nice enough to cut into the 17" MacBook Pro market? In other words, I don't think Apple needs to do much stepping up.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566373)

I think the built-in Wacom tablet is the differentiator, plus the extra processing power.

I used to have a 17" PowerBook; I "needed" the screen real estate because I was traveling a lot and doing Final Cut work. But it was huge. We used to joke that you could grill paninis or steam your dress pants on the keyboard (just press down on the lid). And don't let your 12" iBook get too close, or every time the 17-incher turned on Expose, it would suck in windows from the iBook... it was just LARGE.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (1)

jocknerd (29758) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566529)

I just downsized from a MacBook Pro 17" to a MacBook Pro 15.4". The 17" was too big for taking it on the road in my opinion. But I go to some local Linux User Group meetings occasionally and my 17" was completely dwarfed by all the Dell 17" XPS laptops. Those things were monsters. They looked about 3 times thicker than my MacBook Pro.

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (1)

iMac Were (911261) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566579)

The 17" was too big for taking it

I'm perfectly willing to give it my best!

Re:Apple needs to step up and try to match this. (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566709)

size queen much?

And... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566093)

hot enough to fry your eggs for breakfast.

Discrimination (5, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566099)

The Wacom tablet is on the right of the trackpad, a very inconvenient place for us left-handers. Just another example example of the man trying to keeps us down.

Re:Discrimination (2, Insightful)

Urkki (668283) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566207)

Indeed. So where would you put the Wacom on this laptop, assuming you still have to be able to sell a lot of them to make it worth making them in the first place?

(This is a serious question. Is there a solution?)

Re:Discrimination (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566285)

Yeah, I understand IBM's predicament. I'm half joking. Though it would be a PITA for a lefty, and even though 10 or 15 percent or whatever of the market isn't that big, it's still big enough to pay attention to. If the Wacom tablet really is a selling point, either this is a rather low-volume item or they'll almost certainly lose quite a few sales.

One potential option would be to offer a left-handed version. It seems likely that they could mirror some of the internals or rearrange things without too much effort, though perhaps not.

Re:Discrimination (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566309)

It's even quite possible that they could have made it so that the track pad and tablet were in removable bays like laptop CD drives and batteries are, thus making it customizable.

As another option, leave off the track pad and put the tablet center (or slightly right).

Re:Discrimination (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566429)

It really should be on the left, as it's designed for creative types.

Re:Discrimination (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566465)

Indeed. So where would you put the Wacom on this laptop

In the middle. Delete the trackpad. It has the traditional ThinkPad Trackpoint "nipple" in the keyboard: that, plus trackpad + Wacom = 3 pointing devices. I have an old ThinkPad X24 with only a Trackpoint, it's fine for running most software as-is.

I don't see a slot for the Wacom pen, surely there should be a slot it clips into?

Re:Discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566467)

that panel could be 'removable' with a simple connector arrangement, which would allow a fairly simple option on purchase to have trackpad - panel, or panel - trackpad.
Or, since it's essentially the same technology, the panel could double up as a trackpad with some sort of simple arrangement to tell it wether to expect something finger sized or stylus sized to be rolling over it.

Re:Discrimination (1)

JohnBailey (1092697) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566643)

Indeed. So where would you put the Wacom on this laptop, assuming you still have to be able to sell a lot of them to make it worth making them in the first place? (This is a serious question. Is there a solution?)

How about leaving the track pad out completely, and using the nipple for mouse duties, or combining the track pad with the digitizer surface?

Re:Discrimination (5, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566767)

So where would you put the Wacom on this laptop...

Oh I don't know, on the screen [lenovo.com] , maybe? You know, like a normal Tablet PC, which is exactly what this is except that Tablet PCs have bigger digitizers and work better because the strokes appear where the user actually drew them.

I mean really, what kind of idiot would want this?! It's like getting a really tiny Intuos [wacom.com] when you could have had a nice big Cintiq [wacom.com] for less!

Re:Discrimination (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566409)

Yep, another proof that chinks are fucking nazis

Re:Discrimination (1)

pbrooks100 (778828) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566571)

Exactly. Just one more great piece of technology limited to the righties. Aren't more artistic types left handed? It would only make sense to offer a left-handed version...

[spot the pun] (1)

wild_berry (448019) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566613)

The Man ain't trying to keep you down. It's nothing sinister.

Re:Discrimination (4, Funny)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566731)

The Wacom tablet is on the right of the trackpad, a very inconvenient place for us left-handers. Just another example example of the man trying to keeps us down.

Just turn the machine through 180 degrees, and viola! the tablet is on the left hand side instead. Some further modifications may be needed, of course.

Discrimination (4, Insightful)

Spad (470073) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566101)

a built in Wacom digitizer just to the right of the trackpad

Ideal unless you're left handed and therefore cursed to spend all your time catching the trackpad while trying to write/draw anything.

Re:Discrimination (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566147)

Nope not even ideal. I dont know of a single artist that would be caught dead using that tiny digi.

a 8X10 Wacom is easier to pack in the laptop bag than a mouse... so adding a digi onto the laptop is like having spinner rims on the car.... useless and for show only.

Re:Discrimination (2, Insightful)

Squapper (787068) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566219)

I am an graphic artist (3d/2d) and a Wacom smaller than A5 is quite useless for serious production.

Also, i don't see when i would require a portable workstation (for that is what this monster is trying to be). Better to keep the field- and office-work seperate.
I'd rather have my 24'' monitor too (even though the laptop's panel has quite nice resolution)

Re:Discrimination (1)

Urkki (668283) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566155)

Ideal unless you're left handed and therefore cursed to spend all your time catching the trackpad while trying to write/draw anything.

The secret, jealously guarded by a sect of IBM laptop fanatics, is of course to disable the cursed trackpad/touchpad frustrator device, and use the laptop the way laptops were meant to be used (in absense of a real mouse anyway), ie. using the red button of happiness.

Please don't tell me this thing only has touchpad...?

Re:Discrimination (2, Informative)

Squapper (787068) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566231)

Red button?
I guess you refer to "the clitoris".

Re:Discrimination (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566333)

Indeed, some of us also like to *just* disable the trackpad, while keeping the trackpad buttons live (Option "FingerHigh" "320" in xorg.conf). Instant 5-button tracking device! Very handy if you like to reprogram mouse input on your window manager :)

Re:Discrimination (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566197)

Well, a lot of laptops have a simple Fn+F* combination to disable the trackpad completely. I'm sure this laptop would support something like that. If it's not built into the laptop, I'm sure a software work around could be found.

Re:Discrimination (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566209)

Of course, the second I finished writing that post, I found this picture [engadget.com] which from my point of view looks like Fn+F8 is used to switch between the Wacom tablet and the trackpad. I think this would be most necessary anyway, to disable the tablet when you aren't using it, because it's right under where you would be resting your wrists when typing.

Re:Discrimination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566253)

>a built in Wacom digitizer just to the right of the trackpad

Ideal unless you're left handed and therefore cursed to spend all your time catching the trackpad while trying to write/draw anything.

>a built in Wacom digitizer just to the right of the trackpad

Ideal unless you're right handed and therefore cursed to spend all your time catching the wacom pad while trying to use your finger on the trackpad to do anything.

Re:Discrimination (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566289)

why not *just* have the digitiser? surely it'd make a pretty good trackpad?

Re:Discrimination (1)

heinzkunz (1002570) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566523)

I totally agree, they should have placed it on the left side!

Re:Discrimination (1)

Fumus (1258966) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566699)

The funniest part is, that most of the best known artistic people were left handed. Something to do with the fact that the right part of the brain is responsible for artistic skills.

Bundled extras? (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566113)

I'm guessing not many people will want one of these on their lap without heat resistant underpants so are they bundling a few pairs of (Lenova branded) heat-resistant undies?

Re:Bundled extras? (1)

claymore1977 (1343153) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566217)

Its a 'Mobile Workstation' and/or a 'notepad'... not a 'laptop'

Re:Bundled extras? (3, Funny)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566301)

It was, until someone sued them for back trauma after lifing one. It's now called a Non Tethered Personal Workstation

Re:Bundled extras? (0, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566809)

It's techno-bio warfare... they created high temperature laptops to kill off our sperm so we won't impregnate their Asian women with our large white dicks.

Slashdot would like to thank (4, Funny)

Evildonald (983517) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566121)

Slashdot would like to thank our sponsors, Engadget.

Useless lappys - hurray! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566125)

Why aim laptops at gfx people without card readers. Worse yet, say 3-1 in reader and not specify which cards it reads (Always reads the useless and outdated ones)

Made in China (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566141)

Made in China. Designed in China. So the Chinese are not only into knock-offs anymore. Beware!

Laptop market trends (5, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566157)

I predict that by the end of this year Thinkpads will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times larger, and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe will own them.

No SLI!!! (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566163)

Dammit! They could've made the first and the only laptop with SLI video card.

Seriously, why not just attach a carrying handle to a desktop and strap LCD monitor on the side?

Re:No SLI!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566251)

Dammit! They could've made the first and the only laptop with SLI video card.

Eh? Dell XPS M1730 has SLI dual video cards.

Re:No SLI!!! (2, Informative)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566269)

What, apart from all those other laptops that have offered SLI for a year or more?

Creatives Use Macs (2, Insightful)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566169)

Funniest part? It's creatives who use Macs, exclusively. Having worked for many media companies, they only consider Macs. This beast will maybe find some gamers who like it. The rest--nah...

Re:Creatives Use Macs (3, Interesting)

smallcaps (941957) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566201)

creatives use OSX... which does run on a number of thinkpads already: http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/HCL_10.5.2/Portables#IBM.2FLenovo [osx86project.org]

Re:Creatives Use Macs (1)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566337)

Yes, it may "run" but nobody who works in a Manhattan publishing house (I've worked for two) is going to bother with some off market Chinese crap. They are going to have their company buy Apple Macs. In the new company I worked for, I was stunned and elated to see that even DEVELOPERS are moving to Macs--even if they only desire to run in Windows emulation mode.

Re:Creatives Use Macs (1)

smallcaps (941957) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566615)

unless you work in architecture. then you are running CAD and parametric software on winXP.

Re:Creatives Use Macs (1)

paanta (640245) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566743)

A lot of architects I know do a whole lot of their work on macs, whether in windows emulation for CAD or natively in sketchup.

Re:Creatives Use Macs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566247)

Funniest part? It's creatives who use Macs, exclusively. Having worked for many media companies, they only consider Macs. This beast will maybe find some gamers who like it. The rest--nah...

How much would cost a Mac with those specs? Creative types should think more creatively :)

Re:Creatives Use Macs (2, Interesting)

claymore1977 (1343153) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566273)

Why. Most mac users I know love their Macs because they are Macs. Others love Macs because they aren't Windows machines. Personally, I see a time & Place for just about all OSes/hardware, but more often than not, there is just no talking to a die-hard Mac user....

Re:Creatives Use Macs (1)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566451)

"Which computer is more powerful... the one with the best specs, or the one you want to use?"

Apple has rarely been competitive on a performance-for-dollar basis. That's not their business model. They make computers that people want to use.

Re:Creatives Use Macs (3, Informative)

dyefade (735994) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566383)

*Looks around huge creative design agency office with around a 3:1 XP-PC:OSX-Mac split, all running CS3 collaboratively and scratches head.*

colors? (1)

Pink Fandango (1336947) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566175)

can someone care to explain the coloring of the Enter keys? Or is it just aesthetics?

Re:colors? (1)

ZERO1ZERO (948669) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566435)

Yes, They are blue. Blue is a well known colour, ideal for using in various ways in the physical world in which we live.

My wife's reaction... (5, Interesting)

ghmh (73679) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566183)

... (she's a graphic designer):

"Ooooooh!" (based on in-built Wacom thingie). - Interest level: High

Seconds later, "But it's not a Mac!" - Interest level: None

Re:My wife's reaction... (-1, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566283)

Wow, that's really closed-minded. Exactly the opposite of what I've been taught to expect from "creative" people. Is this why design these days is so stuck in the mud? Automatic rejection of any concept that doesn't fit inside the narrow-minded parameters of what everyone else thinks is acceptable?

Re:My wife's reaction... (2, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566393)

Or just the typical reaction when learning it doesn't run your OS of choice and the applications you use daily?

Re:My wife's reaction... (5, Insightful)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566403)

If she was rejecting any non-Mac product without having experience with Windows, possibly.

But I doubt that any computer user in the world has too little experience with Windows. If you've used Windows and you still don't like it, that's a rational choice (obviously one you disagree with, but de gustibus non erat disputandum), not prejudice.

Re:My wife's reaction... (1)

uglyduckling (103926) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566493)

How about... completely changing your workflow from a streamlined setup in OS X to something clunky and Vista-based. Having to learn how to copy a file all over again. Then having to change your desktop PC because it's too annoying running two different from your laptop. Then having loads of problems interoperating with colleagues who haven't been silly enough to ditch their entire workflow system just because a shiny new laptop with a digitiser pad built in has been released.

Re:My wife's reaction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566507)

Usualy creative minds want their tools in good condition. You will not see a painter painting with a dryed up paint and a broken brush simply because "the establishment thinks it's broken, but I'm thinking outside the brush"
It's not about the concept not fitting within any "narrowminded" parameterspace. It's simply the fact that Windows is a broken brush, so why not buy the one that works, and get the best tool for the job?

Some of the most creative people I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566703)

are the most narrow minded as well.

Being creative does not suddenly make you a saint.

Re:My wife's reaction... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566553)

Don't fool yourself. For as much as "creative" people like to separate themselves from other people they are just as much victims of branding and "the hip factor" as anyone else. Their fashions may appear different from the outside but their attitudes are the same from the inside.

I know just as many "creative" people who like to name drop as anyone else. They're just as much concerned with the utilitarian factor of an object as the teen-aged girl who needs a cellphone based on it's looks over it's functionality.

Re:My wife's reaction... (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566607)

On the other side, I have had people who have laughed at me when I asked them if they ran a Mac for their analytical computing needs, claiming they aren't "real" computers. So it's not a "creative" vs. "analytical" type of people, I would say that all people tend to be biased towards their preferred platform and the stereotypes of those platforms. (Incidentally, there's a lot of good reasons to run Macs to use as a desktop because they natively use the same host of software the big linux or unix clusters do such as X11 and sshfs, etc. with no need for cygwin.)

I believe... (0, Troll)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566203)

I believe the whole 5 minutes of battery life is pure pleasure.

Re:I believe... (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566213)

Don't think of it in terms of 5 minutes of battery life, think 5 minutes of UPS backup. That's plenty of time to safely shut-down.

Re:I believe... (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566549)

You must have missed the part about the Bluetooth Buttplug.

Economics of such a market? (1)

howardd21 (1001567) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566221)

I do not see the economics working to make this a long term product offering. The cost structure (high) and specialized nature of the device (size, features) make this a very limited vertical offering. Perhaps Lenovo can use it like a "flagship" product to show what else they can do, but I would be shocked if you could still get this a year or so from now brand new. Plus the fact that it runs Windows but is targeted at a predominately Mac user market place.

Very small niche - maybe? (0)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566257)

Who the heck would want this thing? If you need that kind of power you are much better off wit a desktop. The Lenovo monster is just barely transporable, but so is a desktop.

I am trying to imagine this smart-dressed designer sitting in a cafe in spring, and placing his/her 6 Kg powerguzzler machine on the fine cafe table in front - that image just doesn't work.

Re:Very small niche - maybe? (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566481)

The Lenovo monster is just barely transporable, but so is a desktop.

It blows my mind how WHINEY techy people are today. Just barely transportable? what are you incredibly weak and cant carry that much weight?

Cripes I carry around over 45 pounds in my backpack daily. on my back on the bike, in my hand up the stairs. and this laptop would make no difference in my day. Take out all my test gear that makes up the most of my weight problems. Plus the Toughbook I carry weighs twice what this could soaking wet.

It's VERY transportable. If I can lift it and carry it without hurting my back or getting winded walking up 3 flights of stairs, it's incredibly transportable.

Re:Very small niche - maybe? (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566689)

Be more sensitive! Keep in mind that for many on Slashdot the most excercise they ever get is tearing open bags of Doritos while clicking repetetively as they grind their WoW character.

I agree, it's not too heavy and some people like being able to take their work home without having to have 2 machines.

Re:Very small niche - maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566687)

I haven't shopped for laptops in a while (so I don't know whether this is rare), but I'd buy it just for the numeric keypad.

In other news... (2, Funny)

lbschenkel (751547) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566259)

In other news, TSA agents are salivating of anticipation.

The first laptop for left-handers! (3, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566335)

Left-handed users everywhere are cheering the W700, with its digitizer thoughtfully placed on the right so they won't inadvertently jog it when using the trackpad. "It might make more sense to turn the entire area in front of the keyboard into a trackpad/digitizer with software control," said Sandy Sinister of the Southpaw Liberation Army, "but instead they struck a blow for the cause! We're buying ten for our new HQ at Undisclosed Location."

Re:The first laptop for left-handers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566483)

..new HQ at Undisclosed Location

They can't build it there; that's where my Underground Lair is!

Re:The first laptop for left-handers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566485)

The SLA declined to comment when a reporter asked, "What if you want to use the digitizer?"

Re:The first laptop for left-handers! (1)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566585)

Well, you know, it might make more sense to not stick two digitizing pads (because that's what the tablet and touchpad are, basically) right next to each other, and either have one pad with software control, or put some bloody space between them. But I guess ACs don't read between the lines. Even in an obviously sarcastic post.

Looks... nice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24566441)

This is by far the ugliest laptop I have ever seen :) .... What were they thinking?!

Re:Looks... nice? (1)

otacon (445694) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566555)

you must not be familiar with the Thinkpad line. They all look somewhat like that and have for a long time. Some people prefer that simple business only look. I personally try not to be concerned with outward appreance, even though Thinkpads do look dated.

But... (0, Offtopic)

xbytor (215790) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566487)

Does it run OS X.

I don't see the point. (3, Insightful)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566531)

Anyone interested in a digitiser probably already has one, and a separate one is more flexible and probably better than a fixed one.

Analyzer schmanalyzer.

Take those out and you have an OK power laptop.

Re:I don't see the point. (1)

Hannes2000 (1113397) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566741)

yes, and if they are willing to transport such a behemoth laptop, there will also be some space left for a seperate digitizer.

Battery Life (1)

achenaar (934663) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566651)

4.73 seconds, or thereabouts.

Reasonable purchase (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566693)

This is for openGL programmers like me, rite?! I have an excuse to 15000 kr on this right? I need something decent for that gcc compiler or god forbid visual studio, right?! PLEASE TELL ME I MUST HAVE THIS!!

My laptop has a 4-core Xeon (1)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 6 years ago | (#24566725)

Not sure what the Quad-core Extreme Edition is, maybe it's the latest and greatest, but the X3350 processor in my laptop is good enough for me. It only has 960GB of hard disk, which is a bit gutting, I was hoping for >1TB but they couldn't get the 500GB hard disks.

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