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The W700 is the company’s biggest notebook yet, but the question remains whether size equal performance? Channel Insider checks out what this monster can do.

The system offers a 17" LCD display, which rivals desktop monitors with its 1920×1200 (WUXGA) resolution and 400 nit brightness. That display is powered by a NVIDIA Quardro FX3700M graphics card with 1 Gbyte of memory, which helps to make short work of most graphics-intensive processes. Of course, a workstation must have more to it than a big display and fancy graphics card. Here, the M700 brings an Intel Core2 Extreme Q9300 CPU to the table, backed up by 4 Gbytes of DDR3 memory, to make sure workstation performance expectations are met. Lenovo also integrates 2 Gbytes of Intel Turbo memory into the W700, which further boosts performance for Windows Vista users. The Intel Turbo memory helps to boost the performance of the system’s pair of 160 Gbyte Seagate Sata hard drives, which are configured as a RAID 0 array of 300 Gbytes. The Intel Turbo memory uses Microsoft’s Readyboost and Readydrive caching technologies to boost hard drive access. The combination of high-speed drives, Raid 0 and Intel Turbo memory makes the W700 a real performer, especially for those looking to edit digital video.

Our review sample has a price point of about $5,300, making the W700 an expensive performer, to say the least. But, that big hit on the pocket book does buy a lot of capabilities. Our review unit came configured as follows:

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9300 (2.53GHz 1066MHz 12MBL2)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64  
  • 17" WUXGA 400NIT TFT LCD Display  
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 128-core CUDA parallel computing processor 1GB (dedicated)
  • 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
  • Ultranav + Fingerprint Reader + Pantone Color Sensor      1  
  • 1.3 Megapixel Integrated Camera      1  
  • Primary SATA RAID 0 - Dual 160GB 7200RPM Sata RAID Enabled Hard Disk Drives 3 Gb/s  
  • DVD Recordable 8x Max Ultrabay Enhanced (Serial ATA)  optical drive  
  • Express Card(54mm) + Express Card(34mm) expansion slots
  • Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters (Intel WiFi Link 5300 A/G/N)  
  • 9 cell Li-Ion Battery



Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com