Workstation Level Performance:

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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 W700 is one of those systems that seems to add up to more than the sum of its parts. Lenovo has done an excellent job of integrating the hardware and selecting the appropriate components to maximize performance. Using the 64-bit version of Passmark Performance Test V6.1, the W700 was able to post an impressive PassMark rating of 1399.5, which is on par with some high-end workstations we have tested in the past. The unit also scored a Windows Experience Index rating of 5.9.



Users will find the usability of the system excellent. Lenovo has integrated a touchpad, as well as a track point into the system for pointing duties, while an excellent full-size keyboard, accompanied by a numeric keypad rounds out the input options. Users will appreciate the abundance of ports and the ability to plug in multiple monitors and other devices. While the 17-inch screen may not measure up to the 24-inch giants used on some desks, the brightness and high resolution should serve most graphics professionals quite well.

When it comes to converting a workstation into a portable offering, Lenovo has done an excellent job with the W700. For those not needing workstation-like abilities, the W700 still offers curb appeal that will have everyone around the office going "ooh and ahh." But that extravagance comes with a price and if your aim is to just impress, then the W700 is perhaps best at home on the CEO’s desk.

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