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The notebook computer market has become an experiment in extremes. On one side of the equation, you have tiny Intel Atom powered “netbooks,” which are becoming the darlings of traveling workers, while on the other side, notebook behemoths like the Lenovo W700 aim to make high-performance workstations portable. But, the question begs to be asked, “Why would anyone need a 9 pound notebook with a 17-inch screen?”

The answer is simple; any graphics professional, digital photographer or CAD/CAM engineer could find something to love about the W700. Lenovo designed the unit to be a “luggable,” not so much portable, system that can replace a high-performance workstation and the W700 proves to be quite apt at that task.