Lenovo unveiled one of the first notebooks with two displays, the new ThinkPad W700ds workstation notebook features a 17" primary LCD display along with a 768 x 1280 pixel 10.6" secondary display that can be tilted up to 30 degrees.
The system features Intel Core 2 Quad processors, NVIDIA Quadro workstation graphics cards, up to 8GB DDR3 memory and up to 960GB of storage. The system packs a lot of power but it will be a 16" x 12" brick with a thickness of 2.1" and a weight of 11lbs. It will be available in January starting at $3,600. More details at ComputerWorld.
"Why two screens? Most people are using two monitors at their desktop. So we wanted to give them all the things they are used to on their desk," said Wes Williams, worldwide product marketing manager for ThinkPads.
The primary WUXGA 17-in. screen is brighter and more colorful than other notebook PC screens, Williams said. The main screen is rated at 400 nits of brightness, which is brighter than any other notebook in the market, he added. It also has a color gamut equivalent to 72% of Adobe RGB that is better than other notebooks and a plus for photographers and graphic designers, Williams said.
The W700ds' secondary 10.6-in. vertical screen is about the size of a typical netbook display, Lenovo said, or about 40% the size of the W700ds' primary 17-in. display. It can also be tilted up to 30 degrees like a car's rearview mirror.
The W700ds also includes a built-in WACOM digitizer, also called an electronic drawing pad, and color calibration software. Despite its power and weight, Williams claimed that the W700ds runs "incredibly cool" because of the use of dual fans and dual-heat reduction systems.