Lenovo prices up dual-screen ThinkPad
Watch films while typing emails
Two heads are better than one, but does the same apply for two laptop screens? If you want to see for yourself your pockets had better be deep because the price of Lenovo’s dual-screen ThinkPad is now confirmed.
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds
The W700ds’ existence was leaked online late last month, but Lenovo has now announced that the machine is now available to pre-order for a starting price of $3069 (£2097/€2291).
The W series ThinkPad sports a main 17in screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution, behind which lurks a secondary 10.6in screen - with a resolution of around 1366 x 768 - that can tilt by up to 30°.
The second screen’s primary purpose remains unclear, but it could be useful for City traders hoping to do a bit of share dealing on the train home or anyone who always needs a clear view of a specific application, such as email.
Inside the basic W700ds model lurks a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, which is accompanied by 2GB DDR3 memory and a dedicated Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M graphics. The laptop has a 160GB 7200rpm hard drive on-board and 8x CD/DVD writer.
Web surfing is possible thanks to integrated 802.11 b/g support and you’ll also get a fingerprint reader embedded into the machine as standard.
Lenovo’s W700ds ThinkPad is available to pre-order now through the firm’s US website, with shipping expected to start in about four weeks.
The W700ds hasn’t shown up on Lenovo’s UK website yet. ®
Well with the recent advances in OLED screens i think this will only show that there is a large demand for dual screen laptops (Ive always wanted one) hopefully other people pick up on this and start producing some more options
As for the rail system maybe they should go ask nokia for some advice or other mobile phone company with lots of experience with slidey stuff
This is actually a great idea.. you can never have enough screens and as a Trader looking for a mobile solution (wel just in case :-) ) this is a great looking solution.. BUT cmon dudes this laptop is not worth that kind of money no way .. this is a landgrab at people with surplus cash not able to think about it. in addition the potential now for problems is huge with a moving laptop screen that may lock jam and go wrong, can you imagine the extra service calls and returns on this prodiuct? I think thats why the unit is priced so high because there wont be many sold but the support will be high. I can see laptops in future 17" with tripple screens now one extra each side... but they are going to have to engineer strong rails and pivot system so the laptop will not be very portable with the weight and so were back to that old chestnut... do you want a desktop replacement Laptop or an upgradable PC? because if you want portability.. this really isnt it
Not just teleconferencing
It is surprisingly useful to have two screens to work on. Have one document on each screen, or stretch big things across both.
I set my laptop up at work for dual-screen useage with an external monitor and couldn't do without it now. Within a month almost everyone else in the office had done the same and looking around most people have an application open on their secondary monitor.
Presumably the second screen is for teleconferencing so you can see the person you are meeting with whilst working on the PC, presenting etc. If that is the case it's a useful addition however the price is way too high IMO.
Three grand plus and it's 802.11b/g!? How much the hell could a decent draft-N chip have cost them? Seriously!