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Video: Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds has slide-out dual screen

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is built on the standard 17" ThinkPad W700, but has a slide-out 10.6" display. Lenovo designed this desktop replacement for graphics professionals and CAD designers that need dual screens and a portable (although hefty) computer.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is built on the standard 17" ThinkPad W700, but has a slide-out 10.6" display. Lenovo designed this desktop replacement for graphics professionals and CAD designers that need dual screens and a portable (although hefty) computer.

The W700ds is certainly a powerful machine with interesting features, such as the built-in digitizer and color calibration, but I'm not sure its key feature, the slide-out display, really adds to the mix. The point of dual monitors is to expand desktop real-estate. Why not just ad a second LCD monitor to the W700ds instead of using the pull out display?

Perhaps I just don't see the usefulness of an extra few inches of screen space because I'm not the W700ds' intended user. If there are any graphics professionals or CAD designers out there, I'd love to get your impression of Lenovo's slide-out display.

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11 comments
mercalf
mercalf

Awesome concept, but the price?? I love the concept, and when I checked out the video I was not expecting such a small screen. However, I did still buy into the idea until he relayed the price tag. STARTING at $3600? I guess I'll await the 2nd and 3rd generations - maybe those will have some battery life to them.

E3G
E3G

This will be a handy notebook for graphic designing. Could be alot more usefull with a bigger screen though...

E3G
E3G

This will be highly appreciated by graphics professionals. Probably could have a bigger secondary screen...

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

The Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds is built on the standard 17″ ThinkPad W700, but has a slide-out 10.6″ display. Original post and video: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=215 Perhaps I don't see the usefulness of the dual-screen because I'm not a graphics professional or CAD designer. What do you think? Is the dual screen a useful feature or just eye-candy?

techrepublic
techrepublic

I LOVE the idea. I am just wondering why they didn't put a pull-out screen in BOTH sides of the monitor. Then, even though it is a smaller screen, having two of them makes up for them being smaller. If anyone here reads "PC WORLD", check out the very last page of the February 2009 edition. They did a mock up of a laptop with two normal sized monitors that fold over each other for storage. I am SOLD. I hope this idea catches on and all the laptop manufacturers start making dual screen laptops. My Ideal Laptop would have two 12.1" or 13.3" screens with high resolution. I'd like the weight to be a LOT less than 11 pounds. I'd settle for 5, if not less.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

In fact, I asked Lenovo about this. They said that it's about as big as they could get and still leave room for the technology they needed to run the thing. I asked if it will get bigger in the future and I got a "possibly."

kerasmus
kerasmus

I think the proof will be to actually test it in a design environment and see what the second smaller screen add to functionality. And it also depends on the price - but I have to admit that laptops built to CAD specs are quite pricey anyway - anything from $2000 and up. Maybe Lenovo wants to sponsor one so I can test it :-).....hahaha

ThumbsUp2
ThumbsUp2

For anybody who has used dual screens, they know the problems that come along with having different sized/shaped monitors. And, if the 2nd monitor can't handle the resolution/refresh rate that the original one does, even more problems come to mind. It's an interesting concept though. If price were not a consideration, I would certainly like to test drive something like that. It might be fun to push it and see what it can do. ]:)

sonicsteve
sonicsteve

I know IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads are known for durability. However that extended screen looks very flimsy. I can't say it interests me to have one but I would like to see how strong it is.

kerasmus
kerasmus

I can see application for my field in this. Normally use a second screen for my menus and icons, leaves my primary screen uncluttered for design view. Sometimes also have a smaller different view open on the second screen to see overall changes.....but like we all say...the price!!!!