CES 2009: Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds (video)

Lenovo’s ThinkPad W700ds is the world’s first workstation with dual displays. Tom Ribble, director of ThinkPad marketing, explained the benefits of this option to me in Las Vegas.

The W700ds will start at around $3650, but the few users who actually end up ordering one of these will add other premium options.The W700ds can be configured with an Intel Quad-Core Extreme processor, dual SSDs, built-in Wacom digitizer and other pricey add-ons that can push the price tag north of $7,000.

The 10.6-inch secondary display adds 40% more screen real estate. This is large enough to run a web browser or your favorite email applicaition without losing sight of your work on the primary display.

While I like the concept of the W700ds, the secondary display does add some thickness and weight to an already hefty notebook. I think this innovation will strike a chord with a small segment of the market.

I think an extra screen would be more compelling on a smaller notebook, such as a T500.

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