In laptop design, portability is a must for most users. A laptop must be small, portable and fit in a small bag. However, this isn't true for all users. Designers, programmers and even gamers use mobile workstations, laptops designed to replace a workstation when they are on the go. These laptops are meant to be plugged in at all times. Their battery lives are very short.
A really great design comes from Lenovo. The ThinkPad W700 is a 17" widescreen mobile worstation designed to satisfy the needs of most gamers and graphics-intensive users.
There are a lot of mobile workstations out there, almost all manufacturers make a model. However, the W700 is the first to have a built-in digitizer and color calibrator. It combines these with an NVIDIA Quadro FX mobile graphics card and supports the upcoming Intel mobile quad core processor. The W700 can support dual hard drives with RAID configuration, up to 8 GB of high speed DDR3 memory, and excellent multimedia features, such as an optional Blu-ray DVD burner/player. This makes the W700 stand out from the crowd, even from Alienware and Voodoo.
The mobile workstation market has a 60% compound annual growth since 2002. The W700 extends Lenovo's product lines from the W500 and the ThinkStation S10 and D10. The digitizer and color calibrator were created by a partnership between Lenovo and Intel.
The ThinkPad W700 will be available in September starting at $2949.