Lenovo ThinkPad W701 review

The most powerful laptop we've ever seen is also packed with great features

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1200
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Awesome power
  • Fantastic screen
  • Good build quality
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Battery life
  • Portability

As well as featuring laptops and netbooks within its ThinkPad range, Lenovo also manufactures mobile workstations. Aimed at professionals, these machines employ only the latest components to enable you to carry out pretty much any task, regardless how resource-intensive.

The ThinkPad W701 is the latest version, and provides near industry-leading performance, features and usability.

The power on offer is simply stunning, and although the benchmark score from 3DMark 2003 of 32,186 suggests there are other machines as capable of multi-tasking the same workload, further tests found the machine to be one of the fastest we've ever seen at carrying out any and all tasks.

The dedicated Nvidia graphics card is also extremely powerful, meaning that if you're after all-out power, this is the laptop for you and will help everyone from scientists crunching serious amounts of data to film editors who want to edit high-definition (HD) footage as fast as possible.

Stunning screen

The 17-inch screen is also fantastic and the 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution is the highest currently available on any laptop. Images are razor-sharp as a result and offer excellent detail and clarity. What impresses most, however, is the vivid colour reproduction and contrast.

The laptop features Lenovo's renowned build quality and the machine is very well put together. Aside from the very firm keyboard, there are three other input methods: a regular touchpad, a pointing stick and finally a Wacom tablet built into the palmrest.

One point worth noting is that the tablet is positioned on the right side of the palmrest and left-handers will brush the regular touchpad as they work. You can deactivate the touchpad using a hotkey, but it's worth noting.

Connectivity is also excellent, with the latest in Wi-Fi and Ethernet technologies helping you connect to network at the fastest speeds. You also get a FireWire port, eSATA interface and even a USB 3.0 port. This latest connection technology helps you transfer data to compatible external devices, such as a hard drive, at very fast speeds.

Somewhat predictably, portability isn't that impressive and the 161-minute battery life will mean you're largely chained to your desk.

At 4kg this is also one of the heaviest laptops we've seen. That shouldn't really count against the Lenovo ThinkPad W701, however, as where its strength really lies is its power, and in this it excels.

The ThinkPad W700 - its predecessor - was once the most powerful laptop we had seen, but the W701 has successfully stolen that crown.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMobile Workstation
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelQuadro FX 2800M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
WebcamYes
Product FamilyThinkPad W701
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-720QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size43.4 cm (17.1")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1200
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height41.4 mm
Width410 mm
Depth310 mm
Screen ModeWUXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesW701
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelNTV2EUK
Product NameThinkPad W701 NTV2EUK Mobile Workstation
Pointing Device TypeTrackpoint, TouchPad
Product LineThinkPad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberNTV2EUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

The superhero of mobile workstations Faster than a speeding bullet, ThinkPad W701 Mobile Workstation is our most powerful, responsive ThinkPad ever! Plow through computationally and graphics-intensive applications with lightning-fast Intel processors, advanced nVIDIA graphics, cutting-edge technology and the durability and rock-solid reliability you'd expect from Lenovo's ultimate mobile workstation.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ThinkPad W701 NTV2EUK Mobile Workstation
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year