"I have owned my W701ds for 14months now and considering the build quality and options I couldn't be happier. I notice most reviews place the weight of this machine as a con but readers need to realize this workstation was designed for robust commercial applications. I am a professional photographer and moves hundreds of pounds of large power packs, lighting, etc. on location daily. The W701ds is certainly one of the lightest pieces of equipment we carry. I love the options for input/output and color calibration, we can run Hasselblad cameras through the laptop including all shooting functions with no problems whatsoever (i7, 16gb ram). The only con is the size of the built-in Wacom tablet, I find it too small and awkward and need to take my larger Wacom tablet for comfort. Unfortunately the machine cannot be ordered without the built-in Wacom."
Cons: Video card, Weight, Included Software, Software compatibility, Display performance
"I bought this computer to replace my old Dell M6300, and to compete with other engineers using their Dell M6400's. I am not a big fan of Dell, and have been looking for something new, so I tried the Lenovo W701ds with the i7 processor, and 16GB RAM. The computer is faster than my old 6300 (Win XP, 4GB RAM), but not as fast as the other 6400's in the office. Particularly when running Solidworks 2010.
Also, while waiting on my computer to come from Lenovo (which did come quicker than promised), I bought a mediocre stripped down computer to use as a back-up. It was built by a local computer shop, and the number of installed components is a lot less, and when checking the number of processes running, this back-up computer is usually in the 40-50 range, the Lenovo is usually in the 90-115 range. Not sure why?
I have been searching forums for other users with this machine running Solidworks, and have not had luck. I am hoping that there are some settings that are not correct, and if changed will take advantage of this computers potential."
"This company continues to impress me with awesome and robust machines perfect for graphic-intensive architecture and other design applications. This W701ds is amazing!
The size might be intimidating, but it packs so much workstation into a laptop, I forget it's still a laptop. It's loaded with memory, a huge hard drive and video card, and yet there's still room for expansion, just like a typical workstation tower. The full keyboard with numeric pad is a great bonus. The extra screen is the best part and well worth the slightly extra weight of the machine.
At times, the weight seems like an issue, but it works great with Lenovo's mini dock and fits perfectly in their top-loading case designed just for the W701ds. With such a demand for power, I can understand why the battery might not last as long as a simple laptop, but the case has room for my extra battery and I'm good to go.