"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."