"I struggled trying to decide if I should buy this laptop or Apple's Pro notebook. While the Apple was significantly cheaper it lacks the speed and sophistication of the WS701. First off, the Lenovo is quad-core and has the fastest chip available. I am amazed at how fast it is able to run complex programs such as photoshop or even to just rotate a photo in a simple image viewer. The real deal breaker was Lenovo's video output which allows me to achieve resolutions on an external monitor beyond anything that the Apple can. This is important in my photo editing work. Also, the screen is calibrated to show all of the Adobe profile colors. Apple's doesn't. I and friends are amazed at how stunning the color rendition is. My Spyder Calibrator confirmed the factory calibration. A bonus feature is the USB 3 outputs. I recently bought an external drive capable of using USB-3 and it is radically faster that what I can achieve with USB 2. I haven't tested it yet buy I believe I am able to write to this external drive in a shorter time than to the internal hard drive. I would buy this laptop again and recommend it to colleagues. It might cost more than the Apple, but it is definitely worth it."
"This 17 inch notebook is a struggle to carry around, especially when you travel as much as I do, but it's power and large screen make it a pleasure to use. Mine is configured with 2 500gb HD's and 4 gig RAM. My only wish is I had put more RAM in, but plan on doing that later.
I use it partly for work and mostly for personal use. Professionally, I use it as a database server using MS SQL and Oracle for enterprise application development and some Java progamming. It's great for running Virtual Machines (VM's) with it's multi-core processing capability.
For personal use, it's great to watch recorded shows and DVD's on in the hotel at night. As a gaming machine, I've played some first person shooters and the play is smooth with excellent graphics.
"I bought my W700 to replace my desktop and an older laptop. it has been perfect for my use. I do take it back and fourth to the office (I am a Realtor) and it is a bit heavy, but I love the big bright screen. This is my first Lenovo, and it won't be my last. (I have been using laptops since the early 90's) My only problem is I could never find any instructions to help me learn to use the built in pen for signing documents. Looked like it would be useful, but maybe later! Good job building a reliable laptop!"
"The primary reason I purchased this laptop was for its performance. I use AutoCAD and engineering analysis software everyday. But I also need to be able to take my computer with me on the occasional trips. I needed a laptop that could also handle the calculation intensive applications that I use day-to-day. So I sacrificed on the weight in order to have speed and memory.
The large screen and higher end graphics makes running AutoCAD a breeze on this laptop. However, the larger size also made it more difficult to find a case large enough to carry it in.
Of course, all that horse power comes at a cost. In this case, battery life is pretty short by comparison to other laptops I have used.
The numeric keypad is a definite plus since much of my work entails numbers. So the wide keyboard with number pad is a definite plus for me.
The dual lights in the lid are a improvement over the earlier design with only one in the center. I can now use the laptop in dimly lit situations without straining to see the keyboard.
I would not recommend this to a friend only because of it's heftyness. If the friend was in a similar situation as I, then I would most likely would recommend this machine."