Lenovo ThinkPad W700 - first impressions

W700 This is going to be short and sweet.  I'll write a more detailed set of blogs posts later.  Yesterday I received a Lenovo ThinkPad W700 evaluation unit.  Wow.  What a fun machine.  Big, but fun.  I immediately created the factory recovery disk set and flattened the machine.  I'll return to looking at the OEM factory image later, but I wanted to test a few things right off the bat.

I installed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 and you guessed it, Hyper-V.  I also installed a few other applications I wanted to see on the gorgeous 17" screen.  Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9 is installed.  Visual Studio 2008 Professional is installed.  And yes, I created and compiled a quick WPF application.  I can still code.  I also installed the Expression Studio 2 products.  I wanted to see how all of these products looked at 1920x1200 on the 17" display.  The answer is that they are amazing looking.  Office 2007 is of course installed and Outlook never looked better, at least not on a "laptop".

Which brings me to my first surprise.  I wrongly assumed this machine would not be useful on my lap on my couch.  Wrong, very wrong.  Much to my surprise the additional weight doesn't bother me.  It might be because the machine distributes the weight more evenly across a much larger bottom surface.  I was also TOTALLY shocked to find out I don't need a heat guard.  I ran the machine for about five hours sitting on my lap while I was wearing jeans.  I can't stand to do that with most machines so that's a great testament to the excellent thermal design of the W700.  Now keep in mind this machine has the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor, bad ass NVIDIA video chipset, two internal RAID hard drives and a DVD burner which I used to install all of the products above with. 

Wow.  Simply wow.  Is that kewl or what?  I'll write some more details on the likes and dislikes over the next few weeks of the eval period, but I thought a quick twenty four hour impression was in order.  Now the question comes to mind if I would trade a desktop machine or a couple of laptops for a single W700?  We'll explore that question, and installs of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 over the coming days.  Stay tuned for more fun!  In the meantime, see a good infommercial at http://www.lenovovision.com/lv2/mediaplayer.php?fid=thinkpad_w700.

Happy New Years!!!