When I first heard about this novel innovation, I thought it could be a pretty neat idea. You want to have a dual display interface, but you also want the relative portability offered by a laptop. Seeing the Lenovo W700ds dual-screen notebook PC in person, I’m excited by what the future may bring in mobile computing.
Speaking to the Lenovo W700ds itself, I’ll be the first to admit that it is an absolute beast. Accustomed to my much smaller 14.1-inch Dell Inspiron, the W700ds is fair bit bigger. The main display is a 17-incher and then the secondary (10-inch) display slides out of the right side.
This extends your desktop, making it easy to keep things like Twitter, instant messenger, and other secondary applications. Based on my first-hand experience, the mechanism is reasonably robust and I wouldn’t be too concerned about build quality. The secondary display is slightly spring-loaded (to eject) and at full extension, you can angle it inwards for a better viewing angle. That’s a nice addition.
Speaking of nice additions, I noticed a large trackpad like device on the palmrest, just below the full numeric keyapd on the right side of the keyboard. The Lenovo rep told me that this is an integrated Wacom digitizer, making the Lenovo W700ds an intriguing option for photography enthusiasts and other people who need Wacom tablets.
Myself, I don’t think I’d ever buy something like the W700ds, simply because it’s easily one of the bulkiest notebooks ever created. It’s more portable than a desktop, for sure, but this is coming from a guy who thinks 15.4-inch widescreen laptops are too big.