Lenovo has released recently the 15.4-inch ThinkPad W500 laptop, a laptop for engineers and digital content creators. As it is a mobile workstation targeted at CAD/CAM/CAE professionals and at the same time equipped with a debutting graphics acceleration card – ThinkPad W500 arouses keen interest in its real-world OpenGL performance.
Evolved from the T61p, the ThinkPad W500 is a business class workstation laptop. Based on the new Centrino 2 platform, the W500 is a powerhouse with support for the newest and fastest 45nm Core 2 Duos and DDR3 ram. Targeted to professionals that need all the performance they can get, the W500 includes an ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 for advanced 3D and 2D rendering, essential for those like engineers and designers.
The laptop can support up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and up to 320GB of hard drive space or a 64GB solid state drive, and various optical drive options, including Blu-Ray. Another option is the Intel Turbo Memory 2GB module, for faster boot-up and better responsiveness.
Its display has a resolution of 1680-by-1050 or 1920-by-1200 pixels, depending on customer’s choice.
Regarding communications, the W500 sports an 802.11b/g or 802.11a/g/n wireless connection, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth, and optional mobile broadband with GPS. WiMAX and Ultra WideBand (UWB) modules will be offered later this year.
The mobile workstation also incorporates an optional web camera, three USB ports, FireWire, and DisplayPort and VGA outputs. Available expansion slot combinations are ExpressCard with PC Card reader or ExpressCard with Smart Card reader.
The W500 has advanced security features, such as the TPM v1.2 chip and BIOS disable of all ports, as well as optional fingerprint reader and full hard drive encryption.
The laptop can run on Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. It weigh 5.8 pounds and can provides up to 3.8 hours of battery life when configured with a 6-cell battery. An 9-cell unit can extend the battery life to maximal 5.9 hours.