I’ve been wondering when this was going to happen.
I’ve had a concept like this in my head for a while (why haven’t I sketched the ideas out before now?) and I believe I’ve seen a few concept designs along these lines, but Lenovo has finally brought a dual screen laptop to production. I’m not talking about a small Microsoft Sideshow enabled screen, but something that could actually hold something useful like a webpage, grid of thumbnails in Lightroom, or application pallets.
The Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds (any gamer will see the ds as an obvious acronym) takes a 17″ Thinkpad and adds a 10.6″ vertically oriented screen on to the side. I’m assuming the screen slides out from a pocket in the lid. It can be tilted up to 30Âº.
As an addition to the W700 model line, the W700ds boast other features that are rare on a laptop, like the Wacom tablet built into the palm rest. With built in color calibration hardware and a screen that Lenovo claims holds 72% of the AdobeRGB color gamut, the machine is aimed squarely at the professional photography crowd. The $3,600 starting price also says “pro,” while the 2 inch thickness and 11 pound weight scream “desktop replacement.” With quad cores and a workstation Nvidia Quadro graphics card, I bet it’s a dream to work on. I hope we see more laptop designs embrace the concept of useful secondary screens.