10-30-2013 08:53 PM
If I could just add my voice to this thread... Please bring back the W700 series or something similar. My aging W700 will need to be replaced within 2-3 year and I would very much like the replacement to be a Lenovo with similar specification. Thanks
10-31-2013 06:15 AM - edited 10-31-2013 06:22 AM
YES YES YES
I would pay a huge premium, if that's what it would take, for a refreshed W7XX machine.
Since 1976, I have owned more than 200 PCs for my personal use, of every type, manufacture and form-factor -- the W700 is unquestionably the finest most useful machine I have ever used. I baby this beast and hope it will survive for many years to come (but fear that after 5, its days -- like all of ours -- might be coming to a close.)
Please, Lenovo. With modern 3-D printing technologies and build to order manufacturing possible today and economical for short product runs -- can't you guys listen and help those of us who really, really want your products and would pay-up for machines that are useful? My company would order hundreds of these, if available and they would become our standard "desktop" computing platform. We would still buy some of the smaller, lighter machines for easier travel, if keeping those number-up are your objectives.
Rolls Royce and Bentley are doing just fine today -- even Mercedes with its low-volume, high ticket AMG line-- by catering to the high-end market. Why can't you guys consider that no one today is servicing this need and you know exactly how to do it -- and have a built-in, exceeding loyal customer base that you are in the process of alienating by "dumbing down" your products to suit some idea of mass-market demand.
Even ordinary consumers demand higher-end products; witness Apple's transformation from essentially a "toy"
vendor to one offering outstanding functionality and features which commercial users find appealing as well as consumers. They seem to understand that high-end displays, quality construction and new hardware features, faster connectivity, etc. are a good thing -- Lenovo seems to systematically strip down its products to the lowest common denominator. This is the kind of thinking that allowed foreign competitors to eviscerate General Motors during the 1970'2 and 80's.
It is not always just about price and sales volume-- Porter's famous 4-quadrants tell us that there is great opportunity in pursuing smaller niches which allow high profit potential and have limited competition. We all learn this in MBA programs -- is everyone at Lenovo so myopic as not to see this opportunity? Dell, HP and others pay lip service to the high-end but at least make some kind of attempt to offer worthwhile products for that space -- you guys are dropping the ball completely.
Perhaps this is the professor in me talking; I am also a CEO and loyal customer of vendors who try to meet my needs.
11-26-2013 07:50 AM
Would love an update for my current W701, but I think the only option would be switching to a W540 ( introduced in september, and still no sign of actually being available). Also Apple discontinued the 17" macbook pro, I fear there is not much hope in the 17" department at Lenovo....
11-26-2013 06:21 PM
I actually think they overall dying of 17" form factors is good. 15" offer the best of both worlds, just enough cpu and graphics power, more portability, and longer battery lifes. 17 inch is just too inconvenient IMO.
11-26-2013 11:39 PM
Sure W701 17" is big bulky and heavy. You can hardly find a proper bag for it and the poweradapter is huge. However, for me it's the perfect desktop replacement with the big screen, high resolution, proper keyboard and dual hdd.
I do a lot of graphics work and coding on location. De WUXGA screen is perfect for working with virtual machines and programs with lots of tiny windows and panels, like Premiere, Photoshop and Visual Studio.
The new retina screens have an even bigger resolutions, but I don't know how practical that really is, when displayed on only 15"....
For portability, quickly restarting services or remote rebooting I use my iphone.
I your main job is using office of lob applications then a 17" would be overkill, I agree on that, battery life and portability are much more important then. Still think there is a market for these huge beasts (graphics work, cad and development etc) and it's sad this smaller market seems to be ignored now by Lenovo.
11-27-2013 03:33 AM
I'm a full-time investor working from a multi-room home office and my W700ds is thus a perfect device for me, as I take it from room to room with anywhere from four to six windows open on it at a time. When I'm out and need real portability I use my X220 (possibly to be swapped next year for the T440s' Broadwell sucessor). I would love to buy an updated W-series dual screen!
11-27-2013 07:45 AM - edited 11-27-2013 07:47 AM
@FJGC: If you have not noticed, this is a thread for 17" laptop fans not bashers. If you think 17" laptops should die, please create your own thread. People here know why they need a 17" laptop and most of us would be willing to pay extra to be able to purchase an updated W700-series machine since they used to be the best.
11-27-2013 11:42 AM