My new Lenovo W701ds is an amazing notebook that is awesome in every way, except for the one area that we took a look at today, data storage. Being the TweakTown Storage Product Editor, it was important for me to take a close look at this subsystem and to evaluate other options for other users looking to gain performance out of all modern notebooks.
It should be said that OEM builders like Lenovo shouldn't be swapping parts around as quickly as the market shifts and definitely not as fast as the solid state market is moving. Still, if you are in the market for a notebook that costs as much as 6K, having the highest performing notebook drive on the market may be an option you would want to be available.
When it really comes down to it, the Lenovo 128GB SSD that we tested today has a cost that is higher than the fastest, most feature rich SandForce SF-1200 based SSD on the market. If you are opting for a second drive and not trading in the base drive, the Lenovo 128GB SSD option actually costs nearly twice that of the OCZ Vertex 2, Agility 2, Patriot Phoenix, ADATA S599, Mushkin Callisto and any number of other drives that are now capable of being limited by the SATA II spec.
If you are on the market for a notebook, any notebook, you can't go wrong with a business class Lenovo unit. I put my notebooks through hell and these survive better than anything else on the market; their storage choices, though, are in desperate need of an update from the top to bottom.
Over the next couple of months we will continue to explore the Lenovo W701ds. In the next chapter we will discuss cloning the stock drive and installing a new, high performance SSD. This process is nearly universal for all notebooks, so stay tuned for more coverage.
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