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gScreen Spacebook 17-inch notebook
Both screens offer full 1080p resolution

One of the things that keep a lot of people from working happily on a notebook is that many of them lack the screen space people get used to with a home or office on a desktop.

However, there are a few ways to get a larger screen on your notebook. You can use an external DisplayPort or HDMI monitor and there are some portable USB monitors as well. Another option has surfaced from a company called gScreen known as the SpaceBook. The notebook is the world's first dual display 17-inch notebook.

Each of the 17-inch screens has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and they sit side by side on the notebook. The machine allows you to 50% more work done than on a typical 17-inch notebook. The screens can be had with a glossy or a matte finish. The notebook weighs in at about ten pounds making it about three pounds more than the typical 17-inch notebook computer.

Inside, the machine features Windows 7, a Intel Core i7 processor with quad cores, 8GB of memory, and a 500GB HDD. A discrete NVIDIA GPU is included and the machine has a webcam, HDMI output, and a Super DVD drive.

The customer can also get the Trade-Back program free on the notebook. This program allows the user to trade their current SpaceBook in for a 50% discount on a new SpaceBook when the next version launches.

Microsoft's, Ben Rudolph reviewed the SpaceBook, stating, "...when I run across something that’s truly groundbreaking, something totally unique and never seen before, I get excited. Like really, really excited. And that’s exactly how I felt when I first got to use the gScreen... SpaceBook. The SpaceBook is unlike any laptop before it. Rather than have a single display, it has two that slide out from the center to create and amazing panorama display. Both panels are 17” full HD (1920 x 1080) glass, available in either a glossy or matte finish. It’s a really amazing design that’s really functional; the panels slide open and closed very easily."

The 17” SpaceBook will start shipping to buyers in November with prices starting at $1,899.

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By ElementZero on 8/29/2011 1:11:57 PM , Rating: 3
Now there is no way I'll be spending $1,900 on a laptop - but that is just awesome. Good job on the design! Maybe in 5 years these will be the standard and cheap enough for a guy making a normal salary to afford :)

By DanNeely on 8/29/2011 1:29:42 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah. The tradeback program is nice in theory since it would effectively mean only uppaying once for the extra screen; but there's no guarantee that there will be a next model or a model after that...

Stuff like this makes me long for standardized laptop guts that would allow swapping out mobos while keeping the chassis between generations.

By MrBlastman on 8/29/2011 2:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
The tidbit pointing to it weighing 10 lbs is enough to dissuade me. Imagine lugging that thing around all day. Reminds me of those IBM PC Convertibles (if you're old enough to remember such a thing).

Dual screen are neat. Having to carry it is not.

By PrinceGaz on 8/29/2011 6:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah 10lb, that's 4.5Kg, which is two large bottles of pop, or two 4pt bottles of milk.

That's rather more than I'd want to carry with me all day for a wider screen laptop experience.

By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2011 7:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
You carry around laptops all day?

Anyway this is the first one, let's remember that. As a proof of concept, if it's well received, I'm sure later versions will weight less.

I'm just not sure the "too heavy" argument is valid. This is a dual monitor laptop, not a purse sized netbook. I'm sure whoever would be interested in this isn't exactly putting "light weight" at the top of his/her list.

By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2011 5:06:49 PM , Rating: 3
Uhh the 17 inch Mac Book pro starts at $2,499!!! And look what you get? Average to mediocre specs, barely any ports/expansions, and no upgrade path; it's a dead end.

Apparently there are LOTS of people who spend even more than this on a laptop, and get way less.

By fcx56 on 8/30/2011 3:54:09 PM , Rating: 1
Way less weight

By inperfectdarkness on 8/31/2011 7:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
2k on a laptop isn't unreasonable. i spent that on my sager, and another $1500 on an MSI. i don't have a gaming desktop, so 2k for a gaming laptop is perfect for someone who is on the go as much as i am.

i LOVE the idea of 2 screens in a laptop. i still wish they would offer wuxga > 1080p.

i'd like to see this offered in 15" size. i'd also like to see if there is some articulation built in to these screens. i'd like to be able to FPS on one and pull up a browser on the other.

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