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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 Argon18 on 8/29/2011 1:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
"The machine gives 50% more screen space than a typical 17-inch notebook is able to offer."

LOL, what? It has double the screen space. Double = 100% more. How did they arrive at this 50% number?

RE: maths
By ElementZero on 8/29/2011 1:16:14 PM , Rating: 3
maybe because the image is smaller on the second monitor? Take a look at the pic - the same page is displayed but the bing picture is much smaller...

LOL j/k

RE: maths
By Cypherdude1 on 8/30/2011 9:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
They don't mention the battery life. If it has a standard laptop battery, the runtime must be an hour. I highly doubt it, but if it has a larger battery, then runtime could be 2 hours. They probably don't talk about battery runtime because they use a standard battery with an hour.

Weight is also an issue. At 10 pounds, you're not going to feel that mobile.

RE: maths
By Brandon Hill on 8/29/2011 1:23:40 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the quick eye. It should be "50% more work done" according to Microsoft's calculations on increased productivity using dual monitors.

RE: maths
By theapparition on 8/29/2011 1:28:01 PM , Rating: 3

I should get all my employees more monitors if thier productivity instantly increases with screen real-estate.

RE: maths
By phantom505 on 8/29/2011 1:31:34 PM , Rating: 3
It'll just appear that they are slacking off 50% more. Since now they can have G+ on one screen and FB on the other.

RE: maths
By Flunk on 8/29/2011 2:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
That's marketing baloney.

RE: maths
By Smilin on 8/29/2011 3:20:56 PM , Rating: 5
The 50% might be baloney but the increased productivity is not. Particularly for design engineering, IT admin, and any other "swivel chair" task.

You can really tell the increase the moment you try to go back.

RE: maths
By kyleb2112 on 8/30/2011 8:09:13 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I didn't blink an eye when they thew out 50%. For content creators, it's tools on the left, graphics on the right. Vastly more productive than juggling on one screen.

RE: maths
By NellyFromMA on 8/30/2011 8:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on who's using it, but yes I am at least 50% more productive when I have two monitors.

RE: maths
By MrBlastman on 8/29/11, Rating: -1
RE: maths
By TacticalTrading on 8/29/2011 4:53:20 PM , Rating: 1
It's a marketing issue.

LOL, what? It has double the screen space. Double = 100% more. How did they arrive at this 50% number?

This one offers 100% more than the competition
The competition has 50% less than what we have.

Some items sell better being 100% more, while others sell more when the competition is only half as good. Mathematically, its the same,
but when it comes to marketing... Don't use green, unless you are selling camouflage.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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