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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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The rest of the hardware specs aren't that great
By DanNeely on 8/29/2011 1:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
Engineering delays really show on the specs for this. GTS 250 GPU, and last generation i5-560 (2.66ghz dual) i7-620 (2.66-3.33ghz dual) or i7-740 (1.73ghz quad) processors.

Also the $1899-2099 prices are intros with $500 first adopter discounts; these combine to make the platform much less exciting.




By Fritzr on 8/29/2011 10:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
Here are the specs for Apple's price matched Macbook 17"

Mac specs (courtesy of Apple Store)
2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
4GB 1333MHz
750GB 5400-rpm1
Intel HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5

The Macbook has slightly better hardware specs & can run Windows7, but I don't see any mention of the second monitor.

You may sneer, but there is a market for this machine. Not in my budget right now, but I will be eyeballing the V2.0 dual monitor laptop machines when they come out :D

This is a portable production machine, not an email client :)


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